Evolution Theory of the Hunter – Chapter 79
[TN: Happy weekend! No fighting this scene though]
“I tried to stop her but she was too strong so…”
“Well. Makes sense.”
Since porters have to be extremely strong to carry around the hefty backpacks, I’m sure that Yeonkyoung wouldn’t have been able to push Sooah back even a little. On top of that, Sooah had the garter – meaning I was probably the only one on our team who could rival her in shear strength.
“And then after she put you down on the floor, she immediately passed out.”
“Did I do anything ‘bad’?”
Sooah asked with puppy dog eyes.
“No. You just fell right to sleep.”
“Darn. I can’t believe I missed such a great opportunity.”
“Hey hey. What on earth is going through that head of yours?”
“Well we were both super drunk anyway. Whatever I might have done, it wouldn’t have hurt any of our honor since we wouldn’t have remembered it.”
“Alright alright anyway. Let’s go eat. I’ll go and wake everyone else up.”
“Ah, everyone already went out for the day.”
I was surprised they were able to get up and about so early after drinking so hard last night.
“They said they were going to check out an autobody shop and a dealership. Ah. Manager Kim is still here though. He’s probably still asleep. As the other three left, they said not to wake him.”
“That old man. Then let’s just go eat by ourselves. We can drop by the hunter market on the way.”
“Oh, you want to sell some items?”
“Well. We need to sell them quickly before the value drops any more.”
Even now, items were flooding the West Sea. At this rate, the price of items will keep dropping.
“Just wait five minutes. I’ll hurry and wash so we can leave.”
Sooah jumped up from where she was laying.
“Hearing that we’re going to make money woke you right up did it?”
“Of course! Money is the best! I’d say it’s something like my life goal?”
“Alright enough money talk. Just hurry up and get washed so we can leave.”
“Stop. Don’t do that.”
I just got the chills.
The hunter market was on the other side of the city. Saying it like this made it seem really far, but it was only about a 10 minute walk.
Sooah’s footsteps were light.
She then turned her head and said.
“How much do you think we’ll get?”
“A whole lot.”
I couldn’t make a more accurate estimate. The price of items were ever changing, and there was a high chance that the value of items had dropped from our last time here.
On top of that, the market took a 10% commission off the sale of items.
Luckily though, the value of a used and new item were the same because it didn’t change the quality or ability of the item either way.
As we left the rest area with hostels, we entered the commercial area. This was a place where hunters, who put their lives on the line, spent their money without restraints.
The buildings themselves were prefabricated modules, but the food and alcohol being sold within were on the expensive side.
But that wasn’t to say there weren’t any restaurants serving more affordable fare. This was where the hunters who were just starting out at the West Sea came to eat.
“Should we eat first?”
“No. I don’t think I can eat a bite just yet.”
Sooah shook her head. I guess she was really curious just how much we earned. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t either.
As soon as we came to the market, we saw several dozens of people waiting in line.
As there were many expensive items on sale, there were just a ton of guards on duty. Though they weren’t hunters, they were equipped with weapons like stun guns.
Additionally, the market was right next to the police station. Security was high.
“Oh? I’m surprised to meet you someplace like this.”
A woman officer looked at me and said.
I lightly nodded and looked down. Sooah jabbed me in my said and asked.
“Who is this?”
“You don’t remember?”
“Mm…I don’t think so. It’s not as if I’d have any business with a cop…ah, wait. Are you that cop from last time?”
“Uh. Lieutenant Sohn Aram, right?”
She was the officer who had checked to see if I had a skill that time we got into a bit of a scuffle with the highschoolers on the playground.
I started wondering why she was stationed all the way out here when she seemed to be higher up in the ranks.
She looked at me in surprise.
“You remembered my name, even?”
“Well, I have pretty good memory so…”
Of course this was a lie. I only remembered her name because she was a beauty.
“But why are you all the way out here?”
“Everyone hunter-related has been stationed out here. Since there are so many hunters coming out here, there really isn’t a reason for us to be back at home. But why are you here at the hunter market?”
“Aren’t there only two reasons a person would be out at the hunter market?”
“So which is yours?”
“Both. We’re here to sell some items, as well as buy some things that might be of use.”
“Wow, it seems you’ve done pretty well.”
“You could say luck was on our side.”
At that moment, we heard a voice calling out to her. Her eyes had turned into crescent moons.
Was she the type to smile easily? Her image was a bit different from when I met her at the Mapo Police Station.
“Then I’ll be going in. Don’t get into any trouble.”
“Well, you never know what will happen.”
