IN THE SKY
ON A PRIVATE JET
Azief look at the outside. Looking at the white clouds and the blue sky, he smiles a bit. Seeing the sky always cheer him right up.
Well, not because its colour.
There is something about looking at the sky, that feeling of unrestrained freedom you get when you look at the sky.
The feeling that we are under the same sky. Feeling that we are all somehow, connected and that feeling of connectedness fills you with warmth.
Or maybe…he is just a sentimental bloke. A world away from the friends he made and the feelings he cultivated.
But here…on this world, he has other friends.
He is now going to Goryeo.
Though now it is Korea…..again
Considering its turbulent histories and their name changing, Azief could feel the Korea of this world is drastically different than the Korea of his world.
To be honest, he himself was shocked when he arrived in this world to know that Goryeo still existed.
It seems this world history is a bit different from his world history.
For example Choe Young did not die in his battle against Yi Seong Gye and instead Choe Young brought the young King Woo to hide.
The Joseon dynasty was established but the Wang family still lives at the time.
During the Cold War between Russia and United States, the Wang clan emerges to claim the North of Korea and named it North Korea.
While The South was controlled by the Yi clan and is called South Korea. Two ruling families ruled the already small land of Korea.
So, the difference between this world and his world is that the South Korea of his world was a democratic nation and the North Korea was a communist nation.
It was a clash of ideologies and sphere of influence.
But in this world, it was more about the royal family of two different clans contending against each other.
The South Korea which is ruled by the Imperial Family of Joseon and the North Korea which is governed by the ancient Goryeo dynastic family.
And then the singularity happens.
The one most affected was the South Korean which witness that almost two thirds of South Koreans was sucked into that singularity.
Including the royal family of South Korea.
While the North Korean citizens only a portion of them was sucked.
The singularity changes the world political boundaries and the make-up of a certain race in a certain countries.
Most that were left was the poor and the destitute which rose to become successful in the new world after the Fall in this world.
For example, China lost almost 70 million people making the vast land of China heavily under populated which forces its country to open its borders and implement a rigorous fertility programs.
America also lost a lot of its citizen followed by UK, France, and Norway.
The huge casualties were the European nation which is called by experts as the largest case of depopulation since the Black Death.
Azief believes that Vega Corp is behind this somehow because from Azief investigation whoever plays that VR game made by Vega Corporation was sucked inside the singularity.
And South Korean servers have many of them playing the game compared to the North Korean.
But then a disparity happens on the land of Koreans.
The North Korean invaded and then establishes back Goryeo in the capital of Seoul which is called the 150 Days Reign before it was destabilize by the United Sates and Empire of Japan intervention.
The United States intervene because Goryeo citizen preaches an anti-American message and at the same time destroying its interest in Goryeo.
Burning American company based there, capturing foreigners and people who have relations with American officials.
The Empire of Japan is because they could not allow the unification of Korea. There is bad blood between the Empire of Japan and Korea.
There are not many changes that the Wang family could implement before they were dethroned by the masses and the support from United States.
But United States did not occupy any territories since their army……is not as huge as it is before not to consider their ability to wage a long investment war.
They did try to install a leader they liked which sparks public outcry which is when he came into the picture helping Korea gained its foothold and at the same time increasing his own influence in Korea.
The Wang clan was hunted once again and once again they hide among the masses. Goryeo then began to create the Democratic Nation of Korea.
It is still in its early phases and many idealistic youth is working hard to make the new nation prospers.
And Azief is also one of the impetuses of the fast increasing democratization.
To say it simply, Azief is sponsoring many of Korean events that aim to educate the masses about democracy after living inside the system of monarchy for so long and at the same time Azief also invested heavily in the new nation.
Even though Azief himself is not a Korean but to call it bluntly he is not even the people of this earth.
And the reason, why he funnels his money towards this nation is because he wanted to influence events in a global level.
Even though he was just a businessman but his influence is Korea is almost like the King himself.
