fe… ’

‘Oh, my difficult but still enjoyable-in-its-own-right idol life…’

Kang Jin-Ho broke his silence.
“I understand what you ’re trying to say.
However—”

What he said could be interpreted as: “I don ’t have a clue what you were talking about, and I don’t really care.”

“If your scheduled performance was over, you could ’ve studied for your entrance exams.
Or, practice for your next performance! Orrrr! You could have come home, taken a shower, and gone to bed!” Her orabeoni ’s voice grew louder and more agitated.
“If you didn ’t feel like doing that, you could ’ve watched TV or an American drama online! But, as soon as you ’re done with your schedule, you went out with your older peers to have fun?! And in a bar, no less?! Aren ’t you still a high schooler?”

“I…” Kang Eun-Yeong progressively shrunk even more.

“Even though you ’re still a student, you gleefully went to a bar, then ran into some creep, which resulted in this nonsense.
Isn ’t that right?! And you still want to argue that you were not at fault?!”

“I ’m sorry! I was wrong, orabeoni!”

“Indeed, you are admitting your wrongdoing, aren ’t you?”

“Y-yes, I am!”

“And when a person is guilty, they need to be punished.
That is the law of this world.”

“O-oppa…?” Kang Eun-Yeong freaked out and hurriedly stared at Kang Jin-Ho.
However, all she could see in her oppa ’s eyes were the flames of non-negotiable, unyielding resoluteness.
Kang Eun-Yeong freaked out even more and quickly turned her head to her mother, Baek Hyeon-Jeong.
Unfortunately…

“Booze?!” Baek Hyeon-Jeong growled like a scary monster.
Kang Eun-Yeong ’s mother had already transformed into a devil by then.


“D-dad! Dad!” Kang Eun-Yeong desperately turned her attention to Kang Yu-Hwan, knowing she had no one else but her father to rely on now.

“Mm…” Kang Yu-Hwan let out a low groan while rubbing his chin.
“If Eun-Yeong is being honest with us, then I don ’t think her share of the blame isn ’t as large as we thought.”

Kang Jin-Ho quickly butted in.
“Father, she ’s still a student, yet she still went to a bar.”

“That ’s true.”

“In that case, is her blunder still not as big as you think, Father?”

Kang Yu-Hwan guffawed at his son ’s serious-sounding argument.
“Do schools automatically expel students who enter drinking joints, son?”

“Mm…” Kang Jin-Ho had no comeback to that and instead decided to glare daggers at Kang Eun-Yeong.

As for the idol in the spotlight herself, she quickly grabbed hold of the offered ray of salvation and began cheering her dad on.
“D-dad ’s right, you know!”

Kang Yu-Hwan chuckled before continuing, “Yes, she is still at fault, but her error in judgment isn ’t serious enough to warrant an immediate retirement like you ’ve said.
You can even argue that she has already received plenty of punishment when that dating rumor started to spread online.”

“Y-yes, Dad! You ’re so right!”

“However!” Kang Yu-Hwan suddenly spoke in a firmer voice.
“I ’ll not be so understanding the next time something like this happens, Eun-Yeong! You wanted to chase after your dream, so we all did our best to support you and cheer you on, but to think you were doing such things behind our backs! I ’m quite disappointed in you, Eun-Yeong.”

Kang Eun-Yeong ’s head faltered in dejection.
“I ’m really sorry, Dad.”

“Of course, I understand that you ’d want to go to such occasions once or twice out of curiosity.
However, what I struggle with right now is not about you going to such a place.
No, I can ’t understand what those older girls were thinking of while taking an underage student to a bar.
And I ’m also struggling to understand what that creepy bastard was thinking of when trying to get close to a child.”

Kang Eun-Yeong found herself unable to offer any excuses.

Kang Yu-Hwan continued, “And finally, the one I struggle to understand the most is you, Eun-Yeong.
You ’re old enough to know what ’s wrong or right, so how could you befriend people like that? Why were you hanging out with such people, and why did you agree to accompany them to a bar?”

