Cheese in the Trap Chapter 33 - Hostility (3)
Sul returns to the school and realizes how quiet it is late at night. She hands a drink to the security guard (who's dozing off) and he tells her not to stay too late. After she leaves, he goes back to sleep.
Sul begins to study while listening to music. She has purposefully sat in the corner to avoid people, but realizes that there aren't many people at school this late at night anyways. She thinks this is good, since she'll be able to concentrate. She notes about how this room suits her well. She decides to concentrate and write an amazing report, and thinks about how she did not receive much scholarship last semester, and how she needs to do really well this semester.
As she studies, time passes, and more people leave. The security guard is still dozing off. Sul stretches and looks at her cellphone clock. She needs to leave before the last bus. Just then, she hears a sound and turns around. She does not see anything, and wonders if she heard wrong. Just then, she hears a sound again, and see's the homeless lady from earlier. She is shocked, and asks how the lady got in here. Sul jumps at the sight of the lady's broken glass bottle. The lady does some hand motions (most likely trying to tell Sul to get over here), and Sul tries to run away. She hits the chair, and is temporarily distracted, but then gets her head straight, reminding herself to stay calm and get out of the room from the side. The lady pulls Sul's hair and asks Sul why she's ignoring her. Sul calls out, "Is anybody there-?!! Somebody please help!!!", while the lady mumbles something about how Sul can ignore an adult like this. As the lady mumbles about her past, Sul notices the glass bottle once again, and tries to talk with the lady, but the homeless lady swings her bottle, shocking Sul. The lady mumbles: "If an adult talks...Do you think going to a university is some kind of crest...Do you think you guys can ignore me like this...". As the lady talks, Sul is in panic because of the bottle. Then, Sul calms herself down, reminding herself that the opponent is an old lady. Sul grabs the lady's wrist, trying to tell the lady to put down the bottle first. Sul realizes that when it comes to strength, she wins, and tries to stop the lady, but accidently cuts herself. The lady drops her bottle and mumbles something about her "microphone". Sul pushes the lady and runs out of the room.
As she runs, she bumps into a different security guard. The security guard asks her what's wrong, and asks if she was the one who screamed. The security guard is shocked at the lady's appearance and says, "This crazy lady...!!! She crawled in all this way!!! Does she wanna see somebody lose their job?!!!" The security guard tells Sul to go call the security guard in charge of the back gates, and he comments on how that security guard is probably sleeping again. As he tries to stop the lady, Sul notices the giant cut on her hand. She's quite annoyed, especially by the fact that it's her right hand that got injured. As she tries to call the other security guard, her legs tremble and she almost falls.
The next day, Bo Ra notices the giant bandaid on her hand, and frantically asks Sul what happened. As Sul says "Ah, this. Last night..." then stops when she notices everybody looking at her. She lies that she got cut while opening a tuna can. Bo Ra tells her that she should have been more careful. A colleague tells her that tuna can cuts could be potentially dangerous, and asks her if she got it stitched. She replies that she hasn't. Sul tells Bo Ra that it isn't serious, and it's only because of the bandaid that it looks serious. Bo Ra tells her that's a relief, and continues that she was worried because she heard that a homeless lady trespassed at the school late last night. Sul lies that she went home early last night, and Bo Ra says that’s a great relief, and that everybody's talking about the incident. There are crazy rumors about one girl getting hit and losing her consciousness. The colleagues talk about scary rumors about the girl tripping as she climbed the stairs, the lady taking the girl to the backside mountains, etc. Sul realizes that what the security guard told her was right (flashback to last night - The security guard tells her that he's been working at other schools, and from his experience, it'll be better if Sul keeps quiet about incidents like this, especially since she's a girl).
As Sul picks a drink from the vending machine, she realizes that it was right to follow the advice, but decides that she'll tell only Bo Ra later. As she tries to pick up her drink, the wound on her hand hurts more than expected. Jung picks the drink up for her and puts it in her pocket. She awkwardly thanks him. He asks what happened to her hand. Sul hesitates whether or not to tell the truth. She looks around to check if anybody's around, and when she's about to explain, Jung asks if something happened yesterday. Sul looks surprised and asks, "Yester...day?" Jung replies that there are rumors about last night's incident at the library, and he was wondering if Sul stayed at the school until late at night. Sul replies that she merely cut herself by mistake while opening a tuna can.
He grins and repeats the word "Mistake..." He says: "Hong Sul... Tripping and cutting yourself... You should live paying more attention to yourself." She gives a confused response and he continues: "No, I'm just telling you to be careful. If you get hurt, it'd be your loss. But anyways, if it wasn't because of what happened yesterday.... That's a relief. I was worried, so I asked. Take good care of your wound."
Sul is dumbfounded, and asks herself if that is a "worried" face- she thinks he looks happy. She then hears sounds of something rustling, and turns around to see Joo Yeon. Joo Yeon runs away after seeing Sul. Sul is confused and asks herself what is going on between the two. The chapter ends with her going "Huuh?"
-Chapter 34 - Condition for AffectionSummary
As the A.P. walks down the hall, he sees a poster for a club for "minorities" (most likely people with non-heterosexual interests). The A.P. laughs, claiming that it's not like society's view on them is going to change with this. He still, however, puts the phone number in his cell. But he gives up, saying that it's not like he'll be doing anything even with the number.
