<Bait & Hook #1>
‘Might as well try.’
It wouldn’t hurt to try.
If it doesn’t work, then he could still mix the potion into the sauce.
Hyun-Soo used his phone to contact David.
“David, are you available?”
– Huh? What’s up?
“Can you stop by my dorn? There’s something I want to give you.”
– Okay. I’ll be right there!
Since he experienced a lot of odd situations through Hyun-Soo, he was the best guinea pig.
Even if something weird happened, he wouldn’t think much about it.
“I now have a guinea pig for testing. I should use this opportunity to really test it out.”
The first subject he’ll pour the energy into.
It was going to be through the pear that Riri was eating.
Hyun-Soo tried inserting his energy like Riri just to test it out.
And the result was pretty interesting.
[Energy Infused Asian Pear]
A small amount of energy has been infused into the pear.
The natural taste of the ingredient has increased thanks to the energy.
A certain amount of energy can be accumulated within the body.
Effects : It’s delicious.
There’s a very slim chance that the total amount of energy may increase a bit.
‘It has all of these benefits just because I infused energy into it?’
He never thought about using his energy on an object.
Energy was the essence of power that was given to hunters.
Hunters used their skills, went on hunts and survived in portals through this energy.
Why was Hyun-Soo’s stamina recovery skill and stat increase potion selling so quickly?
It was to maximize the energy’s recover and effectiveness.
That’s why most of the ordinary hunters didn’t use their energy recklessly.
‘I’m not an ordinary hunter.’
Ordinary hunters wouldn’t be able to create skills with a SS ranked skill.
There was another interesting fact.
‘A certain amount of energy can be accumulated? Then does that mean that my energy will be in someone else’s body?’
And the total amount of energy can increase too.
The chance of that happening was very slim, but there was still a chance.
If that happens, then things will definitely change.
There was a limit to how much energy a hunter can use.
It was different based on the rank and the person itself, but everyone had limitations.
That’s why energy recovery was important during a hunt.
‘But this just increases the maximum amount, not the energy itself.’
Even if one doesn’t level up, the maximum amount does increase.
Hypothetically, low-ranked hunters can go up against high-ranked hunters when it comes to the maximum amount.
But that only applied when the amount was extremely high.
‘……It doesn’t really sound realistic.’
Was this really possible?
Hyun-Soo was feeling doubtful.
If someone provided that energy without participating in the hunt…
It wasn’t even that hard to do.
They didn’t require Hyun-Soo’s skill creation skill or drink a potion.
Most hunters knew how to control their energy.
Even if they weren’t using a skill.
‘I feel like someone already tested this out.’
But, no one knew.
This could become a new discovery. It’ll be like the time when no one was interested in the monster’s corpse.
‘I should find out more about this.’
Hyun-Soo first decided to see if there were any related information.
David arrived right when Hyun-Soo finished his thoughts.
Hyun-Soo greeted the David that refused to ring the doorbell.
“What is it? What are you going to give me?”
The way David’s eyes sparkled reminded him of a child on the morning of Christmas.
Hyun-Soo gave him a piece of the pear.
“Huh? It’s not really this……is it……?”
“……Did you really call me here for this?”
“I was really excited because Eugene told me you were making something really good…”
David looked like the cat that had the large, sad eyes.
And the fact that he looked good was shocking.
But Hyun-Soo coldly told him that it wasn’t ready yet and declined his request.
“I want meat too…….”
David looked disappointed as he looked at the ingredients that were in the kitchen.
David took the pear even though he really didn’t want it.
And then he carefully took a bite.
The crunchy sound of the pear filled the room and it was refreshing.
“What? Oh my God! It’s incredible! Rookie, what the heck is this?!”
“A pear? This is a pear? It tastes like some sort of heavenly fruit. I’m sure the apple from the garden of Eden tastes like this!’
And then David kept on saying that this couldn’t be a pear.
Even though Hyun-Soo made it, he hasn’t eaten it, so he was a bit surprised by David’s reaction.
David kept on asking for more as if he was addicted to the pear.
“I don’t have any more.”
“Rookie, you’re so cold-hearted. You should’ve just not given me any! I can’t believe you would give me only one piece. Are you telling me to die from dissatisfaction?”
David complained earlier about giving him fruit instead of meat and now he was begging Hyun-Soo for more.
An addict would probably react the same way.
‘Is this a good thing or a bad thing?’
Anyways, he was able to confirm one thing.
That it made the food more delicious.
‘Interface did guarantee that it was delicious.’
That’s the description it displayed from the start.
But when he used Interface to check on David, there wasn’t anything different with his energy.
