Soon, the couple separates from the girls since their train is at the other side. After the goodbyes, Sawako and Ume are waiting for their train. Ume asks her if she gave it to him, the Vday gift. This surprises Sawako that she quickly says yes, it is thanks to her, and she is late in reporting to her. Aghast Ume tells her that there’s no need to report to her. Then, Ume exclaims that right now, she won’t be thinking about going steady with Shouta again for her brain is already filled up with the exam thing so honestly speaking, right now, love and other things are troublesome so it is good that she got rejected. She tells Sawako that since they’re going steady, they should keep continue on, so in short, it is like that. Sawako just stays quiet. Ume asks Sawako that she also aspires to be a teacher, is it elementary teacher. Sawako says that currently, she’s thinking of high school. This made Ume comment that no matter where they go, they are competing rivals. Sawako says yes. She finds it strange that she felt quite happy about it. Sawako says that Ume will definitely get into D Normal University. Ume tells her that her [paternal] grandma and parents graduated there and family are all teachers. Sawako exclaims if that grandma is Sakura. Ume exclaims that’s right, her name is obviously quite cute but the person herself is a super terror. Ume asks Sawako what school she wants to get in. Sawako pauses before saying a local college. Ume tells her she paused for a long time before answering. Sawako didn’t notice it that it was a long time. This made Ume ask if she’s hesitating. Ume says that it infuriates her for if it is Sawako, she absolutely can get into D Normal University. Ume admits that right now like this, it is a bit hard for her so she doesn’t have excess energy to think of other things. Sawako is startled when Ume starts encouraging herself by shouting that she will absolute pass and get into D Normal University. At the train, Kent asks Ayane if Sawako would go to the cram school. Ayane says who knows, and fundamentally, Sawako likes studying and since she went to the trial sit-in, it means she has an interest in it. Kent asks how Ayane views studying. Ayane says that it isn’t because she likes studying.. She recalls Pin saying that she is a kid who has a developing potential. Ayane thinks no, no, she’ll flunk. She mutters if she’ll be able to get a recommendation.
Ayane thinks that in the end, at that time [marriage proposal], she didn’t say it to Kent that there are some other school that she thinks is good. Almost half of the students who test for Tokyo colleges flunked but can she say those words, anyway, she and Kent are going to Sapporo. Kent tells her that he must strive hard and she shouldn’t be too risky for based on what she’s doing now, she ought to get a recommendation. Ayane asks if he should strive hard whereas she shouldn’t. Kent says that isn’t what he meant. “How can I say it. I hope that you can loosen up and don’t be too tense. It’s fine to be happy. Although it seems that you don’t quite like yourself, Ayane. But, I like your [distinctive] character the most. Even if your mouth would always say, you are ‘not cute’ but I think you’re very cute.” Ayane asks about this character of hers. Kent says that it is the awkward[/clumsy] her. Ayane mutters that for him to say that, is she really awkward. He says yes. Ayane reflects on what she is like – strong personality but a coward, timid and gutless, she also has no self-confidence, and always protecting herself. She remembers being told that self-confidence can come out from oneself. Sawako arrives home. Her mother asks how the cram school is. Sawako says that it makes her want to study and she learned a lot of things. Her mother asks if she wants to go. Sawako says yes. While Sawako is talking about using her deposited New Year money, her mother tells her that she should depend on her parents. This made Sawako to ask her mother to please let her go to cram school. In her room, Sawako recalls Pin telling her not to back out [and choose a second choice] on something she has already decided on, and his recommendation for her is D Normal University where Ume is also planning to go. Sawako thinks that she already decided to become a teacher and know what way she should go forward but what’s making her hesitate is.. She thinks of Shouta. She shakes her head and says no, she isn’t hesitating, she is going to do the things that she can do, strive hard in studying and take the exam for college with Shouta. On the table, there are papers about D Normal University.
Comment: I guess Sawako’s dilemma is somewhat common for high school lovers who have to separate because they will go to different colleges. In her specific case, would you go to a college that suits your potential and capability or go to a different college not suitable to your aspiration, to just to be with your boyfriend? Since the schools are far, it would be most likely a long distance relationship. Somehow, I think these two are very unlikely to be wooed away by others. Both can be selfless when it comes to the other party. For Sawako, she is even hesitant to ask for her parents’ help with the expenses. For Shouta, they had trouble before when he gives too much space for Sawako to be with friends that they misunderstood each other. I think Shouta can be very understanding about this too and after all, it would be just a temporary separation wherein they can still communicate or visit each other sometimes. Well, it isn’t exactly decided yet if Shouta would indeed study at a local college. But then, would it really harm Sawako’s future if she went to the local college? I may be wrong since I’m not quite familiar with teacher hiring procedures, but does it really matter if Sawako can get high grades from a college not exactly specializing in teaching? The students won’t really check from which school the teacher is from, right? I don’t think the school would complain much if Sawako can do her job as a teacher well. Also, the school she’ll most probably apply for would be her current high school so she’s an alumnus. That is unless, there are limited slots for teachers in the school she wants to apply for so of course, they will get the college graduate from a better school. As for Ayane, I’m not sure if her answer to why she’s going steady with Kent is good..it seems like there is no love in it but then, there is a saying that it is hard to love others if you don’t love yourself. Is that the case for Ayane since her lack of self-confidence is mentioned? Though, according to the net, that isn’t true since one can love themselves if they are first loved by others which what Kent seems to be doing. Well, for her to mention that Kent is a nice guy is enough to move Kent and Sawako. From what Kent said in the train, I wonder if that is specifically about the college thing or in general, which is for Ayane to be relax and be happy. It seems to be a like Ayane has to like herself and enjoy things..which would probably make her want to go for things that she would want to do and things that she can do without fear of failing. Then, he puts in the things he likes about her to help boost her self-confidence but in the end, it still relies on herself to know it herself. It is useless if others say positive things but she isn’t convinced herself. Hm..I think Kent would make a good therapist or psychologist. =P He is observant with people and can say the right things ^^ Lastly, about Ume, won’t it be amusing if she also marries a teacher =P As I mentioned before, I think she and Pin would make an amusing couple. Anyway, I wonder if Ume is somewhat like ‘sourgraping’ when she said that it is a good thing that she got rejected since she’ll be busy with college exams that she has no time for love or anything else. ^^; But from what she said, it does seem like saying that she won’t go after Shouta anymore..and that is her way of wishing Sawako well with Shouta =P Also, in her own way, it seems that she has a way of motivating Sawako like the Vday chocolates, and now, regarding college. Scans by 夜莺工作室
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Life is a winding road with unknown perils and troubles, but we can be certain of God’s providence, security, and care. ~ Our Daily Bread