Genius，Read The World - Chapter 4
Pu-mi tossed and turned over her bed, dawdling with her phone.
[His eyes look like puppies!]
[It’s really quite attractive…]
[Can we play at your house?]
Pu-mi chuckled as she uploaded the photo she took with her brother today to the chat group.
[I’ll show him to everyone soon, thanks]
[I wish I had a brother, too…]
Meanwhile, Woo-jin and his dad were talking in the living room.”Do you need daddy to wash it for you?”
“No, I can do it on my own.”
“Well, if you have any problems, just call your dad.”
Woo-jin went into the bathroom and stripped off his clothes. The mirror reflected Woo-jin’s body. Scars and wounds were scattered across his body. If anyone had seen it, they would have been shocked, but Woo-jin simply averted his eyes like it was nothing.
“Woo-jin, I left your underwear and clothes at the door.”
Woo-jin answered briefly to his mom and turned on the shower.
The water flowed down, caressing Woo-jin, cleansing his body. It didn’t take that much time for him to finish.
Woo-jin emerged from the bathroom after 20 minutes. His butt naked appearance shocked his mom and dad.However, his parents’ expressions quickly softened.
“I should’ve kept the clothes in the bathroom.”
Dad rushed over to Woo-jin, afraid that Pu-mi would appear in the living room. However, it was strange. Woo-jin’s body was bright red as if it was on fire.
“Woo-jin, did you take a hot water bath? Did you make adjustments? Dad wants to apologize for forgetting to tell you.”
“Woo-jin are you all right?”
Mom asked anxiously as she circled Woo-jin’s body.
“Yes, I’m alright. Don’t be sad, mom.”
“Uhhhhh? Oh right, do you mean the one you were discussing with Pu-mi earlier? Mom is not depressed in the least. Mom is relieved that Woo-jin has returned. Does Woo-jin feel better ? Isn’t it painful?”
Even though he had good skin, there were scars on his body. In fact, she couldn’t do anything about it except lamenting over her son’s sufferings..
“Yes, it’s sad to know again.”
Mom and dad were concerned that Woo-jin’s skin would become dry, so they both applied lotion to him.
Only after demonstrating how to adjust the shower’s temperature to Woo-jin, his parents were at peace again.
“Are you going to your room now to rest?”
Woo-jin sat on the bed, and his dad wrapped his arm around his mom’s shoulder looking at him from the door.
“Woo-jin ah, if there is anything inconvenient, just say it okay?”
“Should I open the door?”
Woo-jin shook his head.
“Okay, then let’s hope Woo-jin has a good rest.”
Woo-jin stroked the bed while the door was carefully closed by his dad. The bed was softer and smelled better than the one in the hospital.
Woo-jin, who was just quietly looking around the room, decided to use his phone, entering the YouTube that Pu-mi had mentioned to him. Then, he put on his earbuds which he took off when he went to bathe. He turned down the phone’s volume and began watching the video. Woo-jin spoke in a very small voice.
Two hours later Woo-jin, who had left YouTube, scribbled a brief note on a notepad.
Then read the article on high alert. Woo-jin remembered the words he heard frequently occurring while he was trapped in the warehouse.
“I…Am going to sleep…”
“I’m confident in myself ……….”
“I’m telling myself……”
“I’m telling myself……”
After slowly nodding his head, Woo-jin spoke again.
“I will never lose to myself.”
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The next morning, His dad went to work while Pu-mi went to school, leaving Woo-jin and his mom at home alone.
“Is there anything Woo-jin would like to eat?”
Mom showed a gentle smile because Woo-jin’s pronunciation was much better than yesterday’s.
“If there’s something you want to eat, tell mom. Got it?”
“Well, Woo-jin, would you go for a walk with mom?”
Although Woo-jin mostly just briefly answered, she was still happy.
Woo-jin, who walked out of the villa for a few seconds, looked at a man walking on his back and asked his mom.
“That uncle? I don’t know him. Any problem?”
“No, it’s not. Is it an action based on broken memory…”
His mother internally interpreted Woo-jin’s pronunciation in her mind.
‘Is it an unconscious action or a forgotten memory has been brought back from a similar situation?’
“What does that mean? Mommy doesn’t understand.”
It seems he was talking about something scientific.
“Ah …… déjà vu?”
Woo-jin glanced back at the man again. He was wearing a mask and a hat, appearing like he was hiding from someone. As Woo-jin saw the man’s eyes peeping through the latter’s cover, he felt like it was the second time he saw it. Then, it suddenly came to Woo-jin that he had, indeed, met this man when he first came home. Like before, the way the man looked at the villa was odd albeit, it was expressionless.
