Chapter 49. Tiger (1)
As soon as I opened my eyes, the first thing I saw was a white ceiling, a small Apollo, and a dog. A dog? Without even questioning, Apollo, in the form of a little doll, hugged me, and the dog next to me was fussing and whining.
“Darn it! You’ve done a great job at recognizing me!”
My new body was strangely light, but it felt awkward. It felt like it wasn’t my body. As I struggled to pull Apollo away from the scruff of my neck with my fingers, the dog rubbed its snout beneath my feet.
It was a dog with black fur adorned with golden accessories, which looked luxurious. Its ears were pricked up. I’m not a big fan of animals, so I folded my legs and groaned, trying to get away from it somehow.
Apollo was annoyed with him.
“Go and stay in a corner!”
Then, it really lowered his tail, went to a corner, and stayed there. It was ridiculous, so I took turns looking at both of them. And when I looked at Apollo again, he slapped my cheek with a cotton bat.
“Are you out of your mind?”
“Where are we?”
“What do you mean by where? We’re in your soul, darn it. Don’t you even recognize it?”
We’re inside my soul? Is this my <Soul’s Sanctuary>?
I couldn’t help but look around with an incomprehensible face. The size of the old mattress and furniture here right now were in a room a hundred times larger than before.
It’s just like in an interior decorating game when you’ve expanded the wall drastically, leaving only furniture. As I was embarrassed and panicking from the sight, Apollo sighed.
“It means your contractor has grown that much.”
“Contractor… Fuck, that’s right. Baek Tae-beom!”
I jumped up, and Apollo, who was hanging around my neck, screamed. Son of a bitch, move slowly! I unaffectedly ignored those words and grabbed Apollo.
“Tae-beom, what happened to Tae-beom?”
“Why are you asking me that?”
“You were trying to hook me up with him a while ago!”
“A little while ago?”
Apollo said absurdly.
“You’ve been asleep for almost two years.”
I asked in a rather foolish voice, and a little later, groped my stomach. The feeling of the knife stabbing my back suddenly came to mind with a clear image. It was a feeling I never wanted to remember again. Apollo snorted as I frowned and felt my stomach.
“A body that dies only from this much… Don’t you need to train?”
“Ordinary people die when they get stabbed with a knife though?”
“Are you an ordinary person?”
There was nothing wrong with what he said, so I closed my mouth. But even so, there was something else I was concerned about….
“Who is that dog?”
I pointed to the dog, who was mulling in the corner. As soon as I spoke, the dog flickered its tail and glazed around. He was ready to tackle and hug me whenever I called.
At my words, Apollo giggled at him.
He was completely different from what I knew, so I laughed out loud.
“He’s doing that because he felt sorry. I explained it to him after you died. About what you are and what you’re doing to the world.”
“You explained that very early.”
Anubis, who was listening to us, crept up to me and laid face down in front of me. His attitude felt so silly, and when I tapped the top of his nose, he whined with an exaggerated attitude.
Apollo spoke in a tired voice.
“If you can speak, don’t pretend you can’t.”
Anubis, who had been rolling on the floor showing his stomach, slowly got up and sat down, and said in a profound voice.
“Sorry. I will. Apologize. To you.”
Isn’t this a real concept?
“…So you apologize. Oh, did you think I will forgive you just like this?”
The big dog then shook its head and placed its front paws on the back of my hands.
Then, something like black veins sprouted from the back of my hand. The wriggling thing quickly climbed up on my forearm and reached the nape of my neck, and in an instant, quickly came up and dug into my eyes. My vision turned black for a moment.
[You have acquired a new skill.]
[Skill: Eye of the Dead]
[By borrowing the power of the dead, you can properly see through the state of others. The strength of its ability depends on the constellation’s ability.]
[The constellation, ‘One Who Seeks To Avoid The Fall’ is synchronized with the body.]
[The personal channel of <Constellation Communication Net> has been connected with ‘One Who Guides The Dead’. You can chat with <Constellation Communication Net> anywhere.]
This makes things different. I grabbed his front paws and shook them up and down. Ignoring Anubis’ embarrassed expression, I smiled just like a trained service worker.
“Ah, I look forward to your cooperation?”
“I’m, embarrassed. A little….”
“This is the real kicker. Didn’t you say that you would check the status of your contractor?”
“Oh, right, right. By the way, has anyone seen my phone?”
Apollo took out my cell phone from my pocket, complaining that he had to find these things himself because he was now a nanny. Come to think of it, my clothes were still covered in blood.
“Let’s see. …What is this?”