Golden Time (JungYong) Chapter 133-134

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Chapter 133

The briefing session continued on without any break time.

Despite this, n.o.body left the place as they were all focused on Suhyuk's explanation.

That showed how important his briefing session was.



"Thanks everybody. Let's have a 10-minute break and then a Q&A session after."

As soon as Suhyuk said that, the doctors present there closed their laptops and notebooks, standing up from their seats.

"Just great. How could he solve all that?"

"I heard that Koreans are smart, and I think that's right. He's a really smart guy."

Suhyuk, standing at the podium, looked at them heading for the restroom.

'They would treat a great number of patients, based on my stem cell research.'

Even though he had no patients right before his eyes, he felt he would be able to treat them, starting from today.

Click.

The camera flash popped up at the place where he mingled with the medical staff.

A photographer took a picture of Suhyuk.

Suhyuk made a gentle smile at him.

Click, click.

The photographer suddenly raised his thumbs up, to which Suhyuk did the same.

The Suhyuk today was different from the Suhyuk of the past who hated camera flashes and attention.

"Is there anyone you respect?" one reporter asked.

Suhyuk gladly answered without any hesitation,

"Well, that would be my parents who gave birth to me and raised me."

That's right. Without caring about their own life, his parents raised him by working hard, doing such things like manual labor or cleaning buildings despite their back pain.

When they wrote Suhyuk's remarks in their notebooks, another reporter asked,

"Do you have any mentors?"

At his asking, Suhyuk replied,

"Prof. Han Myungjin. He's a guest doctor at St. Hopkins Hospital right now."

Nodding his head, the reporter murmured, "Someday I've got to interview him."

While the reporter and Suhyuk were exchanging a brief conversation, the doctors came back after their break. The breaktime was now over.

Suhyuk said, "Let me now open the floor up to your questions."

The doctors raised their hands here and there.

After the briefing session was over, Suhyuk went back to the hospital, and was waiting for the elevator.

"Dr. Lee!"

Suhyuk turned back at someone's calling him from behind. 

It was Phillip.

"How did your briefing session go?"

"Great. Thanks for your help."

Suhyuk knew that Phillip drove away all the reporters coming to the hospital to see him.

Without Phillip's help, he would have experienced a lot of difficulties moving to his where he needed to go. 

Ding dong.

Suhyuk went inside the elevator with Phillip.

They remained silent while they were heading for the surgery building.

Soon they stepped out into the hallway, with Phillip walking ahead.

Phillip walked fast as if he had a patient he needed to see urgently.

"Dr. Lee. Nice job today!" said Phillip, suddenly turning his head back toward Suhyuk.

When Suhyuk was about to open his mouth, Phillip had already disappeared around the corner.

Suhyuk walked to the desk of the surgery department, where he could find Daman and Han already there.

Han greeted Suhyuk with a smile,  saying, "So, did your briefing session go well?"

"Yes, sir."

"You must be tired."

"I'm alright, sir."

"Really?"

When Han gave an eye signal to Daman, he handed a piece of A4 paper to Suhyuk.

A list of several hospitals were on it.

"What is all this…"

"Well, these hospitals are requesting for you to give a briefing session too."

Suhyuk fixed his eyes again on the paper. More than 30 hospitals.

Han cautiously opened his mouth, "You don't have to."

Han knew it was not that easy for him to move from one hospital to another for the briefing session, both physically and mentally.

At Han's remarks, Suhyuk, who was perusing the list of hospitals, lifted his head, saying,

"I can do it." 

Suhyuk was full of confidence, as if he would go as far as Africa for the briefing session.

Watching him quietly, Han said,

"Yes, you have to work more if there are many people wanting to see you. But you have to take a break if you feel tired. If you're sick, oftentimes you can't see the patients even if you want to."

"Got it."

"Sure, your health comes before anything else."

At that moment, he heard the nurse taking the phone at the desk.

"A trauma patient. He's being transported to our hospital now."

When Daman took over the phone from the nurse, Han looked at Suhyun as if to ask him, 'What are you going to do?'

Suhyuk's glittering eyes trembled a bit, but only for a moment.

"Your job, professor."

'Yes, that's what I want to hear from you.'