-The eyelids were taut.
-A slight compactness between his eyebrows.
The expression of anger and the subtle expression of concentration.
-There are many marks on the brim of the hat.
-How is there salt in the armpits of the blouse, although subtle?
-The wrist is wrapped with an electronic watch.
-Pants with a lot of wrinkles on the knees, and people who walk or run quite a lot.
-Some dirt on that person’s sneakers, right?
[The person who repeatedly wears a hat with a mask on, like an angry person, or concentrates on the villa. Mom also didn’t know who that person was, so he’s most likely not someone from thethis village. The first time they met, it was in the morning, and today it was at noon.]
Woo-jin gathered all of the information about the person in his head as he walked towards the park with his mother, his eyes wandering. He looked like he was comprehending something.
After a while, they arrived at the park, which was about to open, that was pretty much empty.
His mom was still telling Woo-jin stories from his childhood, mostly asking Woo-jin about this and that. Of course, she didn’t inquire about the incident when he was kidnapped. She primarily asked about the items he would like to have and the food he wanted to eat. She asked this because she remembered his shocked expression when he ate something.
“What does our Woo-jin want to do in the future? Can you tell me?”
After being confined in a storage room for a full 12 years, it was certainly understandable that he wouldn’t have time to think of these things. Mom asked cautiously again.
“Life has lots to offer. What does Woo-jin want to be?”
“I want to become a company employee.”
“A company employee?”
“Yes, a company employee.”
It was such a typical dream.
Woo-jin closed his eyes, basking in the sunshine, and heard the sweet voice of his mother. The sound of fresh leaves, the sound of birds gently brushing the wind. It was peaceful.
‘I hope this peace lasts.’
The corners of Woo-jin’s mouth rose very thinly. Because the movement was very subtle, his mom didn’t notice it and neither did Woo-jin.
That was how Woo-jin and mom strolled around the neighborhood together for a few minutes before going home. Mom ordered fried noodles and sweet sour pork for him. Woo-jin, who had sauce all over the corners of his mouth, said:
“It’s super delicious …….”
Woo-jin had a very comfortable time from morning to night. He spent his time watching TV, searching on the internet, and listening to Youtube. His mom felt relieved to see that kind of look on Woo-jin.
She was glad to see him correcting his pronunciations and how he tried learning things about this world. Most importantly, he seemed to have a wealth of knowledge.
He spoke terms that she didn’t know and also spoke in an easy-to-understand way.
What an amazing son.
For some reason, there was also a feeling of a giant falling asleep in Woo-jin’s body.
Pu-mi exclaimed in a more animated tone than before. She was thinking that she should take care of her 18-year-old brother.
“You want to eat ice cream?”
“It’s cold to eat, but it’s really good. I’ll buy it for you.”
As usual, Woo-jin’s replies were short and spiritless, so different from Pu-mi’s.
“Mom, I’m going to go to the convenience store with my brother.”
“You have to come back soon after buying ice cream?”
“Well, let’s go, brother.”
Pu-mi gently held Woo-jin’s hand who was walking out of the villa. Then led him like she was his guide.
“Go this way.”
Pu-mi walked into the convenience store and opened the refrigerator door.
“Pick whatever you want to eat, brother.”
Woo-jin blinked in confusion as he saw that there were quite a variety of ice creams, so he didn’t know what to pick.
“This one, this one is delicious.”
Woo-jin picked what Pu-mi pointed out and exited the store after paying for it. Then, that was when the sound of chattering came from behind. Female high school students in school uniforms were sitting on benches under the big umbrellas.
“Wow, he’s so handsome. Look!”
“Who does he look like …….”
“Go ask for his number.”
“No, that’s embarrassing.”
Pu-mi smiled happily when she heard what the voice behind them was talking about.
“Brother, let me help you open the lid. That’s it ….”
Woo-jin took the ice cream that Pu-mi handed to him and tasted it. Woo-jin’s face became stiff and his eyes grew slightly wider.
The soft and sweet taste spread in his mouth like melting snow.
Pu-mi smiled and said, “I knew this would happen.”
“Brother, it’s super delicious, right? Hmm?”
“Yeah. Super delicious.”
Instantly, Woo-jin’s eyes sank down for a moment because, once again, he saw the man wearing a hat and mask.
“Hm? Anything brother?”
“You go home first okay?”
Woo-jin, who had his sight fixed on the man, hurriedly finished the ice cream as he commanded Pu-mi with his words accurately pronounced.