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Ahn Hyun Do cleaned his sword with a clean cloth.
The famed sword that the craftsman had completed with his soul and by smelting even the purest part of iron. As famous swordsmen used it generation after generation, the sword’s value had grown.
“Through the sword, what makes a human capable of rising to the sky… is the sword.”
Ahn Hyun Do possessed many famed swords, but he never carelessly took out the Radiant Sword. Only when a big decision was ahead did he meditate over the resolve of his time of youth while cleaning the Radiant Sword.
“The years when there was nothing scary in the world. The years when I was so bent on just fighting that I didn’t have time to look around. I received my undeserved Radiant Sword at that time. This is the sword that let me realize that the days of the sword had no meaning, that in the end people were more important.”
Ahn Hyun Do gazed at the Radiant Sword that he had cleaned to a mirror-like shine.
The azure sky and the clouds drifting away that shone through the office room’s window were also reflected on the blade. The sunlight made him squint his eyes.
“Swordsmanship is learning the way to use the sword. If the motive of fencing is merely strong swordsmanship, what worth is there in learning it?”
The sword that nurtured a person.
Like the flourished weed of the rough wilderness, in the end, a human also had to pass through training. There was a need to learn not just in the small dojo, but the vast world.
“True fear, the drive for life… and also one’s self can be learned through the sword.”
Ahn Hyun Do slid the sword into its sheath and left the office.
The one who took care of the secretarial jobs in the Dojo was named Yul Min.
“It seems like it is time to teach the youngest disciple the way of the sword.”
“So it has already come to this. Then I will book two tickets. On about what date should I reserve the departure?”
“Since he has to go to school right now… Around summer should be fine.”
“Though it appears he’s not ready yet… Might you be rushing it too much?”
“If he’s lacking, he should be able to earn something greater from his insufficiencies.”
Anyone can learn swordsmanship.
For a sword faster than anyone else’s, repetitive effort and studying are necessary. However, simply possessing such a fast sword doesn’t equate to winning matches. A heavier sword or developing muscular strength didn’t mean winning in matches either.
The reason for learning the sword was to see one’s self clearly.
In Ahn Hyun Do’s opinion, young people these days were weak.
“When they go to school and study, prepare for employment… If they spend ten or so years like that they’ll end up running into the world without knowing what they like or what they want to do.”
Once they are out in the workforce, there wouldn’t be a chance to change one’s self. At their workplace, after working in the store and earning money, they would see that the precious times had completely passed and were gone.
Time doesn’t ever come back. It would be great if you could cheat time, but that was an impossibility that only happened in movies.
You would discover yourself through the sword.
Here, there was also the reason of victory by the sword. Observation of yourself and your opponent!
As you compared each other’s might, you would crave for greater heights. Seeing themselves clearly, swordsmen fought with the appetite for advancement.
“A truly powerful sword. Why you must learn the sword, what a true swordsman is… I should be able to show him what those are through travels.”
* * *
As the Korean University’s festival approached, with less than one week left, Lee Hyun’s school life became really busy.
“Those of you who are preparing for the bar; since we’ve gotta win the snack contest, you must absolutely not do it carelessly!”
To make the snacks for the bar, they were abruptly thrown into culinary processes!
Though Lee Hyun didn’t need to learn because he was quite well-versed in cooking, there was no time to rest because he had to teach the other students.
“Lee Hyun-oppa, how do you break an egg?”
“It’s okay to clean the apples with the sponge. Right?”
“When you wash the dishes can’t you use facial soap instead of Dawn™?”
Every time a question was asked, Lee Hyun sighed heavily.
These days, instant and delivery foods were set up too well. There were many cases where kids who had been conditioned to only study never even once made their own meal until they enrolled to university.
“But who’s gonna make the rice?”
“The Cuckoo makes the rice.”[T/N: A Cuckoo is a popular brand of rice-cooker in Korea.]
These kinds of conversation!
Lee Hyun controlled his frustration and endured as he taught the students the basics of cooking.
“When you fry an egg, you have to spread vegetable oil in the pan first. It’s probably better if you use olive oil instead of vegetable oil.”