Since the King is no longer present, Azief could be said to be the most powerful person in Korea in terms of influence and wealth.
But Azief is not intending to uses his influence for anything bad.
Mostly, he wanted the influence to hide his identity. Alexander King investigation is ruthless. Azief needs to have some countermeasures.
He could not let King have all the advantages could he?
Then he sighed. Ah, he’ll think about it later. He then resumes his reading of Dante Inferno while humming a song.
That is the only thing that could contain his excitement. He is coming to Korea to get himself a……….very expensive toy and he was smirking while thinking of it.
GLOBAL VENTURES KOREAN BRANCH
‘President, is this okay? What does President think?’ the employee looks at the beautiful woman and gulped.
He feared the woman would disapprove heavily.
The woman looks at the file and snorted.
‘Change the terms and let them offer a bit higher for that. Don’t make their work easier for them. Push a bit higher.’
The employed nodded and smiles.
‘At least she is not yelling’ the employee thought in his mind and quickly exits her office….almost like running actually.
The woman look at the employee sighed and said to herself.
‘Am I that scary?’ she asked herself.
Then she exits her office and in front of her office there is a reception desk and she look at the woman on that reception desk, checking some files and arranging appointments for her.
The moment the woman on the reception desk realizes that President Lee is looking at her, she quickly greets President Lee.
‘Administrator Kim please looks over the company. I’ll be accompanying the Chairman today.’
‘Chairman will be coming today?’ And Administrator Kim was pale in the face. The Chairman is a foreigner.
No one really knows his nationality.
He looks like Asian but also looks like Caucasian and that was confusing and he was very tall.
6’6 tall, handsome, charming, powerful, elegant, sophisticated and very charismatic……a perfect ladies man.
Not to mention he is crazily rich.
But when he was angry, weirdly enough, the chairman glares look like unsheathed sword, his voice no matter how low the volume is, it sounds like an executioner angry shout and each gestures bring dread toward their heart.
Fortunately, the Korean Branch did not do any big blunder this year. Maybe that is because they are newly established.
Sometimes, they wish the Chairman doesn’t make his trip to Korea to often but everyone knows that the redevelopment in Gangnam is solely on the Chairman Company and this multinational company they work at is one of the most trustworthy companies in the world.
Global Ventures Corp also does not skim anything and did everything by the book. It is a company trusted by many even though they only began operating for one year.
None of their promises were broken and their job is always up to par. Their reputation is good.
‘Administrator Kim? Did you hear what I said?’ Hearing this word, Administrator Kim was startled from her useless lamenting.
‘Yes, President Lee.’
Lee Na Eun.
She is a President of the Korean branch. But even though she is the president of this large branch she once used to be the secretary of the chairman.
Some even speculated she and the chairman have a thing. Though it was never verified many people think like that since they are awfully close.
Not to mention they were perfect for each other. The Chairman is young and handsome, while President Lee is charming and capable.
Lee Na Eun is really beautiful almost like an actress. With long silky hair, white complexion, S line body, she was the definition of modern faced beauty.
She was also slim and tall. She is also capable, outgoing and have a good personality.
Really…..she invokes envy.
As Lee Na Eun reaches the parking lot, she quickly reminisce her meeting with the Chairman.
A year ago.
In a conference in Seoul.
The young man charismatic, tall and handsome and emit a powerful aura with each steps. At the time, people of Goryeo blasted him for having an interest in the new nation of Korea.
The conference was to reveal his intention and defend himself from the accusation that is levied against him by the people of Korea.
Global Ventures at the time was helping people like her.
People who was impoverished. People who became orphans. People who suffered from the 150 Days Reign.
People who survived the war between the people of Joseon and Goryeo. People who were resisting the elected leader by the US military and Empire of Japan Military.
But some began doubting the reason why this global company wanted to help Korea. To be occupied by a foreign power again is not what the Koreans wanted.
She was also the few people that wanted Global Venture not to come to Korea.
Because he’s not Korean. There is not a trace of Korean blood in him. No one knows his nationality.