A man is crying on the bench. The A.P. calls to him, and the man looks up (it is revealed that the man is Sul's sensitive test taker neighbor). The neighbor says "Honey" and whines about how he lost his card and car, and the A.P. tells the neighbor that he found a cheap place for the neighbor to stay near his school. The neighbor is shocked, and the A.P. comments on how it was originally for him to move in, but since the neighbor got kicked out because of him, he'll do this much. The A.P. says that he paid for the contract, but the monthly rent will need to be paid by the neighbor. The neighbor asks "But with what money did honey..." The A.P. tells him to stop complaining, and pay back after he gets a job.
The neighbor looks through his closet for a suit to wear at his job interview, and realizes that he left it at his old home. He wonders if he can borrow one from the dry cleaners. As the A.P. is at dinner with some students (the students comment about how angry he is), the A.P. thinks to himself about how he gave up his savings and his deposit to pay for the house. He doesn't know how he'll pay for a suit. He complains about how the companies choose people based on a suit, but then notices a coat on the floor. As he goes to pick it up, he realizes that it is Jung's. He comments on how Jung pretends to be normal while he wears such expensive branded clothes, and how sickening it is. He comments on how "his Joo Yong" used to wear such nice clothes as well. Jung's wallet falls out, and the A.P. is shocked at the number of credit cards in his wallet. He mindlessly comments on how nobody would notice if he took just one. The A.P. looks around, and then takes a credit card, reassuring himself that Jung would not notice, and that he'll put it back after he uses it once. When the A.P. returns with a suit, Joo Yong (aka Sul's creepy neighbor) is shocked. He asks where the A.P. got the money - and says that it's somewhat burdensome how the A.P. is buying him all this stuff. The A.P. gets angry and says that he shouldn't say it's "burdensome" when he bought all this stuff for him.
(end of flashback)
The A.P. comments that in the end, Joo Yong failed all his job interviews, and he got caught by Jung.
As Bo Ra asks Sul to go to lunch together, Ah Young comes. Sul leaves to eat lunch with Ah Young, and Bo Ra is slightly angry. She comments on how it feels like Sul is being taken away from her, and Eun Taek tells her that she's being childish. Bo Ra tells him that girls are like this, and that he's oblivious for somebody with 3 sisters. As Bo Ra talks about how "Taste follows, Looks follow" (check chapter 10 for details) is being endangered, she hears a conversation about "Nam Joo Yeon" being the prettiest in the business administration department. Bo Ra and Eun Taek secretly listen to the convo. The boys inside discuss about who's the best in the department, and they list a few girls. Bo Ra is mentioned, and they admit that she's pretty. Bo Ra snickers to Eun Taek and tells him that he should be honored for hanging out with her. Then, Hong Sul is mentioned. The boys say that Jung's been taking care of Sul these days, but Sul jumps around, saying that they aren't going out. They say that while she's pretty, she doesn't have the cute charm, and she studies too much. They claim that her type of personality is unpopular with the boys, and she's unfashionable, wearing clothing that looks like her dad's. Bo Ra explodes, and kicks them out of the room, defending Sul by saying stuff like "Do you guys know how undeserving you are of a girl like Hong!?" Eun Taek calms her down, and Bo Ra declares "A blind date it is!" Eun Taek asks her how she got to such an illogical conclusion, but Bo Ra claims that she'll make Sul go out with somebody so amazing that they'll never talk about Sul like that again. Eun Taek asks "What about Yoo Jung sunbae?" But Bo Ra claims that they can't wait when they don't know if the two actually have feelings for each other. She calls an oppa, and says that she has a super nice friend, and tells him to set her up with somebody amazing. Somebody that's good-looking, rich, polite, good at sports, and had lived in a foreign country. The oppa complains that there isn't such a person, but Bo Ra hangs up. Eun Taek asks her who's this "oppa?" (since she doesn't have an older brother). Bo Ra tells him that it's an oppa she met at a blind date, and when Eun Taek asks if they are going out, she claims that they aren't. He asks why she would meet men if she isn't going to go out with them. She says that it's so that they can be friends, just like Eun Taek and her. But she tells him that she can't really compare them to Eun Taek, and leaves.
Bo Ra sent a text to Sul about a blind date, and Sul is shocked. Ah Young is excited at the fact that Sul might be going on a blind date, claiming that this is the excitement of being in a "campus life". Sul tells Ah Young that it's awkward for her to do this with somebody she doesn't know, but Ah Young tells her to just act naturally. As Ah Young urges Sul to try, Sul thinks that Ah Young's too cute to refuse, and thinks about the times people misunderstood her and Jung's relationship. So, she decides to accept. Ah Young says it's so exciting, and she thinks that she made a good choice to come to this school. Sul is very happy at Ah Young's words, but Ah Young talks about how she met Yoo Jung a while ago. She says that he remembered her name, and that he even bought drinks for her and her friends. She says that her friends envied her. Sul is surprised that Ah Young is still interested in Jung, and Ah Young asks Sul if she can set her and Jung up together. She says that she thinks she can become better friends with Jung if they can get more chances to talk to each other. Sul wonders if this would be okay, and Ah Young says that if it's too much of a burden, Sul doesn't need to do so. Sul says that it's not like that, but more like she's shocked at the fact that Ah Young is asking such a bold favor. She tells Ah Young that she'll try, but she wonders if it's fine for her to do this. But she comments on how Jung seems like a good person lately, and guesses that the rest will be up to Ah Young. Ah Young asks if it's really okay, and asks Sul if she's close with Jung. Sul thinks about the times Jung and her had hung out together, and tells Ah Young that "Yep. It seems like we're a lot friendlier than we used to be."
