The world was turned upside down. Starting from the news, sightings of the monsters were shown through various media outlets and people shivered in terror. Some speculated it to be a movie shoot at first, but constant reportings and sightings made them believe that it was real. But while some countries saw monsters and legendary beings appearing, there were some countries that didn’t see any of that. Korea was one such country.
Beom played a good substitute while Bihyung was gone. Bihyung was astonished.
“I think you fit better in that position.”
“No, Brother. I am better off in the field.”
“No, it’s too dangerous.”
Bihyung then grabbed a bottle of whiskey. Woojin sat down in front of Beom and said, “You did a good job.”
“Nothing much happened here.”
“Yeah. We wiped out vampires and killed demons. That’s probably why they didn’t think about doing it here.”
Woojin was thankful for that. He didn’t intend on that when he killed them, but it eventually was a good idea for Korea.
“I received a call from China.”
“Yeah. Mr. Sun butchered two betrayers and wanted to say thanks.”
“I should give him a call.”
Woojin smiled and Beom answered, “But you need to go down to Jeju first.”
“Granny Mago called too. She wanted you and Brother to go to Jeju as soon as you guys returned.”
“She could’ve called me directly.”
Bihyung shook his head in response, “That’s impossible. She’s out of reach. We have a dedicated shell that connects to her here in the company. It’s too dangerous to carry it around so we keep it here.”
Woojin realized for the first time that they weren’t using a regular phone to contact Mago and smiled.
“Okay. I have business to deal with in Seoul. We’ll leave for Jeju tomorrow.”
“Yeah. I have to rest too.”
Woojin then turned to Bihyung and reminded him, “Take care of Ryota.”
“Don’t worry about him. I’ve prepared an office for him with everything he needs. He should be busy setting up right now.”
“If he is that promising, then I guess we can invest that much.”
The situation wasn’t as bad as when Woojin first spoke. But now, they really needed a program to track down Avatars so they could fight them. Beom asked, “Where’s Miho?”
“She went to Mount Jiri.”
Her orb had gotten smaller while saving Woojin so she had to train her spiritual power. She was given a satellite phone in case they needed to contact her.
“I’ll be back.”
Woojin then came out and took out his phone.
Woojin then went to Old Hwang’s place. He greeted Woojin with a smile.
“You look happy.”
“Yeah, I’m getting a quite a bit of money with everything that’s happening.”
Old Hwang had taken the opportunity during the chaos to sell more weapons. Woojin smiled.
“I need something.”
“Oh, but what happened in Japan?”
“It’s expensive information.”
Old Hwang understood, however. He grinned.
“I guess Omikami is alive and well, seeing that they are quiet. But what’s in the bag?”
Woojin tapped on the box that held Kusanagi no ken that Omikami gave to him but didn’t answer. Old Hwang didn’t expect to hear the answer anyway.
“So, why did you want to see me again?”
“I need a few things.”
“I welcome customers any day. What do you need?”
“I need the blood of a merman.”
“As much as you can get.”
“Can you pay for it?”
“I have a source for the payment. Don’t worry about that.”
“Sure. I’ll see what I can do. Where do you want it sent to?”
“Do you have any at the moment?”
“Just a bit.”
“Then can I get those first?”
“Sure. Any others?”
“Do you have Bakegani shells?”
“Bakegani shells? That thing is useless but its rarity drives the cost up.”
“I just need a little.”
He was going to get more supplies from Omikami soon, so he just needed a little right now.
Old Hwang went to the back and returned with a small bottle and a palm-sized shell.
“This is all I have.”
“How much is it?”
“I’ll just give this to you since you will purchase it in large bulk soon.”
Woojin then got the item and stood up. Old Hwang spoke with a smile, “It looks like I’ll be busy. Korea is quiet now, but the other countries are in mess.”
“Are you going out of the country?”
“Call me anytime. My subordinate will be here. I’ll tell him about my VIP customer.”
“What number should I call?”
“Just call me and I’ll connect you to him. But you can just visit this place too.”
“Okay. I’ll call you next time.”
