Chapter 107: Pieces of the Puzzle #4
He had the things needed to control Yoo Cheol-ho, and now he could really start exploring the prison. After taking out the goods in his stomach, Tae-hyuk sat on the bed and rested for a while.
Even if the wound disappeared with ‘Cancel’, the damage to the body remained.
“…But even the blood is gone? Isn’t this almost like turning back time?”
Tae-hyuk looked at the bed sheets that had been soaked in his blood. It was so dirty that it wouldn’t have been cleaned even if he washed it. But now it was like being dried in the sunshine after being washed in a steam machine.
“Then I need to hide these.”
The silicon pack contained multiple medications and cards. He took out everything from the pack, rolled it upside down, and took out a small waterproof sheet. Once he unfolded it, the same pattern as the wall of the cell was drawn. The silicon pack was stretched as thinly as possible, pressed to the wall, and the waterproof sheet was stuck on top. He used Forgery on the sides to make it naturally connect to the wall. It couldn’t be found unless the pattern of the wall was carefully touched.
“It is really perfect...!”
Tae-hyuk looked at his work with a satisfied expression. Since he became a Noble, the quality of Forgery has risen further. What about the ‘King’ status? Just imagining it gave him goosebumps.
"But what I have to do to become a King?"
He became a Noble by catching black list members and raising his stats. If he thought about it simply, couldn’t he become a King the same way? Since then, he had raised his stats a lot but there weren’t any messages on the Demon Revealing Mirror. Maybe he couldn’t get promoted in the same way.
“Well, won’t I know sooner or later? First, let’s just do what I need to do for now.”
He checked Yoo Cheol-ho’s status and saw no signs of waking up. Tae-hyuk scratched his head and put the spring back in the sketchpad.
"I have paper and a pencil so I’ll draw a blueprint of this place.”
He never knew what would happen in prison, so he would just do what he could. Tae-hyuk sharpened the pencil, which had distorted into a weird shape, one more time so that he could draw something. Then he did the same thing as he did in Atlantis.
Less than 10 minutes later, he had a blueprint of this place. He put it in the place where he hid the medicine.
“Kuoong... I don’t feel good. I keep sleeping all day long.”
Yoo Cheol-ho, who was lying on the top bunk, woke up and stretched.
"Eh? Why does my head hurt?”
He touched the back of his head as he felt a sharp pain.
Tae-hyuk said with a smile,
"A guard came. You were so deeply asleep that he hit you.”
“Damn. When I get the chance, I’ll pay that bastard back.”
Yoo Cheol-ho gritted his teeth as he thought about the guards.
Some time passed.
Yoo Cheol-ho laughed and looked down at Tae-hyuk.
“Don’t be so hard. I growled like that last time because I didn’t know who you were. Now I know you well so let’s be friendly with each other.”
Tae-hyuk was supposed to be sentenced for seven years due to special theft and assault. Yoo Cheol-ho learned about this and treated Tae-hyuk as a subordinate.
"I’ll consider it.”
“Ohuhu... Newbie. Aren’t there rumors that you have something good?”
Yoo Cheol-ho made a smoking gesture.
‘Ah, he also smokes.’
Tae-hyuk didn’t see it often because Yoo Cheol-ho didn’t have money, but he remembered seeing several cigarettes.
"Do you have a story to tell me?”
"I don’t. Instead, how about this?”
In fact, Yoo Cheol-ho did have information that he could offer for the cigarettes. However, it would be dangerous if the information entered the guards’ ears. Of course, Yoo Cheol-ho never dreamt that Tae-hyuk already knew about it.
Tae-hyuk looked at Yoo Cheol-ho like he was interested.
"Is there anyone you want to kill? Originally, I don’t accept any contracts. I’m only doing it this time because we are roommates. Ohuhu, if you tell me their name and where they live, then I will send them to the other world. How about it?”
Tae-hyuk smiled without saying anything. He was someone who returned to jail after successfully escaping twice.
Yoo Cheol-ho was in jail right now. Telling someone that he would kill a person was like saying that he was thinking of escape. In addition, Yoo Cheol-ho wasn’t a professional killer like the Chinese man Tae-hyuk recently met. Yoo Cheol-ho just killed a few people weaker than him.
"I'm sorry, but the conditions are the same for everyone. Bring information that will please m, then I’ll give you cigarettes.”
Tae-hyuk pulled out a pack and shook it in Yoo Cheol-ho’s face, as if it was a taunt. Yoo Cheol-ho didn’t know if it was planned but he saw it that way. Yoo Cheol-ho reached out a trembling hand towards Tae-hyuk.
Then he coughed a few times before lying back down on the bed.
“Cough. That's okay. Be stingy.”
It seemed like it would be a few days before Yoo Cheol-ho gave in. There was nothing to do here except to eat and smoke. Therefore, that temptation was intense. Tae-hyuk and extended a cup full of sticky coffee to Yoo Cheol-ho.
"I’ll give it for free.”