“Peel the skin of the apple first so it’s easier to cut. Don’t slice pineapple with a fruit knife!”
“You don’t cut the bananas, if you just peel it…”
Truthfully, the students were enjoying watching Lee Hyun get upset and explain, so they purposefully asked about even things they knew.
“But can’t you make rice with flour?”
“I heard that originally, stew is boiled as ramen soup by putting this and that in…”
Lee Hyun’s patience hit rock bottom.
Nevertheless, Seo Yoon was on the side of learning cooking quickly. Although she burnt the vegetable pancake (buchimgae) as black as coal, once he taught her the trick of it, her next attempt was beautifully fried.
With her chopsticks, Seo Yoon held out a bite of the kimchi pancake she had fried to Lee Hyun.
“You want me to try it?”
When Lee Hyun asked anxiously, Seo Yoon nodded with a similarly anxious face. As he stared at the kimchi pancake, Lee Hyun’s eyes became as sharp as knives.
‘Ingredients, flour, kimchi, kimchi liquid, egg, scallion, octopus, some others. There are no problems based on the ingredients.’
It was a kimchi pancake fried using normal ingredients.
‘Seeing as it’s been well grilled to a reddish color, there shouldn’t be any particular problems with the cooking process…’
After resolving his doubts, he received and ate the kimchi pancake Seo Yoon was giving him.
The kimchi pancake went into his mouth, and the rich aroma of kimchi fully diffused throughout!
‘It’s fragrant. It’s the taste of local kimchi after all. The cabbage grown in neighborhood gardens with the pickled fish and red pepper powder mixed in well… And its fitting rebirth as a pancake, good! It’s a well-made kimchi pancake.’
Although his evaluation of the kimchi pancake ended quickly, Lee Hyun’s mouth was as hot as a fire.
There was no way it wouldn’t be hot since she had given it to him fresh off the pan.
‘I’ll have to be more suspicious after all.’
Lee Hyun’s eyes became more sharp.
Eyes with a look that could kill!
Even as he glared, he raised his thumb for the taste.
“It’s tasty. Keep making them like this.”
lthough there was no reply, Seo Yoon’s eyes looked like they were laughing, if only a little.
‘Did she know how to laugh too?’
It was an expression that flickered past too fleetingly. However, the beauty she had shown for just a short moment’s instant was the smile he had imagined when he had made the first Goddess of Freya.
Seo Yoon made the fruit salad well too, and the skill with which she arranged it in the platter was also excellent.
The cooking practice they did in the Department of Food and Nutrition’s classroom that they had borrowed ended like that, and they did the planning for the opening of the bar separately.
10 men and 7 women made up the personnel for the bar.
“Make it a tent bar. Doing that will reduce the expense, too. Looks like about 5 tents in an array will do, so what do you think.”
At Hong Sun Ye’s words, the guys nodded in unison. The festival wasn’t going to end in a day, so they also had to prepare for rain.
“Then 5 tents. We’ll be able to set them up before the festival starts, right?”
Hong Sun Ye looked at Lee Hyun.
She had seen the construction ability that used all sorts of materials at the MT as well, so she thought that at that level, a tent or the like would be nothing.
“It’s definitely doable.”
“But where should we get the tents?”
“There should be a specific place that rents them out.”
“Then the tents are fine…”
Hong Sun Ye swiftly drew the blueprint. She actualized the place where they would set up the bar and the tent size as she drew the blueprint on the spot.
“I think 20 tables will go in.”
“Then about 100 chairs should do. Is that too much?”
“We have to prepare for cases when customers come all at once, too. Since there are really a lot of students from other schools and people who are coming, many customers will gather. We can borrow the chairs from the classrooms so let’s get plenty of them.”
“In the morning before the festival, we’ll have to set up the tents, tables, and even the chairs.”
“The materials for the gas stove and cooking…”
“If we make an order at a supply house, they’ll send it to us by truck.”
As Hong Sun Ye and Lee Hyun conversed, all the jobs progressed like lightning. The guys merely occupied space; in truth, the female students and Lee Hyun took on the bar preparation.