A mutt. That is the term for people like him. She was influenced with the thoughts of her family which always hated the foreigners.
She was a North Korean and was taught that the foreigners intention is all bad intention. An ultra-nationalist and hated in every way of every culture that is not Korean in nature.
And for that reasons, she believes his effort was purely an effort to manipulate the Korean soil.
In hindsight, none of the accusation levied on him was true and most of it was erroneous.
Even though, The Global Venture did profit with their involvement in bringing the nation up, they did not manipulate nor did any harm to the Korean people and interest but instead is helping Korean grows stronger even through the interference of the Oda Imperial Family of Japan and the United States.
The Russian Tsar on the other hand supported the new nation but it was purely backed by profit interest relationship.
At that time Na Eun remembers some of the chairman words in his two hours oration of scathing remarks to nationalism and patriotism and the hope that contains in the new world of globalization.
Standing on a podium high up on the stage he began by denouncing dogmas and nationality.
‘We are very defensive, and therefore aggressive, when we hold on to a particular belief, a dogma, or when we worship our particular nationality, with the rag that is called the flag. In worshipping their nationhood men worship themselves and scorn others, and that is not a healthy thing. It is nationalism which engenders nations, and not the other way around. National identity is the last bastion of the dispossessed. But the meaning of identity is now based on hatred, on hatred for those who are not the same.’
He was speaking of his stance as an anti-nationalist through and through. And he was very adamant about it.
While others might follow up with consoling words like. “Even so, I admire your nationalist pride” but the Chairman did not.
He keeps bashing nationalist and nationalism in general. To him, the very notion of it was idiotic.
It was almost like his eyes see further than this world. Like nationalism in his eyes was a trifling matter, a matter so insignificant that even wasting time on it was a blasphemy.
‘Extreme nationalism objectifies and dehumanizes those from other countries.’
For him, in the new world where the nations were divided by race, it was just another form of ethnic segregation.
If they were to become a global enlightened civilization, then one should learn the word togetherness.
“IT’S NOT RACIST TO BE PROUD OF YOUR COUNTRY!’ One of her sunbae yelled during his passionate speech and the Chairman Azief yelled back.
‘No, but it is fucking stupid to think it makes you a better man.’ He surely is not shy in cursing and the force of his conviction was realty intimidating.
Then he continues with the reality of humanity changing environment of our present situation as humanity as a whole.
‘With the technology of communication we possess, it forces all nations to reconsider traditional ways of thinking about national sovereignty. Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world because you were born in it. Our true nationality is mankind!’
This was the part of the speech that impacted her the most.
At the beginning she was hurling insult and protesting with pickets. But the more she heard, the slower the curses became.
The pickets no longer up in the air.
Her eyes full of anger are now calm. And she wanted to listen like the voice of that man has some hypnotic power that makes people believe him.
Then lowering his tone he said his word like a reminder and a warning
‘All wars are civil wars because all men are brothers… Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born. You all know as well as I, patriotism is a word; and one that generally comes to mean either my country, right or wrong, which is infamous, or my country is always right, which is imbecile. Nationalism is an infantile thing. It is the measles of mankind. Why must I cling to the customs and practices of a particular country forever, just because I happened to be born there? What does it matter if its distinctiveness is lost? Need we be so attached to it? What’s the harm if everyone on earth shares the same thoughts and feelings, if they stand under a single banner of laws and regulations? What if we can’t be recognized as Koreans, or Indians, or Japanese, or Chinese, or Norwegian anymore? Where’s the harm in that? No one can object if we declare ourselves to be citizens of the world. Is that any less glorious?’
He ask this hard question, making the people there question their own belief and values and to evaluate themselves.
Then the Chairman preaches about togetherness.
‘To become a true global citizen, one must abandon all notions of ‘otherness’ and instead embrace ‘togetherness’. The world is no longer white, black, yellow and brown. Through love, tribes have been intermixing colors to reveal a new rainbow world. And as more time passes, this racial and cultural blending will make it harder for humans to side with one race, nation or religion over another. Therefore, practical wisdom should be used to abandon any cultural, social, religious, tribal, and national beliefs of alterity altogether. This is the only way mankind will truly evolve. Segregation is a word of the past. Unity is the key to a peaceful future.’
