Rino exclaims in surprise that Ren darkly mutters that she’s extremely startled. Rino quietly wonders if Ren has seen through everything, and it feels very natural but that expression, in the end, he’s angry, right. Slightly pulling up her mask, Rino starts to say something when Ren asks if she won’t wear a cheongsam, and that’s really too bad. Rino blushes and thinks that he’s talking about that again. She tells herself this is bad for she’ll feel very happy about that.. Some fangirls ask Ren if they can take a picture together with him. Rino is surprised when Ren obliges. Rino is flustered for it turns out that he didn’t decline. Looking at smiling Ren, Rino thinks that he obviously told her such profound meaning words but he would also do two contradictory things.. After the fangirls thank Ren and left, Rino mutters that he’s quite popular. Rino thinks that it seems like she’s being sarcastic and it seems like this is.. Ren slightly smiles and Rino suddenly blushes. Mask on. Rino apologizes for not showing up yesterday but isn’t he happy to stroll together with that girl. Rino laughs and says that she also very happy to see all sorts of things. Ren asks her what this is all of a sudden. “About yesterday, it doesn’t matter. You shouldn’t mind it. It is still school festival today.” Rino is aghast and nervous. She suddenly stands up and says that she has to leave for a while. Ren glumly asks if she wants to run away again. Removing her mask, blushing Rino denies that she’s running away, she is just going to the toilet. Ren just looks on as Rino runs off. She thinks that she cannot have anything to do with Ren anymore and why did she say those kinds of words. In the toilet, she and Chihiro sigh simultaneously. They look at each other then, Chihiro backs away and exclaims in fright. Rino removes the mask and tells her that it’s her. Chihiro tells Rino not to be like that for she thought her heart stopped. Rino apologizes and says that Chihiro is unexpectedly a coward. Chihiro asks isn’t Rino also like that. Rino is surprised by that and mutters that it seems that she was struck from a different layer by that. [<- something like that is a bull’s eye even if that Chihiro’s ‘coward’ meant differently = scared of ghosts] She tells puzzled Chihiro that it is nothing, and is she going to stroll around together with Shou afterwards, and then, she’ll give the night festival’s flower to her boyfriend, right? Looking at the side, Chihiro glumly says hm..ah..ya.. This made Rino think that Chihiro probably doesn’t want to mention that. Chihiro immediately changes the topic by asking compared to her, in the end, Rino is going to give the flower to Kiri..
Flustered Rino shouts about that, she’s the committee member [<- busy] so who knows about that. The girls look at each other. Then, Chihiro says that until the time to say it, definitely properly say it out. Rino says that she’ll do that. They separate ways after heading out the toilet. Rino thinks that on the night festival, the exchange of flowers is originally, a tradition wherein the school badge with the engraving of Chinese bellflower [/balloon flower] is given to the family, friend or teacher, etc in order to convey gratitude but right now, it is an activity to confess to someone one likes. She hates it a bit that Ren would absolutely be getting that from different girls. “So strange for me to unexpectedly be jealous when I’m obviously afraid of getting close to him. I won’t want to encounter that kind of memory again, yet even if I think that way..” She is startled when someone calls out, “Yoshino!” Looking scared, Rino turns around to find a girl telling a certain Yoshino for being late. Rino nervously mutters what.. She recalls the memory when her crush asked if she isn’t ashamed of that [scar]. While Shou is calling for the next group to go in the haunted house and to be careful since it is dark, Ren looks at the side and says that Rino really came back. Rino says of course, she only went to the toilet. Yuuto calls out to Rino. Rino realizes that Ren is behind her that she quickly grabs Yuuto and drags puzzled Yuuto away. Somewhere, Yuuto asks what’s up with her, does she plan to stand him up again today, and doesn’t she want to stroll around with that guy. Rino apologizes. Flustered Yuuto says that for her to apologize, it means that she wants to stroll with that guy. Rino says that she plans to stroll by herself. She apologizes to him for making him worried but she is already alright so there’s no need for him to be concerned and that thing before is because Yuuto is always worried about her, right, but it is already gone.. Yuuto exclaims, “No, I..” Ren appears behind them and says that he knows why she doesn’t want to stroll around with him, and does she need him to say it, the reason. Rino thinks that it is because she likes Ren so she’s afraid--.. Yuuto is surprised when Rino shouts, no..please don’t say it.. Narration: “And, in the end, it turns out like this..” While holding some food, Rino is walking together with Ren around school. Ren asks if she wants to sit there since there is an empty space there. Rino just mutters okay.
