Kawasumi sees her and nods to her. Suiren looks aghast for that bow seems to mean ‘thanks for being together [/going steady] for a month’. Ryosuke tells Kawasumi that he’ll definitely get chocolate today. Kawasumi is puzzled so Ryosuke reminds him that it is Valentines’ Day today. Ryosuke asks their female classmates to give him one, anyone would do and even if it is a giri [friendship] choco. A couple of girls say okay and he better return the favor [<- on White Day when it is the guys turn to give the girls something in return for the chocos on Vday] The girls are surprised when Mina [guesswork from 美奈; just correct me if it is wrong since there are many names based on that kanji] says that she will give him one since no one would give him. Ryosuke is very happy about this that Mina’s friends ask her if she is sure about this. During lunch break, Mina calls Ryosuke who is eating with Kawasumi. Mina gives Ryosuke a bag of what seems to be cupcakes. He thanks her and says that it is beautifully packaged. He asks if he really can take it. Mina says yes, and it isn’t giri choco. [<- if it isn’t giri, it is honmei choco = romantic love] Stunned Ryosuke returns to Kawasumi and mutters, honmei.. From the roof, Yuri says that Kawasumi and others are at the courtyard. She suggests that Suiren quickly give it to him now while there aren’t many people there. Aya repeats that it is okay even if Suiren didn’t give it at school. Yuri says that doesn’t Suiren want to give it quickly to him and it seems that Ryosuke got chocolates. Aya says that it is just giri choco. Yuri is doubtful that it is giri choco because of the size. She tells Suiren that Kawasumi ought to have gotten chocos from someone even if it is giri. She says that Suiren’s is in the classroom so she’ll go get it. Suiren quickly leaves.
While walking to Kawasumi, Suiren thinks that he is quite handsome so she mustn’t take things lightly. Cheering Yuri and Aya watch them from the corner. Upon seeing her, Kawasumi stands up. She is holding her chocolates behind her. She becomes conscious that there are a lot of people around. Then, she notices a girl calling out to her friend, asking where she is going. It is Koharu who is walking away. Suiren thinks that she only has to give it to Kawasumi then after he takes it, she can quickly go back. She recalls Koharu saying that the only thing she can do for that person is to forget about him. Suiren bows to Kawasumi and starts to leave. While climbing the stairs back to the roof, Suiren thinks that she couldn’t give it to him now. Her friends are calling out to her when to their surprise, Kawasumi calls out, “Shibaseki-chan.” Suiren turns around. Holding up his hand, he tells her, “Please give it to me.” Suiren blushes. She walks downstairs and gives it to him. Kawasumi takes it and says, thank you. They bow to each other and Kawasumi leaves. Suiren thinks that it would be good if she can do a lot more. Giving it to him in school when they obviously will go home together. They are obviously also together today and happily passed through a month. She merely felt that happiness has faded a bit. And, they still have a long way to go. “Today. Right now. This moment. Is the happiest. That is what I think from the bottom of my heart.” Kawasumi returns to where Ryosuke is. The two guys blush as they hold their Vday chocos.
Kawasumi arrives home and is surprised to see Ryosuke in his room. He asks him why he is there. Ryosuke asks what he should do regarding Mina. Sitting down on the bed, Kawasumi asks what kind of person is she. Aghast Ryosuke tells him that she’s also his classmate. He says that she is a cheerful girl and she sat near him before that they got to talk to each other a lot. Ryosuke giggles over getting a honmei choco for the first time. He pulls open the curtain. Looking at his reflection on the glass, Ryosuke wonders out loud if he is very handsome. He is surprised when Atohira comes in and asks what Ryosuke is doing and he is always like that. As Atohira prepares to leave, Ryosuke tells him to wait. Looking at Ryosuke’s cupcakes, Atohira asks, honmei. Irked over Atohira’s pile of chocos, Ryosuke says yes. He asks what to do since he should talk to her tomorrow. Atohira tells him to just talk normally and what does he think of the girl. Ryosuke says that she’s cute, kind, cheerful and a nice girl. Atohira says then, it will do. Ryosuke asks what he meant. Atohira tells him to go steady with her. He asks if she knew that they are busy with club activity. Ryosuke says that Mina is in the volleyball club though they are more leisurely compared to the karate club. To Ryosuke’s irritation, Atohira says that it’s very good that the two are set up since his karate level is up to that degree. Ryosuke says okay, he’ll go steady with her. He asks if he should wait until White Day. Atohira tells him that is up to him. He asks Atohira what he should give her back. Atohira says that it depends on the person. Ryosuke asks Kawasumi what he plans to give back. Atohira says that it would be good to give Suiren-chan a piece of jewelry. [<- in Japanese, the word means necklace.] Atohira says that he must have also wondered what to give on Christmas. Ryosuke says that this guy gave a ref.. Kawasumi shouts, hey. Atohira wonders if it is ‘three’ [<- ‘san’ which sounds like ‘refer’ in Japanese as in ‘refer’ence book]. Atohira says that that it would be good to just give what Suiren-chan would like.