"Wait a few days. I’ll come with a great story.”
Yoo Cheol-ho gulped down the coffee without knowing that there were strong sleeping pills inside. After less than five minutes, he was in a deep sleep.
Tae-hyuk decided to leave the cell tonight.
He slapped Yoo Cheol-ho’s cheeks hard enough to make a sound. However, there were no signs of him waking up. It felt like he was rewarded for the hard work of bringing the medicine in here.
He didn’t hear anything moving except for a few guards patrolling. However, there was the sound of sleepless prisoners gossiping.
Tae-hyuk quietly left the cell using Yoo Cheol-ho’s tunnel. It was only one meter long. However, that was enough for Tae-hyuk.
Tae-hyuk used Counterfeit to disguise his clothes as the guard uniform. The navy uniform of the guards was born. He could walk through the front door of the prison and no one would notice. He could escape without the tunnel.
"First of all, let’s confirm where I can go.”
Tae-hyuk walked casually down the hallway lined with cells. He could hear them talking.
“…I have to kill him.”
There was somebody burning another person’s flesh.
"Nowadays, the technology regarding gene collection has developed so much that your identity will be known if you leave a hair or skin cell behind.
"Then what can I do?”
"First of all, the best thing is to build a workshop with a tarp where you can handle the other person. Even if blood splashes, all the traces will disappear once the vinyl is peeled off. But if you can’t do that, you need to do some DNA removal.”
There was also someone giving away his secret know-how. The prison was basically a correctional facility. But in this manner, it became a crime school to transfer their skills to others.
Tae-hyuk clicked his tongue and muttered,
"How is that not one of these guys change?”
It was cute that they liked bragging about the crimes they committed. As Tae-hyuk was exploring, he heard something strange.
“Then did you trade with the newbie who entered last week?”
“What about it? I can smoke a cigarette after a long time.”
"No matter how I looked at it, something is strange. Maybe he is a spy planted by the cops.”
"He doesn’t smell like a cop. Plus, have you seen his appearance? If he is a cop then I am the police commissioner.”
“Kuhaha. Anyways, it stinks.”
"But I was wondering about what he was hearing. Apparently it isn’t crime related? He also didn’t ask anything about other criminals.”
“Kuoong... Really? Then what the hell is his purpose?”
“Shh! There is a guard.”
Tae-hyuk deliberately made his footsteps louder and confirmed who the prisoner was.
'Hrmm, I was expecting some people to be suspicious. It is this guy.’
He was someone who successfully broke out of Blue Dragon Prison with Yoo Cheol-ho.
'Anyway, I need a good reason for gathering the information.’
This place was very narrow. The doubts would soon spread like an epidemic. Before that, he needed to take some measures.
Tae-hyuk quietly left the area where the Korean inmates lived.
Once he moved to the area where the Chinese prisoners lived, he felt something strange. In the darkness, a few guards and Chinese inmates were leaving the cells and moving somewhere.
“...It isn’t an escape. What is it?”
Since he got the crime skills, Tae-hyuk’s eyesight had sharpened. He could see the shapes of people from far away in the moonlight.
The suspicious group was going to an off limits area. It was a place Tae-hyuk had never been, despite living here for nearly 10 years.
"They aren’t sneaking in to secretly dig up the gold are they?”
Tae-hyuk followed behind the group. They arrived near a place where someone was standing guard.
'What, there are no cells in there, so what is he guarding? Isn’t this huge?’
Tae-hyuk recalled the face of one of the guards in charge of the Chinese. Fortunately, he knew someone.
Tae-hyuk changed his face and casually approached the guard.
"Ah, you went through a lot of trouble.”
"Uh, didn’t you just pass by?”
“What nonsense are you saying? Did you fall asleep while working?”
“Ah, no. Keep up the good work!”
He easily passed by the guard.
“Strange... I could’ve sworn that he just went by.”
Tae-hyuk smiled and followed the people ahead of him. The place where the Chinese people ended up was a huge vegetable garden. The Chinese prisoners and guards were harvesting something.
“Hurry! This is the warden’s command! The harvesting must be finished by tomorrow!”
Then Chinese curse words emerged. Tae-hyuk realized what the plant was.
It was very difficult to grow cannabis since the awful smell made it difficult to grow it indoors. Nurturing it like this...
‘This is what the warden was hiding.’
He estimated that there was around 200~300 trees.
'Can’t 15g be extracted from a single tree?’
Let’s say there are 300 trees. An enormous amount of drugs, 4.5 kg at a time, was being grown in the prison. It was enough to make thousands of people addicts.
‘It is around 50,000 won for 1g... So around 300 million won for one harvest?’
It seemed like the Blue Dragon Prison wouldn’t have just one farm. After harvesting the cannabis, carrots and radishes could be planted to disguise it as an ordinary garden. Drug growing was possible because outsiders only entered here a few times a year.
Tae-hyuk’s mouth twitched.
He had no idea that he would find a drug field when he went looking for gold.
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