Ryo’s father thanks Chizuru for her work. She tells him that Ryu isn’t home yet. He tells her that it is like this everyday that he felt that Ryu only comes home to sleep. Chizuru asks if Ryu has been eating well. He tells her that when it is time to eat, he is properly eating for that guy is a glutton. Chizuru laughs and says that is true. She asks him if he has been eating well. Ryo’s father laughs and exclaims that he does, after properly eating, he will strive hard to work. She recalls him telling her before that at his age, he felt a bit lonely at times and she told him that he still has Ryu. She thinks that at that time, he already knew that Ryu wants to continue his studies and plans to leave home. Chizuru complains over Ryu being like this, unexpectedly just leaving him all by himself. Ryu’s father laughs and says that it is alright, and he thanks her. He says that he is most happy when everyone is striving hard for their own future. He asks if she is okay with her studies because she is working hard everyday. She tells him that she is okay because anyway, she isn’t going to college. She asks him if he is okay. He says that he is okay. Chizuru tells him that besides, there is still her. He says that’s right, just seeing Chizuru so energetic, it cheers him up. She asks if that’s true. He says that it is. Then, he shows her a picture of a baby on his phone and says that his grandson is born. Chizuru exclaims in shock for she didn’t know about it. She congratulates him. He thanks her and says that he thought that Ryu already told her about it. Chizuru sadly says that there is no time for her and Ryu to talk because that guy is always sleeping in school that the only thing he does is eat, sleep and sports. This made his father worry for he’s always sleeping and not studying. Thinking that she knows that Ryu is always striving hard, she calls out to Ryu’s father. Later on, Ryu returns home and sees three onigiri [rice balls] by the kitchen. He eats one and recognizes the filling. His father tells him that Chizuru made it, and she said that it is for him. Ryu says ya, it is his favorite flavor.
While looking at the rose gift that Ryu gave her in her bedroom, Chizuru thinks that she knows Ryu is always working hard in his world that he isn’t deliberately abandoning his father and it is because he wanted to do something that he is leaving his family. Then, she gets a message from Sawako. After apologizing that it is late and if she’s sleeping, or if she woke Chizuru up, Sawako says that Chizuru’s birthday is coming soon, and can she tell her what she wants as a gift. Chizuru quickly calls up Sawako who is happy that she called. To Sawako’s surprise, Chizuru wants to come over to her place right now. After greetings and apologizes, Sawako invites Chizuru to her room and asks her to even stay overnight since it is already quite late. Chizuru is hesitant for she didn’t bring anything with her but Sawako assures her that they got everything she’ll need and she even prepared her a futon bed. Chizuru is amazed that Sawako also prepared pajamas. Chizuru thanks her and says that she’ll have to go home early in the morning. The pajamas are a bit small for Chizuru that Sawako tries to find a night gown but Chizuru says that it is already okay. Sawako starts to notices that something is wrong with Chizuru. Looking at her table, Chizuru comments that she’s studying. She apologizes for disturbing her. Sawako says that it is alright, for she’s the one who emailed her first. Chizuru apologizes and says that she always felt a bit lonely and it is good that she emailed her. Sawako says that she is very happy that Chizuru can come. Sawako starts to massage Chizuru’s shoulders. This made Chizuru teary-eyed. Then, Chizuru goes behind Sawako and starts to give her a massage. Sawako says that it hurts so Chizuru apologizes for putting all of her strength into it. While lying in bed, Sawako asks Chizuru what the matter is, and does she want to tell her about it. Chizuru laughs and says that it is nothing, just seeing her has cure her. Sawako is convinced that something’s up and does this have something to do with Ryu. Chizuru asks her if she is going to stay here. Sawako is startled for she recalls being told by Pin about D Normal University and Ume wanting to go there. She hesitantly says yes. Chizuru laughs and says that it is like her.