Hearing his two hour speech, denouncing the nationalist, denouncing the narrow world view, standing there on the podium like a lone philosopher, fighting with his word, screaming it with his voice, screaming it to the people to see past their colors, their differences and their ethnicities and see what is in front of them right now.
A new future for them to write.
A blank paper is in front of them now and they can draw anything they like. Telling them, that they can rise together.
Spreading love and hope.
He even relate to the religious people in the crowd by speaking about God.
Na Eun realizes then that the man on top of the podium, speaking every word like it is the law of the Universe, was a skilled orator.
‘We are not sheep or cows. God didn’t create fences for us or boundaries to contain our nationalities. Man did. God didn’t draw up religious barriers to separate us from each other. Man did. And on top of that, no father would like to see his children fighting or killing each other. The Creator favors the man who spreads loves over the man who spreads hate. A religious title does not make anyone more superior over another. If a kind man stands by his conscience and exhibits truth in his words and actions, he will stand by God regardless of his faith. If mankind wants to evolve, we must learn from our past mistakes. If not, our technology will evolve without us. And that will spell our doom. A philosopher once said “So it is the human condition that to wish for the greatness of one’s fatherland is to wish evil to one’s neighbors. The citizen of the universe would be the man who wishes his country never to be either greater or smaller, richer or poorer.” I stand by him on his opinion. Patriotism is nationalism, and always leads to war.’
Then with a low tone he finishes his oration with a message of hope.
‘Somebody….somebody must trespass on the taboos of modern nationalism, in the interests of human reason. In the interest of humanity future. Business can’t. Diplomacy won’t. It has to be people like us.’
And then the people in the crowd some of them was even converted there and then. Na Eun a one of them.
Each of his word was like a truth they have been hiding and now that it is out in the open, Na Eun could see that most of her arguments wouldn’t hold up if it was hold to scrutiny.
It was not like she doesn’t know this but never before have someone stood there on that high podium and scold them like that man is doing right now.
With passionate speech and the right gesture, everyone was entranced. People who support him was cheering, people who objected him was tongue tied.
In his two hours oration, he outlined all possible good of embracing togetherness and answer all accusation levied against him.
So, when the Global Venture began its first recruitment for Korea Branch, she joins the audition and get one on one interview with Azief.
Believing in her, she was appointed to Vice President based on her resume and her interview and then a few months later, when the previous president was transferred to South Africa she take the helm of the Korea branch.
As she was thinking of past memories she finally realized she has arrived at the airport. Smiling, she parks her car and enters the airport.
IN THE CAR
The day was hot today. The sun shines brightly and people are walking around, enjoying the sunlight, going to the park and spending time with their families.
It is a perfect day for a date.
Azief was smiling all the time looking at Na Eun driving the car for him.
It’s not like he doesn’t know how to drive a car, but he doesn’t have international license.
Of course he could always buy a license but for people of his stature usually people would drive him.
But Na Eun is not a driver….but she is also the only one who knows about his arrival today and Azief didn’t want to alarm the whole company he was here on Korea.
Because this visit is a personal one.
And he would like it if people don’t know why he comes to Korea. Then, giggling Azief look at Na Eun and then he smiles.
Na Eun realizing that Azief was smiling then asks
‘Oppa. Why are you smiling?’ Azief still could not familiarize himself hearing the word Oppa from Na Eun mouth.
‘Do you get jealous?’ Azief ask while looking at Na Eun expression. She seems like a cool gal.
‘I don’t get jealous’ she said while her eyes looking in front of her, looking at the traffic looking indifferent.
Smiling and feeling like he was release from something he said
‘That’s a relief’ while looking very relived as his expression relaxed.
