Even my parents had no idea.”

“Wait, how does that even make sense?” Han Se-Yeon sounded confused by his simple explanation.

“Not sure.
Don't ask me for details because it's complicated.”

“Mmmm…” Han Se-Yeon scanned Kang Jin-Ho from top to bottom before breaking out in a meaningful grin.
“Well, you're still you, so that's fine.”

Kang Jin-Ho tilted his head.
“What does that mean?”

“You'll figure it out.
I'm going now~.” Han Se-Yeon turned around to leave with a wave of her hand.

“What? So soon?”

Han Se-Yeon looked back at him and sighed.
Why was this guy so clueless about things like this? “Can't you see what's going on?”


“If I stay next to you any longer, all those sharp glares will rip me apart into tiny pieces.”

Kang Jin-Ho sneakily scanned his surroundings, only to notice all those scary female glares shooting out from the classrooms to stab into Han Se-Yeon.
“What's going on here?”

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“Your popularity has been going up recently thanks to your good looks, and now, your background turned out to be pretty exciting too, so this was inevitable, you know. Aigoo~, this little ol' me does not have the courage to chat to a celeb in front of everyone, so let's talk later, okay?”

“…Sure thing.”

Han Se-Yeon waved her hand as she walked away.
Kang Jin-Ho sensed the murderous glares soften almost immediately before they landed on him next.
He shuddered from the spine-chilling sensation.

'I might pass out at this rate…'

Kang Jin-Ho felt that no matter how many days he attended school, he wouldn’t be able to get used to the quirks of this place.

As he stood there mulling how his life had turned out so far, someone walked up and greeted him.
“So you were here, Mr. Jin-Ho.”

Kang Jin-Ho turned his head and studied the man in the black business suit. 

'His name’s Jo Gyu-Min, right?'

This was the 'contact' Hwang Jeong-Hu had left behind for him.
The Chairman said it would be fine to treat Jo Gyu-Min as a personal secretary, but it'd be more correct to call him a surveillant whose real job was to monitor Kang Jin-Ho.

“Mr. Jin-Ho, I'm here to submit my report.”

“…What report, Mr. Gyu-Min?”

“It's regarding the chief direc…
I mean, Choi Myeong-Gil.”

Kang Jin-Ho silently nodded to indicate that Jo Gyu-Min should continue.

Jo Gyu-Min did just that.
“First of all, the funds he has accumulated through illegal means will be confiscated.
I've asked the relevant government entities for their assistance.
Once he loses access to those funds, he won't be able to pay his debts and will go bankrupt.”


Jo Gyu-Min nodded.
“Yes, debts. It doesn't matter how big or small, rich people have debts to service.”

Kang Jin-Ho cocked an eyebrow.
“Even though they have money?”

“They take on debt not because they don't have money, Mr. Jin-Ho.
To them, it's simply a means to acquire more wealth quickly.”

Kang Jin-Ho tilted his head in confusion.
He couldn’t understand it.
If you have money, why would you go out of your way to take on debts?

Jo Gyu-Min kindly explained, “Let's say your annual salary is around a hundred million won, Mr. Jin-Ho.”


“There's a building you'd like to buy, but it's priced at one billion.
The total of your current asset is five hundred million.
What will you do?”

“I will save up for the next five years.”

“No, that's not it.
You put up your money and the building as collateral to get a loan and buy the building afterward.
The rent you charge will be higher than the interest, so you will be able to pay off your debt well before the five-year period.
And after five years, you would have earned more money than if you paid for the building's acquisition in cash.”


“It's just a simple example, Mr. Jin-Ho.
The actual reality would be far more complicated than that.
Getting back to the topic at hand, Choi Myeong-Gil owes many people a lot of money.
Normally, he wouldn't have a problem with such debts, but now, it'd be no different from holding onto a time bomb.”

What's the conclusion, then?”

“Some time tomorrow, Choi Myeong-Gil will be left penniless.”

Kang Jin-Ho was taken aback.
“That soon?”

“Well, the chairman ordered me to make it happen in three days, after all.”

