sed to travel around in Zhongyuan.
That vehicle was luxurious enough to deserve the moniker of 'mansion on wheels,’ after all!

Kang Jin-Ho was used to such vehicles, so he couldn't help but find the modern-day cars rather cramped and uncomfortable.
Besides, he had never been a fan of riding on something to get somewhere.
Walking on feet was faster for him and hassle-free, so why should he entrust himself to a vehicle controlled by someone else? Even a horse carriage was too slow for him!

Jeong In-Gyu didn't give up, though.
“What will you do when you need to travel somewhere far?”

“My bicycle will take care of that.”

Jeong In-Gyu was dismayed by that reply.
“What? Are you going to travel to Busan on your bike?”

“I'll take a train,” Kang Jin-Ho replied matter-of-factly.

“Okay? What about the outskirts of Seoul, then?”

“That's what subways are for.”

“But, but…
What if you still have to go further after getting off the subway?”

“I'll take my bicycle with me…”

“And when it rains?”

Kang Jin-Ho tutted as if he was stating the obvious, “I have a raincoat.”

Jeong In-Gyu was left speechless and could only stare at Kang Jin-Ho in a daze.
What an iron-tight thought process! It was so tight that differing opinions simply had no room to survive in Kang Jin-Ho’s mind.
However…
How should Jeong In-Gyu explain this odd and frustrating feeling clogging up his throat? In the end, he yelled, “Come on! Are you planning to travel the entirety of Korea with your goddamned bike?”

“If it's necessary, sure.”

“Urgh…”

It was at this precise moment that Park Yu-Min decided to help.
“Jin-Ho?”

“Yeah?”

“What will you do when you need to give your parents a ride?”

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“I have my bicycle.”

“But there's only room for one person, right?”

“Mmm…” Kang Jin-Ho fell into a serious dilemma just then.

Park Yu-Min was right.
A bicycle could only carry one extra passenger.
Any more than that would be asking for too much.
It wasn't like Kang Jin-Ho could attach a sidecar to his bicycle now, could he?

Park Yu-Min continued.
“You might not need a car when traveling alone, but trust me, you will definitely need it one day.
To prepare for that day, don't you think it's smart to get a driver’s license?”

Kang Jin-Ho nodded contemplatively.
“You're right.”

But that only made Jeong In-Gyu blow his top.
“What?! You were so bloody opposed to it when I said it, so why did you agree with Park Yu-Min that fast?!”

“That's because your arguments were weak while Yu-Min was persuasive.”

“…You sons of you-know-whats…” Jeong In-Gyu's resentful, tearful glare landed on Kang Jin-Ho and Park Yu-Min.
“You two really are in perfect sync, aren't you! Ganging up on poor ol' me like this and all!”

Kang Jin-Ho narrowed his eyes.
“By the way, you…”

“What now?!”

“Shouldn't you be studying by right now?”

Jeong In-Gyu's shoulders visibly slumped forward.
Since it was already decided that he would repeat the senior year, he didn't have time to fool around like this.
His classmates might be free, but he needed to delve into his studies as soon as possible.

“I, uh… W-when the new semester…”

Kang Jin-Ho tutted.
“I heard that people with such thought processes usually fail again and again.”

“N-no, hang on a minute! There's an order of doing things, you know!”

“In your case, it's wise to start prior learning as soon as possible.”

“Stinking bastards…” Jeong In-Gyu grumbled while taking textbooks out of his schoolbag.

Park Yu-Min tried to console Jeong In-Gyu.
Kang Jin-Ho watched that scene while sinking deep into his thoughts. 

'Driver's license, is it…'

His friend's assertion of getting the license as soon as possible seemed like a good idea.
Kang Jin-Ho might not need to drive right now, but a driver's license was a type of qualification recognized by everyone.
Having one could help him out in unexpected ways down the line.

Crucially, though, he couldn't offer a ride to his parents on his bicycle now, could he? His younger sister had already thought of Kang Jin-Ho's hair as her personal bicycle grip, so what would his parents do?

'…Right.
Let's just get the license.'

Kang Jin-Ho quickly came to a decision.
Apparently, getting a driver's license wouldn’t take a lot of time these days, so how hard could it be?

***

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That had been the start of this incident.
The actual problem had begun after that, though.
Kang Jin-Ho had gotten lucky with the dates and hadn't even needed a week to pass the theoretical and yard tests with flying colors.

One was given a pass for basically perusing through the test papers for the theoretical test.
Kang Jin-Ho would never fail something that simple when he could store every question ever used in the driving test in his brain.
The yard test was scored depending on how one operated the vehicle, so he would never fail that either as he could control the car as if it was a part of his body.
He simply had to stick to the speed limit and strictly observe every stop line in the test venue.

What tripped Kang Jin-Ho up was the actual practical driving test part.
He drove as safely and defensively as he could since that was what he was told to do.
He drove so safely and slowly that he almost yawned several times during the test.
He even checked the surroundings several times to decide what to do next.
In other words, he was performing exemplary as a defensive driver.
At least, that was what he believed.

But for some weird reason, the examiners riding shotgun all freaked out.
Today was the third time that had happened, and Kang Jin-Ho wasn't even allowed to drive past the midpoint of the test route before getting 'Fail!' stamped on his application paper.

Even worse, the reasons for his disqualification every time were always too vague for him to understand.
If only the examiners were clear about why and where he dropped the ball, he would have been more understanding of his failures.
But the explanation he always received from them was his-defensive-driving this, he's-too-dangerous that, so how could he figure out what was what here?

“In any case, you've failed, Mr.
Kang!”

“I see,” Kang Jin-Ho replied, dissatisfaction written on his face.

Since this test had already gone down the drain, it wouldn’t matter even if he argued with the examiner, this result would still not change.
Kang Jin-Ho knew that well from experience.

'And I couldn't even get to the end of the course today…'

The previous examiner allowed Kang Jin-Ho to drive back to the test venue despite all the noisy yelling from the passenger seat.
Although the car did stop a couple of times before eventually reaching the destination, he still managed to reach the end.

It seemed that today's examiner wasn’t a patient man.

“Mr.
Kang, get back in the car, please.”

“Alright.”

“Not in the driver's seat!”

Kang Jin-Ho stopped opening the driver's door.

“Are you trying to shorten my lifespan?! Get in the passenger's seat, now! I'll be driving us back!”

“I-I see…” Kang Jin-Ho dejectedly slumped into the passenger's seat.

He didn't mind failing the test.
It could always be retaken at another time, after all.
However, how would those dastardly hyenas react after learning that he had failed this simple-enough test three times?

The National University Entrance Exams might be over, but Kang Jin-Ho still couldn't escape from this sense of sorrow.

The examiner sneakily tossed another body blow in Kang Jin-Ho's way.
“Mr.
Kang, giving up on the license might be a viable option for you.”

His remark made Kang Jin-Ho clench his teeth.
“I will be taking this test again soon.”

“N-no, hang on.
I think you…”

“Next time, I will pass!”

“…” The examiner gripped the steering wheel tight as his heart began sweating through his eyes.

'I haven't committed any sins, so why me?!'

What a sorrowful day this was…
for both the examiner and Kang Jin-Ho.

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