WARNING. CHAPTER 7 IMMINENT TAKE COVER IMMEDIATELY. James spent an hour the next day trying to understand the culture of Korea through the internet of his phone. He wrote down any important facts in history and fandoms on a notebook that Elliot gifted him yesterday. When he checked the time, it was 10 minutes to six o’clock. James grabbed his tools and headed out the door. He noticed that the parsnips looked ripe. The instructions in the seed packet stated that the user should wait at least four days before harvest. ‘I guess now’s the time’ James thought as he ripped the parsnips off the ground. He ended up harvesting seventy five parsnips as each packet contained five seeds. The potatoes and cauliflowers needed more time, thus he simply watered them. He checked the mailbox to find a mail from Pierre’s. ‘Jesus Christ, another one of these advertisements? I’m starting to hate this guy already.’ James thought annoyed. “We are now selling fertilizers! Come to Pierre’s for it! Especially you, James –Pierre Berneau” read out the letter. ‘Oh, I guess I won’t have to hate him after all. Very well, I’ll visit the store later.’ James thought, crumpling the letter and throwing it away. He grabbed his axe and started cutting some trees down. When it was midday, James took a walk around Pelican Town. He noticed some earthworms wriggling around a certain portion of the dirt. He knelt down and dug the ground to find what looked like a blue crystal. As he walked more to the east, he came across a library. He looked at a wooden note beside the door that said ‘Stardew Valley Library and Exhibition Open 9AM to 6PM’. He opened the door. Inside, James saw a young woman reading a book with red hair with two buns wearing a yellow shirt. She was accompanied by two children. At the rightmost part of the library, there was a bearded man wearing a blue cowboy hat and a blue tuxedo. James walked to him and looked at his name plate: Gunther Von Esling. “Hmmm, not a single artifact to display. What to do….” The man said with a heavy German accent. “Uh, excuse me… Professor Von Esling? I may have something you might be interested in.” James called the man, handing out the crystal. “Hm? What is this? Let me inspect, schnell!” Gunther said, taking the crystal. After a few second of investigation, he opened his mouth. “Ah yes, a fine sample of an aquamarine. Das ist gut. Although it is your possession…” Gunther said. “Hey, you can have it. The exhibition looks like it needs something anyway.” Said James. “Ah! Ich habe un Idee! Why not donate future artifacts to our museum? We’ll make groundbreaking discoveries together! Who knows, you may receive gifts from me! Ist es ein Geschäft?” Gunther asked. “Of course! I’ll scour the entire valley for this!” James replied enthusiastically. James exited the library and headed to the general store. When he entered it, he could see some of the townspeople shopping here and there. “Welcome, James!” Pierre said. “Yeah, I came for your fertilizers. Maybe some, uh… more parsnip seeds?” James replied. “Of course! Take your time!” Pierre said. After James picked what he needed, he placed them on the counter and Pierre crunched the numbers on his cashier to get a total of 340 Galleons. Just as James was about to hand the money, a short man on a black tuxedo and cape marched in the store holding some kind of blue tickets on his hand. “*Ahem, good afternoon, people! Our Jojamart is now having a fifty-percent off sale starting from today! Don’t miss the tickets!” The man said arrogantly while holding up the coupons up in the air. The people came to the man almost immediately. Only James stood his ground. He could see Pierre sweating with anger and fear in his eyes. James took his time to look at the man’s nameplate. Morris Padelaski. He took a quick note on that with his phone. While Pierre’s customers left one by one, James quickly searched if it was illegal to advertise something in someone else’s property. When the last customer, a stout man with a yellow suit exited the store, Morris gloated Pierre with the superiority of the Joja Corporation and left. “Bastard.” Pierre said, punching the counter with his fist. “Mr. Berneau, I searched the web. That corporate slave just broke the law.” James said. “I know, but I don’t know what the court would do against him. He has an entire corporation behind him! It’ll bail him out even if I win.” Pierre said hopelessly. He gave out a sigh. “Don’t worry, sir. I’ll never set foot on that Jojamart. You can count on me.” James assured him. “Thank you, James.” Pierre said. James looked at a door beside the counter. “Where does that door lead to?” He asked. “Oh, that? It’s our house. You’re welcome anytime except Wednesday. Feel free to go in.” Pierre said. As James went inside with his shopping bags, he heard muffled gunshots and robotic voices from one of the doors. ‘What the hell?’ James thought, as he reached out his left hand to the doorknob and holding a fist with his right hand. He was ready for whoever wanted to kill him. He quickly opened the door, only to find Abigail playing a videogame. “Jesus, James! Don’t barge into my room like that!” Abigail exclaimed. “I’m sorry! I thought you said it was okay the other day!” James said. “Well, it’s okay. I was dead already.” Abigail replied. Just then, a red smoke along with the words DEFEAT came across the TV screen. She was playing OVERWATCH on the Playstation 4. James had never seen such contraption before. “Damnit, that’s five times in a row!” Abigail groaned. “Uh, what are you doing?” James asked. “You don’t know this game? It’s been breaking the Playstation store since last Summer!” Abigail exclaimed with disbelief. James started to feel sorry for not knowing anything about the outside world. “Huh, looks interesting. Exciting at the same time, though.” James said. “You wanna play?” Abigail asked, holding out her controller. “I guess I can give it a try.” James said, grabbing the controller and sitting down next to the TV. Abigail guided him to the next game in the map called Temple of Anubis. She recommended Soldier 76 as it was the easiest character to use. Little did she know that James actually used to have vehicle simulation training back at the Gotoro Empire using a controller similar to a Dualshock 4. Additionally, thanks to his actual combat experience, he won three games in a row without dying more than five times. The voice chat was filled with complements. “Wow, you’re really good at this game!” Abigail exclaimed. James smirked. He really enjoyed it. “You know your way around the joystick, huh?” said Abigail. She blushed a little after realizing what she had said. James, however, didn’t understand. “Wanna stay here and talk?” She asked. James nodded. “So, nice room!” James started the conversation, looking around her room. “How old are you?” “I’m nineteen years old. You?” She asked. “Twenty.” He replied. “Oh you’re not that old! Where are you from? It’s really rare to find people with the same skin color as you!” Abigail asked. “Oh, I’m not from this country. I’m Korean.” James said. He still wanted to hide his Gotoro Identity. “You’re Korean?” Abigail asked excitedly. She was squealing as if she was accepted by someone she dearly loved. “I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY! ESPECIALLY K-POP!” She exclaimed, hopping around. “Whoa, settle down, woman.” James said. “What’s your favorite band?” He asked. “EXO! Especially Chanyeol! I have seven posters of them! Wanna listen to their songs?” She said reaching for her iPod. “Nah, it’s okay.” James said. She was looking like she is about to explode into everything Korean. “You know, I think we’ll get along so well, we’ll play games together… Ah, this is going to be great!” Abigail squealed. James was worried but happy at the same time. He didn’t know Korean to the extent of teaching someone, but he can speak it nevertheless. He had only a few old Korean songs. ‘Oh boy, it’s gonna be hell at Friday…’ James thought. “Speaking of which, do you know what is referred to as the Korean national eSport?” James asked. “StarCraft? Of course I play it! I pushed Sebastian and Sam to play it!” Abigail answered, dragging James to her computer. She was in the Gold league in the game. ‘She went far. I think I should give it a try.’ James thought “Hey, may I try a game against a Bronze player?” He asked. “Sure! Let me find a Bronze match…” Abigail answered, searching through the main menu. James hasn’t played the game yet. He only gained experience by seeing YouTube videos of professional players playing. When the match started, James tried the strategies recommended by them, with Abigail watching every movement he made in the screen. He somehow managed to win the game thanks to a clumsy mistake made by the opposing player building only hydralisks. “Hey, you’re pretty good at it!” Abigail said. ‘Yeah, when I almost lost all of my SCVs, of course I’m good.’ James thought sarcastically. James and Abigail spent three hours talking to each other until James realized that it was 5 in the afternoon. “Well, I gotta go. I have new crops to plant.” James said walking out the door. “Wait! You forgot your stuff!” Abigail called, holding out his shopping bags. “Oh, right.” James said, grabbing the bags. His right hand touched her hand. She seemed to blush. “Well, gotta go!” James said, running out the store. When he reached his farm, he tilled the soil once again. He added the fertilizer and sowed his new parsnip seeds and watered them. While he was playing with his phone at late night, he realized what he had done. He let someone touch his metallic right hand. ‘Oh, no…’ James thought. Still, he had work to do. He had to learn advanced Korean. He did not want to disappoint his friend. He spent the night learning Korean through online courses until three in the morning and went to bed to end the day. Before he closed his eyes, he suddenly realized. He fell in love with videogames. This was so far the longest chapter I have ever wrote. It took me seven hours just to think of the story. Thank Yoba it's summer break now. Anyways, as usual, I wanted to make Abigail an extreme fan of Korea because we all have that friend, right? (For me, there is this Filipino girl who is upsessed with EXO and Korean food). I hope nobody gets mad at me for manipulating their so-called 'waifu' like this. Fingers crossed.