Han patted him on the shoulder.

Then Daman, who just hung up the phone, opened his mouth,

"Dr. Lee, the phone number for each hospital is written here. Call them to arrange a convenient time for your briefing session."

"Yes, sir."

Soon Han and Daman left the place.

Left alone, Suhyuk pressed the call b.u.t.ton on his cell phone, checking the number on the A4 paper.

"h.e.l.lo, this is Boston Hospital."

"h.e.l.lo, this is Suhyuk Lee."

"What? Lee Suhyuk? What business made you call us?"

Scratching his head, he informed them again about him,

"This is Suhyuk Lee from St. Hopkins Hospital. I'd like to offer a briefing session…"

Some sort of startled voice was heard from his cell phone.

"Oh, doctor! Wait a moment. Let me connect you to the hospital director."

The connection was made immediately.

A deep and sonorous voice was heard in Suhyuk's ears. It was very polite.

"Thank you for your call, sir. This is James, the director of Boston Hospital."

***

Already dozens of days pa.s.sed since Suhyuk hopped from one hospital to another for the briefing session. 

Though the videotapes of his briefing session were spread to many doctors, he went anywhere he was wanted to satisfy the doctor's curiosity and answer their questions.

It did not end there. 

The US FDA endorsed his stem cell work after it went through the 1st, 2nd and 3r clinical tests successfully. It came very close to being commercialized.

Regardless of their age, the doctors looked at Suhyuk with respect.

Aside from his capabilities, his att.i.tude toward the patients was different.

He treated patients well as if he was taking care of his lover or as if he was sick himself. 

Some of the doctors did not pay any serious attention to him, but there were those who took his words to their hearts.

And they began to call him another t.i.tle other than merely 'Dr. Lee.'

Dr. of Medicine.

Even though he had no doctoral degree in medicine, the fact that he was called like that meant he was now recognized by his fellow doctors.

Never caring about it, though, Suhyuk only showed them his medical knowledge while performing the surgery.

-----

Suhyuk's activities at St. Hopkins Hospital went on and on, and soon it snowed and new buds appeared on the trees. Time pa.s.sed quickly like that.

And Daman and Han shook hands.

With a smile Daman opened his mouth,

"Times flies like an arrow. Already one year has pa.s.sed since you came here. Thanks so much for your work here, Dr. Han."

Han smiled gently, replying, 

"Well, I enjoyed it a lot here, working and making money too. Hope you can stay in good health until we meet again."

After exchanging greetings with Han, he looked at Suhyuk.

He just raised his thumbs up without saying anything to him.

With a smile Suhyuk gave a bow to him as well as the medical staff who came to see him off.

"Goodbye everybody!"

Everybody waved their hands at him.

Now Han and Suhyuk got in the car waiting for them.

The buildings in New York quickly pa.s.sed outside the car window.

"What are you going to do first when you go back to Korea?"

"I want to buy a house."

With a smile Han nodded his head.

Suhyuk made a lot of money by offering the briefing sessions at many hospitals, which were not free. 

"Well, I miss spicy kimchi soup along with soju."

"Let me treat you, sir."

"I guess you don't want to treat me just one time, right?"
Suhyuk smiled and said, "Just tell me anything you want to eat, professor."

"Wait a minute… I've got too much food that I want."

"I'm going to buy you all of it."

"Yes, I was going to make such a request anyway. I'm going to have you treat me a lot."

Suhyuk looked out the window, thinking about when he would be able to come back to the US.

While Suhyuk was thinking about it, the car was heading for the airport silently.

***

Arriving at Incheon International Airport, Suhyuk went out after going through immigration.

Fortunately there were no reporters out there.

As he arrived without even informing Daehan Hospital of his return, the reporters could not get wind of it. 

"Are you going straight home? I think I have to stop by the hospital."

Han had to report to the hospital director.

"I would like to come with you, sir."

Both of them headed to the hospital, which took about two hours to get there.

Arriving at the hospital, Suhyuk looked up at it.

He felt as he was back home. Are they all doing well?

"What are you doing?" asked Han who was walking ahead.

Suhyuk quickened his pace.

The medical staff of Daehan Hospital greeted them wildly.