A man is talking to his new employee that he needs to be especially polite to the customers. In Ho replies that he understands (but in a slightly casual manner). The boss tells In Ho to smile, in a polite way. In Ho (epic) fails. The boss decides to let it pass, because he's good looking, and tells In Ho to work starting tommorow. In Ho comments on how easy it is to get a job. But then he looks at the outfit, and says "What is this...."
-Cheese in the Trap Chapter 35 - One Way Traffic (1)Summary
In Ho sister laughs when In Ho tells her that he has to wear a bow tie. In Ho's very annoyed at her reaction. He tells her: "Ah, fine. Laugh all you want." She comments on the one time In Ho ran away because he hated bow ties. In Ho tells her that bow ties are cheesy and he doesn't get why men should have to wear them. In Ho's sister asks him where he's staying at the moment, and he answers that he's staying at a place where they provide housing for students. The sister complains about how the company CEO told her that he's making her in charge of accounting management, but it's difficult to get the certificate for computerized accounting. She says that she should be able to get the position without the certificate, especially to somebody who might be his future "daughter-in-law." In Ho is extremely annoyed, and says: "Hey, Baek In Ha. I told you to wake up from that dream." The sister ignores his advice and continues to complain about how she applied for a job as a fitting model, but they wouldn't accept her because of her age. She tells In Ho to take good care of his looks, since that's the only thing they have. After In Ho tells her that he already knows that, he hangs up. She get's annoyed and mutters: "Cocky idiot." and talks to herself about getting her nails done.
Sul is at school and awkwardly greets Jung. Jung is surprised and asks: "Sul, you! What's going on?" She tells him that she has somewhere to go to after school. Sul asks him if she looks awkward, but he says that it suits her well. She asks him if that's true, and he tells her that she's very pretty. He tells her that she should come to school in pretty clothes more often, but she says that she has nobody to show such clothes to. Jung doesn't reply. Sul ponders about how the "timing" would fit today, and asks Jung if he has time today. She asks him if he wants to eat something after class (she also notes to herself about how Jung's attitude is strange). He asks: "Today?" Sul attempts to take her words back, but Jung says that they should eat together, and that it's the first time Sul's asking him first. Sul laughs awkwardly and asks; "Is, is that so...?" She thinks to herself how if this is how she should do it, then it'll probably be fine....
As Sul looks around, Jung tells her that she needs to buy the ticket for food. She tells him that she already has one. And at that moment, they meet Ah Young. Ah Young is surprised and tells Sul that she's "really pretty." Sul awkwardly laughs and then asks Jung if Ah Young can join them. Ah Young greets Jung and thanks him for the drink he bought last time. Sul comments about how nice and natural everything seems. As Jung sits down, Sul runs to the other side of the table. Sul tells Ah Young that something's on the chair next to her, and that Ah Young should sit on the other side. Ah Young sits next to Jung. Sul smiles and begins to eat.
Ah Young asks Jung if he's busy, since he is a senior. He says that it's normal, and that finals are coming up soon. She comments on how this university's very different from an art school. Just then, Jung says: "Ah, Sul - You know that movie we watched a while ago-" Ah Young asks: "Movie?" and she asks if he watched a movie, and Jung replies that he went to watch a movie with Sul by themselves. Sul butts in immediately saying that it was for a school assignment. Ah Young says that it must have been interesting. Sul says that they watched the movie, and went back home after talking about the assignment. Sul then asks Jung how many times he's seen Ah Young until now. He doesn't remember the exact number. She asks Jung if he can remember well, because she's pretty. Jung says that she is, and comments on how popular Ah Young must be. Sul and Ah Young are both happy with this response. Sul then goes on to blab about how popular Ah Young was and how Ah Young's such a nice girl that boys would follow her around. She tells Jung that it'll be difficult to find a person like Ah Young, and comments on how nice it is to see Jung and Ah Young together. An awkward silence falls on the trio, and Sul thinks to herself about how stupid she was. Jung replies: "Uh...Thanks. It's a compliment, right?" Ah Young tries to change the topic by talking about a professor in her department. Sul thinks to herself about how she's a failure as an older sister. Sul then notices the clock, and says that she needs to leave for something. She leaves, but then comes back and pays Jung back for the tea he bought her before. Jung says that it's fine, and that Sul doesn't need to pay him back. But Sul replies: "No- You've done a lot for me, and it's a bit strange for me to just receive things from you when you're my sunbae and I'm your hoobae." And as she leaves, she thinks about how Ah Young will at least have a conversation with him, since she has good social skills. She comments on how she's unskilled when it comes to these sorts of things, and accidently trips on the way.
