Chapter 9: A Change (1)
The angel who was flying toward Giant Fist and Chi-Woo was Periel.
“Periel? What is it?” Giant Fist asked the cautiously approaching Periel.
“Sir Gripping Giant Fist and Rising.” Periel sounded slightly nervous as he spoke. “It’s just that…I wanted to ask if you’ve come to take the test again.”
“Yeah, why?” Giant Fist asked in surprise, and Periel looked taken back. “I heard that when you applied for the sixth recruitment last time, you created quite the fuss…”
Laughter erupted all around them.
“A fuss? What fuss?” Giant Fist’s shouted angrily, his face turning beet-red now. “I applied to take the test whenever I saw an announcement for it! But whenever I did, I was told to get out with no warning. At least tell me your reason for kicking me out!”
“We thank you for your willingness to partic.i.p.ate,” Periel said as sweat poured down his face. “Because of an issue that happened during the sixth recruitment, I heard that you got a penalty, disallowing you from partic.i.p.ating in any more recruitments in the future.”
“What? Who told you that?”
“Okay. Let’s calm down, please.” Periel glanced at Chi-Woo over Giant Fist’s shoulders before looking back at Giant Fist. “Let’s move since there are many people waiting around us. We can continue our conversation elsewhere.”
“Ha! Ridiculous!” Giant Fist grumbled furiously, but he didn’t resist. “I can’t believe it. Are you guys even allowed to treat me like this?” He turned to Chi-Woo and scrunched up his face. “Please wait a bit, sir. I’ll come back after a short chat with this guy.’
“Let’s go together,” Chi-Woo replied immediately.
“Uh…Are you sure?”
“Yes. I can just stand in line again, and it’s boring for me to be alone. Let’s go together.”
“This way, please.” Periel stretched out his arms, and a faint portal appeared in the air.
Giant Fist entered first, and Chi-Woo followed him. As soon as Chi-Woo stepped out of the portal, he saw a familiar scene; he had been here before—the special waiting place for the Choi family. Before Chi-Woo could ask why he had been brought to this place, Periel opened his mouth.
“Thank you for your cooperation.”
“Okay. Why don’t you speak now,” said Giant Fist. He seemed to have calmed down a great deal.
“Truthfully…” Periel let out a deep sigh with a conflicted look on his face. “We hope that you two—no, sir Chi-Woo will wait to take the test last.”
“Take the test last? Why are you giving him an order like that?”
“I don’t know either, sir. But it’s more of a request than an order.”
“Who was it? And they didn’t even give any explanation.” Giant Fist’s eyebrows furrowed. “I’m curious. Who would make a request like that?” He narrowed his eyes, glaring at Periel and asked, “Is it that Laguel—”
“No, it’s not Ms. Laguel, sir,” Periel firmly cut him off. “It’s Archangel Raphael.”
Giant Fist became lost in thought. Raphael was the highest authoritative figure here, and she had granted permission for Chi-Woo’s entrance. Although he didn’t like the fact that she was making a request without any explanation, he couldn’t simply disobey it.
“What do you think, sir?” Not knowing what to do, Giant Fist turned to Chi-Woo to make the decision.
“It doesn’t matter to me.” Chi-Woo shrugged. “As long as I can take the test, I’ll wait.”
“Thank you!” Periel’s complexion brightened, and he left while saying, “Please rest in the meantime. I’ll come to pick you up when it’s your turn, sir.”
The waiting room became quiet after the angel’s departure. While waiting, Chi-Woo sat and fell deep into contemplation. Giant Fist had looked nervous for a while, but soon, he stood in front of a window and quietly stared down from it. Some time later, Periel came knocking on the door. It was finally Chi-Woo’s turn. Although Giant Fist looked like he wanted to ask some questions, Periel had immediately made a portal.
