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HSManager – LCD Thread
Our Manager the Landlord
“I am the only one who moved there so far so they won’t be troubled having to deal with strangers.”
Seol Yeong wasn’t worried and had no choice but nod her head with a blank look.
Kang-Joon paycheck increased by US $1,500 in an instant. He had bought that building so he could take care of and be as close of the Hunter Team he would be in charge-of in the first place.
Of course, if extra income could originate from that process it would be even better. Hero Management didn’t have a dormitory in place, and Kang-Joon’s apartment complex possessed outstanding living conditions for that.
Seo Aran lived in the Knight Temple’s dorm from the start, and as a Templar candidate she didn’t give much thought to social life. As such, she had long decided to live in a place prepared by Hero Management, and had brought all her luggage, including a carrier, from the moment she arrived and reported for work at the company.
She immediately unpacked her luggage on Sillim Dong’s apartment, and Choi Gina hurried to arranged her’s on that very same day.
In Choi Gina’s case, as it was a matter concerning her life, she complied with all of Kang-Joon’s words. While Seo Aran, although never displaying any emotions on her face, would nod her head with a cool expression whenever Kang-Joon said something.
Two days passed and the new tenants were fully settled. Although Kang-Joon still lived in the first floor he frequently visited the 4th floor to assist with various matters. Sometimes he served as the organization’s messenger and others he simply exchanged stories with the group.
As of now, the Hunter among the two with highest loyalty was Seo Aran. Seo Aran wasn’t an open individual in many ways and neither did she speak of herself, while the Temple divulged nothing but each candidates family relations, not speaking about matters related to each individual’s past.
Of course, it was uncertain whether Kang-Joon would recall the memories of that time even if it was known Seo Aran was a survivor from Jecheon’s Incident.
“Hey Aran, are you waiting for a call from someone?”
Choi Gina looked at Aran, who was holding her phone motionless, keeping that way even while shaking her head. Choi Gina as the senior spoke freely, while Seo Aran insisted on speaking respectfully. They had cleaned all the dust and finished organizing their rooms so they were now free.
Seol Yeong was busy running around searching for a job for them, and Kang-Joon was on stand-by here waiting to provide any assistance.
However, they waited everyday, Kang-Joon, Aran, and Gina, all of them are the same laying idle without having to go to work.
“It could always be peaceful like this…”
Even if there was no work a base pay of US $2,000 was guaranteed. Thinking about the day-to-day stress she received only to receive US $1,400 after tax, Gina was sure the way she was living now was more appropriate. The Hunter industry was more of a paradise than she expected, and she couldn’t get used to that feeling only watching the TV absentminded.
Her family only knew of her change of jobs, completely unaware she had joined the Hunter industry. If they knew it would be chaos. Gina would release a sigh each time she thought of her family.
Aran looked into her phone or listened to music trying hard to keep a calm state of mind.
Of course, although she didn’t show any expressions outside, no one but herself knew her head was a sea of flowers. She always maintained the surrounding clean, a remaining habit from the Knight Temple. And Gina, who was never one who cared in keeping the surroundings organized, started to follow the cold expressioned Aran’s example, who silently cleaned all the mess she made, cleaning after herself.
The most difficult thing were the meals, anything Gina and Aran prepared somehow always tasted like paper. The two were completely miserable at cooking, and after eating Gina’s completely burnt fried eggs and half-cooked rice, the two understood each other.
“Let’s eat some delivery food.”
After that, they ate delivery-food everyday. After a week passed the two mouths smelled of salt. Gina was shocked to find out she gained weight living a few days like that, and Aran had decided to never place a pizza on her mouth.
Nothing happened for a week, until Kang-Joon arrived to change a broken lightbulb and fixed his eyes on two half-eaten hardened and stiff pizza pieces. Aran and Gina eyed him intently as he stood still not saying a word.
“Hm… That was my fault.”
The sudden apology came, of course, from Gina, and Aran flinched.
“As I hoped the two of you to adapt to your communal life I had decided to leave you two alone, but…”
“We should have meals together from now on.”
Due to that, the two meals became Kang-Joon’s responsibility from that point on. He took out the side dishes piling in the refrigerator moving them all upstairs, and arranged a splendid soybean paste stew with stir-fried pork dinner that night. Although it wasn’t at level of a cook, Kang-Joon made food worth eating.
“Tell me if there is anything you want to eat. I will make it if its something I am able to.”
Kang-Joon said so nonchalantly. Gina took a spoonful opening her eyes wide then asked while eyeing him intently.
“Were managers originally supposed to cook?”
“I am not sure?”
