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Chapter 5: Celestial Realm (2)

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Chapter 5: Celestial Realm (2)

Chi-Woo gasped when the alien lizard stomped on the ground—no, the floor made of clouds. It was truly astonis.h.i.+ng.

Whoos.h.!.+

The winds struck his face quite strongly. Every time he blinked, the scenery changed around him. The alien lizard was moving tens or more meters with every step.

‘Is this really happening?’ Chi-Woo didn’t know what to believe anymore as he looked up at the sight before him. As he stared at the alien lizard, he suddenly realized something.

“I don’t know your name.”

“Sorry?” Not having expected this question, the alien lizard responded one beat too slow.

“What’s your name?”

“Are you…talking to me, sir?” The alien lizard’s eyes widened. Chi-Woo raised his voice and said it more clearly this time.

“I’m asking you what your name is.”

“Uh… My name is Gripping Giant Fist and Rising,” the alien lizard murmured.

“Gripping Giant what?”

“Haha, I guess my name will sound strange to you. Although the Celestial Realm’s automatic translation system is splendid, it isn’t perfect by any means. However, the meaning of my name should be pa.s.sed onto you with the best translation in your planet’s language.”

The alien lizard’s name reminded Chi-Woo of a traditional Native American name. He said, “I mean, even for inhabitants of the same planet, people have all kinds of names depending on their country of origin.”

“It is as you say. It’s important for us to understand and respect each other despite our differing backgrounds.”

“Then I guess I’ll call you Gripping Giant Fist and Rising from now on.”

“It’s quite a long name. You can just call me Giant Fist. If it’s you, Sir Choi Chi-Woo, you can certainly do that.” The alien lizard, Giant Fist, said this as if he was granting Chi-Woo a great honor.

“Um, but Giant Fist is a bit…”

“Well…I know, it was your brother who gave me this name.”

“My older brother?”

“Yes.” Giant Fist meekly nodded at Chi-Woo’s question.

“He gave a name like that to another being…? His naming sense is really…” Chi-Woo muttered to himself.

Giant Fist’s voice shook as he said, “Umph, thank goodness…that you’re not like him in this respect…” Seeing that Giant Fist’s eyes became teary, Chi-Woo decided to not pry any deeper into this topic.

“But why are you suddenly asking for my name, sir?” Giant Fist asked, his face gleaming with antic.i.p.ation.

Chi-Woo didn’t answer right away. At first, Chi-Woo simply thought Giant Fist was some crazy man. He hadn’t got rid of all his suspicions about the alien yet, but at the least, it seemed highly unlikely that he was experiencing a new type of advanced virtual reality now; the situation he was in was far too devoid of common logic. Now, Chi-Woo had a slightly different mindset than when he first arrived at this place: instead of reality, he believed he was in a dream. After all, it seemed much more sensical to explain everything as part of a dream.

‘Yes, that would explain it…’

Perhaps nothing around him was real. He could just think of this as a silly dream. Of course, he couldn’t deny that there was a part of him who wished that he wasn’t dreaming. If what Giant Fist said was maybe, just maybe true…

“Look, sir. We’re almost there.” Giant Fist’s words broke Chi-Woo from his reverie, and Chi-Woo turned his head sideways. The scene before him was just as surreal as everything he had seen until now. From far away, he saw a pure, s.h.i.+ning white castle; only the castle’s top was visible, so Chi-Woo couldn’t approximate its size. Perhaps what he saw wasn’t even the top of the building. The building was so ginormous that he couldn’t see its end even when he tilted his head to project his eyesight as far as possible.

As they got closer, they saw the castle’s exterior walls; it was astonis.h.i.+ngly ma.s.sive. Compared with the ‘Stranger’s s.p.a.ce’ he was just at, the difference in scale was that of an elephant and an ant.

“This is insane…”

“You think so too, sir? I was blown away by the castle when I first saw it— although I have become used to it after entering it so many times,” Giant Fist said and stomped forward.

After walking some more, they soon saw a place that looked like an entrance. Even the entrance was bigger than most high-rise buildings. Chi-Woo wondered if they would be able to open a door as big as that.

“They will soon come,” Giant Fist said, “I sent them prior notice before coming here. If we just wait a bit…” Before he could finish his sentence, a blinding flash of light shone from the center of the door.

‘Wha—’ Before Chi-Woo could even ask what that was, glimmers of shadows appeared out of an oval of lights in an instant. The wavering shadows seeped out like objects floating to the surface of water. At a quick glance, the figure appeared human. But upon closer inspection, they—he clearly looked like an otherworldly being. He was more than two meters tall and held a long trident. His hair was semi-transparent so one could see through it, and he wore a white uniform, which made him look like a holy priest. When Chi-Woo noticed the pair of feathery wings on his back, he became certain that the being wasn’t an earthling—more so, because his pure white and beautiful appearances made him look like an angel straight out of a storybook.

“Did you just arrive here? Have you finished all your businesses?”

“Yes, sorry.” Giant Fist replied succinctly to the angel’s business-like tone; he sounded quite cold to the angel.

“Oh. What is it? You have always barged in here whenever you wished to. Why are you apologizing now?” By the angel’s tone, it sounded like he had more than one or two extra complaints to make.

“Okay, okay. I’m sorry. I’m in a hurry.” Giant Fist also talked casually; clearly, he was familiar with the angel.

