would appear, drones constantly roamed the skies to monitor and locate them.
When a new swamp was discovered, the Hunter’s Association calculated the time it would take before it naturally opened up.
They did so with the information sent by the drone.

Swamps appeared randomly regardless of the location.
However, there was never a case where it emerged indoors.
It could be considered as fortunate than not.
People have certainly taken it for granted now.

The reporter went on to lay bare the truth how being a Hunter was the hottest job of the century.

“Those who have passed the exams and have been approved as Hunters, are transferred into the F-ranks.
F-rank Hunters have low offense and defense, so it would be difficult to put them out into the field from the get go.
This is why they are mainly responsible for transportation duties.
However, even if you are an F-class Hunter tasked with this role, the income you earn is well above the average income of office workers.”

“It must be nice for them.
They’re set for life.
If they continue to raise their ranks, they’ll soon be able to participate in raids.
Dang.” The cashier, who had been quiet until now, spoke enviously.

“Won’t it be May 20th soon? I wonder how many Hunters there will be this time.” Jiwoo questioned.

“When I took the Hunter exam, a tattoo appeared on the arm of the person in front of me.
It was really amazing.
Among the hundreds of millions of lots he could draw, it seemed like he was pulling the winning ticket he needed.
He took his arm out of the swamp and then a strange, glossy, black tattoo was engraved onto it.
He must’ve had a lot of luck.”

“The person in front of you?”

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“Yes.
Following ‘F-class Dealer’, words like Attack, Defense, Chakra, and so on were suddenly inscribed on his clean arm.
It was like buds were suddenly sprouting.”

Jiwoo nodded to that.
The Hunter’s tattoo he saw at the mall came to mind.

“Should I just go find an actual tattoo artist and get a tattoo? While I’m at it, I’ll set both my offense and defense at 1200.
Why not cheat like that?” Jiwoo pondered.

He considered it but didn’t embrace the idea for long.
He didn’t know if it was possible to do or not.

He wasn’t the only one who had thought of that plan.
There were even people who put it to practice.
Due to the imposters running around, the Hunter Association’s security forces had their hands tied dealing with them.

Jiwoo gave up and snuffed out the idea.
He thought if he got caught, he might not live to see tomorrow.

The program was nearing the end.
The reporter briefly mentioned the appearance of a new swamp.
However, they only brought it up so they could say, “Nevertheless, we can sleep comfortably at night because there are Hunters beside us to protect us.”

***

Holding a bag of liquor, Jiwoo opened the front door of his house.
Lim’s electronics and goods came into view immediately.

This was the problem.
Even when he wanted to forget about his problems for a while, he couldn’t because of the stuff taking up his house.
He would chuckle and laugh as he watched TV, but once he turned his head, Lim’s items would be in his sight again.

The washing machine, wall-mounted TV, refrigerator, oven, and air conditioner, which had been unboxed, were put back into their respective boxes.

Jiwoo sighed and began to tidy up the house.
There was a limit to how much he could clean though.
His house, which wasn’t big in the first place, lost more space than before.
He tried to make more room by pushing the boxes to a corner as much as possible.

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He started sweating immediately.
Jiwoo went towards his water dispenser to grab a drink.
At that moment, he felt his chest clench up.
The suffocating feeling grew stronger as he approached the dispenser.
It was so extreme his desire to drink water almost disappeared.

“Is it because it’s stuffy inside?” Jiwoo wondered.

He went out to his veranda to open the doors before coming back.
He didn’t feel stuffy anymore so Jiwoo believed it was because of the bad air inside his house.

However, when he approached the water dispenser again, he suddenly felt woozy and stumbled without realizing it.
He almost collapsed on the spot, but he took a few steps forward, barely managing to hold on to the wall in front of his bathroom.
When he was near the bathroom, the woozy feeling went away.

It was a strange occurrence.
Jiwoo went into his bedroom questioning what was going on without finding an answer.
He lied down thinking it must have been because he was tired, but his mind was wide awake and he couldn’t fall asleep.

Unable to stand the curiosity any longer, Jiwoo went back to his living room, to the water dispenser next to the fridge.

He felt unbearably dizzy there.
Expecting the same thing to happen again, Jiwoo approached it carefully.
He was getting quite close, but there were no symptoms yet.

“I guess I was wrong.
My body must be acting strange.” As he said that, he thought of getting a drink now that he was there.

It struck him then, the wave of intense dizziness which made him almost vomit.
His surroundings began to shake around him as if an earthquake had hit.

Jiwoo staggered toward the sofa and sat down.
However, the feeling vanished again.
He couldn’t figure out what was happening to him.

“Is it anemia? Or is it because I got too much stress?”

Regardless, the symptoms didn’t last for long and disappeared within seconds.
Later on, even the dense Jiwoo caught onto one thing.
The fact that his dizziness and headaches became especially severe when he walked past the water dispenser.
After realizing this, he avoided passing by it.
Strangely enough, no such symptoms have appeared since.

He decided to go near it again to test if his theory was right, he almost passed out on the spot from the immense pain he got.

Puzzled by the phenomenon and unable to find an answer, Jiwoo suddenly became depressed and lost in his thoughts.

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