Makoto thinks that it seems like angry, also sad and perhaps, perplexed..it is the first time she saw that kind of expression on Iriya. Makoto turns around and tells him to wait. To Iriya’s surprise, Makoto grabs him from behind and shouts for him to wait. On the floor, Iriya is speechless for this is the second time his face got hit. <- Makoto had pushed him down on the ground and his face got hit ^^; Makoto tearfully tells him no, that isn’t what she meant, it isn’t about her not believing him. Recalling how the other guys are badmouthing Iriya being good-for-nothing and trash, Makoto tells him that she obviously isn’t feminine and because of her people are saying those kind of things about him. Iriya is puzzled over what the ‘feminine’ and ‘those words’. Makoto continues to say that if she gives him trouble, if it’s that kind of her.. Iriya tells her to slow down, he doesn’t feel at all that she’s giving him trouble. Makoto tearfully protests that at some unknown time, she might possibly do some foolish thing that exceeds his imagination. “I don’t want.. to do something that you’ll hate. *wipes tears* I absolutely don’t want that.” Iriya sighs and says is that so. He tells her to first not care about those and watch the Christmas tree together with him on Christmas Eve. Makoto looks surprised. She asks him if he was listening to what she just said. Iriya smiles and says yes, this year’s Christmas tree at the [shopping] stores street seems to be very beautiful. “Or are you saying that you don’t want to go? *Makoto shakes her head* That’s great. I want to go with you. And if you were to refuse, I would be very- lonely.” This made Makoto blush. She apologizes to him for saying such disappointing words. She recalls their promise. Makoto wonders why she still feels very useless when she obviously decided to do her best, want to become stronger, and a lot of areas that she needs to strive hard on. Iriya helps her up and tells her that they should go to the classroom to eat lunch. Makoto apologizes to him again and asks him what she should do in order for her to be full of self-confidence. Before Iriya can answer, Uki, together with Nanami, call out to them at the stairs and asks what they are doing. Nanami tells Makoto to hurry for they have 10 minutes left before lunch break is over. This made Makoto say that she should quickly eat. Iriya calls out to Uki to ask something but then, he says that it is nothing.
And, Makoto continues working at the karaoke bar. Her co-worker says that she’s quite enthusiastic that she’s working for 5 consecutive days. She comments that young people are quite energetic. Makoto thinks that even if the dark cloud in her heart has not dissipated but bit by bit, she’s moving forward. Soon, she got her salary. It is the first time she got money from work and the bonus she got is a lot. She decides to concentrate on doing the things that she can do. And, she goes shopping. She has decided that she’ll definitely have a happy Christmas. Soon, she is all prepared. Tomorrow, after school, she’ll change her clothes and meet up with Iriya for that Christmas date plan. She slept at 9pm to have good skin, and bids Santa Claus good night. The next day, Makoto is in disbelief that she has a fever of 39.8C. Her mother tells her that her temperature is really awful so properly sleep for the day. Rika asks Makoto if she is alright for her fever is really terrible. Muttering that she has to get up, Makoto sits up from bed. Her sister asks what she is saying, she couldn’t. Makoto tells her that she has a date with Iriya. Rika tells her that she knows that it is unfortunate but for her to be that dizzy, she couldn’t, and what if she infects others. “Okay, sent me him a message and quickly go to sleep.” Makoto starts to sob. Her sister tells her that her temperature will rise up if she cries. Makoto tearfully asks God, why she had a fever and why today. She felt like hiding inside a crack. At school, Iriya gets a message from Makoto on his cellphone. She profusely apologizes that she had a fever that she couldn’t get out of bed. While Iriya looks surprised over the message, Uki comments that Makoto is late, and did she overslept. Noticing Iriya on the cellphone, Uki asks if it is a text. While Iriya is saying yes, he is texting Makoto that he understands, take care of herself and rest properly. Iriya tells the others that Makoto is absent today and it seems that she has a fever. Uki exclaims in disbelief. In a way, they all think that this is so Makoto’s style for this to happen. Uki pats Iriya’s shoulder and says that it is inevitable, so he shouldn’t mind it. Iriya looks thoughtful. Makoto cries herself to sleep with her stuffed toys.