Especially Suhyuk's appearance made the whole hospital excited and noisy.

Even those medical staff who did not know him approached to exchange greetings.

Park Sungjae, who became a resident of the cardiothoracic surgery department, was no exception.

"Welcome back, sir!"

"How have you been doing?"

At Suhyuk's greeting, he nodded his head and said, "I respect you, sir!"

That night.

The medical staff had a dinner get-together, and Suhyuk was present.

Regrettably Prof. Lee Mansuk and Prof. Kim Jinwook could not attend because they went to academic seminars.

The hospital director raised his gla.s.s, saying,

"As you know, Dr. Lee Suhyuk came back with a terrific research achievement."

At his words, the medical staff nodded their heads.

Suhyuk, who made such a sensational impact in the United States, became the face of Daehan Hospital now. 

When he was making an embarra.s.sed look, the hospital director raised his gla.s.s higher and said, "Let's toast for the future of Dr. Lee Suhyuk!"

"Cheers!"

Everybody downed their gla.s.s of soju, and so did Suhyuk.

The mixed taste of soju and beer softly touched his throat.

"Were you always that interested in stem cells, Dr. Lee?"

"How did you come to think of it?"

The professors showered him with questions, with mixed feelings of envy, surprise and jealousy. 

Han just smiled at them.

Suhyuk was about to answer the questions when the director said,

"Dr. Lee Suhyuk."

"Yes, go ahead."

"You must have had a lot of hards.h.i.+p in the United States. So, I would like to let you take vacation. How about one month? Of course you'll be paid during that period, and at that, twice as much."

It was obvious that the other hospitals were keen on scouting Suhyuk. Accordingly it was inevitable to give him the best possible compensation.

At the director's eye-opening offer, the other professors were surprised.

Suhyuk opened his mouth, 

"Thanks for your consideration, sir. But I'm afraid I have to join the army soon."

Chapter 134

Suhyuk got out of the dinner get-together by making an excuse.

It was 10pm. It was late, but not that late into the night.

He arrived at his villa by taking a taxi. An old and battered villa.

Looking at it quietly, Suhyuk walked up to it.

Ding dong.

"Who is it?"

"It's me."

"Who?"

"Me, Suhyuk."

The door was flung open. 

Suhyuk's mother stood with eyes wide open.

Surprised by his sudden appearance, she stared blankly for a moment and then hugged him.

"Oh my G.o.d! You came back here without informing me at all!"

Suhyuk, held in her arms, closed his eyes.

He felt warm, comfortable, soft and cozy while being embraced by her.

All the flowery words that could be found in this world were not enough to describe a mother's s.h.i.+eld for protection.

"Did you eat?"

"Yes, mom, I did."

"Did anybody come to our home?"

His father's voice was heard from the living room. 

"Honey, Suhyuk is here!"

"Really?"

Suhyuk stepped into the living room with a carrier bag.

His father was standing with the TV remote controller in his hand.

"When did you come back?"

"I arrived in the evening, but first stopped by the hospital."

"I see. Nice work. Did you eat?"

Suhyuk just smiled at his father's blunt way of speaking, which made him happy whenever he heard it.

"Yes, I ate before I came here."

Despite that he asked his wife, "We've still got samgyopsal (pork belly rashers) in the refrigerator, right? Roast them for Suhyuk."

"He said he had dinner already."

The she turned to Suhyuk, saying, "Your daddy purchased samgyopsal today. It's very delicious as they were made near here. Let me roast them. Do you want to try?"

Suhyuk nodded his head.

He could have samgyopsal only several times with his parents.

"Let me wash up first."

Putting down his carrier bag on the floor, he headed for the restroom.

Then he heard his parents' conversation outside.

"We don't have soju anymore?"
"You drank it already in the evening!"

"Let me go out and buy some soju at the supermarket."

"Are you going out to buy soju again? Buy some beer for Suhyuk, too."

Suhyuk was all smiles while he was taking a shower.

When he went out, he saw the dining table covered with all kinds of delicious foods.

Kimchi soup and various kinds of side dishes, and samgyopsal, too.

"Suhyuk, come on in and eat."

As soon as he was seated, his mother gave him some samgyopsal that she wrapped in lettuce.

