“I don’t have that much money.”
“If it’s okay with you, can you wait five years? I’ll pay you back every month.”
It took 10 years to pay back 200 million.
Society was too harsh for a girl without a high school diploma to survive. Should I really sell my body? I’ve thought of that a thousand times. Still, it was a time when I endured it by gritting my teeth just because I couldn’t do anything shameful because of young Jae-won. He had me, his older sister as his only family.
98.79 million won, 100 million won if rounded up.
Five more years. I don’t have to live like a human. I survived 10 years anyway. It’s only 5 more years.
Jung-hoo called Jaehee. Her black, no, gray eyes make him move then and even now. At first, Min Jae-hee was just a funny person to him. When she was slapped by a loan shark who chased her to the front of the school, she shook off her head and stood up, saying, “I will pay back the money soon.”
Obviously, it was embarrassing, and crying in front of the school at that time. But the next day, she went to school casually and took classes. At that time, he realized that Min Jae-hee was a different person from the children of the same age he was taking classes with. She was someone who transcended something. She was a person who face the reality in a calm way. There was toughness in her there.
It was only after a little more time that he realized that he fell in love at first sight when he saw a woman being beaten by a man.
“That’s not all we have to talk about, is it? Let’s talk in a quieter place.”
Jae-hee didn’t know what Jung-hoo was going to say. So she said defensively, “I can’t return the money.”
“It is mine. Because I borrowed it from you and ran away. So, forget about the money.”
“Wow, how can someone who borrowed a lot of money be so confident?”
“The only money I owe you is 98.79 million won.”
Jae-hee said without any disruption to her voice. She was wearing shabby clothes and hadn’t made her hair properly. There wasn’t even makeup on her face. However, those eyes were shining so brightly as if they would never give up. Those eyes made him take a step back.
“Okay, okay, let’s go somewhere quiet and talk.”
Jung-hoo grabbed Jae-hee’s wrist with the other hand that was not holding the briefcase. And he was rather surprised when he grabbed her wrist which was much thinner than he thought.
“I have to go home.”
“Have you hidden any honey jars in your house? I’ll take you home, so come with me.”
He lowered his voice and said. The eyes of people who were still in the lobby were focused on them because they were arguing in the lobby. Jaehee soon remembered where she was. Eventually, she shut her mouth and followed Jung-hoo.
Jung-hoo clenched her wrist at first and soon grabbed her gently.
As she followed those words, she laughed. She wasn’t really hiding a honey jar, but she was saying that she had to go home desperately. What’s wrong with staying up all night here? Not going home for a day or so is not a big deal. It’s not like anyone was waiting for her at home.
In the midst of walking, he took her to the underground parking lot and tucked her into the passenger seat. It was not until he checked her seat belt that he started the car.
“It’s not that car.”
The car was spacious and clean. The bonnet was also clean. The repair cannot be completed in one day. Besides, it wasn’t a Benz.
“That’s not the only car I have. This is for commuting.”
“I’m glad. I was worried about how you commuted to work.”
“Where are we going?”
“Why would I go there? I’d rather talk in the car.”
“Ha! Then did you think that a person who confidently told a lawyer that he was going to take someone’s money away had human rights?”
“You can sue me if you choose.”
Jae-hee fixed her gaze at the scenery outside that was passing by. She put her elbow on the window sill and rested her chin.
“Since a long time ago, Sunbae has been talking like this and making me crazy.”
Did I? I can’t remember how I used to be.
When Jae-hee did not answer, Jung-hoo no longer spoke. Jae-hee also closed her mouth as she knew he would not let her get off the car even if she asked.