However, one did now and the two ate without grumbling. Tired of delivery food the two ate well. With his experience as field cook, where he had to fumble around to learn, there was almost no food Kang-Joon was bad at.
Nothing happened for over a week, as the two ate breakfast and dinner together. When one day Aran spoke up during breakfast as Kang-Joon was about to serve up the rice.
“I can take care of the groceries if that is okay with you.”
But Kang-Joon shook his head at Aran words.
“That is my job, Ms. Aran.”
“That is not fair. I don’t do any work and only Mr. Manager works. It is not good to not do anything and only enjoy the benefits.”
Aran respectfully addressed Kang-Joon as ‘Mr. Manager’. And those clear words made Kang-Joon unable to reply.
“Well… Although I don’t think like that… Okay… if that is what you want to do. However, if you ever start feeling overburdened I will take over it once again.”
Since then, Aran handled the groceries and Gina took care of the dishes. And that day, Aran, who immediately went to do the grocery, returned shortly before setting off once again. Kang-Joon’s cellphone suddenly raised a cry.
[I don’t know what to buy.]
Korean’s speech politeness:
Some of you might already be familiar with this. The Korean language places a heavy importance on politeness. Each sentence have an ending particle who displays how polite that sentence is.
Just so you guys can see it. These are the politeness levels I know of (I dare not say these are all of them):
Formal, Highly Addressee-Lowering
Formal, Moderately Addressee-Lowering
Formal, Moderately Addressee-Raising
Formal, Highly Addressee-Raising
This is present everywhere! You can say exactly the same thing but use any of those types of politeness particles in a sentence.
Age and seniority are probably the most common factor. Social ranks (not as bad as it sounds) like boss – employer, teacher-student, cop-citizen is also another big factor.
Gina is using informal speech (-어 Particle – informal addressee-lowering) as she is older while Aran is using formal speech (아뇨 -Which is a ‘no’ used when replying to one’s superior or senior).
This is hard to translate because we don’t really have anything similar in english. All I can do is add a please here and there, a sir or ma’am when aplicable, and try to make it as formal as I can while keeping it natural.
I mean, all Aran did was say ‘no’ while shaking her head. How do I make that more respectful? ‘No ma’am’? I could add more words and create a more respectful reply but that would have me changing the original, which I try to avoid, and would also probably end up making the text unnatural.
Imagine, it is you and you mother in that situation, which maybe involves more respect than the situation here. Saying ‘no’ together with a head shake is totally what I would do. It is in the end an everyday dialogue and a simple question…
What I will do in those cases is try to have the dialogue pass how friendly the person is being. Gina is a little more carefree with speech while Aran is a little more distant but ever so respectful.
That is a little more complex than politeness but is just to let you guys know I will not just ignore those. But, yeah, compared with Korean where that is right up your face things will be a little more subtle here.
Aran was currently wandering clueless about what to buy inside the mart. Seo Aran was 18 years old so, if you look at it in a certain way, that was natural. It was only in the Knight Temple that the darkness of the world was natural. Eating and living as they should, it wasn’t strange for a kid to act like one on society.
“Wait a little. I am going there. You are in the XX-Mart market, right?”
[Yes, that is right. I am sorry.]
Kang-Joon chuckled at Aran apology.
“It is okay.”
Aran and Kang-Joon walked through the market together for some time, learning about all sorts of things. Although the two looked like minors touring the market together at first glance receiving all sort of sour looks, neither Kang-Joon or Aran were concerned about that sort of thing.
The matters regarding the allocation of jurisdiction wasn’t so simple, Seol Yeong was trying to find any location worth of undertaking making full use of her personal network. However, quite some time would be needed, so they could do nothing but stay on standby. After about 2 weeks their communal life had already found its place. Gina and Aran relation was better than expected, and, although formal, there were no disputes. Aran still visited the market together with Kang-Joon, and although basic, learned a little cooking. She originally longed to fight against monsters, however, meeting with Kang-Joon itself was satisfying enough.
Also, Aran thought there would be many things to learn from Kang-Joon about fighting as she could receive from any actual battle.
And on the second week at 8pm in the evening, a call from the messenger group arrived to Kang-Joon.
[Ms. Aran, Ms. Gina please come to the basement floor with comfortable clothes.]
Upon arriving on the first floor basement Kang-Joon stood there wearing training clothes like them.
“Lets’ go in.”
Advancing through the door Kang-Joon opened stood a quite spacious room taking the space of several other apartments. In front a mirror was installed, and the floor was soft and elastic. Despite being the product of an illegal construction its appearance was quite good and Aran and Gina were both surprised.
“It seems everyone has already adjusted to the communal life now, so…”
Kang-Joon looked at Gina and Aran alternately and said with a serious expression.