“How very unusual, sir. You usually don’t even pretend to listen,” the angel scoffed. “Anyways, I understand. I apologize if I came off as rude. We are grateful for the work you do, but we also have our own protocols to follow,” the angel concluded, as if he didn’t intend to make a bigger deal out of this issue and turned his gaze to Chi-Woo. “What can I help you with, sir?”

Giant Fist stared back at the angel awkwardly. He hesitated. “Uh…well, you see.”

The angel stroked his chin and said, “You must have come from the Stranger’s Place…did you personally catch this one?” Then, he suddenly tilted his head and muttered, “But the sorebreks are outside, why would you personally…?” The angel saw a cl.u.s.ter of sorebreks attaching themselves to Chi-Wook. It was clear that he didn’t understand what was going on.

Giant Fist gulped and said, “I led him here.”

“…What?”

“I led him here. Don’t say anything more and just let me pa.s.s. Please.”

“Don’t be ridiculous, sir,” the angel refused immediately. “What happened? Please explain the situation first.”

“…”

“What is going on?” the angel continued to interrogate. “What is that?”

“Don’t call him ‘that’. He’s an esteemed guest.”

“I didn’t get any message that a guest was coming…No, wait?” The angel looked at Chi-Woo and his forehead scrunched up. “Why would you tie up an esteemed guest?” Then the angel exclaimed in shock as he looked back at Giant Fist, “Did you perhaps—”

“I am telling you beforehand, but it’s not like I didn’t invite him. I already explained everything to him and led him here.”

“Do you really expect me to believe that?”

Giant Fist hurriedly loosened the ropes around Chi-Woo, but the angel gripped his trident tighter. “Did you drag this person here forcefully!? An existence that hasn’t been verified yet!?” The angel’s voice rose higher. If the situation escalated any further, a fight was likely to break out.

“I didn’t kidnap him! You don’t have to worry! Just look, look at him!” Giant Fist yelled in frustration and pushed Chi-Woo towards the angel.

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—Myah!

“Why are you saying that he has no qualifications? Ah, man, why are you being so uptight?”

“Sir, are you in any position to get angry at me?”

Giant Fist and the angel were slowly getting heated up. Giant Fist had been keeping a minimum level of politeness, but now he acted as if he could do anything if it meant fulfilling his mission.

“Hey, you! As you know, I ate with Sir Chi-Hyun! And we saved the world together! I did all this with Sir Chi-Hyun!” Giant Fist flailed both of his arms around and let out a pa.s.sionate speech.

“Ha. Please try making a reasonable argument.” The angel snorted to express that none of Giant Fist’s arguments were working on him.

“What? Make a reasonable argument?”

“Yes. Also, why did you suddenly mention Sir Chi-Hyun’s name? Are you threatening me?” The angel didn’t back down at all.

“Wow, just look at this punk? When I first came with Sir Chi-Hyun, you let me in without a word.”

“Because the situation is now different from before! And also, sir, do you think that you and Sir Chi-Hyun are the same?”

“Ah, I see~ Since the person who brought me here last time was Sir Chi-Hyun, you humbly crawled on the floor; Now that I was the one who brought this person, you won’t let him in?”

“Please refrain from mocking me. I was unable to understand Sir Chi-Hyun’s actions before, so I received a scolding from Sir Laguel. But this isn’t the case for Sir Gripping Giant Fist and Rising.” The angel’s expression turned displeased. “Sir, I don’t understand why you, someone who served Sir Chi-Hyun closely, are saying this to me.”

“I know that! I know that he’s the exception!”

“Then why are you being so unreasonable, sir?!” The angel finally yelled and glared at Giant Fist. He didn’t bother to hide his displeased expression and shouted again, “What, are you saying that this person is on the same level as Sir Chi-Hyun?”

“Yep!” Giant Fist immediately replied.

“Geeze, you have to at least make a realistic comparison…wait, what?” The angel couldn’t believe his ears.

“Yes!” Giant Fist yelled, “That’s exactly what I’m saying! If you don’t believe me, see for yourself!”

The angel sighed. His gaze seemed to be asking if Giant Fist was out of his mind.

“Search him! Then you’ll understand!”

“Search what?”

“You can check the entrance records and compare it with your own! Did you not see the contacts I sent?” Giant Fist thumped his chest and was about to jump in frustration.

“My goodness.” The angel looked at Giant Fist with a mixture of understanding and disbelief and tapped his wrist. A hologram appeared in the air. “…I’ll repeat myself once more.” As the angel tapped in the air, pages quickly flipped to the next. “Even if the individual you brought is a descendent of a hero or an acquaintance, I can never allow them to enter on the mere basis of sight-seeing…”

The angel’s voice suddenly quieted down. When he searched the database to filter out everything except for an a.n.a.lysis of Chi-Woo’s physical attributes and heroes with whom his probability of being genetically connected to exceed 99.9%—

“What…”

A considerable number of results appeared. Blood-relations connected to Chi-Woo continuously streamed down in the air.

“What the…Why is it so long…” The angel’s expression became more dumbfounded as he looked down at Chi-Woo’s long family tree, which started from the first progenitor and stretched down like a long tree branch.

“G-S-3-E origin and…” When the angel checked the very bottom of the family tree and saw the face and name of the most recent hero on active duty, his mouth gaped open like he was going to scream. “….!”

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