‘It would’ve been nice if it affected his energy too.’
It was a bit disappointing, but he knew he couldn’t get everything he wanted at once.
“Can’t you give me more?”
“Wait until dinner.”
“Such a cold-hearted person…….”
Hyuna probably influenced him.
Hyuna became close with the members since she saw them every time she visited the cafeteria.
She had a gentle and friendly personality and on top of that, she started talking a lot faster than Hyun-Soo, it’s only natural for her to become close with the members.
Hyun-Soo felt like he was able to see Hyuna in David.
He felt like he was in a drama.
More like a soap opera.
When David left, Hyun-Soo resumed making the food.
He decided to research deeper about the energy later.
It’s because he didn’t have enough information right now.
‘I did see its effects, so I should use it.’
Interface displayed the following information about the pear.
The natural taste of the ingredient has increased thanks to the energy.
‘Then it should increase the taste of the Galbi and Bulgogi.’
It was easy to use.
And Interface should display the same “It’s delicious” description.
But he wasn’t going to stop there.
‘Might as well try mixing all of them.’
He poured the potion as well as the energy into the sauce.
He started cooking to leave a strong impression on the guests.
But now, this was nothing more than an experiment.
Hyun-Soo was honestly curious about the result.
He poured the potion and started stirring the sauce.
He spread the sauce onto the meat and place another piece of meat on top of it.
He spread the sauce, placed another piece of meat and repeated this process several times.
After pouring the remaining sauce on top of the stack of meat, Hyun-Soo gathered his energy.
It sounded like the air was slightly vibrating.
Hyun-Soo started kneading that meat while gathering his energy.
Making sure that the meat have been marinated well.
And making sure the energy had infused.
Riri watched while licking her lips.
It’s because the energy she consumed was now inside the meat.
Riri looked at Hyun-Soo with a pitiful expression.
But Hyun-Soo already moved onto the next step.
“Let’s start the Bulgogi.”
Instead of the pear, he took out an apple and other ingredients and concentrated on the dish.
Their reaction was what he expected.
The people that haven’t tried it before carefully took a bite and afterwards started putting a lot of food on their plates.
Even though Hyun-Soo made a lot food, it disappeared within seconds.
“How can it taste this good? I can’t believe it!”
“Who made this? Are there more?!”
There were probably a few hunters that actually ate Bulgogi and Galbi before.
New York had quite a few Korean restaurants.
It may be different from the food served in Korea, but since they made it to accommodate the taste buds of the people here, foreigners may like it more.
But they were really shocked right now because it was totally different from the ones they tasted before.
Everyone had forgotten about Riri.
Hyun-Soo used Interface and looked at the hunters that were inside the cafeteria.
He confirmed that the random potion was working well.
The energy limit did increase a little bit for some people.
‘They’re lucky. I hope they’re the friendly hunters that are on our side.’
He didn’t want the enemy to obtain all the good benefits.
It was already too late for him to be worried about that…
‘Well, it’s not a big increase anyways.’
He purposely set the amount of energy that was being infused.
He was experimenting right now.
Even though David didn’t show any signs of side effects, he still had to experiment.
There wasn’t a need to create more variables that were difficult to control.
‘They should be showing some sort of reaction soon……’
They probably didn’t realize it because the food was too good.
But they were high-ranked hunters that were proud of their power.
And they were probably really sensitive whenever there was a change in their bodies.
‘What was the rank of the hunter that I sold my first skill to? Was it C or B?’
So many things happened after that day, so he had a hard time remembering.
Anyways, even ordinary hunters do everything they can to take care of their bodies, so for high-ranked hunters, they would probably do more to make sure their bodies are in good condition.
Their body was an asset.
‘But I feel pretty satisfied. This is probably why people cook.’
A small smile appeared on his face because he couldn’t hide his satisfaction.
The hunters might think it’s absurd if they heard this analogy.
Hyun-Soo felt like he discovered a god-like seasoning that would make anyone lick their dishes.
That seasoning was called energy. .
It was the same energy that was used as a base for hunters.
‘This is what a mother must feel…no. I went too far again.’
Out of the dishes that Hyun-Soo and the chefs from a five-star hotel made, they finished Hyun-Soo’s first.
He couldn’t help but be proud of his cooking.
When dinner time was almost over.
Hyun-Soo managed to get rid of his smile and while looking around the room, his eyes met Kim Yoo-Na’s eyes.
She slightly nodded her head. Hyun-Soo replied by doing a light bow.
If this was the first stage, then it was time to move on to the second stage.
<Bait & Hook #1> End.