Chapter 42. Trade and Alliance (1)

Kang Chul-In went back to Earth through the warp gate as soon as he recovered.

“Please be swift. I, Lucia, will wait for my lord.”

Lucia saw him out.

Laputa’s most trusted advisers were too busy executing Kang Chul-In’s “Special orders”. They had to accomplish all of their given orders before he came back.

“It’s going to be around 2 weeks.”

“That is too long.”

“My hands are tied. I have business back home.”

“I am afraid that I might wither to death while waiting for you my lord.”

“……”

“Please remember that I am waiting for you and hurry back.”

Lucia looked like she was in such despair; she looked like a puppy that lost its master.

I really don’t understand why she acts like this recently.

Kang Chul-In could not get used to Lucia’s change after the hunt. He also thought that he was not like her.

Think about it.

167cm, cup size well over D, a skinny waist, broad pelvis, and nice thighs. Lucia was a merciless idol who easily outranked other females.

And her face?

She had sharp eyes as well as glasses, making her a “cool beauty”, which reminded people of a strict professional woman. There wasn’t a woman whose cute puppy form couldn’t go as well as she was now.

“…Well, I will have to come back once the business is over. I did order some things to be done, so I won’t be gone long.”

“You should do so.”

“I will.”

He stood at the warp gate with a huge sack on his back.

There were all sorts of items and trading good samples between Earth and Pangaea. His plan was to establish a trading business after consulting with Old Man Kwon on the items in the bag. Money? He would be able to buy a private jet after a year.

“Please take care of the territory.”

“Do not worry, my lord.”

Then, he went through the warp gate to head to Earth.

As soon as he arrived, Kang Chul-In went to the parking lot, opened the hood of a Mustang, and loaded his cargo. The cargo, which included gold and other things, easily exceeded 100kg.

“The meat.”

Realizing that there was something missing, he pulled out a neatly wrapped sack of meat.

It was the meat of the Peacock Dragon.

Needless to say, it was not an ordinary cut of meat.

The meat he brought with him was the equivalent of the neck chain of a cow. There was only 3kg of it in the gigantic body of a Peacock Dragon, so it was very rare meat.

I do have to fulfill the duty of a son.

He was going to bring the meat to his mother.

A Peacock Dragon’s meat had a special effect.

Anti-aging, bolstering the immune system, increase in strength, fuel energy, etc. The meat’s worth was more than that of a common restorative. No, the meat of the Peacock Dragon could be the best restorative there was.

It was different from the unverified health food where it was impossible to know the benefits other than the gossip around it. The effect took place after eating a couple of pieces of the meat. This was the real deal.

And for Old Man Kwon.

He also had meat for Old Man Kwon.

It wasn’t as good as the neck chain, but it was a good cut.

Old Man Kwon was going to be his business partner, so it was better in many ways for him to restore his youth.

After placing the meat separately, Kang Chul-In drove the Mustang to Bucheon. He was going to present the meat to his mother before anything.

Vroom-!!

The 2020 Ford Mustang Coupe 5.0L GT made a huge sound before taking off.

It is time to get a new car. I will have to move too.

As his funds grew, he started to think of moving and getting a new car. It was nonsense for a Lord to live in a small studio measuring 33 m².

And the Mustang… It was a great car, but it wasn’t a car for a Lord. He wasn’t going to sell it but was going to keep it as part of a collection. One of his previous hobbies was collecting cars.

While heading to Bucheon, he turned on the radio.

As always, he watched newspapers, TV, and listened to the radio to ease the gap between the two places whenever he comes back.

  • Now, foreign-affairs news. The young heir of the Rothschild family, Alex Rothschild, has announced that he is a dimension traveler. It is reported that Mr. Alex Rothschild has shown the ability to use psychic powers in front of many of Hollywood’s celebrities.

The very first news on the radio was a very unpleasant one. Kang Chul-In frowned.

He changed the channel. It was better to listen to a cheesy radio station than to listen to the news of the Rothschilds.

  • The government announced to postpone the restrictions against animals and plants brought from the other world.

He didn’t actually change the channel to a music station.

  • The High-level adventurer, Mr. Lee Sang-Deuk, subdued a trio of gangsters who became adventurers. Mr. Lee Sang-Deuk usually…

The world was changing.

The market will grow.’

Kang Chul-In thought of the near future.

Thanks to the growing trade between the Earth and Pangaea, the Republic of Korea entered a record-breaking economic boom. Needless to say, that the man who made that possible was Kang Chul-In. The world was calm before the storm, and the fire was in its smallest state right now.

Kang Chul-In turned on his iPhone as he got closer to Bucheon. He wanted to call his mother as well as check his missed calls.

Missed call: Mother (7)

Missed call: Park Doo-Sik(3)

Missed call: Old Man Kwon (1)

7 missed calls from mother, 3 from Park Doo Sik, and 1 from Old Man Kwon. It was not bad considering he was away from Earth for a month. But… there was one who called him hundreds of times.

