Kang Jin-Ho frowned deeply at that outburst.
“Why are you getting mad at me for?”

“Getting mad?! Whatever.
Good night!” Han Se-Yeon spun around to leave so fast that cold winds whipped up in her wake.
She angrily walked away, her shoes making loud clomps against the ground.
Kang Jin-Ho sighed at that.

Park Yu-Min nudged him from the side.
“Come on, Jin-Ho.
Go after her.”

“Why? She wants to go home alone, right?”

“Are you seriously thinking of letting a girl her age go home alone at this hour? Go after her.”

Kang Jin-Ho shook his head.
“Don't feel like it.”



Park Yu-Min chided him with a slightly tense face.
“A man shouldn't act like that.”


“I'll take a taxi, so you make sure Se-Yeon gets home, whether it's on another taxi or whatever.”

“…Do I have to?”

Park Yu-Min firmly nodded.
“Yeah, you do.”

Kang Jin-Ho groaned again.
He found it a little difficult to argue back when the one chiding him was none other than the kind-hearted Park Yu-Min.
This boy would never insist on the wrong thing, to begin with.
As such, the fact that he was this unhappy could only mean that Kang Jin-Ho had done something dumb again.
“Okay, fine.
I'll do that.”

If someone else talked to him like this, Kang Jin-Ho would have never accepted it as a piece of advice.
If this was Zhongyuan, he might even cut their heads off.
But now? Kang Jin-Ho simply nodded away in acceptance.
After all, he had already accepted Park Yu-Min as his friend.

Friends were supposed to be equals, and it felt like Park Yu-Min was giving him important advice here.
A friend's advice should be considered favorably—as long as that friend was someone Kang Jin-Ho had acknowledged, of course.

You be careful on your way, too.”

Park Yu-Min chuckled.
“I'll be going home in a taxi, so I'll be fine.
Don't worry.”

Bye.” Kang Jin-Ho sighed, then went after Han Se-Yeon.
She had walked off so quickly that he couldn't see her figure anymore.

He shook his head helplessly, then began tracking Han Se-Yeon's aura.


“Let me go!” Han Se-Yeon threw off a man's hand grabbing hers.

The suspicious-looking man grinned at her.
“Aww, don't be like that now.
Come on, I'll treat you.”

“I told you, I'm not interested.”

“Eii, you look kinda tipsy already, though? It's still early, so why are you heading home so soon?” As he said that, the man's leering gaze was scanning Han Se-Yeon's figure from top to bottom.

“It's none of your business, so let me go!”

“Don't be like that~.
Come on, baby.
I promise I'm gonna show you a good time.”

“I said, let me go!”

That was the scene greeting Kang Jin-Ho when he found Han Se-Yeon.
He quickly walked up to her.
“Is there a problem here?”

The man cocked an eyebrow.
“Huh? Who the hell are you?”

Han Se-Yeon's reaction was less than welcoming, however.
“Why are you here?!”

Kang Jin-Ho stared coldly at the man still holding onto Han Se-Yeon's hand.
Let her go.”


“I won't repeat myself.”

The suspicious-looking man slowly let Han Se-Yeon go and stepped back.
In a situation like this, he might think about raising his voice and starting a fight, but his gut feeling strongly warned him not to do that with this youth.
That gut feeling was backed up by the deathly chill running down his spine and all the hair on his scalp standing up at those non-threatening words.

Kang Jin-Ho quietly muttered, “Get lost.”

That was all he needed to say.
No normal person could endure the sheer pressure Kang Jin-Ho emitted when he got serious, and it was no exception with this man, too.
The suspicious man hurriedly fled from the scene without even bothering to look back.

Han Se-Yeon stomped her foot in frustration.
“Just my stupid luck!”

Kang Jin-Ho sighed and told her, “I told you to be careful, didn't I?”

She glared at him.
“Why are you even here?!”

“I was told to take you home.”

“And who told you that?!”

“Yu-Min did.”

