Cheese in the Trap – Part 2 Chapter 18: The Start of the Relationship (8)Summary
Jung complains that Sul’s neighborhood is still slightly dangerous, so he says he’d feel better just dropping her off every time from now on. He looks at the big stack of files Sul is carrying, so Sul explains to him that they're extra work AP Huh assigned to her. He then says he realizes Sul doesn't have much time for studying because of the job, but Sul tells him: “Ah, no~! It’s absolutely not like that. It’s a lot better than other part time jobs!! I get to work inside, sitting down. And there’s not a lot of work either. But if only AP Huh didn’t act like this…” Jung asks if AP Huh harasses Sul, but she explains that it’s nothing big, just a slight difference in personality. She continues that AP Huh is a perfectionist, and he must be just unsatisfied with her work. But she adds on: “But – sometimes it feels like his personality’s not the only thing behind what he does…” She then realizes what she said might be misunderstood, so she tries to cover it up. Jung replies: “Sul, you. You analyze people’s personalities a lot, huh?”
He tries to add on that he didn’t mean anything negative, just that she thinks a lot. Sul tries to explain that thinking a lot might be good, but Jung replies: “But if you’re so mindful of every little thing around you and thinking so much, I think you’d be a bit tired.” Sul admits that she’s a bit on the sensitive side, and asks Jung if she seems like the type who tire themselves out. He agrees.
She continues: “Honestly, I’ve often thought of how unlucky I am. But I think I understand the problem. Not too long before, I used to wonder why people continued to bother me when I’ve done no harm to them. But after coming to college and experiencing so many things, I’ve started to think that, while there are several tiring incidents around me, I’ve been making myself a lot more tired than I have to be. There must have been some fault in me as well.” Sul realizes Jung’s serious expression and tries to change the subject. She explains that when she goes out into society, she’ll have to suffer a lot more, so she’s a bit jealous of her friends who could so easily brush off their troubles. Jung tells her that it’s nothing to worry about since it’s not a huge problem, and he was just trying to talk to Sul out of concern rather than criticism. He adds on about how that certain characteristic of Sul never harmed anyone, so he concludes that there’s nothing bad about it. Sul decides to limit her ranting from now on.
As they turn a corner, Sul thought she saw something in the alleyway. As they pass by, Sul sees a hand sticking out from it. She screams and falls. Jung checks out the alley, but nobody was there. Sul eventually looks herself, but there really wasn't anybody. She wonders if she’s a bit sick due to the heat. Jung suggests that it must be because it’s dark. He laughs and points out that Sul trips and falls over a lot, adding on that it must have happened last year a few times as well. As she was about to reply, she sees the file next to Jung’s feet, and recalls the incident from last year, when Jung kicked a piece of her fallen file papers. Jung calls out Sul’s name, and she freezes. She asks him: “The file next to sunbae’s foot… Can you pick it up for me?” He then hands it over to her.
As they walk, Sul regrets reacting like that. Jung says: “Last year, I definitely didn’t know I was going to end up being like this. Of course, I don’t even fully understand it right now either. I know that in your eyes, I must seem different from last year. So much that it might seem strange. But that was already a year ago. All of that has passed since then. Yet you still flinch at something as insignificant as a piece of paper.” He grabs Sul’s hand, and continues: “I'm trying hard not to take too much of your time, and even when I look around trying to see how I can help you, ultimately, it still feels the same as last year. I want now to be different, but I can’t seem to find an answer.” Sul tries to tell him something about how she was last year, but he adds on: “I. Rather than hearing the words from the past, I want to hear the words spoken from here on and into the future.
"Do you want to go out with me?”
At her shocked expression, Jung asks her: “What’s with that expression? Didn’t you expect this a bit?” He asks for a reply, but she responds saying she needs some time to think. He asks if she can accept his confession, and she hesitates. She explains that she’s never thought about a boyfriend during her school life, and she doesn’t have much leisure time to enjoy such a thing. He replies he understands, and lets go. Sul is slightly surprised at the reaction, and grabs on, explaining that: “It’s not that I don’t like sunbae…! It’s not that…” Jung asks: ”Then can’t you just go out with me? Hm? I think it’ll be okay.” He adds on that he won’t be a bother to her school life. In confusion, Sul ends up replying: “Yes…..” He smiles, and replies: “Yeah. Ah, this is good.”
They’re at Sul’s place, so he drops her off and leaves, telling her to go rest up, and that he’ll contact her later. She thanks him for dropping her off.
After walking into her place after some time, Sul screams loudly. Joo Yong next door flinches in surprise. Sul thinks to herself: “What is this?! What did I just do?!?! What have I done?!?!?!!! No, I did expect for this to happen one day…. But even so… Even…” Joo Yong next door asks if Sul’s gone insane, knocking at her room. She screams again and he complains: “Ah, seriously!!! Honey, are you really going to be like this?!”
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