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ike you have always had it rough, Miss Choi.”
Choi Yeon-Ha chuckled softly.
“I think I ’ve developed an eye to discern people after years of minding such things, you see? And when I took a look at Mister Jin-Ho with my discerning eyes, I could tell that no amount of persuasion would work on him.”
“…Wow, your eyes are scarily accurate.”
“If you try to persuade him, he
’d only pretend to listen.
If you threaten him, he ’d fight back even harder.
However, being all cute and friendly won ’t work on him, either.
And my looks don ’t work as well…”
Ju Yeong-Gi crossed his arms and slowly nodded in agreement.
“So, the only method left is to cling onto him pitifully and rouse his sympathy.
That ’s it.
He ’s the type who can ’t behave harshly toward people in distress…
Ju Yeong-Gi blinked his eyes.
“Huh. Sounds like you can start your own criminal profiling agency, Miss Choi.”
Choi Yeon-Ha sagely nodded.
“If I go in too strongly, I might get my butt kicked.
However, if I were too wishy-washy, he might not even think about me.
So, the only thing I can do at this point is to just cling onto him like a desperate leech and whine away until he hears me out.
That ’s why I ’m here.”
” Ju Yeong-Gi suddenly found himself in a serious dilemma.
Was this woman scary-smart, or just gobsmackingly dumb? Choi Yeon-Ha displayed a bone-chilling level of accuracy in reading people, yet the conclusion she arrived at was a bit… off-kilter.
After clearing his throat, Ju Yeong-Gi narrowed his eyes and asked a serious question, “Do you think Jin-Ho will change his mind even if you do that?”
“Well, I admit the odds are pretty low, but it ’s still better than doing nothing, don ’t you agree?”
Ju Yeong-Gi started thinking that the premise of this conversation was rather odd.
“…By the way, is Jin-Ho even worth all this trouble? No matter how much I think about it, I just can ’t see him as the type of person who would succeed as an actor, you know?”
“I’m not surprised.
People usually can ’t objectively evaluate close acquaintances around them, after all.”
“Is that so? Then, what did the director say? That one from the TV show Jin-Ho was involved in?”
Choi Yeon-Ha replied without any change to her expression, “Never show your face in this profession ever again! Something of that nature.”
“…Huh.” Ju Yeong-Gi blinked his eyes.
He was convinced now—Choi Yeon-Ha was definitely a moron.
“…Don ’t you have any pride as a top actress?”
“Pride, you say?” Choi Yeon-Ha tilted her head as if her failure to understand was worse than Ju Yeong-Gi
“Does your heart swell with pride by working as a waiter in a pizzeria?”
“In that case, why should I be proud of what I do? I
’m just doing my job, just like you.
I don ’t believe being an actress is any different from other professions.”
It seemed that Choi Yeon-Ha had interpreted the old saying: ’all professions are equally honorable ’ in the wrong way.
“I believe we
’re not supposed to express pride in our chosen profession that way, but by doing our utmost best in what we do,” said Choi Yeon-Ha.
“And from where I stand, the best thing I could do for my work is to rope in Mister Jin-Ho to act opposite me in my next project.”
“Even if Jin-Ho clearly states he ’s not interested in it at all?”
’ll come around eventually.
Since I ’m going to bite and cling onto him like crazy until he says yes.” Choi Yeon-Ha nodded in determination.
Ju Yeong-Gi powerlessly turned his head.
“You heard her, right?”
“…Mm.” Kang Jin-Ho walking past the staff room groaned.
His head faltered just as powerlessly as the sound of his groan.
“Seeing how someone as pretty as her is camping out here just for you…” Ju Yeong-Gi sighed loudly.
“…How should I put this? I can ’t tell if you ’re one lucky son of a gun or a bloody luckless doofus.
Whatever, you take care of this mess, okay?”
“Sure thing.” Kang Jin-Ho slowly nodded.
Ju Yeong-Gi patted Kang Jin-Ho ’s shoulder as a gesture of pity before heading over to the dining area.
“Excuse me, but…” Kang Jin-Ho was about to say something, but his phone suddenly started ringing.
He took it out and frowned slightly at the caller ’s name visible on the screen.
’What ’s going on? ’
The name on the screen was Kang Eun-Yeong.
He answered the call only to be surprised by an urgent, loud cry.
’s expression stiffened in an instant.
The urgency in her voice indicated that she wasn ’t playing around.
She genuinely sounded scared.
In addition, Kang Eun-Yeong ’s ear-piercing scream was punctuated by loud thuds and bangs, which stabbed sharply into Kang Jin-Ho ’s ears.
“What ’s the matter, Eun-Yeong!”
– Oppa! Help! I ’m…! Kyaaaaaah!
Her ear-piercing scream rang out once more, and it was accompanied by the distinct blare of a car horn before being followed by another loud thud.
The nonstop swearing coming from the driver had already mixed into the dizzying chaos of noise, too.
Kang Jin-Ho silently listened to the chaos before calmly speaking to his sister.
“Eun-Yeong, where are—”
However, the call suddenly ended before he could finish his question.
Kang Jin-Ho coldly glared at the phone for a second before sharply turning his head in Choi Yeon-Ha ’s direction.
“Where is the filming location?”
“…I-I ’m sorry?”
“I ’m asking you, where is the filming location Eun-Yeong went to today?”
It’s, uhm, it ’s in Sokcho.” Choi Yeon-Ha involuntarily stuttered after being subjected to Kang Jin-Ho’s glare.
’ she had seen and interacted with until now was someone who…
who might harbor an icy dagger in his heart but would act calm and gentle on the surface.
That seemed to be the case when he previously interacted with Kang Eun-Yeong and Choi Yeon-Ha.
He was a typical case of an iron fist in a velvet glove, a big softie who preferred not to whine and badmouth other people if he could help it.
This Kang Jin-Ho was like a completely different person.
All he did was frown a little and glare at Choi Yeon-Ha, but those actions still possessed a certain something capable of making one ’s heart freeze and tumble to the pit of their stomach.
In fact, it could make one shudder involuntarily with their toes curled up from genuine fright!
Kang Jin-Ho took off his apron, tossed it on the table, and hurriedly turned around.
Ju Yeong-Gi and Park Yu-Min were already standing next to him.
Ju Yeong-Gi growled angrily.
“You want me to go with you?”
I ’ll handle this on my own.
Take care of the things this side.”
“Don ’t worry about that,” said Ju Yeong-Gi with a firm nod.
Park Yu-Min urgently asked, “Will Eun-Yeong be okay?”
Kang Jin-Ho didn ’t reply and quickly headed to the exit.
’m gonna contact Chief Jo just in case.
Answer your phone when he calls you!” Park Yu-Min shouted from behind Kang Jin-Ho.
“Got it!” Kang Jin-Ho replied while rushing outside the pizzeria ’s doorway.
’s chime rang out.
Ju Yeong-Gi watched the back of his friend disappear from view while muttering in a grave tone, “Which motherf*ckers dare to…?!”
Choi Yeon-Ha still couldn’t figure out what was going on, so she asked a question with her voice still trembling from shock.
“D-did something happen to Miss Eun-Yeong? What is happening, you two?”
“What do you mean what, Miss Choi?” Ju Yeong-Gi growled lowly.
“Those punks are about to get f*cked, that ’s what.”
Certain people in this world were off-limits and should never be provoked.
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