“We should start training in earnest.”
Up to now Kang-Joon was turning a blind-eye out of convenience so that they could adapt to the unfamiliar environment.
“Ms. Gina, you don’t exercise usually.”
“Eh? Ah… Yes.”
“Awaken or Mutant, what one needs to do first is having solid physical strength.”
Choi Gina didn’t have an unfit figure, and if one looks closely she was on the slim side. However, that was nothing but physical condition, her muscle mass was pitiful.
On the other hand, Aran used to train like a monster, and was, in fact, still doing it. Although, according to that amount of training she was supposed to have an incredibly muscular body, thanks to her body modification she looked just slender. Nevertheless, Aran possessed enough destructive power hidden under the surface to be able to smash a cement wall.
“Both of you will be receiving training today. And, the remaining time will be going through Esper strengthening process.”
“Esper… strengthening process?”
“Like I said last time, Ms. Gina has abused the Avatar’s power quite a bit. However, shouldn’t we make use of an Awaken basic abilities?”
“As such you have to receive training in order to get used to using the Avatar power without penalties.”
Kang-Joon would now tell Gina a secret about manifestation that only an extreme few number of people were aware of. Aran already knew Gina was the Magical Girl Acacia, and didn’t have any particular reaction to that knowledge. She was never someone who would easily disregard others, she didn’t have any interest itself even before that could happen. Of course, Kang-Joon was an exception. Kang-Joon took a place in front to them after having the two sit at the training area’s floor.
“In the past I had a French colleague named Chloe. Now dead.”
Because of his casual words the two couldn’t help but be a little shocked.
“That person was an Avatar user, and although aware that ability was dangerous couldn’t help but use it a little excessively. Well, during that time there wasn’t a choice. That person was among some of the best Avatar users, and was the only one among them able to wield a strong power without making use of it. And, could almost reach the last stage an Avatar user could arrive at.”
“The last stage?”
“Yes, the ability to reverse possess one’s own body.”
Even though it seemed like a contradiction it was actually a possible method.
Avatar was dangerous because one would become used with their spirit being separated from their real body. With that phenomenon accelerating with the strength one wielded. Gina opened her mouth as if she couldn’t believe it.
“The spirit manifested out of my body possess my body again?”
“Yes. In that state you are able to use every ounce of the Avatar power with no penalties. With no overload regarding the use excessive of power.”
With no overload, if the manifestation’s bottomless power was raised to its limits it was unknown if one would be able to reach an SSS Rank power or even something superior. The spirit being sent outside, but on contrary using that spirit to reversely possess one’s body. Nevertheless, making that paradoxical but stable possession complete was Chloe’s objective.
However, just before she reached that level disaster fell. It was an unfortunate accident in many ways.
“But, reaching Chloe’s level, who researched the Avatar abilities for a very long time and absorbed copious amounts of Aether, will still take a very long time. As such, in the immediate future we will be developing low-level abilities. Those which can be employed in an actual battle.”
“An Avatar’s abilities are against the common sense already formed among Awakens. Chloe was able to use brute force, flames and lighting without making use of her avatar. After all, one uses abilities related to the spirit whenever they make use of their avatar.”
Sorted among the superpowers of the highest grade, Psionic and the abilities related to Spirit were terrifying abilities capable of controlling and killing enemies using the mind without having to hit them. Chloe was the most powerful user able to use anything her mind wished for.
“I have not heard of that sort of person.”
Aran expressed her doubts.
“The activities we carried were a little secret. It is natural you don’t know.”
Those were stories only specific Hunters had heard of, there were many sensitive parts.
Read Chapter 25’s Teaser and see what is coming next!
Korean Legal Age:
Korean legal adult age is 19 years. It actually used to be 20. So, although it sounds a bit weird to refer to a 18 year-old as kid or child that is technically true. They aren’t adults yet, after all.
Also, since the age topic was raised, Korean age is counted different from western countries:
“In Korea, everyone is 1 from the time they are born. And everyone gets a year older on New Year’s day. So your Korean age is always either one or two years older than your Western age. And yes, a baby born on New Year’s Eve can be two years old the next day, although in practice people wait awhile before they start talking about somebody’s Korean age.”
^This is giving me a headache. That is to say everyone age is in fact 1 year less than written in the raws, or even more if we go by that new year thing.
I need your guys feedback on this. Normally I would shrug it off, but if Aran was 17 I admit the whole ‘she is still young thing’ would be more impactful then when she is an adult with 18.
Ugh, I had completely forgotten of this!
I don’t know if you guys noticed but there were a few things that were just kinda left in the air this chapter. Did anyone notice those? Go comment!
Also check the note above to comment on the age issue… Thanks.