were a diligent cadet, but you entered such an indecent café! I should tell the Head of Cadets about this.』
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Anything but that! It had only been yesterday that I had been sweating bullets, trying to make an excuse for my use of Joseon language.
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『No, wait, there’s a misunderstanding.
I only came here for coffee,』
『Only coffee?』
『Yes! Only for coffee! I didn’t know it was that kind of place! It’s my first time in Gyeongseong…….』
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The smart-looking young professor patted me on the shoulder and said.
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『Haha! If you wanted to just calmly drink some coffee, you should have gone to a tea house, and not a café like this.
Now, since we’ve met, let’s go together.』

***
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The place where the professor led me to was a place with bright lighting, variously decorated orchids, and smooth jazz playing.
Compared to the other spots, this looked more like a modern café.

‘Phew…….’
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『Hmm…… Okay then.
So, you will probably take swordsmanship lessons, right?』
『Yes.』
『I’m a professor of general studies, so we probably won’t meet very often, but I’m looking forward to teaching you.』

Professor Saigane Seiji (西金誠二 ), the young professor said as he extended his hand.
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He said he was a professor of general studies – in other words, similar to Korean, English and Math –something that’s even taught at regular schools.
Of course, considering our school, the proportion of students taking these classes was low (note: these three are general subjects every Korean student takes)
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After talking to him, I realized that this person, professor Saigane, was a nicer and kinder man than I had first thought.
Well, after all, not all Japanese people were bad.

However, the more I conversed with him,
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‘Something somehow seems off……’

There was a sense of that.
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『It would be great if we had a lot of Joseon students like you.
Then Joseon would gradually become a better place to live.』

I could feel a sense of him looking down on me.

『What do you mean by Joseon students like me?』
『I don’t know, Shirabayashi-kun.
You must be very in favor of the complete assimilation of Joseon by Japan, right?』

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He was probably saying this due to my surname, Shirabayashi.
Since I was using a Japanese-style surname, he probably thought I was utterly pro-Japan.

『Ah, yeah…….』
『If Joseon becomes one with Japan, it will develop even more, or so I think.
It’s the same with culture.
Just as water flows downstream…….』
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‘I want to throw my coffee in his face…….’
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I couldn’t stand hearing him anymore, so I completely changed the subject.

『Well, not only good things flow.』
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At my answer, professor Saigane burst out laughing and said.

『Haha! Of course, that can happen as well! Just as in that indecent café earlier, they started in Ginza and flowed into Gyeongseong.
But, after all, those are also part of culture…….
Haha…….』
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He probably didn’t have any malice in his words, but that made it even more unpleasant.

But then,

“Nobody move!”
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I turned around, and three masked men were standing there, with something in their hands.
What they had in their hands were pistols.
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‘……Robbers?’

“Eek!”
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At the sudden appearance of the robbers, several female customers who were peacefully drinking coffee screamed.
One of the robbers pointed his gun and shouted out.

“Sh-Shut up! It’s not funny if you scream!”
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Was that a real gun? I mean, they wouldn’t attempt a robbery with toy guns.
The robber shouted, still moving his gun to and from.

“A-All of you, take your wallets and all your belongings and place them on the table!”

Damn it.
Should I step up? But I had, of course, left my training sword at home.
And I couldn’t see anything that could be used as a weapon around.
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What’s more, pistols weren’t the only weapon they had.
Out of the three, the one in the middle stepped forward, and a green cloud-like looking thing started rapidly spreading from his hands.
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Soon after, the people closest to him started to fall onto their tables.
It was an anesthetic poison fog.
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‘……He was an Awakened?’

Ridiculous.
He had an Awakened ability, but this was all he could do? Rob a coffee shop……? Eventually, the anesthetic poison fog had spread to where the professor and I were standing.
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『Argh……!』

When professor Saigane inhaled some of the fog, he hurriedly covered his face.
Hives were starting to swell up on him, and he desperately tried to hide his face as if he was in pain.
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『Professor! Are you okay?』
『M-Make them stop! I-I’m allergic to certain substances……!』

Dammit.
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However, the gun was pointed at us, and there was no room to move.
On top of that, I had covered my nose and mouth with the collar of my shirt, but the poison had ended up seeping in.

‘Is this how I go down……?’

