S e c re t L o ve r 1 by Yun Young-su Translated by Elizabeth Y. Kim slicing a fish. I tore a sheet of paper towel from the roll in one corner and started to wipe the counter. In the background, a plate of chapch'ae noodles was spinning in the microwave. "Come on, Odong's dad, why don't we just stuff our own mouths? We'll find out all about her gorgeous future husband later," Yich'n-daek shouted at me in a loud voice. Across the corridor, in the Chicken Corner, Yang-mi looked at us and smiled shyly. She's going to skip her breakfast today again. It's already the fourth day. "Well, it's about time Yang-mi got married. What's your problem, old lady?" I snapped at her. Unwittingly, I was taking Yang-mi's side before I even started thinking. But there's truth in what Yich'n-daek was saying--Yangmi does need to lose weight. I am a man 178 centimeters tall but I weigh only 75 kilograms. There is no way that Yang-mi, who's only 158 centimeters tall, should weigh as much as 70 kilos! 1. The original title is "My girlfriend's sweet love affair" (Nae ychach'ingu i kwiyun ynae) 2. "Daek,"
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