“Why did he do something unnecessary like that!” Han Se-Yeon exploded in a great fury.

Kang Jin-Ho sighed again and again.
He couldn't understand why she was being so emotional like this today.
“Are you drunk, Se-Yeon?”

“Am I drunk? Did you just ask me that?!”

“If not, why are you so angry?”

“I don't know.
I don't care, so go away.
I'll go home on my own, thank you!” Han Se-Yeon spun around and began walking away in a huff.
Kang Jin-Ho wordlessly followed her.
After a while, she suddenly stopped and shot a glare at him.
“Why are you following me?!”

“I told you why…”

Han Se-Yeon sarcastically replied, “Oh, that's right.
Yu-Min said you should…”


“So, if he told you to let me be, you would have done so without even thinking about it, right? I don't need you following me around, so go away!”

Kang Jin-Ho sighed for the umpteenth time.
Even throughout his long life, he had never gotten the chance to learn how to deal with people throwing a tantrum like this.
He lightly shook his head.
“Come on.
Let's just go.”

“Just go where! I told you to leave me alone!”

Kang Jin-Ho dismissively waved his hand.
“Yes, yes.
I hear you, so let's go.
I'll leave you alone after making sure you're back home.
Or, at least, until you get a taxi ride.”

I'll walk home…”

“Your home is too far from here for that.”

“That's none of your business!”

Kang Jin-Ho's patience began to wear thin.

'This is why I hate dealing with drunk people.' 

Words weren't getting through to her, it seemed.
However, even he could tell the right thing to do was to take her home.
“Come on.
Let's go.”

“I told you, leave me alone.”

“…Fuu.” Kang Jin-Ho suddenly stopped and groaned.
Go home alone, then.”


“Isn't that what you want? I'll be going away now.”

Han Se-Yeon quietly stared at him before a hollow chuckle broke out of her mouth.
I'm going…”


Kang Jin-Ho watched as she walked away, and once she reached some distance, he began following her.
This was the solution he came up with after realizing that accompanying her was too much work, but he still had the duty to see her home.

Tailing someone without being discovered would be a child's play to Kang Jin-Ho, even though…

'Hmm, I've never done this before.'

He had plenty of experience in escaping his enemies' tracking attempts back in Zhongyuan.
However, tonight would be his first time quietly following someone while killing his presence.
What an odd feeling this was.

Kang Jin-Ho didn't really have a need to tail someone until now.
If an enemy attacked, he would simply kill them.
If the enemy ran away before the encounter began, he wouldn’t even bother chasing after them.
No wonder this experience felt so…

'And this might take a while, too…'

He estimated that Han Se-Yeon would need well over one hour on foot to reach her home from this location.
He could be optimistic with his estimation, however, since her steps were meandering and slow.

Kang Jin-Ho slowly shook his head after finding himself tailing a girl, something he had never dreamed of doing before.

“How troublesome…” He sighed and slowly followed her.

They didn't go too far, though, as Han Se-Yeon suddenly squatted on the ground for some reason.

“Urgh…” She plopped down by the corner of the street, buried her face between her knees, and stopped moving altogether.

“Phew…” Kang Jin-Ho groaned and walked up to her.
Let me take you home.”

Han Se-Yeon quietly looked up.
For some reason…
her eyes were somewhat teary.

“You shouldn't have drank so much if you can't handle the booze,” Kang Jin-Ho muttered.

“Why are you here? I thought you were leaving?”

“Doesn't matter now.
Come on.
I'm taking you home.”

Han Se-Yeon stared straight at him before shaking her head.
“I can't walk anymore.”


“My feet hurt, and I've got no strength in my legs.”

Kang Jin-Ho softly tutted, “I told you to grab a taxi, didn't I…?”

“Yeah, you did.

Kang Jin-Ho helped her up to her feet.
But he could see that walking wasn't an option for her.
Realizing that this couldn’t continue, he presented his back to her.
“Come on.
Climb up.”

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