Later on, she takes the temperature again and it is already 37.5C. She thinks that the fever is almost gone. She looks out the window and thinks that it is already dusk. She feels quite thirsty so she went out for a drink. She wonders what Iriya is doing right now, is he angry, is he shocked, and likely, those kinds of feelings. She hears some people talking that she wonders who came. She looks downstairs to see Iriya with her sister. Iriya looks up to see her. Makoto freaks out. Rika says that she looks better now. Iriya asks if he woke her up, and he came to give her gift to Rika. Makoto is moved for Iriya is like the real Santa Claus. Their mother comes out and asks if they have a visitor. Iriya greets her. Their mother asks if he came to get Rika for a date, not bad at all~~ Rika exclaims what she is talking about, he isn’t, he is Makoto’s boyfriend. Makoto is shock that Rika told their mother. Their mother is shock that he is Makoto’s boyfriend. Rika says that she still has a shooting so she’ll be going ahead. She invites Iriya to go in and have a cup of tea. Iriya tries to protest but Rika is already calling out to her mother. Their mother says, okay, please come in since it is cold outside. Iriya agrees to sit down for a while since she insists. Makoto realizes that a cooling pad is stuck on her forehead, her hair is messy and her pajamas are all wrinkled. She quickly runs to her room and shouts that she’s going to change her clothes and she’ll have tea later. Rika giggles and says that she’s leaving. Soon, at the kitchen, the teapot is whistling. While preparing the tea, their mother says that Makoto is so slow, and sorry for the trouble. Iriya says that it is okay. Blushing over Iriya, their mother says that it might be somewhat rude, but is he really going steady with Makoto and not Rika. Meanwhile, Makoto has finally decided to wear ordinary house clothes after agonizing about it for a while. She wonders if it would be very strange to overly dress up. Preparing to go in the kitchen, she overhears her mother saying that it is because Iriya ought to be quite popular with girls so from the very start, she thought that he is Rika’s boyfriend. “I think that you and Rika together really suit [each other]. Makoto, she..ah? She looks very ordinary, and would specially pick on Christmas to have a fever. Ever since before, she really gives other people trouble[/inconvenience]. So, I’m asking you whether or not, it is true that you’re going steady..”
Makoto freezes and mentally tells her mother not to tell those kinds of things to Iriya. Iriya smiles and calls her ‘obasan’[/auntie – not blood related] which surprises their mother and asks what it is. Iriya asks her, “Could it be that Makoto would have a fever and get sick because she is doing something or perhaps, she has an activity at that time?” Crouching down with hands on her ears, Makoto looks surprised. Their mother says that speaking of that, yes, starting from the time she’s young, these things happen. Iriya says that it is like that, she’ll strive really hard as if her life depended on it and in the end, she’ll collapse. “Afterwards, she’ll work hard to stand up, and fall down again. This happens repeatedly.. Even if, as you said that she is still like that when she’s grown up and all the more causes people to worry[/be anxious] but I like her everything including that nature of hers. Please don’t talk like that to her again. *smiles* Can I carry out the tea?” Their mother blushes and says, okay. As Iriya heads out with the tea, their captivated mother is surprised about Iriya that she didn’t imagine.. Recalling Makoto asking him how she can get self-confidence, Iriya thinks that it turns out to be like that, he knows the ‘[root] cause’. He comes out the kitchen and notices that Makoto is sitting outside. She is teary-eyed that Iriya asks if she just heard that and starting from where. Makoto mutters that it is from the start. Makoto starts running upstairs that Iriya chases after her. When Makoto catches her breath, Iriya puts down the tray and tells her that no, her mother is definitely only kidding, and she didn’t mean it. Iriya holds crying Makoto’s shoulder to comfort her. Makoto tearfully says that he is mistaken. “..You’re mistaken..happy..I’m so happy.. (I always, always, always, wanted someone to tell me those kind of words--..)” Iriya hugs her from behind and mutters her name. “Makoto, you’re not at all a useless person. You can make a bento. As the cultural festival committee member, you did quite well. For me, there is no one else cuter than you. *Tearfully Makoto looks at Iriya* So I’m saying, let me spoil you a bit more. *holding her hands* Even if it is a bit willful, it will also do. Okay?”
