There were a ton of banners up everywhere.
[Congratulations! Daejeon Banseok-dong’s son, Kang Hwi Ram, has taken over the world with golf!] (TL: Banseok-dong is the neighborhood)
‘My goodness. Who came up with that?’
Just looking at it was making me embarrassed.
However, I could not take down this banner that my neighbors had worked hard to create.
“What are you doing? Let’s go. They are all waiting for you.”
The ahjussi started to pull my arm.
The middle school was approximately 500 meters away from my house.
It was chaotic around my house, but it was even worse by the field. I had expected some of it, but it was even bigger than I had expected.
‘Just how many people are here?’
I never knew that so many people lived in our neighborhood.
“Wow, oppa! Congratulations!”
My sister Minji noticed me first and ran over.
My mom soon followed.
“Aigoo, my son! I’m so proud of you! You did great!”
“Haha, thank you mom. What is up with all of this by the way?”
“I couldn’t help it. The mayor-nim got involved and it became this big.”
Was she talking about Daejeon’s mayor, Ahn Jung Hee?
I don’t really like politicians, but there were a few that I did like.
The most representative of the group was Daejeon’s mayor, Ahn Jung Hee. Although I had never met him in person, the information I had heard about him made me feel like, ‘that type of person is a true politician.’
I heard that he had helped out a lot when I was creating the Dandelion School as well.
Of course, he could be so sly that he created this image for us to see.
Either way, the citizens had a good image of him. He was good at his work and had a high approval rate that people even talking about him running for president in the future.
I presume he’ll be our next president or the one after that.
I haven’t had a chance to meet him, but I guess I can see his face today.
‘But where is the mayor?’
A middle-aged man in a suit walked over and reached his hand out to me as I looked around.
“Congratulations. I am mayor Ahn Jung Hee. Thank you very much for letting our Daejeon shine so brightly.”
I had seen his face on TV before. His character and political decision making were good, but he was a handsome man as well, making him have a lot of female supporters.
Even a man like me felt good while looking at his face.
“Ah, yes. Thank you very much. I’ve always wanted to meet with you. I heard that you helped out a lot with the creation of the Dandelion School.”
“Haha, I just did what I should do as the mayor. In fact, I should be the one to thank you for giving me such an opportunity to help.”
He also knew the right things to say.
Most importantly, mayor Ahn had a warm smile. Although he could have learned this as a politician, his smile seemed very genuine.
That was why his next words came across as very sharp.
“But it seems to be as I expected.”
“Expected? What do you mean……?”
“The Dandelion School. I had suspected that teachers Lee Soo Bong and Lee Man Bok were probably not the founders. I had often wondered who the true founder could be.”
I could feel my heart drop.
Of course, it wouldn’t be too bad if it was revealed that I was the founder. In fact, it was something I had to reveal in the future. That was the only way for me to benefit from this Dandelion School that I had struggled to create.
However, I was just waiting for the right moment. Revealing it now would only end with, ‘Kang Hwi Ram is a good person.’ In other words, I was not prepared to use that good image.
That was why I was working hard to prepare it. I bought a company that had potential but had financial issues and was currently bringing in experts to put them to use as needed.
If I reveal the information that I founded the Dandelion School after that, the PR will be amazing. The Dandelion School will soon become a world-renowned Educational Institution in the near future.
That was the reason I needed to hide the fact that I was the founder.
But Ahn Jung Hee had figured it out.
‘How should I deal with this?’
Just flat out denying it would not be good. The fact that I had such a conversation with Ahn Jung Hee would also gather quite a lot of interest.
Then it would become a big issue and people would ask me about being the founder every time I have an interview. It isn’t like I could lie to them in such a situation.
I needed to avoid it if possible.
But Ahn Jung Hee was a sharp person. He started to laugh as soon as he saw my expression and shook my hand.
“Haha, I do not know who the founder is, but I’m sure they have a reason for not revealing themselves. Anyway, the founder is an amazing person.”
In other words, he was saying that he knew the truth but had no plan on revealing it if I did not wish for him to do so.
I knew I liked this guy. I felt like good things would happen if I got to know this man.
Proofreader: Borderline Masochist