After Sul leaves, Ah Young asks Jung: "Isn't unni pretty today?!" Jung says that she is, and asks if it's a special day for Sul. Ah Young replies: "Ah, you didn't know? Unni's having a blind date today! Bo Ra unni said that she's bringing a super cool person! I couldn't sleep, because I was more excited than her, you see? Seeing unni like this today, it seems like it's going to go super well! Right?" Jung just replies: "What? Blind date?"
At the store, an employee is telling the owner that the "new" employee has had his third complaint from the customer today. The owner says that he expected this, but says that it might not all be a loss. A customer complains to In Ho about how carelessly he's putting down a cup. In Ho replies that he's sorry, and that he's still learning. He says that: "I will work harder, thinking for the customer." The customer replies that he should work harder, and that she'll come every day to check. The owner and the other employee says that he's a "player." Just then, Sul enters the store, and In Ho notices her. The employee asks if she's okay with a smoking area, and she replies that she's not good with smoke. In Ho points at her and says: "Now, who is this-?"
-Chapter 36 - One Way Traffic (2)Summary
Bo Ra is telling Sul to tidy up her hair a bit, and wear something frilly rather than jeans. Sul says that she has stuff like that her mother bought her before. Bo Ra asks Sul if it's okay between her and Yoo Jung even if she goes on a blind date. Sul gets angry and says "Really, I'm telling you that we're not like that-??!" Sul complains to Bo Ra that it's pressuring how people are hooking her up with Yoo Jung. Bo Ra shows Sul the picture of her blind date partner, and Sul says that he looks okay. Bo Ra tells Sul that she owes her one if it goes well- and says that the person's a "deadly handsome man!!"
Sul is stunned by her blind date partner. He introduces himself, and his name is "Ahn Chi Myung" (and ironically 'Chi Myung' means 'Deadly'). He says that Sul should call him "Chi Myung", or if she wants, "oppa". He claims that his nickname is "Deadly handsome man". Sul responds, "I...Is that so..." As Sul casually converses with her blind date, she notes how he somehow looks different from the picture she was given, yet he's not that different. He comments that Sul is prettier than how she looked in the picture, and asks if her outfit is a "bellflower fairy concept". She thinks he's teasing him. He comments on her school, and how it's a nice school, while Sul asks him about his stay overseas. He says that overseas study is the basic norm these days, and asks Sul if she's been overseas- which Sul responds that she hasn't. He laughs saying that it's not a bad thing to be a bit late. He notes her somewhat bland skin tone, and offers to go tanning with her one day. Sul's not so eager with his offer, and he continues to talk about himself. He asks if she's been golfing, played squash, or scuba dived before. Sul replies that she hasn't to all of his questions. Things get a bit awkward between them, but then he asks if she's played piano. She replied that she did when she was little, and he talks about Chopin (a piano composer), while Sul replies that she's only played up until "Czerny" (very basic piano). In Ho creeps up and says "Ah, really- I can't listen to this anymore!"
The blind date asks if she's been to other countries, but Sul replies that she's only been to Jeju Islands (a southern Korean island- it's a very beautiful island, but it's considered to be a very basic domestic trip). The blind date asks, "So what did you do while living all this time? You've lived a very boring life." Sul is annoyed, and comments that she's holding her anger in because of Bo Ra, but she complains, "...Do you think I've been living a boring life all this time because I've wanted to!?" Sul then asks him if he likes cooking. The blind date is interested, and asks what she's good at. Sul says that she likes noodles, and learned a little because her mother owned a restaurant before. He comments on a pasta shop he likes, but Sul replies that her mom owned a Janchi Guksu shop (Korean noodles that are traditionally eaten on special days, such as marriages). He replies, "Aren't those the stuff the old neighborhood geezers eat?" She is serious and stands up, while In Ho laughs, saying that "even middle schoolers play around better than this! I've watched a nice scene because of you // Customer!" Sul is surprised, and In Ho replies "And you were screaming about not going out with Yoo Jung.... but in the end, you're meeting this sort of guy- Is that it?! I thought you were a kid with something different... This is a total disappointment, you know?" The blind date is furious and begins to get into a fight with In Ho. The blind date hits In Ho on the shoulder. In Ho grabs onto the blind date's hand, and asks "Why, customer, why are you hitting my shoulder-" As the blind date tries to take back his hand, In Ho grabs on tighter so he can't pull his hand out. The blind date is furious, and yells "This idiot who's working as a mere waiter! Let go! You beggar-like bastard!" In Ho is enraged by the blind date's comment and asks, "Beggar-?" As In Ho approaches, the blind date punches him as reflex. The shop begins to have people scream and talk. As In Ho turns around, the blind date hits him again. Sul sees In Ho bite the inside of his mouth, so it bleeds. In Ho falls down on the floor, yelling around "I'm gonna die, Aigooo!!!" The blind date asks "What are you?!" and In Ho spits out some blood. He begins to panic even more about his bleeding and how he feels sick. Sul is shocked and thinks to herself about how In Ho definitely seemed to have bit himself. As the blind date tries to push In Ho, In Ho pins the blind date to the table, saying that "Customer, this is a legitimate self-defense. I'm trying to protect myself." As the blind date is let go, the shop begins to murmur around, and in humiliation, the blind date unleashes his anger on Sul. Accusing her and yelling, "Now that I look at it, you were a skank with a totally dirty past with boys! Who's that bastard? You're previous boyfriend? From what I heard, there seems to be more than just a few?! And you come to a blind date and cause this ruckus?! Seeing that you're meeting with such a wretch, it's obvious, huh? Pretending to be all innocent and country-like but tricking everybody behind..." Sul is furious and yells: "Hey!!!! The dude who looks like oil!!!!! I'm gonna pull all your nose hair out!!?! Do you know the true taste of Janchi Guksu?!! Huh?? You ssanghwacha! (ssanghwacha is a bitter Korean medicine) Go eat your noodles with ketchup!!!" She grabs her bag and leaves, asking the employee to cancel her food order. As In Ho comments, "It's confirmed. That skank- she's crazy." As the blind date tries to escape, In Ho grabs him, saying that the blind date needs to pay for his medical bills. And In Ho's boss tells In Ho that he's fired. As Sul runs down the street, she screams to her self: "AH DAMN IT. TOTALLY. ANNOYING!" Her heal breaks in the process. And she trips. As she looks at her dirty self, she screams, asking "Why is my life like this?! Haven't I already hit rock bottom before!??!!! How could I drop even lower than this!!!!! How can this happen?!! Hoooow!!!!"
