Choi Yu Seong was an orphan.
Since the beginning of his memory at the age of 4, he was an orphan without any blood relatives so having no parents did not feel awkward.
But that doesn’t mean he didn’t know the reality.
He rather knew it too well.
Could it be said that the little kid was clever?
He escaped from the orphanage at the age of 12 because he was fed up with its absurdity.
And he grew up brilliantly. He graduated schools safely until college with the money he earned himself and he joined NX Soft, a game company that was said to be the cream of the crop in South Korea, at the age of 28.
Those were achievements that were accomplished thanks to his efforts, despite the disadvantages of being an orphan.
People who knew Choi Yu Seong often referred to him as a stubborn person1 A very strong-tempered person. , and it wasn’t wrong.
At the age of 13 when most children were still playing in the arms of their parents, he had already devised how to fight society and put it into practice.
It was not easy at such a young age.
Thanks to that, he was able to create a life that would make the title of an orphan feel less burdening.
It was a life he was proud of.
In the mirror, an awkward smile formed on Choi Yu Seong’s lips, who was stroking the cheeks of a handsome young man who looked ten years younger than the original appearance he remembered.
It was awkward but definitely familiar.
He wanted to deny it, but the young man he saw in the mirror for the first time seemed to be Choi Yu Seong himself.
“… Why did this happen?”
That was the first question that came to mind.
‘Let’s think about it.’
Choi Yu Seong recalled the memories of the night before.
He was certainly working overtime right before the launch of a new game. Because he was so drowsy, he went to the break room for a while and enjoyed a cup of coffee together with the latest episode of the web novel ‘The Master Who Returned to Modern Times’.
And he seemed to have fallen asleep.
However, when he opened his eyes, it was not the scenery of the company’s familiar break room. It wasn’t even his residence, a studio slightly smaller than 10 pyeong2Room size used in Korea. 10 pyeong = 33 m2 = 356 ft2.
Choi Yu Seong, who took his gaze away from the mirror, looked back to check the room he was in once more and his mouth strangely twitched.
‘This would be a decent living room for a middle-sized apartment though?’
Just one bedroom was this big.
It was awkward, but he thought it wasn’t strange.
‘Choi Yu Seong. 20 years old. One of the children of Hyesung Group, a leading conglomerate company in South Korea.’
By checking his memories, it was easy to know who he was.
Thanks to this, he had experienced terrible pain when he opened his eyes in the morning, but it was better than not recognizing anything.
In particular, it would have been very troublesome if he had not even known who he had become.
Thus, Choi Yu Seong became the second generation of a conglomerate with the same name. His current background was as different as heaven and earth from the orphan that he had been just last night.
“Hmm…, life is reversed.”
Choi Yu Seong shook his head with a short groan and laughter.
It was easy to say, but he felt bitter.
It was certainly a lonely life without any family.
He was hit by the boss every day if there was not enough profit and he was swept away by overtime so there were many struggles.
Still, he was confident that he had lived hard in his own way, and it was also a satisfying life where he achieved his goal.
But that kind of life had disappeared in one day.
Just because his economic environment had improved, he couldn’t just be happy.
Besides, there were more serious problems.
‘Let’s see. Today is October 21, 2029. 10 years ahead of 2019 that I remember.’
Unlike the Earth where Choi Yu Seong originally lived, monsters, cracks, and Awakeners were not only in movies or novels but existed in this world.
In a way, it could be seen as a completely different world, but these concepts and the worldview were quite familiar to Choi Yu Seong.
‘… Because that’s the background of The Master Who Returned to Modern Times.’
It was something that he could know from his memories without long worry.
He thought about it over and over again to confirm this because he wanted to be certain of the unbelievable truth.
That it had happened like in novels or movies.
And the protagonist of the play was Choi Yu Seong himself.
To accept this fact, Choi Yu Seong struggled for two hours while sitting.
Then he burst into laughter and nodded.
After he accepted all the facts, the conclusion was simple.
“It’s a big deal!”
The role of Choi Yu Seong in the novel was a villain who harassed the weak as the family’s good-for-nothing and a pushover who was thrown away after being used by the protagonist.
