Originally posted @ tatsukida.pitas.com on July 20, 2011
Tsubaki’s mother asks Tsubaki what’s up with her. Holding a booklet about a beauty academy, Tsubaki tells her that after graduating from high school, she wants to go there because she wants to become a hairstylist. So, she had withdrawn from going to the cram school which is already unnecessary. Her mother asks how she can do that so easily when the guardian’s permission is required. [There is a blank speech bubble here but I’m guessing that Tsubaki took her mother’s signature seal and used it without permission.] Her mother is flustered over how could Tsubaki use that at will. Then, she slaps Tsubaki. While Tsubaki holds her slapped face, her mother asks if Tsubaki knows what she is doing. Her mother scolds her for suddenly betraying her trust. Tsubaki shouts that she also doesn’t want this but she has no choice but to do it, because she [mother] won’t properly listen to her. Tsubaki apologizes for wasting her money unjustly for fees of the cram school this half year, but she will work to slowly pay her back. Her mother is puzzled when she mentioned work. Tsubaki tells her that she has been working at a beauty parlor last month. Her mother asks how can that be, so Tsubaki has been coming home late is not because she is self-studying at the cram school. Tsubaki tells her that in order to become a hairstylist, she is studying at that place. Her mother suddenly pushes her down on the floor that they are now both kneeling on the floor. Her mother asks what’s wrong with her and she isn’t this kind of child. Looking away, Tsubaki says yes, for she is a child who always acts in accordance to her mother’s wishes [/expectation] that she doesn’t think for herself. Her mother looks surprised over that. Her mother protests that being like that, Tsubaki cannot go to college. Tsubaki tells her mother that she simply wants to do something that she likes doing, and she doesn’t want anything else except for hairstyling. Her mother insists that she go to college and she might regret it later on. Tsubaki says that it is the same, vice-versa, if she doesn’t become a hairstylist, she might also regret it. Teary-eyed and flustered, Tsubaki tells her mother that even if she regrets, it is okay because this is the path that she had chosen. Her mother continues to plead to her but Tsubaki remains firm. Soon, her mother stands up and leaves the room.