“Yeah. I’ll give you a call before I leave so we can have dinner together.”
Woojin then came out and called Doctor Ahn before going over to meet with him. He still seemed exhausted from his research, but he was well.
“Good. I was waiting to share my excitement with you.”
Doctor Ahn spoke with a bright smile, “I finally found what fits me.”
“You have succeeded with the Avatar Project?”
“Did you try it?”
Doctor Ahn then frowned and answered, “No. I couldn’t dare to go through the same pain you suffered. That’s I waited for you.”
“I think I can stand the pain if you stay by my side.”
Woojin then smiled and reached out with his hand.
“Then before you try it out, you have to check one thing.”
“Armor-piercing bullets are not enough. I need a stronger weapon for the hunters. We need to make a different kind of bullet.”
Woojin took out the Bakegani shell and merman blood. Doctor Ahn checked it and asked, “Why did you bring these?”
Woojin cracked the shell with his strength and dumped it into the blood. The shell began to boil and Woojin took it out to show to Doctor Ahn.
“Let’s go in.”
They went into the lab and Doctor Ahn began checking the density of the shell that was dumped into the blood.
“A Bakegani shell and merman blood… how did you find this combination?”
Doctor Ahn had discovered it in the past, but Woojin did not give an explanation. But as far as he knew, there was more to it that he couldn’t remember.
“There are some things I want to test. Maybe we can make it denser.”
“This alone is stronger than the armor-piercing bullet itself.”
“I know. But there are things that can’t penetrate in its current state.”
Doctor Ahn brought up a few data points and smiled.
“Yes… this will do.”
What he took out was the sand of sandmen. He put it in a box and the shell in it and burned it all together. Then he took out the shell to check the density again.
“This will work against any type of monster.”
“This is amazing.”
Woojin tried to crush it in his hand but it didn’t budge. It required his spiritual power if he really wanted to crush it. He then brought up the power to crush it into dust and Doctor Ahn said, “It sure is different after becoming an Avatar.”
“Oh, and I can’t use Cocktail-Demon anymore.”
“But didn’t it work before?”
“All of my dragon blood is gone, so I lose consciousness when I use it. We need to fix it.”
“I’ll take a look, but I’ll need more Bakegani shells if you want me to make more bullets.”
“I don’t need it for myself. Can you find a company to handle producing it in large amounts?”
“We’ll sell it to hunters.”
“Bakegani shells are hard to get, let alone merman blood.”
“I’ll have them in bulk soon.”
“Hmm… then we will find a company in Korea.”
Doctor Ahn then took a deep breath and said, “Then is it my turn now?”
Avatar Project. The chance of success was 100% as they tried once and succeeded. But Woojin was thinking the chance was at 50%. He wasn’t sure if it was a good idea to have Doctor Ahn undergo such a dangerous test, but this test had allowed Woojin to get the help he needed from Doctor Ahn, so he couldn’t stop him.
“Doctor. Do you really need to do this?”
“It is my life’s dream.”
Woojin couldn’t stop him anymore.
“Let’s do it.”
Doctor Ahn lied down on the bed with the bindings and Woojin put the straps over him. Doctor Ahn asked, “How painful was it?”
“More than you can imagine.”
Woojin put a towel over Doctor Ahn’s mouth so he couldn’t bite his tongue. Their eyes met and Doctor Ahn nodded. Woojin turned and saw Brunhilde coming up to them. She took the syringe and looked at Doctor Ahn. While Brunhilde looked at Doctor Ahn, Woojin realized why Doctor Ahn wanted to become an Avatar so badly. Woojin hadn’t known this until now, but he understood when he saw them looking at each other now.
So, this was the reason why Brunhilde was working for Doctor Ahn after all this time. Woojin grabbed Doctor Ahn’s hand and reassured him, “It will all work out.”
Doctor Ahn then turned to Brunhilde and she nodded and injected the syringe into his neck. His eyes turned wide and his body began to shiver. His eyes turned red and he began to tremble severely. Woojin held him down and mumbled, “You have to endure it.”