Then, Chizuru asks if she thought of parting with Shouta, for example Shouta has something he wants to do and he is going to leave her, or perhaps, Sawako has something that she wants to do that she has to leave. “..Regarding this kind of thing, have you thought about it?” After a pause, Sawako says no..she doesn’t want to part with him. Chizuru says ya, she and Shouta, ah yes.. Chizuru confides that she doesn’t have some sort of dream or wanting to do something type so.. Sawako thinks that in the end, she doesn’t know why Chizuru felt lonely, and whether or not, Chizuru she has something to say or not. Soon, it is morning and Chizuru has to leave so that she can prepare to school. Sawako calls out to Chizuru to come over anytime and if there is something she wanted to tell her, just call her anytime. Chizuru smiles back and says yes. Chizuru’s question if she thought of parting with Shouta is always on Sawako’s mind. While Chizuru is walking home, she recalls that she has to congratulate Tooru. She laughs about forgetting about it since she kept on thinking about Ryu. Then, she sees Ryu jogging at the other side of the street. Surprised Chizuru wonders when it started, that she’s the only one paying attention. She’s the only one who would chase after his figure with her gaze. And, it is Chizuru’s birthday. Ayane gives her a hand cream and Sawako gives her bath oil. Ayane asks her what Ryu gave her. Chizuru says nothing. Sawako says that he’ll give it to her today, right, and deliver it to her home. Chizuru says who knows, because right now, his brain is only filled with baseball. Sawako is shock when Ayane blunts says that Chizuru is very lonely. The two are shock when Chizuru admitted that she is, but she says that it is okay because he is Ryu. She grins and says that she can only say, ‘gambatte’ [/good luck] and she can only say, ‘ya, then go ahead’ regarding him wanting to go to college. During lunch time, Shouta wakes Ryu up who notices a packed food on his table, and it is some onigiri. Chizuru has already decided on what she is going to tell Ryu since what she can do is only support him and that’s all. Soon, it is night. Sitting by the doorsteps, Chizuru looks up the sky and mentally rehearse the words, ‘Gambatte’. She thinks that even if she doesn’t say it, he would still strive hard all by himself as if his life depended on it. And actually, he is already striving quite hard. She mentally wishes Ryu gambatte as the moon shines out from the clouds.
As the wind blows, Ryu stands in front of her. This surprises Chizuru. After recovering from being startled, she nervous greets him. He asks her what she is doing. Flustered and nervous, she says that is what she wanted to say and how come he came over during his jogging time and how come he’s not saying anything. Ryu asks her if she is alright. Chizuru realizes that he came to comfort her. Tearing up, Chizuru says that is what she wanted to say. Pause. Ryu greets her a happy birthday. He apologizes that he doesn’t have a gift to give her. Chizuru says that he unexpectedly came empty-handed. He apologized again for he wasn’t able to buy something in time. Chizuru repeats twice that it doesn’t matter. While looking away, she says that he came over just to say that. To her surprise, Ryu says yes. He thanks her for the onigiri and for always helping his family. He says that even if he always wasn’t able to say it to her but he knows that she is worried about him. “Even if this kind of thing cannot be considered as a gift, but I will deliver the results. I’ll definitely win. Ever since you were small, you always cheer me on ..thank you.” Chizuru recalls how she cheered Ryu on. She had already decided to say these words, ‘gambatte’ and ‘then, go’. Chizuru opens her mouth and says, “Don’t go. ..do not, go to college. *Ryu looks surprised* ... what-‘gambatte’.. *cries* What-support. ..I couldn’t do it.. *starts hitting still surprised Ryu* ..do not go. Do not go. Do not go. DO NOT GO!! Do not go..!! *recalls Ryu saying that because Chizuru is here, always together* (No. No. No. I’m the one who isn’t willing to part with him. I’m the one who always want to stay at his side.) *Ryu reaching out to her with his hand* I’m kidding.. *pat Ryu away and looks at him* ..go!” Ryu grabs her left wrist and asks, “[Do you] like? Do you like me?” Still crying, Chizuru exclaims, “..I like you, idiot!!” Ryu rushes to her which cause his cap to drop. He kisses her. Narration: “My love[/like] will hold Ryu back.”
Comment: And, finally, what Ryu x Chizuru fans have been waiting for. ^^ It is a classic case of the chaser finally stop chasing, and the one being chased looks back and realizes the chaser is no longer there..and usually like in this case, realizes that she loves him when he is gone from her side. ^^ The chapter is nicely done especially the last part of the conversation..or rather the confession which is sealed with a kiss ^^ Now, being teenagers and being in love, it is natural to not want to part with one’s lovers though I wonder if it is okay in the long run. They will be giving up their dreams/further studies just to staying with the ones they love. Based on Ryu and Sawako’s personality, they would most likely give in and stay since they seem easy to satisfy. There would possibly be no quarrels with ‘if only I..’ when things start to go wrong. ^^; So, I’m saying, I’m not sure if this would be a conflict or not though there would be a bit of guilt like being selfish on doing what one wants and make the other agree to it, rather than doing what is right for the other person’s dream/future. Temporary separation can be like eternity though at times. For the one who is busy with their dreams, it can be quite short but for the one who is waiting, it can be quite long. Scans by 夜莺工作室
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A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. ~ Proverbs 25:11