"Tastes delicious, right? Your dad bought it."

With a smile, Suhyuk opened his mouth, 

"Dad, mom. Let's move to another house."

-----

Suhyuk left home very early, and stopped by the real estate brokers' offices.

Though it would be more desirable for him to let his parents choose the house they wanted, it was certain that they would not let him do so. They told him even yesterday that the current house was more than enough for them, and he knew the reason without asking them why they said that.

When he went into a real estate agent's office, a woman in her early 40s greeted him.

"Come on in. Are you looking for a house?"

"Yes, please show me a good one."

She instantly scrutinized him. A man in his 20s wearing ordinary clothes.

Yet his face was somewhat familiar to her, which instantly came to her mind before disappearing. There were lots of people with similar faces.

"Sure. One bedroom or two bedroom house? There are many cheap listings out for sale."

"Apartment.."

"Oh, have a seat then."

Offering coffee, she sat face to face with him.

"These days there are many listings for long-term rent, too."

"I want to buy one."

"I see. How big one are you looking for?"

She felt that he did not seem able to afford one.

"Well, I'm looking for a s.p.a.cious apartment, hopefully with a terrace."

Her eyes were opened wide.

Even those in the upper middle cla.s.s could not afford such an apartment.

Was this man playing a trick, she thought to herself.

"How much do you have in mind?"

Suhyuk smiled, saying, "I'll buy any listing I like, regardless of the price."

***

Now Suhyuk was looking around a big apartment.

It had a s.p.a.cious living room with four bedrooms, plus a terrace.

It was as if he was looking at a small garden, with gra.s.s on the terrace, which reminded him of the Sky Park on the rooftop of Daehan Hospital.

Suhyuk looked around the terrace slowly.

It was s.p.a.cious enough for his mother to place flowers and plants.

Back to the living room, he looked at the spot where a TV set was supposed to be put.

A big-screen TV in that spot. 

Obviously his father would like it, who liked to enjoy watching soccer and baseball games on TV.

"The restroom is also s.p.a.cious and good. Look at the landscape from the terrace. You could have a barbecue party here with your kids in the evening. It adds a fantastic atmosphere, I think."

Suhyuk smiled at her remarks, though he did not have any kids.

"Ok, let me sign the contract."

The sales contract was completed very quickly, and that very evening he visited the apartment again with his parents.

"Oh my G.o.d!"

His mother was at a loss how to express her joy, moving from the living room and bedrooms to the terrace. His father slowly moved around the room with his hands clenched behind his back. 

Coming to Suhyuk quickly, she opened her mouth,

"Son, you didn't buy it yet, right? One must make a living within one's own limits. I love this place, but it looks too expensive."

Then his father came up to him, saying, "you had better cancel the contract. Let's go."

"I've already purchased this."

His father's eyes were wide open.

"What did you say?"

Looking at them, Suhyuk smiled.

'Living within one's own limits? If that's true, they should have lived in a much bigger one than this. They're great parents who raised me by working so hard up to now. I'm here thanks to them, and I was able to be a doctor. I made a lot of money during my stay in the United States. They made all the sacrifices for me without looking back on their miserable life. It's about time they enjoy their life even in a small way.'

"Are you sure, son? Can't you cancel this contract?"

At his mother's asking with concern, Suhyuk just smiled, saying, "Yes, I purchased this."

"Haaaah……" She let out a long sigh.

His father was looking at Suhyuk quietly without any words.

Then he said to his wife, "He said he purchased it already."

At his words, she said, "Suhyuk, come to me, dear."

And then she hugged him tightly, saying,

"How could I live in luxury like this without you?"
Feeling her warm body temperature, folded in her arms, he murmured to himself,

"This is just the beginning. I've a long way to go."

Watching his wife and son quietly, his father moved to the terrace.

A clear view from the terrace seemed to make him feel very good.

"I think I have a good son…" he murmured, and then called his friend,

"Hey, it's me. I'm going to throw a housewarming party. When are you available? Toilet paper? No, just buy some pork neck. It's an apartment with a garden. How much did I pay? Well, my doctor son bought it for us, hahaha!"

-----

The date of Suhyuk's enlistment was set. 

One and a half months away.