“I ’m…
really sorry.” Thick tears began trickling down from Kang Eun-Yeong ’s eyes at her father ’s gentle but still-serious scolding.

“This gossip piece about you dating someone is ultimately not important.
What ’s important is that you have betrayed our trust in you.
Until now, whenever you didn ’t come home late into the night, we simply assumed you were busy with your work.
But from this moment on, we will wonder if you ’re hanging out in some bar somewhere, drinking with your so-called friends.
That ’s what I ’m trying to say to you, Eun-Yeong.”

“…I ’m sorry, Dad.”

“This is why trust is such an important thing.
It ’s easy to damage it, thinking it ’s nothing special.
But a trust once broken is hard to mend again, Eun-Yeong.
And now, it ’s your job to figure out what you need to do to earn our trust again.”

“…Yes, Dad.”

We would forgive you, but in reality, we would never trust you again—that was what Kang Yu-Hwan was telling his daughter.
Kang Eun-Yeong also seemed to have understood the implication behind those words as she didn ’t say anything else and just quietly cried.

“But, what about her punishment?” The ever-the-clueless Kang Jin-Ho suddenly butted in and broke the solemn mood.

Kang Yu-Hwan frowned a little.
“Jin-Ho, this isn ’t one of those cases where a separate punishment is necessary.”


“But, Father.
Reward and punishment have to be clear-cut, no matter what.”

Kang Yu-Hwan ’s frown at his son only got deeper at that forthright opinion.

’Sheesh, what a heartless son you are… ’

How could he even think about punishing his crying little sister?!

Kang Yu-Hwan cleared his throat first.
“Khmm.
Indeed.
In my view, this incident only happened because Eun-Yeong still lacks life experience and social interactions.
What I ’m saying is, she made her debut in the entertainment industry while still attending high school, so she is still not good at analyzing people or the occasion she ’s involved in.”

“…Mm, I see.
You have a point there, Father.” Kang Jin-Ho nodded in agreement.

“In that case, how about letting her experience life and society in general?”

“Experience…
life? How?”

Kang Yu-Hwan smiled meaningfully as he stared at his daughter.
“When will my kids ever get to experience an ordinary life if we don ’t seize this opportunity? Indeed, this is wonderful timing.
Eun-Yeong, as soon as your schedule clears up, come to my cafe and work as a part-timer there.”

“…Eh?” Kang Eun-Yeong blinked her eyes in surprise.

“That ’s right.
While you’re working there Eun-Yeong, you should talk to customers and take on menial jobs to learn about the ways of the world.
Study and get better at life, that’s what I ’m saying.”

Kang Eun-Yeong jumped up in shock next.
“I… I have to study, too?!”

“No, not that kind of studying!” Kang Yu-Hwan tutted loudly.
However, his resolve became firmer at his daughter ’s adverse reaction.

’Even if you ’re my son, Jin-Ho, I won ’t let you destroy my daughter ’s career! ’

Kang Yu-Hwan just couldn ’t imagine the sight of his daughter quitting the life of an idol to enroll in a university to further her studies.
If Kang Jin-Ho heard his father ’s thoughts, he would no doubt state some nonsense like, “But, father, a person can do anything if they put in enough effort.”

Seeing his precious little girl enjoy a life full of happiness and flowers wasn ’t enough to satisfy a doting father like Kang Yu-Hwan, so he definitely had no plans to force Kang Eun-Yeong to go through any unnecessary hardships if he could help it.

Kang Yu-Hwan put his foot down.
“And so, that will be the end of discussion on this matter.”

“But, Father…” Kang Jin-Ho still seemed unconvinced and tried to raise his opposition.

However, Kang Yu-Hwan snatched away the initiative first.
“You are included in this, son.”

“…I ’m sorry?”

“At this rate, you will also not have any opportunities to do things ordinary people do every day.
So, you’ll be working as a part-timer as well.”

“…I ’m sorry?!”

And so, it was decided that Kang Jin-Ho would also apply to become a part-time worker.

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This is a One Piece reference, BTW.

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