a lengthy groan after scanning the darkness greeting him outside the elevator doors.
“Please stop doing this, Chief Jo.”

“Whether it ’s a person ’s face or an object, good lighting is half the magic, Mister Jin-Ho.”

“Sure thing…”

Jo Gyu-Min turned on the light, and a red Lamborghini announced itself to Kang Jin-Ho ’s eyes.
“Mm? It ’s the same car?”

I initially thought about going with a Ferrari, Bugatti, or maybe even a Pagani.
However, I figured that since you ’re getting a new car, it might be better to stick to what ’s familiar to you.
So, I prepared the same model as your previous ride.”

Kang Jin-Ho nodded in understanding, but he didn ’t seem to have agreed about something.
”…Chief Jo, wasn ’t there any other color? ”

“Sorry? But I thought you rather liked the red color?”

”I don ’t mind wrapping a car, but starting right off the bat in such bright red paint is a bit too much for me. ”

However, a sportscar should be red, Mister Jin-Ho.
Well, if you ’re not happy about this color choice, I can always change it to another model.
If I remember correctly, that second one with the sky-blue color was rather sexy to behold.”

“…I ’ll stick with this one, thank you.” Kang Jin-Ho recalled that supercar with a blue paint scheme and vehemently shook his head.

’This red will be less eye-catching than that! ’

Kang Jin-Ho was freshly reminded that, unlike clothes, red wasn ’t an eye-popping color in cars.

“Are you going to drive it home, Mister Jin-Ho?”

“Yes,” Kang Jin-Ho nodded.

Jo Gyu-Min took out a set of keys and dangled it in front of Kang Jin-Ho.
”Please don ’t forget to say thank you to Chairman Hwang later.
He’s swimming in wealth, but gifting a car costing hundreds of millions of won will still place some burden on his shoulders. ”

”I see.
I ’ll stop by and say hello later. ” Kang Jin-Ho nodded again after understanding the intent behind Jo Gyu-Min ’s suggestion.
Chairman Hwang Jeong-Hu wasn ’t the type to demand thanks after purchasing a car like this for someone else.
So Jo Gyu-Min wanted Kang Jin-Ho to pop in for a cup of coffee or something later and show his appreciation.

As Hwang Jeong-Hu got older, he seemed to have developed a desire to see Kang Jin-Ho more often, like a grandfather wanting to hang out with his grandson.
Kang Jin-Ho lost his grandfather at a young age, so he didn ’t know what it was like to be around grandparents.
As such, he was glad to receive a grandfather-like affection from Hwang Jeong-Hu.

However, Kang Jin-Ho suddenly remembered something.
“Hold on for a minute…”


“What are Chairman Hwang ’s children doing these days? The ones you told me about in the past, I mean.”

”I ’m not sure myself… ” Jo Gyu-Min scratched the back of his head while making a troubled face.
Other than hearing about the news of them causing a scene in front of the chairman ’s private residence, he hadn ’t heard anything else about them.
”If I ’m being honest, I haven ’t really paid any attention to them, so I don’t know, Mister Jin-Ho. ”

Kang Jin-Ho frowned slightly.
”Did you know that severing ties doesn ’t mean that they can be severed completely? ”


“I ’m talking about blood relations.”

Mm…” Jo Gyu-Min slowly nodded.
He had a family as well, so he soon understood what Kang Jin-Ho was talking about.

“He did it because it was necessary, but the knowledge of his children going through a tough time should still weigh heavily on his heart,” Kang Jin-Ho quietly mused.

“But the Chairman seems…”

“There are times when a man needs to protect the image he has painstakingly built over the years…
Even if his heart says otherwise.
Someone like Chairman Hwang Jeong-Hu and his status has an even greater need to do so.”

Jo Gyu-Min nodded in agreement, realizing that Kang Jin-Ho was right.
I ’ll investigate them immediately.”

I ’ll leave it to you. ”

Kang Jin-Ho nodded coolly.
Even if Hwang Jeong-Hu didn ’t want it, it didn ’t matter.
Jo Gyu-Min was now listening to Kang Jin-Ho ’s orders rather than the chairman ’s anyway.

Doesn ’t this kind feel like I ’m stealing paycheck…? ’

Jo Gyu-Min was being paid by Jaegyeong, yet he was getting orders from Kang Jin-Ho, not Hwang Jeong-Hu…
Jo Gyu-Min’s own conscience sneakily emerged from his heart.

’N-no, hang on.
Jaegyeong ’s original wish was for me to assist Mister Jin-Ho, so this doesn ’t feel entirely wrong, either… ’

Jo Gyu-Min thought it would be better to sort his position out sooner than later.

“Well, then.
See you later.” Kang Jin-Ho climbed inside the driver ’s seat and turned on the ignition.


The heavy rumble coming from the twelve-cylinder monster of an engine sent shivers down Jo Gyu-Min ’s spine.

’Gee whiz.
It still sounds so damn cool, doesn ’t it?! ’

Jo Gyu-Min bowed while wondering if he would someday get to drive a car like that by sticking closely to Kang Jin-Ho and working hard.
“Drive carefully on your way home.”

The driver ’s side window rolled down, and Kang Jin-Ho ’s hand peeked outside to wave back.

”Ah, hold on, Mister Jin-Ho! ” Jo Gyu-Min urgently called out, causing the sportscar to stop creeping forward.
”Please use the front axle lifter.
Otherwise, you ’re going to scratch the bumper. ”


Along with the subtle bzzz, the nose of the Lamborghini slightly rose up.
Jo Gyu-Min watched Kang Jin-Ho slowly drive the car up the ramp, then turned around to head back to the elevator.

’Things will get busy from now on… ’

The Korean Martial Assembly…! If Jo Gyu-Min tried to deal with them using the name of Jaegyeong, he could have gotten nowhere.
He tried to investigate the Assembly using Jaegyeong ’s available resources, but his attempts all ended in failure, didn ’t they?

Moreover, someone from somewhere so high up in the food chain that Jo Gyu-Min couldn ’t possibly uncover who they were had subtly hindered the investigation, too!

’But now, to think that this situation doesn ’t look hard to me anymore…
It’s kind of a unique problem, is it? ’

Should Jo Gyu-Min chalk his attitude to the syndrome of ’His head was too big for his body ’? Just because Kang Jin-Ho was behind him, Jo Gyu-Min wasn ’t too scared about dealing with the Martial Assembly.

Then again, what did he have to fear when Kang Jin-Ho was backing him? After all, Kang Jin-Ho was capable of dealing with the second most powerful individual in the Martial Assembly as if the latter were a little kid.

While feeling proud and energized for some reason, Jo Gyu-Min stepped inside the elevator.

’No, I gotta calm down. ’

The only reason why he could do as he wished wasn’t because of his strength but Kang Jin-Ho ’s presence.
If he mistakenly believed that ’power ’ was his, only a tragic end awaited him.

If a tiger was supporting him from behind, he should obviously exploit that advantage.
However, acting too cutely just because of his backer would only lead to him realizing that he was merely a fox.
Sure, the tiger would avenge him, but what would be the point if he was already dead?

“For now, let ’s deal with the assignment he gave me first.”

Jo Gyu-Min pressed the elevator button while wondering where he should start his investigation to find more information about Hwang Jeong-Hu ’s children.

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