“I like how comfortable this arrangement is, but I have no idea what’s going on.” While Giant Fist grumbled his complaints, Chi-Woo pa.s.sed the portal. He tried to calm down his racing heart and soon found himself facing a surreal scene. Surprisingly, the s.p.a.ce wasn’t as big as he thought it would be. It was as big as a school’s soccer field, but not much bigger than the waiting room he had been in. Marble pillars lined from side to side, and between the two pillars at the end stood a tall altar, on top of which was a round, transparent crystal orb that shone brightly. Standing next to it was a familiar-looking angel.
“Here you are.” Raphael, who had her hair tied up, smiled up at them. “Thank you for waiting. Although you didn’t have to wait.” The last part was directed to Giant Fist.
Giant Fist said annoyedly, “I want to ask what you are thinking, but I suppose you won’t answer.”
“Why are you asking then?” Raphael said in a sing-song voice and placed the fist-sized crystal orb onto her hand. “Since you’re here, quickly take the test. Today, I’m overseeing this particular test, so don’t think about making a fuss like last time.”
“The fact that you’re suddenly overseeing this test makes me curious too,” Giant Fist said in surprise, but Raphael simply smiled.
Giant Fist grumbled and stomped towards the orb. With a decisiveness of someone who had done it many times before, he placed his hand on the marble and stared down at it with wide eyes.
A flat voice clearly flowed out of the marble.
Giant Fist frowned and pulled back his hands.
“Of course.” Raphael laughed. “Even if you have the conviction to save the world, you still might not be chosen. But your first priority is finding your master. Did you really expect to pa.s.s?” At Raphael’s words, Giant Fist’s face reddened. “Anyways, your test is over! Next person in line~” Raphael pointed at the air, and a faint portal appeared out of thin air. “You can leave through that. Wait there.”
“I have to wait?” Giant Fist stopped turning around mid-way. “Why?”
“I’ll tell you later.”
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“This is really strange.” Giant Fist looked back suspiciously. “Whenever I failed the test, I was told to just go back. I’ve never been told to wait.” Giant Fist folded his arms. “And I was looking at the line the whole time, but I didn’t see a single person return back. There’s no way that everyone pa.s.sed…Perhaps, is everyone waiting?”
—His existence there is inevitable.
The orb—or Ms. Prophecy, as the angel called it—continued without an ounce of hesitation.
The orb replied as if it had been waiting to say these words out loud.
According to the orb, Chi-Woo could not avoid or resist going to where his brother was, and he was an indispensable being there.
“An existence that cannot be stopped and is also indispensable,” Raphael stared at Chi-Woo with curiosity and said. “Good. You pa.s.sed.” She smiled brightly and splayed her hand. A portal appeared in the opposite direction of where Giant Fist had left.
Chi-Woo looked perplexed as he asked, “So did it mean that I was suitable?”
“No.” Raphael bent her thumb. “You’re not a suitable candidate, but a successful candidate. Congratulations. Even your older brother wasn’t able to get accepted as a successful candidate. For this matter, you’re the first irregular.” After correcting Chi-Woo, Raphael pointed towards the portal. “I’ll explain later. I don’t fully understand the situation, either.”
Since Raphael was basically telling him to get out, Chi-Woo moved towards the portal. He had achieved what he wanted. Even though he had some questions, there was no reason for him to stay any longer. Soon after, Chi-Woo disappeared into the portal.
“Good.” After turning off the portal, Raphael folded her arms. “Now tell me, why did you say that your function would stop?”
—Before I reply, I request two corrections.
Raphael was unable to hide the surprise in her eyes again.
There was a change in the prophecy orb. The orb on top of the altar was not a machine, but an intelligent life form with its own consciousness. However, it had only been replying to the questions they asked, and it had always searched for the best path with the information given to it. But now, the orb revealed its will. A change had, for the first time, happened to a flow that had been repeating itself like a turning wheel. What could possibly explain such a phenomenon?
“…I’ll decide after hearing what you have to say,” Raphael responded while she tapped the orb.
—First, I request a change in the composition of the number of suitable persons that were selected earlier.
—Second, I request a change in the transmission point of the 7th recruits and the first achievement goal for this mission.
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