The Pet's Temptation - Chapter 44
“Hae-soo, what are you doing at this hour? What’s the matter?”
“Your only daughter can’t even come home? Today is my day off, so I came because I missed my mom.”
As soon as she entered the porch, she hugged her mother. Then, her mother muttered, “Why are you suddenly doing something you never do?” She patted Hae-soo on the back and soon scolded her.
“What’s wrong with your body? Why did you lose so much weight? I think you are thinner than when you were getting married.”
“Huh? No, it’s not. I’ve gained weight lately. Look at the fat on my waist here.”
Hae-soo waded into the living room. Then she immediately put down her bag and lay down on the floor.
“Hey! Hae-soo, go to your room and lie down. Or you can just climb on the sofa.”
Hae-soo lay on her back regardless of her mother’s criticism. Her mother clicked her tongue when she saw Hae-soo like this and opened her mouth again as she headed to the kitchen.
“What do you want to eat for dinner? Is there anything you would like?”
“Um… Braised Short Ribs and Japchae?”
“Hold on to your mother, hold on. What’s the big day?”
As soon as her mother heard Hae-soo, she replied curtly. Hae-soo curled up with a smirk. she heard a clatter in the kitchen, her mother was doing something. It was such a familiar sound that she had always heard before she became independent.
Maybe that’s why.
Tears welled up unknowingly. Hae-soo wiped away the tears with her hands. At the same time, something fluffy stuck under her head.
“What if you lie down without a pillow and your throat hurts? You are old anyway. But you are still a child.”
Her mother in the kitchen entered the room before she knew it and came out with a pillow and a blanket. Then she took her wallet and went towards the front door and continued talking.
“I’ll go to the mart for a while.”
“Why the supermarket?”
Hae-soo rubbed her eyes once again and asked as she sat up. Then her mother looked back at her while trying to put on her shoes.
“You said you wanted to eat braised short ribs with japchae.”
“That was just a joke. We can just eat rice and any side dishes. Oh! Should we eat out today? Just in time for father to leave work.”
“Well, why do you go out and buy food when there’s plenty at home? I’ll be back. Anything else you want to eat?”
Her mother waved her hands and put on her shoes. Hae-soo’s mouth twitched at the sight and soon distorted. Just after she opened the front door, Has-soo called up her mother who was about to leave.
“Mom, I took a leave of absence.”
Hae-soo’s mother opened the door and stopped moving. Then she slowly looked back. Before she knew it, Hae-soo approached the front door and stood there, dripping tears.
“They’re telling me not to come to work for a while.”
“Our manager. No, the higher-ups told me to leave the company, but the manager changed it to a leave of absence.”
Hae-soo cried as she wiped her eyes filled with tears with the back of her hand. She kept crying as if she were a child. Maybe that’s why she’s here. She could complain and show her weak side in front of her parents. To parents, children will be children no matter how old they are.
“…I thought it was strange that you came suddenly.”
She came up to Hae-soo again and hugged her. Then she immediately slapped her on the back.
“Ouch! It hurts!”
“It hurts because I hit you. You’re arguing about something like that, why not leave it alone?”
“It’s just that……. How hard I worked! But he told me not to go to work when it wasn’t even my fault.”
“Then you should have been angry. Why are you crying here? What is your company! Could that be your life?”
Hae-soo’s mother scolded her even more severely. Hae-soo couldn’t refute what her mother said, and she pouted her mouth and shed tears once again. Then her mother sighed and took off her shoes and came in.
“Come here. Let’s talk.”
At her mother’s words, Hae-soo gently returned to the living room and sat on the sofa. Her mother, who watched the scene, opened her mouth again.
“Why are you leaving the company or taking a leave of absence?”
Hae-soo was trying to answer her mother’s question, but she hesitated and blurted the end of her words. To talk about what happened today, she realized that she had to talk about the changed relationship between herself and Hajin. Her mother’s face was filled with doubts as she showed signs of hesitation.
“Why can’t you talk? What the hell is going on? Even if it’s unfair in the company…… It’s not sexual harassment.….”
“No! It’s not like that.”
Hae-soo shook her head in a hurry because she thought she should prevent further misunderstanding after seeing her mother’s face getting more worried. Then she hesitated a little more and opened her mouth with difficulty.
“The truth is….”
“It’s amazing, really. How can a leading company kick its employees out for such a ridiculous reason?
In the meantime, they make such a statement with TV advertisements, such as finding talented people who take on a challenge, or a place that evaluates people based only on their abilities? I can’t do this. I’m going to go to the office right now and hold a picket and a one-man-protest.”
“That’s enough, Mom. Don’t do that. They won’t blink at all. It’s like hitting a rock with an egg.”
“Even if I can’t break the rock, I’ll give it a shower of course! I heard that’s how the world goes now. When you were in college, your father and I said something about participating in a protest.”
“…… I was young back then. I didn’t know what to say.”
Hae-soo listened to the story and tried hard to calm her mother down. When she talked with a self-deprecating smile, her mother, who had barely calmed down, caught her breath and looked upset when she saw Hae-soo’s face again.
“I’d rather see you running around without knowing anything rather than thinking about all these things. Rolling without a hawk….. Are you an 80 or 90-year-old old man? Why is the young kid so excited? What’s good about this, Ha Jin this kid…”
“I still have an eye for men, right?”
Hae-soo said with a deliberately deft smile to change the atmosphere while listening to her mother’s criticism. Then her mother smiled hopelessly and slapped her on the back.
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