head as the sound of Kang Jin-Ho’s chattering teeth echoed whilst he gnashed his teeth.

His father apologized.
“We are sincerely sorry.”

The chief director smirked.
“No need for an apology.
I didn't come here for that in the first place.
We shall simply deal with this matter according to regulations.
Dean of the students?”

“Yes, Chief Director.
Please speak.”

“What does the school regulation say in cases like ours?”

We're dealing with a student assaulting another student.
The punishment for it can range from up to seven days of community service in the school premises or even outright expulsion, sir.”

“Is that right?”

“Yes, sir.”

“Alright, then what about this particular case?”

“Although it's a pretty rare case…” the dean of the student seemed to ponder something before replying, “It should be around seven days of suspension, sir.”

“Suspension, is it…” the chief director revealed an unconvinced look.

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However, Kim Seong-Ju didn't seem to share the same opinion as he shot up to his feet and cried out in alarm, “Excuse me, Dean!”

“What's the matter, Teacher Kim?”

“Don't you think that's going too far?! It's not like they had been in a gang fight.
It's just bickering between two students!”

Gong Ik-Hyeon's voice grew louder.
“How can you view this as simple bickering, Teacher Kim?! Student Kang Jin-Ho assaulted a fellow student who was minding his own business and sent him to a hospital!”

Kim Seong-Ju glared sharply at the dean.
“Mister Gong, are you really going to be like this?”

Gong Ik-Hyeon was finally furious and he yelled, “What was that, Mister Gong? Mind your manners, Teacher Kim!”

Kang Yu-Hwan quickly reached out and wordlessly pulled the homeroom teacher back.

“But Mister Kang, sir!” Kim Seong-Ju cried out, seemingly begging Kang Jin-Ho's father to stop dissuading him.

But that only made Kang Yu-Hwan’s hold onto his son's homeroom teacher even tighter.
He turned to the chief director and company before bowing his head deeply.
“We're truly sorry.”

While apologizing, Kang Yu-Hwan shot a look at the homeroom teacher, strongly urging the latter to step back.
Since Kim Seong-Ju knew the intent behind that look, all he could do was sigh and back off.
“Yes, of course.”

The chief director maintained a deeply-dissatisfied expression while glaring at Kang Yu-Hwan as the latter bowed his head once more.
“If our son is indeed at fault, we'll gladly accept his punishment, sir.
We sincerely apologize.”

Watching this spectacle almost made Kang Jin-Ho break out in hollow laughter.
He had experienced many instances of unfairness before in his life, and that was why he could say that this little farce wasn't even bad enough to qualify as one of those instances.
After all, people with power in gangho all thought that it was okay to do whatever they pleased.
And after Kang Jin-Ho entered the Demon Cult…

He had lived for decades in a world where cruelty unleashed by those with power upon those without was indescribably worse than what the modern era had to offer.
Hence, this level of humiliation should be easy enough to swallow.

Yes, that should have been the case.

Kang Jin-Ho was more furious than ever.
Back then, he no longer had a father.
He didn't have anyone to lower their head and apologize on his behalf.


Kang Jin-Ho's eyes grew cold and withdrawn.
Unfortunately, this event wasn’t over yet.

“Excuse us.”

The door to the guidance office opened, and two men kitted out in familiar uniforms stepped inside.
Kim Seong-Ju dazedly stared at them, unable to process what was happening.
“Why are you two…?”

Just as he tried to say something, the two new entrants to the office introduced themselves.
“We're from the police, everyone.
We received a complaint regarding assault and came here to investigate.”

Kang Jin-Ho shifted his cold glare to the chief director.
The old man was making an oily grin as he disdainfully stared at Kang Yu-Hwan and Kang Jin-Ho.


The cop growled unhappily.
“Stop beating the bush, and tell me straight, will ya?”

“I didn't do it,” Kang Jin-Ho flatly replied.

“You punk.
Do you know how many eyewitnesses there were? And the kid you assaulted got a prognosis of six weeks of recuperation.
You think you'll be off the hook just because you keep saying you're innocent?”

“I didn't do it.”

“What the hell, you are a dumba*s, ain'tcha? Or are you deaf?”

Kang Jin-Ho sighed softly and glanced outside the window.
He spotted Kang Yu-Hwan and his homeroom teacher, Kim Seong-Ju, looking back inside the office with nervous faces.

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Kim Seong-Ju furiously argued that a fight between two high schoolers was maybe worthy of a summon but not a full-on arrest.
However, he still failed to prevent his student from getting dragged away to a police station.
And it led to Kang Jin-Ho experiencing something as incredible as getting a ride in the back of a cop car.
As a matter of fact, the experience was so incredible that every student in the school came outside to personally witness it.

The cop continued with his grilling.
“Stop messing around, boy.
You hit that kid, right?”

“Yes, I did,” Kang Jin-Ho replied flatly.

“And that kid wasn't doing anything, just minding his own business, right?”

“No, he wasn't…”

“Aaargh, this kid…! I told you to stop messing around, you punk!”

Just as the cop raised his voice, Kim Seong-Ju hurriedly rushed inside the office and cried out, “Stop raising your voice at one of my students, officer!”

“What the hell? Who the hell are you?!”

“I'm his homeroom teacher! More importantly, you're a policeman, so how dare you speak so rudely to tax-paying citizens like this?! And you haven't even established this child's guilt, so how dare you threaten him! Keep this up, and I'll lodge a civil complaint to the National Police Agency! Do you hear me?!”

Kim Seong-Ju's unyielding rebuke forced the cop to flinch a little and lick his lips.
“Sorry about that.”

“Dammit!” Kim Seong-Ju mouthed a cigarette and he looked as if he was about to explode in fury.

The cop stuttered his objection, “E-excuse me, this is a non-smoking a…”

“How much is the fine, then?!”

“Sir, you're supposed to be a teacher, so why are you behaving this way? Please go outside and smoke.”

Kim Seong-Ju looked incensed enough to start an arguing match with the cop right there and then.

“Excuse me, Teacher Kim.” Kang Yu-Hwan stepped in the nick of time to intervene.

“Yes, Mister Kang.”

“Let's step outside for a bit to cool our heads.
We are making the investigation more complicated than necessary.”

Kim Seong-Ju was indeed furious but he couldn't voice his displeasure after seeing the student's father holding himself back despite being the angriest person in this office.
“Understood, sir…”

Once Kang Yu-Hwan led Kim Seong-Ju outside, the cop making a pained face shifted his attention back to Kang Jin-Ho.
“Kid, just what are you?”

Of course, Kang Jin-Ho didn't feel like replying.

The cop continued.
“You know what, don't answer me.
Just keep quiet like that.
I'll just write up this statement exactly as you said, so why don't you repeat yourself in front of a judge, okay? See for yourself what the judge will retort you with.”


“Bloomin' hell, my luck is really sh*tty today…
Hey, are you still insisting on your version?”

Kang Jin-Ho still maintained his silence.

“Why aren't you answering me, punk?!”

The cop yelled, but that only got himself another loud yell thrown back at his face, this time coming from another policeman walking into the office.
“Hey, man! What's with all the ruckus?!”

“Ah, my bad, sir.
I'm trying to talk to this kid, but he's just too damn stubborn, so…”

“Come on, man.
Boys his age are all like that.
That's why you gotta… Hmm?” The senior cop walking into the office tilted his head after recognizing Kang Jin-Ho's face.
“Wait, aren't you Jin-Ho?”

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