-Cheese in the Trap Chapter 37 - One Way Traffic (3)Summary
As Sul gets her bag, she comments on how she's going to kill Bo Ra. Then she notices that her cellphone is missing. She panics, and decides to go back to the store to get it back. But however, her shoes are now useless, and she concludes that if she goes back to the store right now, nothing good will come out of it, and decides to go home for now.
As In Ho talks with the blind date, they conclude the aftermath of their ruckus at the store (apparently In Ho's very happy with the outcome of their little chit-chat, stating that it was "easy", not having to go to the "police and the hospital"). At that moment, a call come from In Ho's sister. She asks if he's fired, and he's shocked at the fact that she guessed right. She claims that the longest he had survived in the customer service industry was two days, and the shortest was four hours- and was asking if he broke a record. She says that he's most well suited for manual labor, and In Ho hands up, annoyed by her teasing. As his phone rings again, he screams: "Ah, what?! Again, what?! Yeah! I was fired! In two hours! I broke that record, yeah! But I still ripped out some stuff from a dude who was picking a fight with me! Aren't you jealous? Ung? You want to get ripped too? Why are you picking a fight with me?"
Jung replies, "It's me."
(from here, I'll translate the dialogue. 'YJ' stands for 'Yoo Jung'. 'IH' stands for In Ho)IH:
"?! .... Yoo Jung? .... What? This number, how'd you... Ah, no.." (mutters 'Baek In Ha', his sister's name)YJ:
"Father didn't know that you were up here in Seoul. (Seoul - capital city of South Korea) Isn't it common manners to at least give a call to send your greetings? Must you make him tell me to ask you this later?" IH:
"-! Ha! Oh boy, look at this devoted son. It's not like I'm gaining anything to eat from you, so do I have to report it when I come to Seoul? I'll do it myself, you get that? " YJ:
"Seeing that you're like this even over here, it seems like you haven't changed a bit."IH:
"What? Are you a shaman? How'd you know...Ah- but anyways! Why is this bastard suddenly picking a fight with me-? Has everybody suddenly taken a interest in picking a fight with me- What's with the call, when did you ever care?"YJ:
"Well, for me, it's fine, but anyways. If the person who father was sponsoring is going around like this, nothing good will come of that." IH:
"Puhah-?! Aigoo- Is that so?! And when did you ever start caring about that as well? It's not like this is the first time, but why are you like this? I'll just live well, the way I want to, so why don't you drop the attention?!"YJ:
"If you're here, take good care of your noona. You siblings shouldn't cause trouble as a pair."IH:
"....Hm hm! Th...that, In Ha, that girl... Anyways, she seems like she's living so so, just fine... If she just gets her job fixed up, won't it seem like it'll be alright...? Isn't th...at so? ..........."YJ:
"You really haven't changed. Do you think we'll post up a girl that's been appointed by the authorities but still hasn't thought about getting the certificate? Do we seem so funny to you?" IH:
"Ah, no.... It's not that you guys are funny... But if you're going to help us out anyway... It's fine for me, since I'm a guy. But my noona...well...you probably know already! You must be bothered by it as well, right? At least making a rough excuse..."YJ:
"That's something you need to do, you and your noona. I'm turning a blind eye to you people because of Father. A volunteer needs its limits. You think that I'll let the water continue to pour into a broken glass?" IH:
"Hey! It's not like this is a big loss for your family!" YJ:
"That's not it. Right now, money isn't the problem. You don't understand my words?" IH:
"I've held it in until now because I felt pity, but any more than this is a waste of energy." IH:
"What?! Pity?!" YJ:
"You listen carefully to me. After I finish my studies and go back to my place, I'll cut off all support related to you two. Even though you're the grandchildren of Professor Baek, and even though Father's pampering you because of that- I'm just keeping it like this right now, because I'm still young, but this will be the end of turning a blind eye. There's only a few years left. So until then, find yourself a way to survive." IH:
"Damn it. Yoo Jung, you bastard-What? Pity? Think about the things you've done! Why! I'm! Like this! I have nothing to ashamed about!YJ:
"I have nothing to ashamed about either. What wrong did I do? Until now, even ever since that age, we've been supporting your noona. What else do you want from us? You really want me to marry her? The thing that your sister always sings about?"IH:
"Ah...No, that talk...Now..." YJ:
"If you're going to be greedy, make it something a bit more constructive and realistic. You should know well that if one gets above oneself, then the ending won't be good, right?" IH:
"You bastard... You haven't changed a bit either.." YJ:
"Seems that way. Now that I think about it, why does everybody expect it to be obvious for people to change. Me and you both. Anyways. Live with your mind straight."