Kawasumi calls out to him and tells him to please call her, ‘Shibaseki’. [<- they are close if one uses first name so Kawasumi doesn’t want him to call her by her first name.] The two look surprised over Kawasumi’s request. Atohira laughs at pouting Kawasumi and asks if he is an elementary kid. Ryosuke tells him not to laugh at Kawasumi. Taking his things, Atohira apologizes and says that he’ll call her Shibaseki-chan then. He says that he is just passing by so he’s going. Ryosuke asks if he is going to return the favor on White Day. Atohira asks to whom. Ryosuke asks if he isn’t going to give return gifts. He says that it might be misunderstood and he doesn’t want any hassle. Ryosuke says that it isn’t like those girls just gave those chocos without reason. Atohira says that even if he didn’t give return gifts, he still gets these much from girls every year. This infuriates Ryosuke that he shouts is that so. Ryosuke starts to bug Kawasumi over what to do on Monday. While shopping for some clothes, Yuri asks what Kawasumi would give Suiren on White Day. Aya says that it is definitely a ‘four treasures of study’[calligraphy and scholarship] -type of thing. Looking at her cellphone, Yuri says that compared to White Day, Suiren’s birthday is nearer, on March 3rd. Aya asks Suiren what she wants. While Suiren is thinking about that, Yuri says that 3/3 is on Monday so can Kawasumi take a break from club on that day. Then, someone asks if Kawasumi knows it is Suiren’s birthday. They look at Suiren who shakes her head. Yuri tells her to tell Kawasumi tomorrow. Yuri scolds Aya when she said to just inform him on Wednesday when they are together. It is morning and karate practice has just ended. By the sink, Ryosuke says that it is quite cold. He sees Mina with her friend. He calls out to her and greets her a good morning. Mina looks away and tells her friend that they should go. While Kawasumi watches this, Ryosuke is dumbfounded by Mina’s reaction. In section 1-A, Suiren is wondering if she can tell Kawasumi about her birthday and something like celebrate it with her. She didn’t think of it but she wants him to wish her well [/greet her happy birthday].
In section 1-B, Kawasumi looks at gloomy Ryosuke. When the school bell rings, he is about to call Ryosuke but he suddenly stands up and goes to Mina’s group. Ryosuke says that the question just now is quite hard. A girl asks if it is question 7. He says yes. Mina stands up and says that she’s going to the toilet. The other girl says that she is also going. Soon, it is time to go to chemistry room. Suiren wonders if Kawasumi is around and her birthday is coming soon. During lunch, dumbfound Ryosuke says that it is like that, it felt that it was a misunderstanding that she gave him that choco. Kawasumi glances at Ryosuke who tries to convince himself that it is like that and bread is very delicious. Kawasumi looks sad for Ryosuke. From the roof, Yuri tells Suiren that Kawasumi is there [at the courtyard] so quickly tell him. Aya insists that it is okay to tell it on Wednesday but Suiren follows Yuri’s advice. As she heads downstairs, Suiren thinks that even if they won’t be together but at least, for a moment, she wants to be with him. Kawasumi passes by his classroom and sees Mina eating lunch with her friends. He goes to them and asks Mina if regarding that thing, was she mistaken about the person [to give it to]. Mina’s friends and the others are surprised for it is rare for Kawasumi to take the initiative to talk with others. Mina stands up and goes out the classroom with him. Mina’s friends do not know what’s going on. Flustered Mina says that isn’t a mistake. Kawasumi bows and says is that so, he apologizes for suddenly intruding. And, he walks away and passes by Suiren. He notices Suiren waving to him and says, ‘..birth..day’. Surprised Kawasumi asks if it is today. Suiren shakes her head and says that it is on 3/3. Kawasumi says that it is easy to remember then he apologizes that he absolutely won’t forget it. While Suiren is happy that she finally said it, Yuri asks why she is all flustered. Aya threatens to slaughter him if he forgets. After going to Ryosuke, Kawasumi tells him that girl said that it wasn’t a mistake. Kawasumi is happy to see Ryosuke’s smile back on his face. Ryosuke wonders out loud about what to give her on White Day. Kawasumi mutters March 3rd. Ryosuke scolds him for being stupid for White Day is on March 14th.
Comment: In these two chapters, Kawasumi is becoming more proactive in both love and in friendship. Spending a month with Suiren after school everyday has probably helped him a lot in knowing how to treat Suiren ^^ For a while there, I thought I’m going to see another Kimi ni Todoke type of Valentines’ Day but thankfully, Kawasumi went ahead and asks Suiren for it. I guess Suiren didn’t give it at that time because of some consideration for Koharu. In a way, I wonder if this couple is the type wherein when Suiren is shy, Kawasumi does something and when Kawasumi is shy and not doing much, like what happened before, Suiren is the one doing something ^-^ Indeed, their relationship is still a long way to go but it is moving slowly and surely because of that ^^ As for Ryosuke, I guess this is the reason why he got ‘great blessing/luck’ fortune. I think the girl is acting shy about facing him after telling him that about the choco. Of course, snubbing him like that can make a guy misunderstand. In a way, that is like how guys can misinterpret the actions of a shy girl. ^^;; Apparently even if he’s handsome, gets lots of chocos and knows how to deal with girls, Atohira isn’t interested in having a relationship. Of course, that can irritate someone like Ryosuke. Anyway, we will have a birthday then a White Day. Would Kawasumi level up his gifts for Suiren? =P And, maybe that elusive kiss? Scans by all★wink汉化组
Quote of the day:
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place. ~ Zora Neale Hurston