But then hearing his word, Na Eun expression changes
‘Why? Oppa, what did you do?’ Seeing the fast change of reaction Azief was a bit startled.
‘N…othing?’ he said but it was almost like he was asking a question and hesitate to ask after seeing Na Eun expression.
‘Tell me. Be honest with me’ she said while clearly looking flustered.
Thinking it was okay to tell the truth he said.
‘I kiss an actress yesterday. At the opening gala.’
And at that moment Azief knows he made the wrong decision. He learned something new today.
When woman said tell me the truth it really means tells me something that I can accept. Never tell me the truth.
‘Oppa!! Wait a minute? What did you say? You kissed an actress?’
She was so shocked that she closes her mouth with her hand and attacked him with a barrage of questions.
That was not a good sign.
Azief still remembers a few seconds ago, she said she was not jealous. She clearly look jealous to me Azief mused.
Na Eun looks at Azief like she couldn’t believe what she was hearing. Azief, because of this absurd situation almost laugh out loud.
‘Get out Oppa.’ She said so calmly that she doesn’t seem to anger in her voice. But he could feel it.
There is clearly anger in that voice.
‘Here? Right now? You want me to jump from this car? You said you don’t get jealous?’ Azief said, while giggling, clearly enjoying this.
‘This is not about jealousy.’ Then she stopped her sentence for a while before continuing her words looking serious.
‘Maybe, it is’ she quickly corrected her words.
‘I guess I am jealous! So what you want to do about it!’
‘I just worked hard. It’s not like I want the kiss to happen. I was ambushed.’ He said innocently.
‘Like I believe that, Oppa.’ Then for a while they drive in silence but sometimes Azief sneak a glance towards Na Eun while Na Eun is collecting her calmness.
Then she asks with burning eyes as she stares at Azief and asks him
‘Who is she?’ And Azief giggle. The feeling of jealousy is not that bad.
‘Se Kyung.’ Then she was silent like she was thinking something. Na Eun was embarrassed actually.
She never thinks of herself as a jealous person. But somehow hearing that Azief was kissing another girl beside her make her feel strange.
Knowing that the chairman is handsome like that and has many fans she should have been prepared for some other girls to seduce him but still she still could not help but feel jealousy.
The Chairman is not an idol or a star but he is the richest individual on the planet.
If the King Corp is the richest company in the world, Chairman Azief is the richest individual in the world.
He even has about 10 islands under his name.
Who in the world does not want to make any relation with a powerful man like him?
Having only 5 percent of his wealth would make that person insanely rich for the common people.
People like the chairman; rich, handsome, tall…of course he would be the hottest bachelor.
‘Good for you’ she said emotionlessly. Azief shakes his head.
‘No, it’s not.’ Then Na Eun looks at Azief and she almost wanted to punch his face
‘Why are you smiling?’ She asks Azief. It is obvious to her that Azief is holding back his smile.
‘You can’t help smiling’
‘Well, I am a pretty popular man. I think even that actress that star in that My Heart Belongs to You also like me. I did after all sponsored the series’ He said teasingly.
‘In your dreams’ she said.
‘Look at my life. My dreams come true. Anyway nothing happens you know. It was a light kiss. Nothing intense. I can control myself you know.’
Na Eun looks at him and then scoffed.
‘You’re a man.’ And then pausing she continued.
‘You have a pulse……so no. You can’t control yourself.’ Azief could not help but chuckles hearing this.
After teasing and a few banter exchanged and he apologized eventually Na Eun let down her guard and like always forgive her boss.
Then before they know it, they arrived at a building. It was a globe shaped building.
On the outside it looks like the globe of the world and there is the signboard Global Venture on top of the globe.
The globe was white and the black color of the Global Venture signboard can be seen even more clearly because of the color contrast.
‘Professor Jung is already there’ Na Eun informs Azief.
He nodded and then exiting the car he straightened himself up and walks with great stride to the building with a curved smile on his face.
THE GLOBE VENTURE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH CENTER
INSIDE A WHITE ROOM
Inside the room there are two people sitting on a room playing chess.
