no need for me to say more. What does your world believe when seeing a jujube tree that was struck by lightning?”
“What do you mean?”
“Im asking what your people think of when they see this. What do they expect?”
“Well, traditionally…people believe that it vanquishes bad energy and chases away evil spirits.”
“Yeah, thats it. Gods eat and live off beliefs and faith. Its the same for godly items,” Raphael said coyly and placed the club on the floor. “You would know only once you are there, but in a special situation, Im sure they will display an almost cheat-like power.”
If what Raphael was saying was true, there was not much Chi-Woo could do.
“But dont worry too much.” Chi-Woo was about to give up, but Raphael spoke with a cheery voice.
“Is there a way I can bring them?”
“Hmm. Maybe?” Raphaels eyes curved upwards. Chi-Woo had thought this before, but Raphael was really good at playing with people.
“The prophecy didnt ask for a change for no reason. Since weve reduced the number of heroes previously at maximum capacity, I dont think therell be a big problem if you take them, but…” Raphael continued, “Its a completely different matter for you to take them with you and for it to perform its proper function on Liber.” Raphael smirked and made a circle with her thumb and index finger. “What you need is money.”
Chi-Woo frowned; Raphaels words were completely out of the blue.
“Splurge. Just use a crap ton of money and become a complete wastrel,” Raphael said while rubbing her thumb and index finger.
Chi-Woo laughed because he was so dumbfounded. Where did she even learn to talk like this? “Please be honest with me, Archangel Raphael. What kind of relationship do you have with Earth—no, South Korea?”
Raphael snickered and replied, “I told you that I have some connections on Earth.”
“Anyway, I dont have much money.”
“Come on, kid. What do you mean you dont have any money? You were born with not just a golden spoon, but an anti-matter spoon.”
This was the first time that Chi-Woo heard his family was wealthy. “No way. Should I show you my bank account?”
“My goodness. Do you really think we want money from Earth? Im talking about your family, the Choi Family.”
“…Do we have a lot?”
“Yep. Of course. In terms of time alone, the Celestial Realm has been indebted to the Choi Family for the longest out of the families. Do you seriously think your family hasnt accumulated any wealth?”
In order to send heroes to another world, they needed cosmic energy purified in the Celestial Realm. Raphael explained that the intangible contribution the Choi Family has accumulated so far would be exchanged for cosmic energy to create a separate channel for him.
“Is this a special case?”
“Yep, its an extremely special case, but there are always exceptions to everything.”
“Im asking this out of concern.”
“I know, but its not like this never happened. Well, its also a problem that exceptions like this are only made for the twelve families in the Celestial Realm.” Raphael pointed her thumb at Chi-Woo. “By the way, your brother also did the same thing.”
After hearing that his brother also went through the same process, Chi-Woo felt relieved. “Then please do as you said.” Chi-Woo readily agreed to Raphaels suggestion. He didnt know how it would work, but it was clearly beneficial for him.
“I like how easy-going you are, but taking all of them with you is a bit wasteful—why dont you just take this, this, and this?” Raphael pointed at the club, talisman, and cross necklace in order.
Chi-Woo stared intently at Raphael and fell into thoughts.I dont know… Since he had come this far, he couldnt turn back. If he was going to do it, he should go all out.
“All of them.”
“Not just those three. Would it be possible to take all of them?”
“Ah, um?” It was a rare occurrence, but Raphael was flustered. “Uh…Its not impossible, but seriously, even the emergency food?”
“Yes, even the snacks.”
Caught completely off guard, Raphael tried to dissuade him by saying, “Umm. Im saying this because I feel like I tricked an innocent kid but…” Raphael smacked her lips and continued, “I said to splurge, but just so you know, this is not a very effective method. For example,” Raphael picked up one snack, “How much did you buy this for?”
“I bought it for 1,500 won.”
“If you want to bring this to Liber, youll have to pay 10,000 times that price.” Chi-Woo would be paying 15 million won for just one snack.
“Do you still want to bring it?”
“Yes. Ill bring it.”
“Wow, how ballsy of you! Are you for real?”
Chi-Woo responded with a confirmation without thinking any longer; there was no need for him to really ponder about this.
“Can I ask you why? Im just curious.”
“Theres no one else who can use the Chois Familys money except me anyway.”
“So youre just gonna use it however you want? Without thinking who and how they gathered it, and how much all of it is worth?”
“No, its not like that.” Even though Chi-Woo spoke sharply, his voice didnt waver. “Even though this wealth is shared property by the whole Choi Family, you told me that everyone retired except for my brother. And my brother doesnt seem like he can use it right now, so if I disappear, whos going to use it?”
Raphael blinked her eyes.
“Rather than letting it go to waste, its better for me to just use it; and its not like Im using it for myself. If I explain it well to my brother later on, hell understand.”
“Now that you say it like that…” Even though there was something strange about Chi-Woos words, there was nothing much to say against it. “Okay. Do what you want. given the way things have turned out, there must be some kind of meaning behind all of this.” Raphael raised her shoulder and looked at the items near the bag. “Good. Just leave these items here then.”
“Dummy. What would the others think if they all left their belongings, while youre the only one carrying a bag?”
“Ah.” Chi-Woo expressed his gratitude for Raphaels careful consideration. “Thank you.”
“Its nothing. I should be the one to thank you. Youre going anyway, whatever your reason may be.”
Whatever your reason may be. Chi-Woo felt like Raphael had seen through his thoughts.
Raphael smiled brightly and got up from her seat. “Lets go do our respective jobs. Ill go complete your request, and youll be on standby.”
Raphael walked softly and winked at Chi-Woo. “I hope what you wish for comes true. I dont expect you to save Liber, but Ill appreciate it if you could normalize it.” Then Raphael said she needed to immediately get on with his request to complete it in time, and she disappeared like the wind.
Left on his own, Chi-Woo let out a long sigh. He felt strange since he had to go to a completely new environment soon. He had no idea what he had to do there or what he was supposed to do. It might be more accurate to say that this whole situation still didnt feel very real to him. If he went back home right now and had a long sleep, everything would feel like a dream. Of course, Chi-Woo had no intentions to go back without achieving anything.
Well, I should just think of it as going on a special trip.
Chi-Woo hardened his resolve and was about to turn around when—
He saw the curtain lift, and a shadow crept in.
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