***

The daughter of the boarding house had remained sitting on the veranda and looking up to the sky long after the student guest had left,

She had been reflecting on the student guest, asking her if it wasn’t boring to stay home all day.
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However, she couldn’t afford to go out and have fun, and she didn’t even have friends to play with.
Moreover, it was because she couldn’t leave the house unattended.

“Excuse me.”
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Creak, the gate opened, and someone came in.
A man in a leather jacket and wearing a hunting cap pulled out a notepad and a fountain pen and abruptly said.

“Let’s see…… Ham Seo-ju.”
“Yes.”
“Where’s Ham Won-sam? Is he inside?”
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The man blatantly called her father by his name.
The boarding house daughter, Ham Seo-ju, stayed sat down on the veranda as she answered bluntly.

“He’s not in.
He went out to work.
In the morning.”
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But the man kept opening every room door as if to check for himself.
When he opened the door to the room at the end, he saw the bedding and clothes hanging and asked.

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“Wasn’t this room empty?”
“It’s our guest’s room.
“Guest?”
“It’s been about two weeks.
He’s a student and said he was looking for a boarding house.”
“Ha! Getting a room in this house out of all places.
No matter how severe the housing shortage is in Gyeongseong these days…….”
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The man wrote something down on his notepad and said,

“If you touch the guest’s belongings, you know, right? You’re going straight to jail like your dad.”
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Ham Seo-ju didn’t answer back to what he said.

“…….”
“I’ll be back soon again, so stay put.”
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The man wearing the leather jacket strode out of the gate as he finished speaking.
Ham Seo-ju remained sitting on the veranda as she stared at the gate that the man had left open.

Detectives would visit her house like this from time to time.

She didn’t like it.
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It was because her father, Ham Won-sam, who now was a rickshaw puller, had a criminal record.

So even now, detectives often come to keep a watch, and the detectives’ attitude toward her is the same.
Since she was the daughter of a “criminal”, they expected her to have bad habits.

Ham Seo-ju didn’t want to admit to it.
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‘Sure, so what if the parent is a criminal? That makes the children criminals, as well?’

She didn’t like that.

‘I haven’t even done anything wrong…….’
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Ham Seo-ju stayed sat down like that for a while, and then she went to the gate the man had left open and closed it.
Afterwards, she looked at the room the student guest was staying in.
It was still open, the way the detective had left it.

‘Yeah, why did that guest get a room in our house, out of all places?’

In fact, this was also something that Ham Seo-ju herself wondered.
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About two weeks ago, a student guest came out of nowhere.
The student was two years older than her.
He said that he was going to enter the Yeopsa Vocational school and so he came to Gyeongseong looking for a boarding house.

First, listening to his name, she thought he was Japanese, but then she realized that it was only his name and he was, in fact, a Joseon person.
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Ham Seo-ju had wondered what kind of person this guest was, but the student guest would always look gloomy and come back late after being out all day drinking.

Then, after returning to the boarding house late at night, he would ask her to run an errand for more drinks and start drinking again.
One day, she told him,

『Stop drinking so much.』
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But he answered that drinking that much didn’t get him drunk.
Even though he lived wholly submerged in alcohol, the student guest would never talk about himself.

However, Ham Seo-ju was able to learn a little about him from the gossiping of the people in the neighborhood.

She had listened to them talk about how his parents were pro-Japan, and how they had received their title from selling their own country.
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But Ham Seo-ju didn’t care about that.
No, in fact, she was against all this gossiping.

‘So what if his parents are pro-Japan and betrayed the country?’

Since she had also been looked down on due to her father, she couldn’t agree to all this gossiping.
Whoever the student guest’s parents were, what did that even matter?
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This is why Ham Seo-ju thought that this student, who was drunk every day, probably was in the same position as she was.

But what was interesting was what had happened the day before yesterday.

The student guest, the day before starting school – that is, the day before yesterday – had seemed to become entirely someone else in a day.
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He had completely stopped drinking, and he had become a confident and cheerful person.
It was as if he had managed to start ignoring what the other people said.

How could he overcome that, despite being looked down upon like that?
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‘That’ right.
He asked me to empty his trashcan.’

Ham Seo-ju, who had been standing absent-mindedly, suddenly remembered, so she went into the guest’s room, took the trashcan out, and toppled it over in the corner of the yard.
It was to burn the paper and separate the empty bottles to sell.
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But Ham Seo-ju found a small brown bottle among the soju bottles.
The small brown bottle had a sign that read 「青酸カリ」.

Ham Seo-ju managed to read it.

‘Potassium cyanide……?’

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