price-only policy.
Moreover, the item in question already has a twenty-percent discount.”

Park Yu-Min chuckled good-naturedly.
“Eii~, nothing is impossible in Korea, riiight? Don ’t be like that, and knock off just ten thousand won for me, please?”

“But, customer, this item costs twenty thousand won.”

“In that case, how about eight thousand won less?”

“I ’m sorry, customer, but I don ’t think you understand.
We don ’t discount our items.”

Park Yu-Min slyly smirked as if he thought he was getting closer to a deal.
“But everyone else does, you know?”

“D-dear customer…”

Unable to listen any longer, Kang Eun-Yeong hurriedly turned her head away.

’…Someone might recognize me! ’

She pulled her baseball cap lower, then adjusted her sunglasses.
Before anyone could see her, she sneakily took a few steps away.
Even if someone recognized her, she had to secure enough distance first so that no one would associate her with these three men!

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’This must be what hell looks like… ’

Kang Eun-Yeong groaned deeply.
She came because her dear orabeoni asked for this favor, but now, she knew—she knew that she had to stay alert at all times whenever she was out shopping with these guys!

In the meantime, Kang Jin-Ho exited the fitting room, having changed into new the clothes.

“Oh, my! Oh my~! Dear customer! You look incredible!” The saleslady excitedly came up to Kang Jin-Ho, a look of delight on her face.

“…R-really?” Kang Jin-Ho asked back, still not convinced.

“Whoa!” Kang Eun-Yeong gasped loudly.
Even from her perspective, Kang Jin-Ho in a business suit looked so good that her jaw just fell to the floor all on its own.
Maybe she had gotten too used to seeing Kang Jin-Ho in rundown T-shirts with frayed collars? This transformation was just too much of a shock to her senses.

“I knew it.
My son takes after me, and that ’s why he ’s such a handsome child~!” Baek Hyeon-Jeong muttered happily, feeling over the moon at how good her son looked right now.

However, Kang Jin-Ho didn ’t share her sentiment and tried to stretch the shirt ’s collars.

“It ’s kind of stuffy.”

The saleslady feigned mock surprise.
“Goodness, dear customer! It can ’t be stuffy, you know? This particular article is designed to maximize the wearer ’s comfort, you see? But, if this feels too tight, I ’m afraid you may never get to wear other suits in the future.”

“Hmm…” Kang Jin-Ho nodded, then turned around.

Baek Hyeon-Jeong blinked her eyes in confusion.
“Where are you going, son?”

“Back to the fitting room to get changed, Mother.”

“…Wait, aren ’t you going to buy that?”

“No, I ’m not.”

Baek Hyeon-Jeong frowned deeply.
“It looks so good on you, though! Why don ’t you just buy that suit, Jin-Ho?”

“Next time, Mother.
I still don ’t need a business suit, after all.”

“Even so, you ’re an adult now, so you should have at least one business suit in your wardrobe.”

“Yes, your mother is absolutely correct, dear customer! This wonderful outfit might be gone the next time you need to buy one, you know? That ’s how the world works, after all.”

“Yes, son! She ’s right, you know! A man needs to have at least one business suit.
Let me buy it for you, so don ’t fret now, Jin-Ho.”

Kang Jin-Ho shook his head.
“No, it ’s fine, Mother.”

“I said I ’m buying it for you, and that ’s the end of the discussion.”

“…Yes, Mother.” Kang Jin-Ho sighed in resignation.

Meanwhile, Ju Yeong-Gi couldn ’t see anything he liked and sauntered back to where Kang Jin-Ho was with his cheeks twitching unhappily.

He stopped walking, then began staring intensely at Kang Jin-Ho ’s suit.
Without saying anything else, he started alternatingly between the suit and Kang Jin-Ho ’s face.

Somewhat uncomfortable, Kang Jin-Ho cocked an eyebrow and asked, “What do you want?”

Ju Yeong-Gi beckoned at the salesperson nearby, then spoke in a confident voice, “Gimme the same thing as that guy ’s.”

His fighting spirit seemed to know no limits.