The young man was calm and collected while the slightly older person shows an expression of frustration.
Smiling the young person moves his castle to capture the King.
‘Checkmate’ Azief said as his smile was wide and full of scorn.
‘Professor Jung, you have lost….again’ he said like rubbing the wound with salt. Professor Jung only sighed.
‘Let’s go to my lab’ he said resigned to his fate but as Jung Woo get up and was about to walk to his lab he realizes that the Chairman is still sitting on the chair, looking at his back.
And then tuning back he realizes that the chairman is staring at him.
‘Sit.’ Azief said and it was clear with the tone of his voice that it was no a request but is an order.
Jung Woo sits back down. And then smiling Azief said.
‘You know……I once read a story. The story goes like this. The setting…..a War between France and Britain. The characters……military man. A commander of the army from Britain came to fight the people of France because of the order from his king. He came from a humble beginning. A cobbler son rising through the ranks of military during a time of peace. But war came. So, he was summoned by his friend who was of a higher hierarch inside the military. So, the commander rides to the site of battle, preparing to battle the French.’
At this time Jung Woo does not understand what Azief was trying to convey but since the chairman doesn’t seem to want to stop, Jung Woo has no choice but to listen
‘Let say the name of the commander was James.’ Azief said as he doesn’t seem to be disturbed by this change of pace.
It seems he is intent on telling this story to the end.
‘James asks his friend when he finally arrived at the site. He asks his friend.’
‘Would there have been a war if the King had said No?’ he asked. Let say his friend name was Edward. Edward then replies.
“I’m sure there will, he was against it from the ﬁrst.” Then James said
“Well, if not him alone, then perhaps if twenty or thirty people in the world had
Thinking of this Edward then said “That’s probable, but they damned well said Yes.” Then smiling James said.
“It’s queer, when one thinks about it,” goes on James, “we are here to protect our fatherland. And the French are over there to protect their fatherland. Now who’s in the right?”
“Perhaps both,” says Edward without really believing it.
“Yes, well now,” pursues James “but our professors and parsons and newspapers say that we are the only ones that are right, and let’s hope so;–but the French professors and parsons and newspapers say that the right is on their side, now what about that?”
“That I don’t know but whichever way it is there’s war all the same and every month more countries coming in.” Edward replies
Then James wonders how a war gets started and then asks this question to Edward. Edward shaking his head answers James by saying
“War is started by one country badly offending another” answers Edward with a slight
air of superiority.
Then James pretends to be obtuse.
“A country? I don’t follow. A mountain in Britain cannot offend a mountain in France. Or a river, or a wood, or a ﬁeld of wheat.”
“Are you really as stupid as that, or are you just pulling my leg?” growls Edward
“I don’t mean that at all. One people offends the other–”
“Then I haven’t any business here at all,” replies James “I don’t feel myself offended.”
“Well, let me tell you,” says Edward sourly, “it doesn’t apply to tramps like you.”
“Then I can be going home right away,” retorts James, and Edward laugh
“Ach, man! he means the people as a whole, the State–” exclaims Edward as he gain his ground.
“State, State”–James snaps his ﬁngers contemptuously.
“Military, police, taxes, that’s your State;–if that’s what you are talking about, no, thank you. State and home-country, there’s a big difference.”
“But they go together,” insists Edward, “without the State there wouldn’t be any
“True, but just you consider, almost all of us are simple folk. And in France, too, the majority of men are labourers, workmen, or poor clerks. Now just why would a French blacksmith or a French shoemaker want to attack us? No, it is merely the rulers. I had never seen a Frenchman before I came here, and it will be just the same with the majority of Frenchmen as regards us. They weren’t asked about it anymore than we were.”
“Then what exactly is the war for?” asks James.
“There must be some people to whom the war is useful. “Edward replies sourly toward his friend question
“Well, I’m not one of them,” grins James.
“Not you, nor anybody else here.” Edward said
“Who are they then?” persists James.
