Yul snapped his head to look at the crowd at the back and sure enough, there was Zeng, waving at him with a huge smile. Yul waved back but froze when he saw two more people looking his way. One his mother and the other his father.
His family was there to see him!
He swore he was going to cry that instant but he looked ahead to take a deep breath as his name was announced. He gave a tug to the coat of his uniform and stood up with practised stridor. He marched up on stage and saluted the commissioner, eyes looking straight ahead and chin up.
The commissioner hooked a badge on the left side of his coat and offered him a certificate. Photos were clicked and the audience clapped with Zeng recording the entire event and cheering for him along with Yul's parents.
Yul swept a look over them as he looked ahead for a picture, the corners of his life curving to give a small smile. After the ceremony, he quickly greeted his seniors and excused himself to run back to where Zeng had said they were waiting for him.
He reached the garden of the precinct, huffing. He saw three of the most important people in his life waiting for him. He walked up to them. Zeng smiled at him and looked at his parents, stepping aside so that Yul could talk to them.