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At the end of the barbecue, a message came.
-We can talk now.-
It was a message I was waiting for.
“I’m going to call someone for a second.”
Aqua and my parents became close and exchanged conversations.
There was even a gentle smile on the side of my parents’
I came down the hall and called. The opponent answered the phone even before the call was heard.
–Is it Hyunwoo?
It was Jang Gilsan, a fellow academy student and my best friend.
“Uh, you’re available now?”
–Wait a minute.
Jang Gilsan’s voice was a little distant.
–Let’s finish after the call.
Jang Gilsan was the successor of a large guild. Maybe by this time he was working on something.
–What did you call me about?
I got straight to the point.
“Can you sell me some Magic stones?”
Jang Gilsan spoke in a curious voice for a moment and immediately replied.
“Can you sell it to me?”
Magic Stones was one of the special items amongst the guild.
In fact, I wasn’t sure is he could provide it to me, but I didn’t know that he would be so willing to sell it.
–You said you needed it.
He spoke indifferently as if he didn’t need it and could bring it anytime.
I was confused whether it was simple or was he considerate of me as his friend.
‘Anyway, he’s a good guy.’
To me, Jang Gilsan was a so-called best friend.
We even made a club together, so I don’t have to explain how well we fit.
“How much is the healing water of a Supreme spirit?” I asked, regarding the healing water of Aqua.
–The Supreme level? Is there a rating like that?
Come to think of it, Aqua was a self-proclaimed Supreme spirit, or the first Supreme spirit.
“Ah…… I’m selling three bottles of advanced healing water.”
–Okay, I have to go to Samcheok next week, so let’s make a deal then.
“Here in Samcheok? For what?”
–There’s a resort there, right? The guilds decided to have an outing there.
“Aha. I’ll see you next week.”
–Yeah, bring the seller. I’ll hang up.
I got cut off after he said that.
Jang Gilsan seemed to think that I was selling the healing water of other spirits instead.
‘No way. I didn’t have a spirit until the club’s closing party a few days ago.’
Come to think of it, I wondered how Jang Gil-san would react when he found out that I had signed with Aqua.
Jang Gilsan has been together with me for nearly three years since the second semester of ny first year.
That’s how much I’ve been waiting for a spirit. He will surely rejoice as if it were his own.
* * *
The next day.
-Looking around the human world. –
– Show the human world around for your first-time spirit.-
– Rewards: Spirits Growth. Spiritualist Foundation Growth.-
“Just looking around the town doesn’t complete it.” I thought while looking at the unfulfilled quest.
Indeed, if the quest was achieved, it would have been called a “round the neighborhood,” not a “human world view.”
So I decided to go to downtown Samcheok with Aqua.
It wasn’t just for completing the quest. Leaving the quest aside, I also wanted to show Aqua around the city.
‘Cause it’s where I was born and raised.’
Achieving the quest was actually secondary.
‘I don’t have to be lazy, but I don’t have to be impatient.’
I wanted to enjoy every moment with Aqua.
“Come on, let’s go.”
I headed to the warehouse with Aqua on my shoulders. An oiled and refurbished scooter stood there all morning.
I picked up Aqua and put her on the basket of the scooter.
It was a basket that my father hung because my mother often used to go grocery shopping downtown.
Aqua looked around the shopping cart with wonder.
[Is this a spirit seat?]
“Hahaha. That’s what it is.”
I took out two helmets and put one on me and the other on Aqua. It was a pink children’s helmet.
[What is this?]
Aqua reached out and felt for the helmet. For Aqua, the existence of nature, the act of wearing something was awkward.
“We’re preparing for a possible accident.”
When I fixed Aqua’s helmet string, my hand went to my cell phone without realizing it.
“Aqua, Can you be real for a moment?”
[Hmm? Got it.]
Realization allowed us to take pictures of the spirits.
I took a picture of the real Aqua with my phone.
Aqua wearing a helmet in a shopping cart was captured in the picture.
The head, which was bigger than her body, looked bigger because of the helmet. But there was no such a small child in the world because it was in a shopping basket.
Cute Aqua. She was unbelievably cute.
Feeling my photographer instinct awakening, I took pictures consecutively.
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