“It isn’t any use to the King either. He has everything he can want already.”
“I’m not so sure about that,” contradicts a man behind James, “he has not had a war up till now. And every full-grown King requires at least one war, otherwise he would not become famous. You look in your school books.”
“And generals too,” adds another man behind James, “they become famous through war.”
“Even more famous than emperors,” adds another.
“There are other people back behind there who proﬁt by the war, that’s
certain,” growls James.
“I think it is more of a kind of fever,” says Edward. “No one in particular wants it, and then all at once there it is. We didn’t want the war, the others say the same thing–and yet half the world is in it all the same.”
Then he ends his story while his eyes keep looking at Jung Woo.
‘Jung Woo.’ And hearing this Jung Woo was shocked. Usually the Chairman would address him as Professor Jung.
Now he is speaking informally to him. This is not good.
‘I know…you know?’ And the smile on Azief face was vicious.
Chairman….I don’t unders-
‘I know you were a nationalist during the Incursion and the Purge. I know you torture Japanese and Americans. I know you are people of Goryeo. I know that during the first year, you did a lot of things that would land you right into the UN trial. And I know what you developing on the sly. I did not give you unlimited fund for you to pursue your ideological belief or trying to supply weapons to Goryeo insurgent. You are talented. That is why I keep you around. But if you mistake my kindness and indifference towards your crime as a pass for you to do whatever you want, be prepared for the consequences.’
And then getting up, Azief stares at Jung woo and Jung Woo felt like there is mountain pressuring his back, threatening to break his spine.
He sweated from his head to his toe, and his heart was beating so fast it was a miracle it was still beating.
By today, clear everything up. You understand my meaning right? If after today, I find any trace of communication between you and them, I’ll see that as a form of disobedience. And…if that is to be, then be prepared.’
Saying this he gets up and walks out from the room and went into the lab and Jung Woo could only see the Chairman back and as he tries to get up he stumbles to the ground.
It was then that he realizes that his knees were trembling in fear.
He gulped his saliva and then calming himself, he follows the Chairman from behind while thinking how to get rid of all the evidence linking him to the Goryeo Liberator Army.
They then enter the lab. An hour later, Azief comes out of the room with a very odd looking gun.
‘At least, your talent is good’ Azief said.
A compact cryo engine built to be shaped like a gun to stop if the Red Speedster ever came back.
But now…now that this is completed, if the speedster that is about to come is hostile, at least this time, Azief will not be caught unprepared.
Well, King isn’t the only one building weapons.
Coming out of the lab, Azief was in a good mood.
SOMEWHERE IN THE BOTTOM OF MEDITERRANEAN SEA
A SECRET MILITARY BASE
People in military uniform were looking at the file on a conference room.
‘Is this the full bio of Hyperion?’ the man on the end of the table said as he looks at a man with a Major rank
‘Yes, Sir. This seems to be his abilities.’
‘The abilities he showed. He did disappear for a month. Anyone knew where he was going?’ the man asks again
Nobody offers an answer. He stands up from his seat and looks outside the pane glass of the conference room and he could see recruits training and marching.
‘What did he know about this place?’ He asks.
‘As far as we know…nothing. But if we’re wrong…’And the Colonel interjected
‘If we’re wrong, then we deal with it. He can’t find this place.’
‘But if he does sir-‘
‘If he did then he would learn that we have many weapons that he has never seen before. He will learn we still have a lot of fight him with’
‘But Colonel, if he finds out about this place and what we’re doing here…’and the Major was not liking the idea Hyperion finding about this place.
‘Then we will unleash the Behemoth.’ He said confidently.
‘The military general at the Capitol might believe in the likes of Alexander King but we, the US Military have our own secrets and ways to deal with people like Hyperion.’
In the deepest part of the base, there is a room reinforced with titanium plates and metals that have never been seen before on the surface world.
The door was very thick and it was heavily guarded. Outside the patrolling guard could hear a sound. It was growling.
Inside the door….is the secret weapon of the Colonel. The Behemoth.