“But what should we choose as our bar’s concept?” Hong Sun Ye went around asking everyone.
All the bars in Korea University progressed with their own concepts. To attract amiable customers, it was vital that they dressed up and put out their individualized bar.
“Should we do a club atmosphere?”
“How about a schoolgirl atmosphere. I still have my uniform…”
“I have my uniform too. But I put on a few pounds…”
Every time the female students chatted, the male students were speechless.
The short skirt, clothing that exposes her bare shoulders and back that Seo Yoon would wear in a club.
Seo Yoon dressed as a pure, innocent schoolgirl.
‘This is the jackpot.’
‘This is the jackpot.’
‘This is the jackpot.’
‘This is the jackpot.’
The male student’s fantasies were taking flight.
“What concept should we use?”
It was the female student’s greatest worry. If only to win in the pride competition with the other school bars, they needed to plan out a concept that stood out.
“For now, guys should come dressed comfortably. The girls will think about the concept more and try to choose.”
At the female students’ words, the male students answered earnestly.
“Alright. Hope you choose a worthy concept.”
“Don’t think about it too seriously, the ones you talked about earlier were also very good.”
“Ahh. If it was the festival today…”
The female students gathered separately and debated.
Club girl, schoolgirl, office uniform. Although they had initially chosen concepts that were enough to excite the guys, all of them were cancelled.
“We can’t just become eye candy for the guys!”
They were also considering Seo Yoon’s position, as she was obviously troubled about the exposure of the clothing.
“What concept should we use? As we serve, a lot of people will see us, so isn’t there something that’s elegant yet alluring, that can bring femininity to life but never prods our conscience to wear?”
“Since it’s a festival of May, how about a bride?”[T/N: May is known as the month of weddings in Korea.]
“Bride! That’s pretty good. Bride of May. With student brides in wedding dresses and even bridal veils, I think it’s gonna have a lively feel.”
“I approve too!”
“The idea’s good, but is there a place where we can borrow the dresses?”
“We would buy fabric or material and make them ourselves. Can’t we just look at a fashion magazine and make it roughly similar?”
The female students came to a mutual understanding.
Didn’t they say the clothing that made women the most beautiful was the wedding dress?
It would also be an opportunity for them to wear a wedding dress once before they married.
“Seo Yoon-sunbae, is senior okay with this too?”
Seo Yoon hesitated for a moment before nodding.
* * *
The dungeon exploration for the school assignment!
Because they had to complete the exploration before the festival started, they were really pressed for time.
“Please come here quickly.”
“I’m saying that the rest of us were all here.”
As soon as the group members gathered in the capsule room after finishing their morning studies, their complaints flowed out.
However, Lee Hyun also had an excuse.
“The traffic was severe.”
“Lies. You walked here.”
The group members weren’t deceived.
“It takes 3 minutes to walk here from the school, so why would you come here by car.”
“It’s more than one stop by bus so if you get on it takes longer.”
Lee Hyun’s eyes became mellow and moist.
Choi Ji Hoon, who uses the in game name Zephyr had taught the elder brothers this; Lee Hyun tried to use the method to pacify girls.
Lee Hyun wagged his finger, and spoke with his most sweet voice.
“These sly deer… Are you doubting my words right now?”
At that moment the female students’ expressions indicated that something from within their stomachs was urgently coming up.
‘Ah, the breast milk I drank when I was a baby…’
The queasy and greasy feeling!
Even if you mixed peanut butter and cheese and made ramen, it wouldn’t be this bad.
“Ah, we get it. For now let’s just hurry and start.”
Hong Sun Ye, who saw Lee Hyun a lot doing this and that these days, took his side for him. Though he was even harder to deal with than her hair-splitting cousins that her uncle left from morning to evening, she demonstrated patience.
Lee Yoo Jung addressed him before she went into the capsule,
“You’re near Dale Kingdom, right? We’re already all gathered, and we also did a lot of exploration practice.”
Lee Hyun answered as if there wasn’t