Jung hangs up, and In Ho is furious. He throws his hat on the ground, says some profane things, and yells about how it's "His father's money", not Jung's, and screams, "That devil-like bastard!!!"
Jung calls Sul, but she does not pickup (her cellphone's apparently turned off). As Sul appears in the alley, she talks about how she wants to go home and take a shower. She sees Jung, and he calls out her name. She's surprised, and tries to talk about In Ho at the restaurant, but he cuts her off and asks her why her feet are like that before she can explain. She says that she tripped, and she's embarrassed by her current state. He tells her that he'll drop her off. He says that his shoes are too big, and it'll be no use to Sul, so it'll be better for her to just go home and get cleaned up. As they walk in silence, Sul thinks to herself about how Jung looks like he's not in a good mood, and how it's rather scary. She asks why he's here, and he tells her that she wasn't picking up her phone, and he remembered that he had dropped her off last time around the area. He continues that he never thought that he'd really meet her. Sul asks if he has an urgent problem or something, and asks if it's about the assignment.. He cuts her off, and says that he's "continued to think." He says, "Today, you, to me......No. These days, you acted a bit more comfortably around me and happily talked to me. So I thought that we had become pretty close to each other. But you, had a reason as well."
Sul is shocked, and tries to explain- she says that it's not like that, and asks if it's about Ah Young- but he cuts her off saying, "You're not even making up an excuse for yourself." As he drops her off, he tells her, "It's really difficult to have a meal with you."
As In Ho observes Sul's phone, he looks at her missed calls list.
It says, "Yoo Jung, Bo Ra, Yoo Jung, Yoo Jung, Ah Young, Ah Young, Yoo Jung, Mom, Mo Na".
In Ho says, "Yoo Jung?"
-Cheese in the Trap Chapter 38: Dinner Show - Act 1 (1)Summary
Sul approaches Yoo Jung and says "Hello", and then tries to explain about yesterday, but Yoo Jung cuts her off, replying back "Yeah, hi."
Bo Ra talks to Sul about how she promised the person who picked up Sul's cellphone to meet thirty minutes after class, and how Ah Young wanted to meet Sul after class for a moment. Bo Ra begins to massage Sul and say nice things to her ("But you look even prettier today, you know-??"). Eun Taek comments on how the friend of the oppa Bo Ra knew was so "deadly". Bo Ra tells Eun Taek that she argued with the oppa about this. and Sul gets up to get to her class. Bo Ra is extremely sorry about what happened to Sul, and Sul tells Bo Ra that the only way she'll forgive Bo Ra is with ten food tickets for the school cafeteria. Eun Taek drags Bo Ra with him to class.
As Sul walks down the hall, she decides to meet Ah Young for a moment after class and then go meet the person who found her cellphone. She also concludes that it doesn't seem like Jung will forgive her easily, and decides to go apologize to him properly. As Jung hangs out with his friends, talking about the final assignment, Sul realizes that Jung is usually surrounded by people. She realizes that if she can't find the chance to talk to him during class, she'll have to follow him around - which she realizes would possibly cause more trouble. Sul approaches Jung and says: "S...Sunbae. Uhm...uhm, yesterday... I'm very sorry about it. I really wasn't acting with such intentions..." and Jung merely replies: "Yeah, okay." Sul tries to explain she was merely trying to help Ah Young, but Jung cuts her off, saying that he wants to look at his print outs, forcing Sul to leave him alone. As Sul walks back to her seat, some of her sunbae friends ask what happened between the two, since they were usually pretty close together. They tell Sul that he seems pretty angry, and that Jung isn't the type to get angry. They ask: "What exactly did you do to make him like that?" Sul is quite annoyed at the question, and replies: "I don't know either!"
As the professor enters, they talk about the final project, which will be done in groups of four. As the groups are chosen, Sul's group is composed of Sul, Sang Chul, an older sunbae, and another female student. Sang Chul is extremely hyped up, and says that if Sul's in the group, there's nothing to worry about. Sul is bothered by the fact that she is in the same group as Sang Chul, but concludes that it's nothing big, since everybody else seems trustworthy. The unknown female student greets Sul, saying that it's great that they've been grouped up together. Sul replies politely back, but she can't remember the female student's name. The female student notices this and tells Sul that her name is Son Min Soo. Min Soo tells Sul that they haven't talked much but that Min Soo and Sul greeted each other last week, and they had a secret last year- and at that point, Sul remembers who Min Soo is (the girl who warned Sul about Joo Yeon putting something in Sul's drink last year). Sul comments on how Min Soo's hair has changed a lot, and Min Soo tells Sul that she has always thought that Sul's bag is pretty. Sul says that she bought a used one and Min Soo says that she has one similar to Sul's, and when Min Soo says that she should bring it next time, the female sunbae asks why Sul acted like that a while ago. She says the mood is strange between Sul and Jung, and the female sunbae and Sang Chul begins to talk about it. Sul replies that "I told you, really, nothing's going on!!" Sang Chul points out Jung's group, and they comment on how Jung's group is made up of seniors only, and they notice how Ha Jae Woo's in the group as well. As Sul watches Jung, she thinks about how even if she apologizes now, there's no real use in it, but she thinks that she can't continue to ignore this. As Jung turns away, Sul realizes that Jung is acting like how he acted last year - how he replies as if Sul was annoying, and how he acts as if he has no interest- Sul realizes that she's seeing these actions again this year.
