-Writing a standard contract.
I hear that it’s not usually written, but the drama production company said that you should write a contract perhaps because of the president of our company.
You just need to read the contract and sign it.
It’s nothing complex, so it won’t take that long.

“How about you sign it in my…”

-That’s not good! Contracts are very important.
It involves money, so you’ll be in big trouble if you have someone else do it.
You should read them through carefully or else you’ll receive damages when you grow up.
I’m giving you advice as someone who’s been in society longer than you.

“Okay then.
I’ll be waiting in front of the school.”


Maru smiled as he hung up.
He just probed him out to see how much he should share with this man.
Although this might seem petty of him, Maru liked the fact that Byungchan tried to maintain basic principles.
He was a reliable man as a partner that overlooked his business.
As for his personality, Maru had seen enough in the Gukbap restaurant before, so he thought that he could ease his guard somewhat around him.

He turned around on his bicycle and returned to the school.
Beneath the darkening skies, the school was a lot quieter than during the day.
It would be noisy once again once tomorrow arrived.
After he waited around 10 minutes while saying goodbyes to some of the teachers that left at this hour, a sedan with its headlights on stopped on the side of the road.
It was Byungchan’s car.

“I’m late, aren’t I?”

I didn’t wait for that long.”

Byungchan was wearing a hoodie and jeans and looked as tired as always.
Maru got in the passenger seat.

“I had to drive around all day because of someone’s photoshoot, so I’m kinda tired.”

“You should’ve come tomorrow if it wasn’t anything urgent.”

It’ll be easier for me to sleep at night if I get things done today.
Here, read this for now.”

Maru took out the contract form within the envelope.
It was only a single page, and it mentioned the involved parties, his payment per episode, his payment date, as well as a couple of lines of things he had to keep in mind.
Since he was like a minor role that was more like an extra, the contract was simple as well.
He could understand what Byungchan meant when he said it’s not usually written.
He signed the two copies of the contract with his name in block letters at the bottom.

“Have you read over it carefully?”


“Then give it to me.
I’ll send it over to them tomorrow.
This one’s for you.”

Maru received the contract and put it inside his bag.

“Anyway, congratulations.
I guess it’s your first contract.”

“That’s true.”

“You can’t ignore small contracts like this, because in the drama industry, actors are given a grade.
If you join through open recruitment, then you’ll receive a grade immediately, but if you don’t, then these contracts are the basis of your grading.
Right now, you have no tier, so you’ll only receive 50 thousand won per episode, but once you get a grade 6, your payment will multiply.
If your grade rises and you get more experience, more and more people will look for you to hire as minor roles.”

Byungchan, who excitedly talked about it for a while, made a bitter smile.
He, an aspiring actor himself, was explaining to him about actor-related work while working as his manager, so he must be feeling very complicated inside.
Maru didn’t say anything until Byungchan had enough time to calm himself down.

“Oh yeah, have you had dinner?”

“Have you?”

“Not yet.”

“Then let’s eat something then.”

“Shall we?”

“You should take out the company card at times like these, right?”

Byungchan made a satisfied smile.
Maru messaged Bada that he might be a little late.
Protecting a hard-working youth’s wallet was much more important than delivering some snacks for his sister.
Byungchan hummed as he started the car.

* * *



He threw a pack of chips at his sister who rushed to the door as soon as he entered the house.
Fortunately, she wasn’t annoyed or anything.
She hugged the pack of chips like a bear would hug a honey pot and started eating it in front of the TV.
After saying ‘you’ll gain weight’ in a small voice, Maru went inside his room.
As he couldn’t just watch Byungchan eat without eating anything himself, he also ate a bowl of Soondae-Gukbap.
He lied down on his bed feeling full and dazed out for a while before standing up again.
His sister’s voice had gotten disturbingly loud.

He opened the door and looked at the living room.
In front of the TV, his sister was calling someone.
He perked his ears because he wondered if she was calling Dowook.

“No way.”

His sister looked quite agitated.
Maru had a look at what was on the TV.
It was talking about some news in the entertainment industry.
After the host’s comment was over, the screen switched.
There were a lot of journalists on screen as it seemed to be some press meeting.

He read the text on the top right.
‘The Five’s slave contract rumors – what’s the truth?’ was written on it.
Idols? Now that he thought about it, Aram did mention something about The Five or whatnot.
It seemed to be one of the topics that the four of them talked about after he and Bangjoo left to buy some dumplings.

“Who’s the bad one? Do the oppas have a problem?”

Are all the idols in the world oppa to you?

Maru quietly sat on the sofa behind Bada.
At the table at the front were three men, and behind them was a banner that said ‘Soul Ent’.
The journalists flashed their cameras at the three people that looked solemn.
The speaker told the audience that the scene was from a press meeting that was held during the day.

“What’s happening?”


Bada turned around.
She seemed surprised that her brother was interested in this at all.

“Do you know those uhppas, oppa?”

She pronounced ‘those oppas’ with a weird pronunciation that was neither ‘o’ nor ‘uh’.
Was this her way of acting cute?

I’m just curious.”

Bada looked like it was Maru’s fault for not knowing who they were.
Though he could ask Bada the same thing about knowing who the leader of the ruling political party was and he’d probably give her the same look.

“They’re called The Five.
They’re the only idols that can compare with TTO oppas.
Aah, they were cool.”

“But what, did a problem occur?”

His sister hung up after telling the other party that they should talk later.
She seemed somewhat serious.
Was she the president of their fan club or something?

“There is a problem.
A big problem.”

“A bigger problem than your grades?”

“Do you want to die?”

So what’s it about?” Maru asked his sister for some explanation.

Drama appearance contract.
Not the first contract in his life.
As for the movie, his company was the one handling that.

Read the translator ’s thoughts for more details.
But basically, 6 is the lowest grade you can get as an adult (1~5 for child actors, 6~18 for adult actors).

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