While munching on what seem to be churros, Rino nervously wonders what should she do for she has nothing to say and she only wanted to just eat and muddle through this. She thinks that today’s Ren always felt very scary that she couldn’t look see through him but even in this kind of situation, the two of them are alone and somewhere in her heart, she felt very happy. She is startled when smiling Ren asks her if she wants to eat this..[sandwich] and this is the school festival’s limited edition. Rino happily says okay, it looks very delicious. She freezes and thinks that compared to being charming, her gluttony wins. She nervously says that it seems that she is being considered [/can be a candidate] for competitive eating. Ren asks is that so. Flustered Rino says that isn’t right. Rino suddenly realizes that she should instead do things wrong and eat like a complete mess to make Ren disappointed so that way, school life would go back as it used to be. Rino energetically tells Ren that she’ll eat it. Ren tells her that she shouldn’t mind it at all. With a smile, Ren says that he likes good kids who loves to eat. Aghast Rino think that it is some superpower and she couldn’t win against this guy. Nevertheless, she is betting on eating it messily, and even if it is Ren, he’ll.. She tries to grab the sandwich again but Ren pulls it away from her grasp. He asks her what she thinks of him, and he’ll give it to her after she tells him. Rino is flustered upon seeing how serious Ren looks. Ren tells her to tell him. Rino thinks that he obviously knew but he wanted her to say it out..he actually already sensed it. She pulls down her mask and says, “No.. No Comment..” Ren pulls up her mask and holds her chin. Ren asks her why she is running away from him. “If you hate me, please, Sakuragi-chan, personally tell me about it. This way, I won’t do this kind of thing again. I’ll give up.” Rino mutters, “I.. I..” Rino didn’t continue since she thinks that if she said it out, it will be over. She pulls away from him and shouts for him to let her go. She loses her balance and falls into a huge box. Embarrassed Rino wonders what she is doing at this time and she’s so cunning. She covers her face for she feels like crying. Just when Ren is asking her if she is alright, he stops midway. Rino realizes that he can see her scar. Rino quickly sits up and covers it with her arms. Pause. Forcing herself to smile, Rino says that he has seen it, he must be intimidated by it for people who had seen it for the first time are basically very shocked..(so she doesn’t want him to see it) and it seems that the person she used to like said some harsh words.. Rino starts to cry and thinks no, she actually do not want Ren to see it because no matter what, her coward self would be hurt. She is surprised when Ren tells her to wait, sorry.. And, he suddenly grabs her lower thigh and pulls it up. Embarrassed Rino shouts no..don’t..
While Rino is covering her face, Ren looks at the scar and asks if this is the reason why she is running away from him and that is why she can’t. Looking straight at her, Ren says that he doesn’t accept that and even if he doesn’t know what that guy told her, but it turns out that she would actually think that he is on the same level as that guy. “It’s quite disappointing.” Flustered Rino apologizes to him. She thinks that it is no good, like this, Ren would also.. He tells her that she probably ought to surrender because right now, she is definitely thinking this is already no good [= she couldn’t deny that she likes him] and even if she would, it would disappoint him more. Ren smiles and says, “Hm?” Rino looks away and says that he’s truly very forceful. Ren tells her that it is because the other party is a certain someone. After he pulls her up from the box, there was an announcement that for the different classes’ committee members to assemble at the first floor’s meeting room by 17 o’ clock for the preparations for the night festival. Then, Ren says that he’ll give it to her now. It is three flowers tied with a ribbon. Taking the flowers, Rino says that this is.. Ren says that the committee members would be busy during the flower exchange and he might miss the opportunity to give it to her. He apologizes that it isn’t fresh flowers but he thinks that it is better if she can keep them. Blushing Rino thanks him. Ren says that he doesn’t anticipate waiting for hers [flower/badge]. Rino sweatdrops. Noticing something, Rino exclaims that these are daisies, not Chinese bellflowers. She asks him what it means. Smiling Ren tells her to research about it by herself. [I googled it and in Japan, it meant faith.] This irritates Rino. She pouts and mutters ‘meanine’. Ren has a glum expression. With wide-eyes and a smile, Ren faces her and asks, “But you really like, right? I know.” Rino is surprised by that. While feeling frustrated, she admits yes, possibly! Narration: “Very forceful, a bit mischievous but [he’s] the most important person [to me], [I] have the same feelings with you.” Blurb: “Next chapter back to Chihiro x Hinase arc.”
Comment: And, Ren finally knows the reason why Rino is hesitating when she obviously also likes him. The scar obviously wasn’t a big deal to him. And I pretty much sweatdrop when he pulled up her leg. Lucky for him, he didn’t get slapped for that. ^^; Ren seems like a smiling sadist...hm, somewhat like a side of Skip Beat!’s Ren’ wherein he would confront the girl and is obviously not happy/angry but he would keep on smiling. He also reads through the girl and that can actually be quite scary. It is evident in some of the scenes here like she plans to eat like a pig to turn him off but he seems to know it and confronted her instead if she likes him or not. I guess things are now starting for the two. Ren’s smile in the last scene seems like a confident cat that just caught and ate the bird. ^^; Of course, the poor guy here is Yuuto being caught up in that. Anyway, I like it when a guy is proactive in love/guy likes girl very much. So, aside from his persistent pursuit of Rino, he went ahead and prepared the flowers for exchange even if he wasn’t sure of this outcome. ^-^ And, the guys in military uniform are really gorgeous and hot ^-^ It’s great that they have a very good dressmaker/s in their class. Hehe, they must be fangirls though that is probably fanservice ^^ I also like the ‘ghost combo concept’ between Shou-Chihiro = Shou attracts the customers who are most likely girls, and his girlfriend scares their head off in the haunted house. =P Based on Rino’s meeting with her, Chihiro seems to be having some problems that she didn’t blush or any positive reaction when the flower exchange was mentioned. I guess we’ll know what happened is in the next chapter. Scans by Link同好会汉化
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