It was enough time for him to remove a spike that had been stuck in his chest for a long time.

Hana's Rice & Soup restaurant. 

Looking at the signboard, Suhyuk went into the restaurant.

As it was lunchtime, the restaurant was crowded with customers.

The memories of his get-togethers with Dongsu and Hana came to his mind one by one.

Rolling up his sleeves, he went into the kitchen.
Sensing someone's presence, Hana's father turned his head.

"If you take a seat…"

Suhyuk smiled at him, saying, "How have you been, sir?"
"Oh, who is this? Korea's signature doctor!"

Suhyuk moved to the kitchen sink with an awkward smile, but Hana's father stopped him.

Killing his boredom by watching TV, he was already aware of all the news stories about Suhyuk.

"Your hands are not for this kind of rough work."

He pushed Suhyuk aside and said, "You didn't have lunch yet, right? Let me bring you a delicious rice with soup, so go and have a seat."

Suhyuk bent his knees to check the condition of his ankles.

"How do you feel now?"
"I'm okay. So, just get out of here, please."

Not caring about what he said, Suhyuk touched his ankles with his hands here and there, asking,

"How about now?"

He made a bitter smile, replying, "It hurts if you touch it like that."

Suhyuk stood up after hearing what he wanted to hear.

The nerve was still alive around his ankles, which meant the surgery could be done without any difficulty.

"I'm sorry to have kept you waiting for so long. Let's go for surgery."

Making a smile, Hana's father said, "I just feel okay. So, never mind it."

"Well, I can't go to sleep," said Suhyuk.

At his reply, Hana's father hardened his face. 

Had he been repenting for himself up to now? So, he wasn't sleeping properly?

Though Suhyuk was smiling, he looked so pitiful.

"Okay, meal first. Go and have a seat there."

"Cheque, please!"

At the customer's asking for the cheque, he was about to move, when Suhyuk stopped him.

"Let me take care of that. Yes, I'm coming now."

***

Suhyuk reported to work at Daehan Hospital.

He was there for the surgery of Hana's father's legs and the post-surgery care, which he estimated would take about one month. 

15 days after that, he was supposed to be enlisted in the army.

The time was enough, so he did not make any haste.

Actually he took into account the remarks by Hana's father that he could not close the restaurant all of a sudden.

So, he gave Hana's father one week for preparation until the surgery.

Suhyuk adjusted his schedule for it.

And he began offering lectures on his stem cell research as he did in the United States.

Fellow doctors and professors came to listen to his lectures, regardless of their ages or ranks.

Suhyuk was no more the kind of person who took on all the a.s.signments for himself at the hospital like before. 

It was as if they looked at a seasoned lecturer.

Suhyuk was determined to teach them all his findings on stem cell research.

"Thanks for your nice lecture!"

When he was done, all the medical staff present there gave him a standing ovation.

Especially, Prof. Lee Mansuk and Prof. Kim Jinwook clapped their hands energetically.

Looking at Suhyuk, Lee shook his head, "What a wonderful guy!"

Kim, next to him, made a smile and said, "I knew early on he would hit it big like this."

Then Suhyuk's cell phone buzzed. It was a call from Prof. Han Myungjin.

"Yes, professor."

"Are you busy now?"

"No, I'm just finished."

"Good. I hear that a patient was just transferred here from another hospital. As I have to go to the operating room now, I wonder if you can take my place. He's in the intensive care unit now."

"Yes, sir."

Suhyuk moved immediately.

At his prompt action, the medical staff murmured among themselves,

"Dr. Lee, he's running again..."

"Just amazing."

It was not unfamiliar to them to see Suhyuk running around in the hospital.

Soon he arrived at the intensive care unit, asking the nurse,

"Where is the patient that was transferred from another hospital?"

"Oh, come this way. And this is a chart sent by the hospital."

Suhyuk examined the chart swiftly.

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Suhyuk pulled down a curtain when he saw the patient, after being guided by the nurse.

A woman who seemed to be in her early 20s. 

With an oxygen respirator on her mouth, she looked so miserable.

A sort of little voice came out from her mouth, who was looking at him with half-closed eyes,

"Haaaaaah…. h.e.l.lo, doctor…"

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