I said as I shrugged my shoulders. As I watched her walk away, I felt someone burning holes in my back.
When I looked back, I saw that Sooah was not happy at all. She was biting her lip. Hard.
“Do you like her?”
“No, this is only the second time I’ve met her. What are you talking about?”
“I could see the way she kept smiling at you. She’s a complete fox. That girl.”
“An officer was just being polite to a civilian.”
“Definitely not. Ask Yeonkyoung.”
She poked Yeonkyoung side.
“See. Yeonkyoung agrees with me.”
“Stop spouting nonsense. Let’s go sell some items.”
“If you don’t take care, she’ll swallow you whole.”
“Then I’ll be thankful.”
“Huh? Are you serious?”
“Someone like Lieutenant Sohn Aram is beautiful and she looks like she has a very pleasant personality. There’s no way I’d say no.”
“How can you…”
“And above all, she looks really good in uniform.”
“Partyhead. So you’re that kind of person.”
Hm, it was a joke. Maybe I took it a bit too far?
I thought about taking it back, but decided not to.
Sooah started furiously pounding into her smartphone.
“What are you doing now?”
“None of your business.”
I knew she was probably doing something unreasonable again, but I just let her be. She’s a grown woman.
It was only after about 30 minutes later that it was finally our turn.
We went into a small room that was prepped for us inside the the market.
This was to prevent others from seeing what items are purchased and sold.
Theft between hunters was quite high. It was never a good idea to show others what you had.
Now that we had a lot of items in our possession, it was better to perform transactions in a separate room like this.
Inside the small room was a wide table.
On the opposite side of the room was a large closet. It would seem that if we put an item in there, someone else on the other side would take it.
“How many items have you brought? If you put them atop this table, I will inspect them, and then give you the total price.”
The male worker said haughtily as if this were a nuisance.
Most market workers were very polite. Was he unhappy that he had to be all the way out here?
I leaned against the table and spoke.
“I kind of have a lot. Is that ok?”
“Our branch inventories several hundreds of items. If we included skills, we have that much more. No matter how many items you have brought, we would be able to afford it. Also…it doesn’t seem as if you brought that many items…from what I could tell.”
He responded after glancing at me and my two party members.
I didn’t bring any of my equipment here. The equipment that Sooah and Yeonkyoung had brought weren’t for sale, but for protection purposes.
“What you see isn’t all we have.”
“If there’s someone waiting outside, then can you have them step in? We’re a bit busy so…”
“We noticed you did have a long line.”
“We’ve been here for 3 hours without a break. So…”
He was probably trying to tell me to stop wasting his time. Well, I agree with him on that.
Though I didn’t like his attitude, there was no reason for me to keep dawdling.
I raised my hand into the air. The worker, who had been looking at me quizzically one second, was staring big Os at me in the next.
What had been just air a moment ago was now spilling out with items galore. Items were piling over on the table and on the floor.
Though he was a worker for a very popular branch, it seems he’s never experienced something like this before.
“There are 37 in all.”
There were originally 40, but I had taken 6 of them to fuse them into 3 level 2 items.
Though this reduced the total number of items, the value of all of them should have gone up by alot.
“This…where did all this…”
“I don’t think that’s what is important right now.”
“Ah. Yes, certainly. Can you please step out for a moment and wait on stand by? It will take some time for me to inspect them all.”
He gave me a deep bow. As we walked out to where he had pointed to us, we were led to a room with VIP written on the door.
The room had a large sofa with drinks available to us. Since the room hadn’t looked big from the outside, we didn’t even imagine there would be an inner room like this.
“This is why people need to earn alot of money.”
Sooah sucked on her cocktail in large gulped as she twittered on.
“You will become something someday alright.”
“Are you making fun of me?”
“Then did you think it was a compliment?”
“Do you know that you’ve been really mean to me recently?”
“Then have you done anything to warrant any compliments?”
“If I think about it, I haven’t really done anything compliment worthy either.”
I pondered on what she just said. So is she asking me to be mean to her too?
“Since you’re working hard, it’s fine.”
The only reason I was talking like this to Sooah was because she was the type to bounce back real quick. But Yeonkyoung was sensitive. I needed to be careful what I said to her.
Sooah punched me in the side.
“Hey. What are you doing?”
“Oops. It slipped.”
“Wouldn’t people usually pinch or something?”
“But a fist hurts more.”
“Is that right…”
This was true but…this girl. Well, I gave her a light flick on the forehead right back.
A nice sound rung out as her head rebounded back. Did I do it too hard?