The passers-by are surprised when Kento suddenly shouts, “Ah- Like!! I already like her to the point that I no longer can get myself out of this situation!!! Do you have any objections, moron-!! (..how come I didn’t say it that time.. Thinking that I should wait when I’m older, when I’m taller, and become more manly.. ..Actually, everything is..an excuse.. And when I’ve became aware of it, I just turned my eyes away and that girl has become more mature than me.. She’s already 18 years old.. This time, a lot of things happened.. That girl did quite well.. ..What about me? Did I already become a guy who is a match for her..? *stomach growls* Oh no! What time is it.. *it is already night* Ugh~~ I must quickly go back. By the way, I still haven’t bought the gift!!)” Dark Maria says, “Dinner is at 7pm, latecomer.. You know that, right.” She slams the door. A note says that it is the back door. Sitting down by the tree, Kento thinks that since it is his mother watching the door, definitely not even ants can’t get in. He is ready to sleep outdoors. He looks up to the moon and wonders what the heck he is doing. He is startled when a cloth flies in front of him. Someone says that she heard that he has been locked outside. Kento calls out to Mei. Mei tells him that it is no good to be like that and he must respect the curfew. Kento angrily thinks whose fault is it. Mei tells him that she has made these..so quickly eat them. It is 3 pieces of onigiri [rice balls]. Kento wonders why she used a cleaning rag to cover the onigiri. Trying to tell himself that Mei doesn’t have any malice in it, Kento cries over not really wanting to touch it. Mei happily says that he ought to be hungry. Kento blushes a bit and decides to take a little bite. After taking a bite, Kento starts coughing and asks Mei if she got the sugar and salt [mixed up].. Mei gives him some tea from a thermos. Kento shouts that it is bitter. Then, Kento says that this is for her. It is a sheep keychain. Holding it on her finger, Mei says that it is SHABBILY cute♡ Kento shouts that shabby is unnecessary. He turns away and apologizes to her for it isn’t nice and considerate like Rihito’s. Mei asks him if this is her birthday gift. Kento blushes and didn’t reply. Looking surprised, Mei also blushes and says, “Thank you.. Something both shabby and cute.. I like [those] the most..” Kento blushes as Mei slightly puts the sheep near her face. Kento thinks that she has always been slow[-witted]. “When did she [learn] to already skillfully and easily say those kind of words..” Mei tells him that they go in together. Thinking about ‘being skillful’, Kento declines and says that he’ll go in later by himself. Mei says okay, bye, better don’t catch a cold. Watching her walk away, Kento sadly thinks, “..it’s no good.. It really quite painful to be at her side..” With cross arms, thoughtful Rihito is standing behind a tree near downcast Kento. The next chapter will be the finale of the ‘choosing the son-in-law arc’.
Comment: With only one more chapter in this arc, I don’t think the love triangle will be resolved. It seems that it is a trend to some of the series I’m reading about = do you wait until you’ve become a ‘great’ person before confessing to someone or just go ahead and hope that the other party accept your ‘self-perceived inadequacies’? The first one is indeed a ‘sure way’ of getting accepted but then, it is also risky since some other guy might come by and snatch that person from under one’s nose. That is the typical problem faced by complacent childhood friends in shoujo series. It doesn’t help that the ones they like are very clueless over their feelings since being nice to them are taken for granted as ‘treated this way because we are friends’. The second way is also ‘sure guarantee’ that you get the other party especially if the feelings are mutual but risky since if one is ‘inadequate’, the relationship might not last. It does seem that what pained Kento in the end of this chapter is Mei matured faster than him so would that mean that he has to ‘improve’ himself again? When will it end? He still couldn’t bring himself to confess to her even if she reacted well with his birthday gift for her. It seems to be partly because of lack of self-confidence or fear of rejection especially since Rihito is way better than him. Well, their interaction here is nice though I wonder if it is enough to make Rihito jealous but Rihito is concern enough to ‘spy’ on them and thinking of something. Well, it seems that Kento is already contemplating to improve himself too..though for him to ‘be mature’, I guess he won’t tease her as much anymore. Scans by 深雪汉化组
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Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ~ Søren Kierkegaard