Woojin lowered himself into the hot springs and looked up into the night sky. He was here to protect Amaterasu, but he wasn’t sure when she would be attacked. He had prepared what he needed in Japan and asked Hwang to find someone he needed to meet, but he had not gotten a reply yet. Bihyung, who was already soaking in the hot springs, asked, “What are you thinking about?”
“We’ll be staying here for a while, so I was wondering what I should do while we’re here.”
Bihyung placed his sake bottle down and turned to Woojin.
“Hey, relax. You act like you bear all the burdens of the world. Take a rest while you can. You need to be rested so that you can run again when the time comes.”
Woojin felt what Bihyung said was true. He felt like he was shouldering all the burdens of the world. He knew that what Mago said was the fall of the future that he knew. He had to be prepared for everything in order to stop it from happening. Bihyung continued, “For now, we’ll focus on protecting Amaterasu.”
Saving Amaterasu was one of the crucial pointsin order to change the future. Woojin got up and Bihyung looked up at him.
“Are you going out?”
“Yeah. I’ll be in my room.”
He returned to his room and called Hwang.[You’re in such a hurry! It’s not been that long.]
“How did it go?”[Where are you right now?]
“I’m in Japan.”[Let me see… it’s a hacker you were searching for? Code name… Raccoon Man?]
“Yeah.”[I have his location — he’s in Tokyo. I’ll send you the address by text.]
He read the address that arrived through text message and smiled.
“He’s still there.”
When Omikami returned with Miho from the hot springs, they found Woojin standing in front of her room. Woojin was taken aback by the beauty of the two ladies.
“What brings you here?”
“Do you know where Tsukuyomi and Susanoo are right now?”
“They are not in Tokyo. I am looking for them right now.”
“Then I’m going to Tokyo.”
“You are going to Tokyo?”
“I have a friend there.”
Miho was surprised and asked, “You have friends?”
Woojin eyed Miho coldly as she laughed awkwardly.
“I’m going there alone.”
“Alone? Why don’t you take Miho with you? Bihyung will be enough to help me get away if anything happens.”
Woojin hesitated a bit, but he then nodded.
“I’ll do that.”
Omikamo went into her room and came out with a car key.
“Take my car.”
Miho got changed and met Woojin at the parking lot, next to a Lamborghini Uracan that was parked there. Miho jumped into the driver seat excitedly as Woojin got into the passenger seat.
“Where are we going?”
Woojin typed an address into the navigation.
Miho then started the car and as she began to drive, she asked, “Who are you going to meet?”
“He’s a hacker.”
“Or maybe, an Avatar who wants to be a hacker?”
Miho became confused. There were a lot of Avatars and Japan especially had a lot. So it wasn’t weird for there to be some unique Avatars, but it was quite unbelievable that an Avatar would be a hacker.
“That’s interesting. An Avatar hacker?”
Woojin laughed. Avatars usually hired professionals to hide their information, but the hacker they were going to meet was the one who had hacked all that in the past. He used a nickname, Raccoon Man. He was very helpful in the past so Woojin figured he should seek his help again.
Miho smiled as she began to speed up.
“I guess she won’t mind some tickets, right?”
“Yeah. It’s Omikami, she’ll take care of it.”
Miho then stepped on the gas. Woojin knew that such speed wouldn’t kill him but still felt his hair rise as Miho drove recklessly through the streets.
In Akihabara, they stopped at the Washington Hotel and Woojin turned to Miho.
“Let’s pretend we’re visiting. Take care of anyone who recognizes us.”
“What were you going to do if you didn’t come with me?”
Miho shook her head and grabbed Woojin’s arm. Woojin was slightly surprised, but he calmed himself and began to move. Miho smiled.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve visited a hotel with a man.”
Woojin snapped as he saw an employee looking at them in confusion. Miho grinned.
“He got us. I guess he remembers every guests’ face?”
The employee tried to walk up to greet them, but Miho shook her head slowly and the man flinched and returned to his position.
“Did you hypnotize him?”
“I think you know me better than I do.”
