He asks Hiroko that weren’t they always watching. Hiroko backs him up by saying that is true and it was hilarious. Someone says that it turns out to be a boring punishment game so what the ruckus is about. The other girls say that even so it can be quite shocking. Aiko nervously say that it is out, her black history. Leo tells her not to say foolish things for even if it is punishment game, she’s lucky to have a date with him. Aiko shouts that is her line. So, the three girls decide to leave. Aiko is mentally apologizing to Leo for in the end, she is such a coward. Just when Leo is putting his bag by the table, he notices Takumi smiling at him. This made Leo look dark. The teacher calls out that the opening ceremony is about to start so go to the gym. Hiroko whispers to Aiko that it is great that Takumi immediately helped because the situation is quite tense, so at least thank him. Aiko just says ya. She sighs and thinks that Takumi did help her. She also thinks that Leo would definitely hate this and this is really bad. She wonders when she can go apologize to Leo. At the dressing room, Aiko-Mai calls out to Takumi who is dressing up. Takumi exclaims that she startled him and what’s up, he’s changing clothes. Aiko-Mai says that she knows for she asked Kou [guesswork from 廣] and there is something she wanted to tell him that she doesn’t want others to hear. She thanks him for helping her by lying. He asks if it is a small help or a big help but then, should she thank him for Leo obviously wants to expose it. After looking surprised, Aiko-Mai says about that, Leo said that he will wait for her to agree. Takumi says that is why she is acting spoiled and doing a cruel thing. Puzzled Aiko-Mai looks at him. He asks if it is true like[/love]. Flustered Aiko-Mai shouts that it is like[/love] and why would he say that. Approaching her, Takumi says that compare to Leo’s feelings, her own feelings is the utmost priority and in her heart until now, Leo is still not number 1. Aiko-Mai shouts that of course, he’s number 1 and don’t say strange things, idiot. Turning to leave, he tells her if she doesn’t hurry and change clothes, Ritsuki will get angry. Aiko-Mai shouts that he’s an idiot. Outside the door, Takumi thinks that he did a foolish thing. Inside, Aiko-Mai wonders what’s up with that guy, of course, Leo is number one and it is inevitable..but if they were seen by others, she.. She wonders what to do for it seems she is doing a cruel thing to Leo. At the dining hall, she delivers a cup of coffee to Leo and says, “Master, thanks for waiting☆” Seeing her wearing the ring, he comments that she is finally wearing it. Aiko-Mai explains that it isn’t ‘finally’ for she was wearing it at school today and because he is also wearing it..she suddenly felt shy..
She apologizes to him. Leo says that it is okay for it is enough that she is wearing it now. Aiko-Mai says not only about that, but also what happened at school. She tells him that in the end, she’s a coward for she went along Takumi’s lie and did a horrid thing so she’s really sorry. Leo says that he has no words to say for he ought to apologize for expecting the thing that Aiko really doesn’t want to do, and he wasn’t thinking of her position. He holds her hand and asks that didn’t they know each other’s feelings. Aiko-Mai says yes. Leo says that he is also not perfect so he wants the two of them to become closer a bit to the ideal. Teary-eyed Aiko-Mai asks if it is true, he isn’t forcing himself, and she isn’t making him sad right? Leo laughs and asks how can that be and she has that kind of awareness. Embarrassed Aiko-Mai says no, but even if it is not.. Leo says right, and he also doesn’t. “I told you about having an awareness of ‘forever not letting go’, right? I also have that degree of awareness.” Aiko-Mai happily smiles. Then, Leo complains about the lewd new maid uniform. She asks if it is provocative. Leo says that it makes him angry. Afterwards, at the dressing room, Takumi says that he’s going ahead outside. Aiko shouts for him to wait. Takumi goes out at the back and sees Leo. Somewhat smiling, Leo asks him that about that thing at school today, what does that meant. Takumi asks if he wants help. Leo asks who he is helping. To Leo’s surprise, Takumi asks how come at that time, he looks like he is going to say it out loud and seeing Aiko’s expression, she doesn’t seem quite aware[/ready for it]. Thinking that in the end this guy.., Leo asks him what he is thinking of doing that he would help in that way. Takumi taunts him by saying that nothing at all and Aiko even thanked him. This made Leo angry. He angrily asks if Takumi says some things to Aiko again. Takumi says who knows. He continues to say that at her side, it seems that he [Leo?] was infected by the love to worry. Leo[?] asks why. Takumi says that within his [Takumi] heart, he has a stake [in a gamble]. Leo asks, stake? Takumi says, ya, the last stake.
Comment: So, it turns out that Aiko fears being known as ‘Leo’s girlfriend’ and apparently, it isn’t exactly fear of the fangirls but more on lack of self-confidence. It is amusing that Aiko is already so obvious in her expressions and yet, everyone is totally clueless that they are a couple. ^^; I guess it might be partly because they really don’t suit each other and tend to quarrel..well, now, it is pretend to quarrel. =P It is an interesting point that Takumi raised. Is it true love if one is ‘being selfish’ and not doing everything the other wants? Or the other party has to be the one who understands the other’s feelings? For now, it seems the couple both agree to keep it a secret since Aiko isn’t ready and Leo isn’t going to force her and do something she doesn’t want/not ready for. How nice of him but obviously he isn’t happy that it was Takumi who got them out of that trouble. I guess after the trouble with the ex-girlfriend, it is the two guys ‘fighting’ for Aiko this time around. It is most probably Takumi’s last ‘hurrah’ and obviously, the guy doesn’t know the word, ‘give up’. Hm..is it really because he likes her or because he doesn’t want to lose to Leo, especially since he seems to be moving away soon? From what he is saying about ‘stake’, he might use Aiko’s ‘not yet ready to be known as Leo’s girlfriend’ as his trump card. Well, most antagonists do exploit the weakness of a couple. Maybe this is like his last fun/test for Leo? By the way, the engraving on the ring is really a nice touch. ^-^ Hm..I wonder if there is also an engraving on Leo’s ring. Scans by DayDreamy.
Quote of the day:
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. ~ Anne Bradstreet