Now that he had possessed him, he was really established in an excellent position.3That means the novel CYS’s position as villain was very firm with those cliché villain settings.
The simplest way to keep all those terrible situations from happening was already decided.
‘Don’t get close to the Returnee Kim Do Jin.’
But what should he do?
This good-for-nothing guy had already become close enough to have a good relationship with Kim Do Jin a few days ago.
They had already met at the predestined moment.
‘If this world is in the novel, then in volume 1 episode 15…’
If he had started just 10 episodes before, he would have been able to break the relationship, but now it was already spilled water.
The Returnee Kim Do Jin wanted to kill the enemy who killed his father when he was a child, Choi Wu Jae, the head of the Hyesung Group and Choi Yu Seong’s father.
And he chose Choi Yu Seong as the bridgehead.
Choi Yu Seong, the clueless good-for-nothing, was excited and fell for Kim Do Jin’s speech that felt relatable.
‘I have to keep my distance from Kim Do Jin somehow.’
He was a more dangerous person the more one got closer.
He couldn’t think of it lightly.
Wasn’t it just a life-threatening thing?
He wanted to hit his head when he remembered that he’d thought it was a cider4Cider in Korea refers to soda drinks like Sprite. The term for refreshing. In this case “satisfaction and freshness that someone feels when an injustice situation is solved”. when the novel’s Choi Yu Seong was used like an idiot and thrown away.
‘If you’re easy to control, you will die.’
That was why he had to somehow cut off his relationship with Kim Do Jin.
Quite a few ways immediately came to mind.
The first way was to use the money and power of a conglomerate to kill the Returnee when he had not yet recovered his power.
‘But someday the Demon King will appear in this world.’
And according to the contents of the original novel, Kim Do Jin was given the role of stopping the Demon King and saving the world.
If he didn’t exist, then who would stop the Demon King?
‘The destruction ending is a no-no.’
Therefore, the most realistic and the best option for Choi Yu Seong had already been decided.
‘You can just turn away.’
He wouldn’t care whether he called or came to find him.
It was to widen the distance between Kim Do Jin and himself as much as possible from now on.
After his thoughts were sorted out, a sigh flowed out.
It was Choi Yu Seong, who had been criticized for being relatively clever and cold-hearted since his orphanage days, but it was quite difficult for him to think and accept the possibility of his death.
‘It would be nice if it went the way I want, but…’
If not, the next best way and the third method should be prepared.
Choi Yu Seong had never been so grateful for his innate calmness.
“If you’re in a hurry, you won’t be able to avoid it.”
The Returnee Kim Do Jin who looked young on the outside was actually a snake5Not literally. A term for a wicked person. in his 50s who spent more than 30 years in another world.
If he did something wrong, he would get caught and backstabbed.
‘Stay calm, let’s back away one step at a time.’
In addition to that, problems were scattered here and there.
Choi Yu Seong, the ninth son of the Hyesung Group.
Even if it wasn’t for Kim Do Jin, his position could not be considered safe.
There were many complicated things in many ways.
It could have been seen as completely different from the time when he had to work as much as possible to receive a salary, but the big frame did not change at all.
On the flip side, the contents of the original novel, ‘The Master Who Returned to Modern Times’ came to mind in fine detail for some reason. As if he was reading the novel then and there.
‘It could be a temporary phenomenon, so let’s write it down on the phone’s memo as much as possible.’
Regardless of what he thought, the greatest weapon Choi Yu Seong currently had was the future information known through the original novel.
He thought that not recording that information because he was afraid of someone peeking at it was no different from not going out because he was afraid of a car accident.
‘Let’s leave a lot of information while most of my memory is still clear.’
‘Because I have to survive.’
Suddenly the circumstances changed, his appearance transformed, and all the lives he knew had disappeared, so he did not want to die.
In those days when he ran out to society alone at a young age, and even now when everything changed, Choi Yu Seong wanted to live.
After an hour or so of agony and preparing a plan for his survival, Choi Yu Seong called his direct secretaries, no other than the siblings, to the room.
“Jin Do Yun.”
“Yes, Young Master.”