Woojin laughed and they got on the elevator. They took it to the 9th floor and Woojin went to the room at the far corner. Miho looked at him and Woojin nodded before knocking.
“Who is it?
A calm voice came from the inside. Woojin felt extremely happy to hear that voice again.
“I didn’t ask for anything.”
It was a cold answer. Woojin smiled as he grabbed the door handle and pushed. The door latch broke, and Woojin barged in. A man wearing large glasses ran straight toward the window, but Woojin was much faster. He quickly blocked him with his arms open wide. The man stopped and swiveled his head around. Miho aimed her Desert Eagle from behind.
“You better stay still.”
The man glanced behind him, sighed, and asked Woojin, “Why are you doing this? Who are you?”
“Raccoon Man, right?”
The man flinched. It seemed that he hadn’t changed from the past.
“What do you mean? My name is Ryota.”
“Or, should I say… Ryota, the Avatar of Bake-danuki. Code name, Raccoon Man?”
Ryota frowned. If the man knew that much, there was no use in denying it. He walked to the chair and sat down. He pretended to be calm but Woojin was able to see that his hands were trembling.
“I’ll hear you out then.”
Woojin brought a chair for himself and sat in front of Ryota.
“I need your help.”
“My fee is expensive.”
Raccoon Man was a top hacker. He didn’t actually work for money as he only took jobs to fill his curiosity.
“I need to find some people.”
“Then you’ve got the wrong guy. Why don’t you use the police? I see that you two are powerful Avatars.”
“I wouldn’t have come here if I could find them with the police.”
“Are you looking for Avatars?”
Woojin nodded. Ryota became slightly interested.
“I’m not sure if you know this, but Avatars are not good with computers.”
“So they don’t leave that many traces on the internet, simply because they don’t use it.”
“I came to you because you are the only one who can find them.”
Ryota seemed to regain some confidence in Woojin’s words.
“As I said, my fee is expensive.”
“I’ll pay whatever the price you say if you can find them.”
“What information do you need?”
“First, I need the location of Tsukuyomi and Susanoo.”
Ryota’s eyes bulged out in shock.
“You want who?”
“Tsukuyomi and Susanoo.”
“W-why are you looking for them?”
“Because I need them.”
He became hesitant as those two were very powerful beings. Woojin smiled and put his arm around Ryota’s shoulder.
“Grab your laptop. We have to meet someone.”
“Someone who will watch your back.”
Ryota gulped loudly. It seemed like he had no way to escape from Woojin. Yet, he was also interested. It was surprising that he wanted to look for Tsukuyomi and Susanoo, but he would provide a person who could watch his back while he looked for them?
“Okay, I’ll go. Can you release me?”
Woojin took back his hand and Ryota quickly packed up his stuff.
Woojin then got out and frowned. Their car was a two-seater. Miho smiled, “I don’t plan on having him sit on my lap.”
Woojin then got on the car and made Ryota sit on his lap. Miho laughed and started the car.
“Let’s go as fast as you can.”
Miho began to drive and they headed back to Hakone. Soon, they were at the ryokan.
“Where did you go off to?” Bihyung asked as Woojin and Miho got out from the car. Woojin smiled.
“Nah. Who is that guy?”
“He will be our eyes.”
Ryota flinched when he saw Bihyung.
Bihyung’s eyebrows narrowed.
“You know me?”
“N-no. I saw you in some articles…”
“Articles? I don’t think there are a lot.”
Bihyung was confused and Omikami appeared from behind.
“You’re here? Who’s that?”
Ryota froze and stuttered, “A-amaterasu-s-sama?”
“Huh? You know me?”
Ryota quickly ran up to her, grabbed her hand, and rubbed it on his cheek. Woojin and Bihyung were all shocked. He was really fast, but there was no sense of hostility which made Woojin and Bihyung forget to react.
“It’s an honor! I am Ryota, Avatar of Bake-danuki!”
Omikami laughed awkwardly and looked at Woojin. He answered with a smile.
“He’s our new teammate.”