Ah Young asks Sul what happened to her cellphone, and Sul says that somebody found it for her, and that she's going to go find it later. Ah Young brings up Yoo Jung to the conversation, and tells Sul "That sunbae is a bit...Ehm..." Sul asks if something happened, and Ah Young continues that "No, it's that after unni left... He started to just sit there silently, doing nothing. His mood changed radically so suddenly, so I felt rather awkward, and continued to talk to him...." But Jung merely replied "Really? I'm not sure. Is that so? I'm not sure." and Ah Young was rather dumbfounded by his dull reactions. She says that "...I thought all this time that he looked nice...but it was the first time I've felt something like that." She describes how Jung offered to escort Ah Young home, but Ah Young refused. Ah Young continues that: "I thought about it a lot, whether or not I should tell unni...But he's unni's sunbae... And I thought that I might look a bit strange... No, I think that maybe I'm oversensitive and taking something that's not serious too seriously. But you know that people have that feeling. Maybe he's a person very different from what one imagines him to be..." She continues to ask: "I think I did something bothersome. To that sunbae and unni. By any chance, did that sunbae say anything to unni?" Sul is surprised and replies that nothing happened. Sul tells Ah Young that there's nothing for her to worry about, and tells Ah Young that if she's worried over this, then she will talk about this with Jung. Ah Young replies that it's not necessary. Ah Young then runs off to her class.
After Ah Young runs off, Sul is angered by the fact that Jung acted in such a way to Ah Young as well. She wonders: "What's the problem that would make him so angry like this? Because I introduced him to Ah Young? Just because of that? I can't understand this!" Then Sul remembers what Jung said about her having a "reason" and is reminded of all the people that follow Jung around saying stuff like "Can you buy me a meal?" or "If I hang around with him, I feel a bit superior myself." Sul is remind of how Jung said "You...as well." Sul then thinks "By any chance... He expected something from me that was different from the others. Is that why he started talking to me?...??? No, but exactly to me...? Didn't he dislike me? Why would he suddenly think of me like that?" As Sul is in her thoughts about how she feels a bit guilty, a girl calls out for her. Sul thinks about how even though last year's events are still bothering her, she received a lot of help from Yoo Jung this year - she continues to think: "No, right? It's that sunbae that decided to have high expectations of me by himself? But no, it's true that he helped me a lot last time... And if as somebody who received help, I should return the favor, not make him angry...Ah!!! But it's not like I did it on purpose!! Ahak!!! I don't know anymore!!!! I really really hate these sorts of situations!!!" Then she remembers the time she had with Jung, and thinks: "That expression back then... with what thoughts..." when the girl screams in her ear, asking Sul why she's not picking up her phone and if Sul knows how long she's been waiting. The chapter ends with Sul going: "Uh...?! You- Mona?"
-Chapter 38: Dinner Show - Act 1 (2)
Mona asks Sul briefly about her lost cellphone. Mona tells Sul that she just arrived in Seoul yesterday after taking a leave of absence at her school. She has decided to help out a sunbae with his/her internet shopping mall. She has decided to gain more experience before going back to school. Mona asks if everything's okay with Sul's family, and if Sul's father is the same as always. Sul replies that he is, adding on that "It seems like his business isn't going well; he's busy. I can't see him even more these days now that I'm living on my own." She says that it costs a lot to live on her own, and that she needs to study even harder. Mona pats her head, saying "You kid..." Mona asks about Joon (who we can assume is Sul's younger brother), and Sul replies that he's doing so well that he's not even contacting much. Mona declares that it would be great if "her Lisa" (I'm assuming that this is her younger sister) was even half the kid Joon is- apparently Lisa got into a traffic accident last year, but she's still riding a motorcycle around. The two talk about how Ah Young got into Sul's school, and how their previous teacher is having a second child. Mona then tells Sul, "I was curiously about that amazing Yoo Jung! Is he around here right now-? I heard about him often over the phone, you know? Let me look and see-" Sul explains the situation to Mona, and she replies that "What. That means he's pissed off." She claims that "It's not like there weren't any problems concerning Ah Young. But it seems like he's in a pissed-off state because the thing he's been working so hard on all flew away to a blind date." Sul is confused at Mona's words, and Mona explains that "It seems like he's interested in you, hm?" Sul claims that it's not like that and asks "Why exactly would that sunbae...in me..." Mona says that she doesn't know, but it's important that the two mend this. Sul says, "You're right... I feel uncomfortable and all this..." However, Mona says. "Hey, that's your second priority. He said that he'll let you go to an English school for a cheap price. If this goes on until the end of the finals, how will you be able to go around? You said your father's business isn't going well. You can't lose a chance like this! To be honest, because of what I heard from you last year about him kicking those files and all, I thought he was a really strange guy. I really don't like this Yoo Jung guy. If it were me, I'd like to make you cut off all ties with him at this point. But if you really do that, your school life would be really bothersome, so I'm letting go of the idea. Anyways, he's nice to you right now, so it's fine. Don't think too much about this, and just apologize. Apologize moderately, and hang with him moderately. Don't get too close to him. Okay?" Mona and Sul get up since Sul has to find her cellphone now. They promise to meet each other again when they find the time, and Sul says, "Yeah- It's nice since I haven't seen you in a while." Mona smiles and tells Sul, "Hong Sul! I told you back in high school as well, right? Live like a fox, right? Don't live like a bear."* Mona leaves.
