“This is the Bless skill I gained by acquiring the Buffer job. It enhances overall stats and has a stimulating effect on regular people.”
“Heh, what an incredible ability. I truly feel stimulated throughout my whole body.”
Min Dohoon turned his shoulders, no longer burdened by the usual stiffness.
“To think my daughter has become such a talented individual. It’s truly astounding.”
“I’ll occasionally use the skill on you. So cheer up, Dad.”
“Yes, thank you. I’ll find strength too.”
That’s what they said, but Min Dohoon couldn’t hide his disbelief.
“Argh, damn the lottery! My daughter is in a life-or-death situation, and here we are talking about this trivial issue!”
Min Dohoon reproached himself, shaking his head in frustration.
Now, he worried more about his daughter’s life than the convenience store’s sales.
“Dad, what’s wrong?”
“Ah, it’s nothing.”
“Let’s switch places now. I’ll take over.”
“No, it’s okay.”
“It’s fine. You’ve been guarding the convenience store all night.”
“You can stay a little longer. Thanks to the buff you gave me, I think I can handle another three hours easily.”
“Still, go home and rest. Ah, quickly.”
As Juri gently nudged her father aside.
Suddenly, the convenience store door swung open, and a customer walked in.
In an instant, Juri’s reflexive greeting transformed into wide-eyed astonishment.
Min Dohoon shared the same surprise.
“Huh? That customer…”
“What? Dad? Do you know that person?”
“That’s him. The winner of the first prize, the one who bought 100 tickets with the same numbers at our convenience store.”
It was rare for someone to manually purchase 100,000 won worth of tickets.
Min Dohoon remembered it clearly. The person looked young, and they even went through an ID check.
The customer, Ryu Min, glanced toward the ladies’ section before approaching.
Amidst it all, Juri stared intently at Ryu Min, but he pretended not to notice her piercing gaze.
“Good day, sir. Do you remember me? I came here a month ago and bought 100,000 won worth of lottery tickets.”
Rather than responding, Min Dohoon stared at the person before him.
Up close, he could clearly recognize the customer from that time.
‘Why has he come? Is he here to express gratitude?’ Min Dohoon wondered.
Sometimes, customers who won second or third place would come and express their gratitude, calling it fate.
But this customer seemed different.
‘He bought the tickets manually, so there’s no need for him to feel grateful to me.’
As if trying to discern Min Dohoon’s thoughts, Ryu Min replied with a troubled expression.
“D-dear… Customer, what brought you here today?”
“I want to apologize first.”
As Ryu Min suddenly bowed his head, Min Dohoon looked at him with surprise.
“W-What’s this all of a sudden?”
“I saw the news. Due to my consecutive first-place wins, lottery sales have been suspended. I unintentionally caused damage to your store, so I wanted to apologize.”
For a moment, Min Dohoon was taken aback by the unexpected apology.
“It’s alright, really. It’s not the customer’s fault. It’s not like we’re going to starve because we can’t sell lottery tickets.”
Min Dohoon casually brushed it off.
With this unexpected apology, the lingering resentment in his heart seemed to dissipate.
“Besides, if you think about it, it’s not entirely the customer’s fault either. You said you marked the numbers in a dream, so what could you have done? If it were me I will go all-in on the lottery too.”
“Still, I feel like you’ve suffered because of me, and it doesn’t sit well with me. In that sense…”
Ryu Min extended a white envelope he had prepared.
“I want to offer you a small compensation. It’s ten million won.”
Surprised, Min Dohoon quickly waved his hands.
“T-There’s no need for this. Take it back…”
“Nevertheless, I would appreciate it if you accepted it. After all, I did cause you some harm, sir. Well then, I’ll take my leave.”
With those final words, Ryu Min walked out of the store.
“Hey, hey! Sir!”
Caught off guard, Min Dohoon was flustered as the customer quickly departed.
‘I can’t believe he’s giving me such a large sum of money without any hesitation…’
“Dad, shall I run after him and return it?”
“Huh? Y-Yes, do that!”
Juri grabbed the envelope and hurriedly went outside the store.
Fortunately, the customer hadn’t gone far.
“Excuse me, wait!”
Upon hearing the voice from behind, Ryu Min turned around.
Juri, panting heavily, approached him.
“Ryu Min! It’s you, right?”
“Who are you?”
“Don’t you recognize me? I’m Juri! We’ve been in the same class.”
Responding as if it were his first time seeing her, Ryu Min disappointed Juri.
“Didn’t you notice me? We were in the same class?”
“Sorry. I’m not good at remembering people’s faces.”
It was a lie.
Ryu Min already knew that they were in the same class and that she was the convenience store owner’s daughter.
‘And the fact that she was the only player with a buffer class.’
He didn’t know at first.
That the convenience store where he bought the lottery tickets was run by Juri’s father.
‘I only found out after the 20th regression.’
And it wasn’t even in the real world, but in the other realm, where he became acquainted with Juri and accidentally learned the information.
Only later did Ryu Min realize they were in the same class, and it surprised him quite a bit.
‘To think we get to know each other even though we were in the same class, but did in another realm…’
Such coincidences exist, he thought.
“I know this is a bit straightforward, if you have some time how about we go somewhere to have a chat.”
Ryu Min smiled subtly at Juri’s proposal.
“I actually don’t have any plans, I just came to apologize, let’s go and catch up!”
Just like he thought, his planned approach disguised as a mere coincidence had worked like a charm.
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