Makoto says being willful, he is already doting on her too much. Iriya replies, ya, no matter what it is, it’s okay. Makoto says, “..want..I want to go watch the Christmas tree together with you.” Soon, they arrive in front of a huge decorated Christmas tree. Makoto happily exclaims that it is beautiful and amazing. Iriya asks if she is okay, and isn’t she cold. Makoto says that she’s totally fine. She timidly says that her mother will get angry since she didn’t tell her and she just went out. Iriya chuckles about the both of them will get a scolding together later on. Then, he remembers something. He gives Makoto a small rectangular box. He tells her that it is his gift for her. While holding his gift, Makoto freaks out that she totally forgot about his gift and she left it in her house. Iriya tells her that it is fine and quickly looks at her gift. She opens the box and it is a necklace with a rabbit holding a clock [<- Alice in Wonderland]. Makoto says that it is a bunny. “It’s so cute! Thank you, Iriya-kun!” Iriya smiles. Then, Iriya touches her chin, and then, her lips. Makoto’s heart is beating loud. Iriya says that right now, she is thinking of things like if she’ll stop breathing or not, and whether or not, she’ll infect him with his cold. Makoto exclaims how he knew. She starts apologizing for she acted un-feminine again. Makoto laughs and says that it is okay. Touching her chin, Iriya says, “That is like you, Makoto.” He kisses her. Surprised Makoto looks at Iriya then touches her lips. Blushing, she smiles and thinks, “His touch is like a snowflake that melted on the lips. The first kiss is quite gentle. Warming up the chest. It’s really a super amazing Christmas gift. Thank you, Santa Claus.” Meanwhile at a studio, Rika is kissing a guy. They were interrupted by the guy’s ringing cellphone. He apologizes to Rika since he has to go. Rika says okay. While the guy is taking his things to leave, he asks her if she still remembered what he told her before. Rika says, but, that kind of thing.. The guy tells her to properly think about it. Rika calls out to Shouki [guesswork from 尚樹] but he just left. Rika is thinking of something.
Comment: This is a nice chapter ^-^ Makoto immediately apologized to Iriya and corrects his misunderstanding over what she meant. Iriya is sensitive enough to notice that there is something bothering Makoto regarding self-confidence. He chose not to ask much about it and just temporarily cheer her up and making her re-focus on her current goal = Christmas date. Apparently, Makoto tends to overexert herself that she usually gets sick on the ‘big day’. ^^; In a way, Makoto is really lucky to have a boyfriend who likes her everything even that part which makes her own mother and the others look down on her. In a way, it is a good thing that she got sick so that her mother could meet Iriya and, risky as it is, Iriya managed to request her mother to quit talking like that to Makoto. I guess thanks to him being polite and being a pretty face, those factors helped him pull that off and the mother didn’t had a bad reaction to what he said. Makoto being moved by what he said is really touching. Indeed, it can bring tears to one’s eyes when someone said that things that one really longs to hear from someone. Perhaps, that will help her regain her self-confidence and make her realize how much Iriya loves her ^-^ And, Makoto got two Christmas gifts from him – a necklace and a kiss ^^ As for Rika, I wonder what her boyfriend wants her to think about – quit job, elope? He seems to be just a staff at the photo shoot. Scans by all★wink汉化组
Word of the day:
My Savior hears me when I pray, upon His Word I calmly rest; In His own time, in His own way, I know He’ll give me what is best.
from Our Daily Bread