Ark: Volume 3 Chapter 9

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To Giran Again

“Hey, Hyun-woo. Over here.”

As he entered the cafe, Gwon Hwa-rang waved from the side. Jung Hye-sun was also sitting next to Gwon Hwa-rang. Though it hadn’t been long since they had met, there was no sense of awkwardness between them.

Well, there were many people who grew close from hunting together even back in the days when they enjoyed online games with cookie cutter characters. Gwon Hwa-rang and Jung Hye-sun had spent almost a month together with characters that looked similar to their real selves in a virtual reality game. There was no reason to be awkward.

“What’s the occasion to call me out at a time like this?”

“It’s because we don’t have much time to talk in the game.”

“That’s true.”

Hyun-woo nodded as he sat on the opposite side.

“Is the game worth playing?”

“Ahhh, it’s really such a shame. I could explode in anger from not knowing about something this good until now.”

“What about you, Hye-sun?”

“I’m having fun, too. But I’m upset I don’t have much time to play.”

“That can’t be helped, since real life is more important than the game. You have to study, too. Speaking of which, you don’t have much time before your test, right? You can raise your level anytime if mister Gwon or I help you, so concentrate on studying for now, understand? One should study when they can.”

“Che, nagging like an old man…” Jung Hye-sun pursed her lips, but it didn’t seem like she disliked Hyun-woo’s meddling. “But what are you going to do now?”

“Hm, I thought about it, and I think I’m going to have to hole up somewhere decent and level up a lot. I felt just how terribly weak I was during this quest. Whether in real life or the virtual world, I can’t stand being weaker than others, because justice can only be realized with strength.”

“You’re really the same as ever.”

“Walk the path of work, people, and games! That’s what it is to be a man!”

Enthusiasm blazed in Gwon Hwa-rang’s eyes. It was a look that Hyun-woo hadn’t seen in a really long time. Once again, he thought that he had done well to suggest New World to Gwon Hwa-rang.

“It’s good that you’re going to stay at Jackson for a while. When you log in, go meet the Lord.”

“The Lord?”

“Yes, the Lord says he has something to talk to you about. Try becoming well acquainted with him. Raising your intimacy with an NPC like the Lord will be a huge help.”

Hyun-woo laughed at Gwon Hwa-rang’s dazed expression. After that, he ate dinner with Jung Hye-sun and Gwon Hwa-rang, visited the hospital, and returned home. Even though it was already night time, he turned on he computer and accessed the auction site as soon as he got home. He was extremely curious about the result of the auction items he had recently put up.

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