And, they arrive at the shrine. They wash their hands and head for the altar. Suiren is glad that they are standing together. He asks if she is tired. She shakes her head. Suiren thinks that the New Year has just started and she’s so happy. Suiren holds his hand that Kawasumi asks if she isn’t feeling well. After a pause, Suiren thanks him. Then, they pray. Suiren hopes that their relationship would become better. She wonders what Kawasumi wished for. Then, while walking back, Suiren sees some fortune telling [O-mikuji; random fortunes written on strips of paper at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in Japan. Source: Wiki] Suiren decides to get one and she got ‘small blessing’. She is speechless about that and asks Kawasumi to go try it too. He also got ‘small blessing’. They tied the fortune on the tree branches. Suiren is quite happy even if it is only ‘small blessing’. She tells herself that she’ll do her best so that she can make Kawasumi become a ‘great blessing’ luck. Suiren is a bit sad and lonely that they are heading back but still, he has something to do tomorrow and he accompanied her together for the hatsumode. She thinks that she has come to like him even more. While they walk, Kawasumi would stop and ask her if her feet are okay, she’s tired, is she feeling alright. And, as they almost arrive home, they are walking slower compared earlier and the ‘going back quick’ has lost its meaning but he still has to wake up early. In front of her house, Suiren goes ahead a bit. They bow at each other. Kawasumi bids her goodbye. After removing her hat, Suiren tells him to be careful on his way home and don’t catch a cold. He says okay and leaves. Thinking of his soft answer, Suiren waves back to him and smiles.
Comment: It turns out that it was Aya who helped Suiren cover up her ‘midnight escape’. So, it’s more on cute and amusing scenes here. I guess the bit of progress here is Kawasumi being more considerate that he would always ask her if she is okay and her feet don’t hurt. I think maybe Suiren ought to exercise more to keep up with Kawasumi who tends to walk really fast. Of course, in this case, they have to hurry back. It is nice that they got the same kind of fortune and a bit favorable one. And, it is nice that she isn’t just depending on luck, she is going to strive hard to change it into something better. ^^ Scans by all★wink汉化组
Quote of the day:
Whether we want them or not, the New Year will bring new challenges; whether we seize them or not, the New Year will bring new opportunities. ~ Michael Josephson, whatwillmatter.com