As In Ho plays around with Sul's cellphone, he remembers the time he found Yoo Jung's name in Sul's missed call list. He looks through messages that Jung sent to Sul such as: "Are you feeling better now? Feel better, and see you in class" or "Yeah. I have the printouts ^^" or "Sul, for the movies, the afternoon is okay, right?" He looks through the pictures and finds Sul's picture with Jung and he yells, "Uwak! What is this! Kwwekk!!! Damn it, my eyes are burning!!! They're rotting!!!". Then he analyzes the situation and realizes that while Jung is smiling and being nice to her, Sul refuses to admit that they are in a relationship and she even went on a blind date, meaning that Sul was telling the truth all along- Sul really isn't in a relationship in Jung. In Ho smiles as he remembers his discovery and he sees Sul. Sul runs to get the cellphone from In Ho, but In Ho demands that she slows down and buy him coffee as thanks.
Sul buys him coffee and he tells her to "Stop with the frown! Now, hurry up and enjoy the freedom of the steaming hot cup of coffee." As he tries to say "I'm Yoo Jung's friend. You can act comfortably to me-" he burns himself with the hot coffee and begins to shout out things like "Ao, shit!! It's friggin' hot!!" Sul tells In Ho that "Sunbae said that you aren't his friend! He said to avoid you if I see you. I should have listened to what he said!" In Ho grins and says, "But we are friends, you know?" and continues to explain, "That guy is probably pissed at me. He has that slightly pissy side of him. He's quite pissed right now because I came to Seoul without telling him and not contacting him first. And he doesn't tell a lot of people that I'm his friend because he's usually angry with me..." This s a lie, but Sul can't help but believe In Ho because Jung is angry with her right now. She asks, "Uhm... He's pissed with you...?" In Ho replies, "Ah! That bastard, he gets pissed really easily." She asks how In Ho worked it out with him and In Ho asks if Jung's angry with Sul- she replies that she can't even talk to Jung right now. In Ho is shocked and yells "What?! That thing's angry at you?!" He asks how Jung acts toward her and she replies that Jung ignores her when she says something to him, and that it's to the point where others are noticing it. In Ho is shocked, thinking to himself: "Yoo Jung is? I just spat out anything I could think of. But seriously? Not only that, but in front of others?" He asks her what exactly she did. Sul explains everything, and In Ho concludes that Jung is angry over the blind date. He tells Sul to stubbornly hang on to Jung and act all cute, saying that he's sure that Jung will like it. Sul tells In Ho that it doesn't seem like Jung likes those types of girls. In Ho explains that it's probably because those girls were ugly- and he tells Sul that if it's her, it'd work out (but he doesn't look her in the eye when he says this- making Sul quite suspicious). In Ho asks "But how exactly are you trying to apologize? Isn't it better to just ignore it? Isn't college life like that? Ah, but well. It would be a loss. I understand." Sul stands up immediately at that word and leaves with her cellphone. Before she leaves, In ho asks Sul her name. She replies "It's...Hong Sul." In Ho says, "Hey, Hong Sul! If Yoo Jung does some stuff you don't like, contact me, okay? Even in my eyes, I'm a pretty okay person-" Sul refuses and leaves. As Sul leaves, In Ho laughs extremely hard, talking to himself about how Jung hates girls who hang on to him. He thinks that it'd be a shock to a guy like Jung if he found out that the girl he had an interest in was the type of girl he hated the most. He says to himself, "It's not bad for a start."
As Sul leaves the place, she gets a message saying "I'll see you again" from a person called "Baek In Ho." Sul is at first confused, but soon realizes: "His name's Baek In Ho? What, I thought it was Thomas for something." At home, she looks up how to act cute. She reads stories online about how it doesn't work unless you're super pretty like "Kim Tae Hee" (who is a Korean model/actress- she's considered to be one of Korea's best natural beauties). Sul is shocked by her findings.
*About Mona telling Sul to live like a fox, not a bear- In Korea, when a girl is a fox, she's charming, but sneaky and cunning. When a girl is like a bear, she's not as charming as a fox-like girl, but she's considered to be less sneaky and cunning. Basically, as a friend, Mona tells Sul to live a life a bit more strategically. Sul lives life too honestly and Mona seems worried that her friend will be harmed by this.