Kang Jin-Ho couldn't help but frown a little.
Sure, he could remember the old man demanding it done in three days, but he didn't think everything would be taken care of for real in such a short period of time.

In reality, a matter like this would never get resolved in three days if the proper procedures were followed.
It was all thanks to Hwang Jeong-Hu's frightening power and influence that this matter could be dealt with so swiftly.

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However, Kang Jin-Ho wasn't a fan of how this matter had panned out.
Hwang Jeong-Hu's actions meant that some people would have to postpone their original tasks to handle this thing.
And undoubtedly, a few others would have to deal with some unnecessary matters in the process, too.
What, or who would pay the price for that?

This was one of the reasons why Kang Jin-Ho wasn't so fond of 'power,’ even though he couldn't deny how clean this mess had been handled so far.

However, he understood that it was not his place to butt in now and run his mouth off.
Kang Jin-Ho's relationship with Hwang Jeong-Hu wasn't clear enough yet for him to tell the latter otherwise.

As such, he chose not to interfere with Hwang Jeong-Hu's way of doing things.
He nodded to indicate that he was okay with it.
“I see.”

“The principal and the dean of students in cahoots with Choi Myeong-Gil have been fired, as well.
Their illegally-acquired assets will be confiscated, and they will be subjected to the full might of the law.”

“Will they be judged fairly and objectively?”

“Mmm, well.
If they were to be judged objectively…
Modern criminal law can be a little too lenient sometimes.
I can assure you that the fairness of the proceedings will not be affected even if some other interests are involved.”

Kang Jin-Ho shook his head in disapproval.
However, even he knew that those two would never get the punishment they deserved without Jo Gyu-Min's involvement.

Now that he had gotten the report on the situation, Kang Jin-Ho decided to stop caring about them.
They were small fries, to begin with.
No point in wasting his mental energy on them.
He then asked Jo Gyu-Min about something that had been bugging him slightly.
“By the way, are you allowed to come and go as you please in this school?”

“I'm sorry?”

Kang Jin-Ho clarified himself.
“As far as I know, outsiders are not allowed in here.”

Jo Gyu-Min grinned and replied, “It's fine, Mr. Jin-Ho.
I'm not an outsider, you see.”

“What do you mean?”

“My current post is the acting chief director.”


“Since Choi Myeong-Gil got the boot, someone has to step in and run the school.
The Jaegyeong Foundation has decided to take over the operation.”

Kang Jin-Ho was stunned to hear that.
“Can you do that without running into problems?”

“Chairman Hwang wants it done, so who would dare oppose him? Other than some minor regulatory hurdles, there is nothing to worry about, Mr. Jin-Ho.”

Kang Jin-Ho tutted softly.
“I guess having power is really convenient, then.”

“In this particular case, it'd be more correct to say financial muscle, Mr. Jin-Ho.”

Actually, 'financial muscle' had resulted in 'power' in this case, but Kang Jin-Ho didn't care either way.
He looked at Jo Gyu-Min and continued.
So, you're the acting chief director?”

“The chairman is technically the Chief Director, but he's simply too busy to deal with a minor operation like running a school, you see.”

“Hmmm. He didn't look that busy to me, though?”

“That's only on the surface, Mr. Jin-Ho.
The truth is, Chairman Hwang is involved in every one of the Jaegyeong Group's vital operations, you see.
As he is just too excellent of a leader, he's stuck in a weird situation of needing to sacrifice himself constantly.”

Kang Jin-Ho nodded in agreement.

Louis the 14th, the creator of the absolute monarchy, had cooked up a system of governance where every facet of the country would be reported directly to him.
And that resulted in him getting crushed under the weight of his work.
It sounded as if Hwang Jeong-Hu was stuck in a similar situation.

Jo Gyu-Min continued.
“Even so, the chairman's workload has decreased by a lot compared to the days before his collapse.
People have already begun commenting that he has changed a lot lately.”

“Is it okay for you to tell me all this?”

“Of course.
You're my superior, after all.”

“Your superior, is it…” Kang Jin-Ho tutted away in slight disapproval.

Jo Gyu-Min observed his reaction and recalled his discussion with Hwang Jeong-Hu yesterday.

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