While eating, Kotetsu asks Mamura up to when he is going to play this boyfriend-girlfriend fight. Mamura stops midway from eating his egg roll. Then, he says that he didn’t think of that. Kotetsu tells him that it’s quite troublesome, simply just continue on going steady like this for it seems that the other party is also quite interested. Mamura says that he is becoming more and more like Nana. Kotetsu says is that so, but then, he should properly thank that girl. Kotetsu continues to talk about forgetting about that thing, girls are troublesome and this time, his mother.. Mamura is quietly thinking of ‘expressing thanks’ until he couldn’t think of anything and wonders if it is because he’s eating. At the faculty room, a co-teacher tells Shishio that he is going to eat a bento box from a convenience store again. Shishio says that lately, bento is very delicious. The co-teacher asks if he doesn’t have a girlfriend who’ll make him a bento. Shishio lamely chuckles. The co-teacher says that even if Shishio is young, he is already 26 years old and that’s right, a friend’s daughter is quite nice so how about introducing her to him. He asks if Shishio is free next Sunday. While the co-teacher is talking, Shishio quickly ate his lunch and excuses himself to buy some drink. He goes out the room as the co-teacher is telling him that he isn’t finished talking. Outside the room, Shishio sighs and thinks that he isn’t in the mood for a blind date [/miai = date to get married]. Then, he spots Monika eating together with Manabu by the stairs in front of a door. They were startled when Shishio calls out to them. Shishio asks what they are doing, eating at this place and why not eat at the courtyard. Manabu tells him not to suddenly startle them and this place is quite nice because it is quiet. “Also, in class, we are the only lovers who are going steady so if people would see us, we would be teased.” Shishio says is that so, youth is really beautiful. Then, he realizes something. He asks why ‘only lovers’, weren’t Suzume and Mamura going steady. Monika tells him that they are only pretending because Mamura is quite popular that he is being chased by the first year girls so for the time being, Suzume would be his fake girlfriend. Recalling how Mamura pulled Suzume to him and said that they are going steady, Shishio mutters, pretending..what, is that so. Manabu asks if Shishio is also one of those who were tricked. Shishio smiles and thinks, is that so..Mamura that guy #, it turns out to be just pretend. “How embarrassing. What kind of expression should I use. [<- not sure if it is Shishio’s since it has his picture or the start of Suzume’s narration on the next page] On contrary, after thinking too much, it made me more nervous. Would it be much better to simply cut the Gordian knot [/decisive action in a complex situation = just stop the fake girlfriend thing]?”
Sitting by the door, Mamura calls out to her and asks if she’s going home. Wanting to act normal, Suzume stiffly says okay!! Meanwhile, Yuyuka is at the library. Someone takes a book in front of her and asks if she is alone today. It is Minagawa. While Yuyuka looks tense, Minagawa asks if she isn’t going home together with Suzume. Yuyuka says that she’s busy lately and it’s a long story so she won’t talk about it. She tells him that compared to that, he better pay attention to his body, or he’ll catch a cold. He tells her that it is alright because after having a cold once, he has antibodies. After the librarian coughs for them to keep it down, Yuyuka asks if it is okay already, and does he have any business with her. Minagawa says that even if he doesn’t, *leans close to her ear* why won’t she look at him. This made Yuyuka tense that she punches his face using the back of her hand. While he says that hurts, Yuyuka says that she got something to do. She leaves Minagawa with the librarian who is angry over their noise. Minagawa wonders what’s up, for her to suddenly be like that. While walking, Yuyuka thinks that after admitting it [to Suzume before], she simply couldn’t look straight at him. “Ah~ enough! *blushing* Why couldn’t I be a bit honest??” At the street, Suzume and Mamura are quietly walking together. Suzume wonders what they talked about in normal times. “The more I want to be a bit natural, the more my consciousness becomes chaotic.” Suzume casually says that the first year girls appear to be no longer chasing after him. Mamura says ya. Mamura’s clenched fist loosens up. Suzume is thinking that it would be relaxing a bit if they are at the school’s hallway. With hands on his pocket, Mamura says that he thought that it is alright for them to end this play today. Suzume looks at him and says, ah, okay, *nods* she understands. Mamura says so that’s it. Suzume exclaims, okay! Suzume thinks that it is unexpectedly short. This surprised Suzume for isn’t her way of thinking contradicting. [<- earlier she wanted to swiftly end it] Mamura tells her that today, he’ll conveniently walk home together with her. Suzume says, okay! Then, she looks surprised just as Mamura glances back at her. She wonders if it will be the first and also the last time they’ll go home together.
Comment: That was indeed fast. Usually fake lovers plan can take a lot of chapters or even a whole series. It makes me wonder if this is just a set-up or preview of the real one or that’s it for Mamura, time to go back to Shishio. ^^; With just holding hands, it is enough for Suzume to be somewhat confused, tense and shy in facing Mamura. Obviously, something is amiss with her when she’s with Mamura. Is it love or is it only because of this fake lover thing? Would that ‘walk home together’ indeed be the first and the last? I wonder if Mamura ended it quickly so that he’ll formally ask her to go steady with him for real. He wasn’t exactly keen on this idea in the first place. He is also slightly pressured to do something for Suzume as thanks. I wonder what that will be ^^ Well, since Shishio learns that it is just pretend, I wonder what he plans to do next. Would he suddenly start pursuing Suzume or perhaps, he is still biding his time..like until she graduates so he can court her..that is if she is still single? ^^; I’m curious though what his reaction would be if he thought it is just pretend and miraculously, those two ended up together for real =P Well, depending on what Suzume’s feelings for Mamura and if Mamura is really going to make his move, Shishio might still have a chance..if he ever makes a move. Love triangles usually remind me of some ball game with the one, being after by the two persons, as the ball. In this series, it is like Suzume was in Shishio’s court, he was now going to score when he suddenly dropped the ball because of circumstances. The ball/Suzume is wandering around when Mamura picks it up. Suzume is now in Mamura’s court. Will he score or will Shishio steal her back? Respective fans of Mamura and Shishio are tense..which will it be? =P Or it will be back to square one again? ^^; As for Yuyuka, she is sharp to notice but I wonder if she is convinced by Suzume’s denial. Apparently, she is also shy in facing Minagawa and that might make him misunderstand things or if he’s also sharp, maybe he’ll figure out the reason for it. ^^ Scans by all★wink汉化组
Quote of the day:
Decision is a sharp knife that cuts clean and straight; indecision, a dull one that hacks and tears and leaves ragged edges behind it. ~ Gordon Graham