Ju Yeong-Gi carrying shopping bags in both of his hands stepped inside the elevator, his expression one of pure happiness.
Behind him was the exhausted Kang Jin-Ho, carrying only one shopping bag.
Park Yu-Min followed them while hugging a large shopping bag to his chest.
He was making a rather uncomfortable face.

After picking the same clothes as Kang Jin-Ho ’s, Ju Yeong-Gi proceeded to select a few more with the help of Kang Eun-Yeong and Baek Hyeon-Jeong ’s discerning eyes.
In the end, though, he chose not to heed the earnest advice of giving up on the same business suit as Kang Jin-Ho ’s.

He even said, “Why do you keep saying that? I mean, it looks good on me, so I don ’t get it.”

And that was indeed the end of the discussion.
Everyone gave up on persuading Ju Yeong-Gi soon afterward.
And now, they were riding on the elevator after finishing this arduous shopping trip.

Baek Hyeon-Jeong excitedly looked back at her shopping companions.
“Now that we ’re finished, let ’s stop by at a restaurant and have a nice dinner.”

“Sounds good, Mom.
I ’m starving.” Kang Eun-Yeong quickly nodded.

“Yes, Mother.
I agree.” Kang Jin-Ho imitated his sister and nodded urgently as well.

He had never been the type to enjoy eating out, but his habit had greatly changed to favor restaurant food designed for a single person ’s consumption lately.
And it all began when Baek Hyeon-Jeong began feeding him like livestock…

However, that was because he could eat one person ’s share of food without any issues!

Baek Hyeon-Jeong remained oblivious to her son ’s thoughts and continued, “I ’m happy about going shopping with my son for the first time ever, but…
It would ’ve been even better if we stopped by at the casual section, too.”

“M-maybe next time, Mother…” Kang Jin-Ho hurriedly raised his voice.

“I guess…” Baek Hyeon-Jeong looked genuinely disappointed, but she still decided to let go of his leash for now.
She could tell that her son would never want to come back here if she insisted on making him go through more of this.

Fishing wasn ’t about a competition of strength, but more of a game of push and pull, after all!

Baek Hyeon-Jeong looked at Park Yu-Min next.
“What about you, Yu-Min? Do you still have any other clothes you wish to buy?”

“N-no, Auntie! I ’m fine, thank you!” Park Yu-Min nearly freaked out and tried to wave his hand only to almost drop the shopping bag.
His original plan was to act like a fly on the wall and buy one or two clothes when he got the chance, then head back home.

However, Baek Hyeon-Jeong had other ideas and dragged the poor guy around here and there to pick and buy several articles of streetwear for him.
Of course, Park Yu-Min tried to politely decline, but the Kang family matron made a sorrowful expression and said, “To think you ’d feel so pressured and uncomfortable just because of this! I ’m really saddened, Yu-Min…”

As a result, Park Yu-Min had to raise the white flag of surrender.

“Yes, Auntie! I ’m really fine! Really! I ’ve got all I need!”

“Is that so? Well, that ’s good to hear, then.
Next time you need something, let us go shopping together again, okay?”

“A-again?” Park Yu-Min gasped in shock.

Baek Hyeon-Jeong smiled brightly.
She was obviously unaware of how she had managed to instill the fear of the department store in the hearts of her son and his friend.

Kang Jin-Ho glanced at their interaction and inwardly sighed.

’I should try to weasel my way out next time… ’

The level of mental fatigue he hadn ’t experienced before even after going through countless life-or-death battles washed over Kang Jin-Ho.
And this cramped, stuffy feeling only intensified while staring at the tightly-packed elevator.

It seemed the elevator still had some ways to go before reaching the first floor.
The elevator stopped on every floor, allowing some shoppers to rush outside or enter.
This process repeated itself over and over again.

’…There are lots of people here. ’

Kang Jin-Ho couldn ’t really understand why so many people willingly came to a place this stuffy and restrictive.
Was he the weird one? Or maybe he was the sane one, and everyone else was out of their mind?

Kang Jin-Ho seriously pondered this quandary before his expression suddenly stiffened at a sensation that shouldn ’t have been there.


Something sharp was pressing against his lower back.
It was like a slow, looming threat.

A quiet whisper only Kang Jin-Ho could hear slipped into his ears.

“Have you enjoyed your shopping, Mister Kang Jin-Ho?”

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