ugh to wake him from his thoughts.
His body, which had been frozen like ice, flinched and moved.
He returned to reality in an instant as shouts of the journalists and the sound of camera shutters rang in his ears. Ah. Ha Joyoon took a breath.
Next to him was a man standing tall.
The dark eyes filled with volition were staring frontward as if they were unable to show emotions.

“What are you thinking? You need to stay present right now.”

“… I’m sorry.”

Let’s quickly get back to reality and finish what I need to do right now. Ha Joyoon began to put his entire focus on the lens again. 

“People of the nation…” The traces of the President’s bare conscience, who started the final greeting with a calm expression while ignoring all the criticism, were captured one by one by the camera.

***

The scene on the way out after the press conference was disordered.
There were many complaints about the ambiance of the conference room.
The improper treatment of the press led most of the conversations, but the reality was that it was impossible to know how the press coverage would go until it was done.

“Put the first draft on the intra bulletin board.
I’ll choose the photos in the end, but please sort them out with the editor first.” 

“Okay, then I’ll move to the National Assembly right away.
Gates’ stringer hasn’t arrived yet, so I think I’ll have to go meet up with them.”

“Alright.
And as soon as you arrive….”

 

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Shin Kwonjoo checked his schedule and nodded, giving some brief instructions.
The employee skillfully wrote down his words and greeted Ha Joyoon again.

“Oh, by the way, Journalist Ha.
I’m sorry I brought you here without any explanation.
I had registered it beforehand, but I couldn’t explain it since I was in a hurry.” 

“No, it’s okay.”

The man smiled brightly as he was handed the distribution data.

“I will formally greet you again at the office.
I should probably go first to work on the coverage of this conference.”

His gentle tone broke down the tension that had persisted from visiting the office until now.
A soft smile formed on his lips without realizing.
The employee who was looking at him blushed and scratched the back of his head. 

“I’ll see you later.
Please take care of me from now on.”

When he asked for a handshake, the other party happily grabbed his hand, thinking that he would be a good colleague.
After a few more brief conversations, the employee hurriedly rushed to leave.
Ha Joyoon’s eyes dimmed as he saw his back gradually moving away.

“You must’ve been surprised by the sudden job, but you did well.”

“… Yes, thank you for your hard work, too.” 

Shin Kwonjoo took out and lit a cigarette.
It was unfortunate that the refreshing scent from before was covered by the strong smoke.

“Let’s wrap up today’s schedule and go back to the office.
There’s something I need to talk to you about.”

Although it was cold and emotionless, the serious voice had the ability to make the people listen.
Ha Joyoon, who had been paying attention to nothing but his tie for a while, quickly nodded his head instead of answering.
Shin Kwonjoo’s eyes narrowed slightly as he looked at him.
After a period of silence, he spoke again.

“Have you eaten yet?” 

Ha Joyoon realized that all he had had so far after leaving for work in the morning were a few drinks.
After glancing at his flat stomach, he shook his head.
The sound of a small laugh was heard from his side.
When he looked up, he saw the man looking at his phone with a perfectly indifferent expression, as if the sound of laughter just now was an illusion.

“Let’s get something to eat before we go back.”

He checked his messages with serious eyes.

Did something bad happen? Ha Joyoon, who had been examining the hardened eyes of Shin Kwonjoo, shook with surprise when those dark eyes slowly moved and fixed themselves on him.
Seeing that, Shin Kwonjoo smiled and swept his hair to the side. 

“Ha Joyoon-ssi.
I told you not to stare so much, didn’t I?”

“… I didn’t mean…”

 

Before he could oppose, the smooth nose came closer to him.
“It’s hot.” Shin Kwonjoo said it casually as he took off his thin jacket and hung it over his arm.
The cool scent penetrated deep into his lungs.

“Don’t bother saying that it’s not like that.
Let’s get going.
There aren’t many places to eat nearby, so let’s go somewhere near the office.” 

“Okay.”

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Before he could say anything else, the man strode towards the parking lot with large steps.
Even though the distance widened quickly, he didn’t look back.
He must be a rather short-tempered man.
Or it could be that he simply had no interest in the other person.

After meeting him a few times, Ha Joyoon seemed to understand a little bit about the characteristics of the man named Shin Kwonjoo. Perhaps his personality has been slowly changing from the past to the present.
It’s also strange that I’m becoming aware of my current state little by little. 

After walking for a while with the hot sun on his back, he saw the entrance to the parking lot.
After seeing Shin Kwonjoo’s back as he made his way to the car from a distance, Ha Joyoon hurried his steps. 

Beep-

When the remote control was pressed, the headlights flashed for a moment.
The black bodied car with a sleek yet elegant curve matched its owner quite well.
Shin Kwonjoo opened the driver’s door and pointed to the back seat.

“Put your stuff in the back and get in.
I have some clothes in there, you can just move them.”

“Okay.” 

When he opened the rear door, he saw several shirts and jackets hung in an orderly fashion.
Due to the ample space in the car, there was no threat of anything wrinkling.
The hand that was tidying up the shirts paused for a moment.
In the past, he remembered that the man often pulled all-nighters in the office when they had a lot of work.
Even then, Ha Joyoon would often be sent on an errand to fetch a shirt from the car.
It seems that is one thing that hasn’t changed.

Translation Notes!

Alright, so I’ll be adding this at the end of the first chapter as well as this one for the lovely readers who are keeping up with the updates.
Anyway, this is a little explanation of all the honorifics + suffixes that have been used so far (or might possibly be used in future chapters) for those who are still confused about it.

Hyung – Literally means “older brother”.
A familiar term used by a male to address an older male sibling or friend (or boyfriend ;p). 

Noona – Literally means “older sister”.
A familiar term used by a male to address an older female sibling or friend.

Oppa – Literally means “older brother”.
A familiar term used by a female to address an older male sibling or friend.

Unnie – Literally means “older sister”.
A familiar term used by a female to address an older female sibling or friend.

^^ All of these can be used with or without a name attached before it.
And yes, people in romantic relationships also use these terms for the other person, if they’re older. 

Sunbae – Literally means “senior.” A term used by both female and males to address their senior, usually in school and university.
Rather than it being determined by age, it refers to the person’s seniority and experience in a certain setting.

Hoobae – Literally means “junior”.
A term used by both female and males to address their junior, usually in school and university.
Most of the time, the juniors or “hoobaes” are called by their name and this term is mainly used when referring to them in another conversation.
Again, rather than it being determined by age, it refers to the person’s standing and experience in a certain setting.

 

^^ Once more, both of these can used with or without a name attached before it.
Sometimes, people in romantic relationships use these terms too.
Usually, it’s “Sunbae”.

-ssi – It could mean either of these; Mr.
or Mrs or Miss.
A formal suffix that follows a person’s full or first name to show respect and formality. 

-nim – It could mean either of these; Mr.
or Mrs.
or Miss.
A formal suffix that follows a person’s full or first (usually full) name or title/profession to show more respect and formality.

^^ Both of these are usually used in professional and formal environments.

-ya and -ah – Doesn’t mean anything special in particular.
It’s used when speaking informally to a younger or same-age person directly.
While -ya follows a name that ends in a vowel, -ah follows a name that ends in a consonant.

For now, I believe this is all that needs to be explained.
While I’m at it, I want to say that I am aware of how much of a slowburn this novel is and it may get a bit frustrating for those who are keeping up with the updates but trust me, the romance aspect of the story will pick up in the coming chapters.
Thank you so much for reading.
Hope you have a good day <3 

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