A young man in his early twenties, with a thick line above his eyes that gave off a manly impression contrasting to his slim body, nodded with a blunt expression.
’22 years old. Rank B Level 70, physical type Awakener. His estimated maximum potential is Rank S. He was one of the two people who were on the good-for-nothing Choi Yu Seong’s side in this family.’
Jin Do Yun was a loyal person like a bamboo that would not bend.
A talented person who couldn’t bloom and gone while protecting the good-for-nothing Choi Yu Seong, who created accidents without even trying, until he died.
The good-for-nothing Choi Yu Seong, who could not recognize Jin Do Yun’s loyalty, hated him quite a bit for interfering with his affairs.
Of course, the current Choi Yu Seong thought of him as quite reliable.
There was no way to stop the very favorable gaze on him.
Next, his gaze turned to the small woman who stood next to Jin Do Yun and looked a little over 160 cm tall.
‘Jin Yu Ri. 20 years old. Rank A Level 20, flair type Awakener. Her estimated maximum potential is grade S or higher. Jin Do Yun’s younger sister.’
He raised his head and looked at her eyes that twinkled with curiosity about the reason for Choi Yu Seong’s sudden call, similar to when he looked at Jin Do Yun yet with a different feeling.
‘Similarly, although she is a loyal person who protected the good-for-nothing Choi Yu Seong until the end… The type is different.’
She was a different person from the upright Jin Do Yun and had more potential than her older brother.
She knew how to bend in moderation and was quite good at handling people.
Maybe that’s why the good-for-nothing Choi Yu Seong, although he did not know her well, was inclined to follow Jin Yu Ri’s words.
“Jin Yu Ri.”
“What is it, that you suddenly set the mood like this?”
She tilted her head, blinked her eyes, and asked back at his call.
These were what she could do because she knew that Choi Yu Seong was somewhat weak to her.
The other women in the house usually didn’t want to make eye contact with Choi Yu Seong.
Although they were two completely different types, he thought that their response would be the same after hearing Choi Yu Seong’s words that would follow.
‘They won’t believe it, right.’
Because of that, Choi Yu Seong took a break in talking by shifting his breath then conveyed his will slowly and clearly.
“I’m thinking of seeing Father.”
At that moment Jin Do Yun asked as he thought he had heard him wrong.
That this came out of someone who was usually silent was because it was an unimaginable matter.
“Get prepared, so please send the news to the main home. It’s 10 am now, so around 6 pm would be just right for dinner time?”
“Yu Seong oppa6Woman’s way to call an older man. Can be used to call boyfriend and brother too. , are you serious?”
“Huh. What would I get for lying.”
At first glance, someone might think it was a normal occurrence for a son to go see his father, but it wasn’t.
Parent-child relationships were by no means common in this family.
Was it because of that? Choi Wu Jae, a father and the head of Hyesung Group, was an idol that most of his children adored and on the other hand was also a subject of fear.
Of course, there had never been a case where the good-for-nothing Choi Yu Seong, who usually caused accidents, said he would see him first.
Someone would know he lived with a lot of things to be scolded just by looking at his face.
However, this time, Choi Yu Seong said he would see Choi Wu Jae first.
“What kind of wind is blowing suddenly?”
“I want to ask for something.”
Choi Yu Seong calmly answered Jin Yu Ri’s following question, and the faces of the two siblings became stiff.
He would ask for a request from Choi Wu Jae.
As already mentioned, this family differs a lot from the normal parent-child relationship.
He would ask for something without doing anything well from the head that held wealth and honor in both hands, who only distributed some to the children he liked when he was happy? It was better to find a tiger’s den than that.
The two siblings exchanged a glance in confusion and tried to read the intention of Choi Yu Seong, but it was unknown.
The Choi Yu Seong they remembered was originally a loose cannon character.
“What, didn’t I ask you to get ready?”
“I will make the call.”
The two siblings reluctantly nodded to Choi Yu Seong’s nagging and went outside.
Choi Yu Seong, who remained in the room alone, opened the memo he had written for an hour on his smartphone.
How to survive in the novel as the possessed pushover good-for-nothing villain.
The first way.
“First of all, I should start by getting a lot of people on my side.”