Missed call: Assistant Manager Lee Chae-Rin (287)

Lee Chae-Rin, the Lord with the abundance skill.

He checked the time stamp.

“……?”

The last call was from 30 minutes ago. She must have called him over a week like this.

He turned on the mobile messenger application to see why she was trying to reach him.

Lee Chae-Rin: Mr. Chul-In. I have decided to live as a Lord!

Lee Chae-Rin: Are you busy?

Lee Chae-Rin: Are you still in Pangaea?

Lee Chae-Rin: Let’s meet when you come back! I haven’t forgotten about that talk last time. I hope we can keep a good relationship as partners.

…(omit)…

The messages from a week ago looked fine. But the contents of the messages started to become a bit worrisome.

Lee Chae-Rin: Mr. Chul-In… Your phone is still off. Would you please call me back when you come back?

Lee Chae-Rin: I can’t reach you today either…

Lee Chae-Rin: Mr. Chul-In…

Lee Chae-Rin: Are you going to be out for long?

Lee Chae-Rin: Help me… Mr. Chul-In, please help me… If you see this message, please call me as soon as possible…

He could feel the desperation from the messages. He couldn’t know the scale of the trouble that she was in, which made her this desperate. It was clear that something had happened.

Just then.

He was receiving a phone call, and the screen showed the name “Assistant Manager Lee Chae-Rin”. The call came as soon as he turned on the phone.

“This is Kang Chul-In speaking.”

He answered.

  • .. Mr. Chul-In?

Lee Chae-Rin’s voice was trembling over the phone.

“Yes, it’s me.”

  • I’ve been waiting… for you…

“…..?”

  • Can we meet? Where are you? I’ll be there.

She sounded desperate. A person on top of the edge of a mountain will sound like that.

“I can’t at the moment.”

But Kang Chul-In refused her request.

It was time to serve his mother some good food. No matter how badly others needed his time, that couldn’t come before his family.

“I’m on my way home. Let me call you back tonight. My phone is almost out of charge too..”

  • I’m in Bucheon!

“……?”

  • I thought you would go to meet your parents when you come back… I’m in a hotel in Bucheon. I remembered that your mother works in the Bucheon local market so…

“……”

She was very desperate after all. Desperate enough for her to pack up and wait nearby.

  • Please give me a call when you are done.

“……”

  • Please meet me. I… I need you, Mr. Chul-In…

Her attitude made him wonder why.

“It is not that difficult to meet you.”

Kang Chul-In remembered what he said to her when they met before.

“But I will only help you when you really want to live as a Lord.”

“Really?”

“I won’t spoon-feed you, but yes.”

He had even said this.

“I will end it here. Think about it and if you think you are ready to live as a Lord, then call me. Then, I will think and treat you like one.”

“Ok…”

It is said that a man must keep his word.

Kang Chul-In promised Lee Chae-Rin that he would help her once she made up her mind to live as one. And now she wanted to live as one.

Now, Lee Chae-Rin was begging him to meet her. Because he gave his word, he felt obliged to grant her request.

Even so, there was a possibility that she might become spoiled if he helped her without any hesitation. No wonder people say that if a favor continues, the recipient would begin to think that it is their right. He had to be strict about it in the beginning.

Fine, I will meet you.

Kang Chul-In decided to meet Lee Chae-Rin. A thought crossed his mind. He thought of a “reasonable reason to grant her wish”, so he thought this would be an ideal deal for both of them. He also needed her as she needed him.

But before that…

“Ms. Chae-Rin.”

He said.

“Didn’t you tell me that you were going to live the life of a Lord?”

He had to make sure of the things that bothered him.

  • I did… yes.

“Then you will have to fix your attitude first. A Lord is never servile, nor do they beg favors of others. Even if they want something from another, they have to mask their real intentions and make the other party do it for them. That is the foundation of being a Lord. Your actions only remind me of the Assistant Manager Lee Chae-Rin, not a Lord.”

  • ……

Kang Chul-In’s words made her speechless.

“I wouldn’t even meet you in other circumstances. A naïve Lord is nothing but prey for other stronger Lords. Like how the lions never talk to deer.”

  • ……

“This is the last chance. If you show the same attitude as today in the future… then that will be the end of our relationship. If you want to talk to me as one Lord to another, you have to show me with your attitude.”

  • I’m sorry… no. I will. I will keep in mind what you have told me, Mr. Chul-In.

Her voice recovered slightly from before. She seemed to realize the nature of the position of Lord from Kang Chul-In’s advice.

“Let’s meet now.”

Finally, Kang Chul-In spoke the very words that Lee Chae-Rin wanted to hear the most.

  • Re…Really?

“But, before that.”

  • ……

“There is one condition.”

  • Anything. Any condition can be considered if I can meet you, Mr. Kang Chul-In.”

“Are you good at roasting meat?”

  • Meat?

Because of this unexpected question, one could hear Lee Chae-Rin’s startled voice.

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