Karin closes her cellphone and thinks that she already knew that, it is impossible for Nao, who hid their marriage from everyone else, to chase after her. She starts to cry that even if no one is there, he won’t chase after her because he wanted to divorce her. Then, she spots a soccer ball in front of her. Memories of Nao flood her brain then Nao grabs the ball and shouts that he found her. She asks why and he asks if she’s alright. She turns around and shouts what, he obviously wanted to divorce her and isn’t it very strange for him to be still worried about her. Nao says that it is because it seems that she’s going to cry. She screams that whether she’s crying or encountered something bad, didn’t he just ignore those and divorced her. Nao says no, didn’t he already clearly explained the reason when he gave her the divorce paper. Karin angrily shouts that after he said divorce, her brain went blank so whatever he told her before, she totally didn’t know. Nao says that he divorced her because he wanted her to become happy. Karin asks what he meant by that. She stands up and angrily shouts that he would suddenly say that the reason of the divorce is because of her, and how can she easily accept that kind of reason. While Nao is explaining, Karin starts crying again for she would immediately become unhappy after they divorce. Karin quickly runs off then turns around to shout that thanks to him, she doesn’t want to listen to whatever he says right now. “If you’re a man, then please squarely and clearly say out what you’re thinking! So that afterwards, I can also properly think about this divorce thing!? *pause* Please don’t make this divorce thing.. *turns away* seem like a simple thing like the marriage!” She walks away and stops at the hallway to think that even if it is quietly and secretly, he still chased after her. She is surprised when Nao appears in front of her. While holding her upper arms, he apologizes for not properly explaining things. “I will tell you everything that I had been truly thinking, will you.. listen..?” Karin nods. Fangirls scream over what this is about, let that girl go, and what is their relationship. Nao apologizes to them but right now, he wants the two of them to privately talk so if they want to know something, he’ll tell them about it later on, okay? The fangirls are shock that Nao is glared at them.
By the staircase, Nao admits to Karin that ever since living with her, he had noticed that she is quite a good kid and it made his guilt become stronger. She had totally accepted the hard life with him in contrast to her prosperous life before. She also has that serious awareness that she’ll live with him throughout her life. He obviously had a shallow thinking of marriage as living together, and he still wanted to apologize to her for saying those mean things [<- hating her, etc after the wedding]. Karin should obviously have a marriage filled with love and he is really regretful about involving her on his own with this planned[/tactical] marriage. At that time, Isuzu told him that in his heart, it has always been Karin so he thought that Isuzu is better for Karin than him since Karin who is an ojousama [milady] ever since she’s young. Also, Isuzu told him that he’ll use his parents’ power to erase Karin’s divorce record from the registry. Karin says so that’s what it is but if Isuzu didn’t say that destroy divorce record, what does he plan to do. After looking surprised, Nao says that he plans to use his whole life in properly protecting her. Karin looks flustered. She stands up and shouts that she doesn’t understand what he is saying and anyway, after the divorce, she thinks that they would still be together just like now. Nao says no, after the divorce they won’t see each other and right now, someone like him is unsuitable[/undeserving] to be at her side but.. He stands up and says that when he becomes more mature and grown to be able to properly face her, then, can he asks her to see him. Looking away, Karin asks what’s up with that casual arrangement and until that time, she might already found a perfect person. Nao says that it is alright, as long as she’s able to attain happiness. Karin seems to bite her lip, then she turns around to face Nao. In ojousama mode, she tells him if that is so, then, she, Karin agrees to sign the divorce.
Comment: Well, I was right that she didn’t sign the divorce yet though I didn’t quite expect that it will be Nao himself who would be the one to convince her to do it. ^^; It seems that Nao is indeed a complacent type of guy. It is like, ‘it’s okay if he gets Karin or not, as long she’s happy’. For now, he is setting her free rather than holding her down to him so that maybe, she can meet other guys and well, if she’s meant for him in the future, things will work out. I’m not sure if that is actually good or what..I mean, she loves him and he seems to love her enough to wish for her happiness but not enough to want to possess her-type of love. It seems like Nao is opting for ‘improve self before relationship’ because why not just stay in the marriage and work things out since they love each other. Maybe, it is more on his guilt being overwhelming if he kept on staying with her? About the divorce, I’m not sure if Isuzu is to blame or not..maybe partly? The first reason seems to be not since Nao thinks that Isuzu is more suitable for Karin, the second one seems to be that this divorce stuff wouldn’t have happened if Isuzu didn’t mention the erase divorce record. Still, the divorce is mainly due to the couple and it isn’t like Isuzu put a gun on Nao’s head and make him sign the divorce because in the end, I think that was Nao’s choice to do it because of his belief that it is for Karin’s happiness. Is it just me or these two guys are presuming what is Karin’s happiness and not actually knowing what it is that she wants/makes her happy..and it doesn’t help that she is indeed going along with what they want/think that she wants/make her happy in the end? ^^;; I’m not sure if it is the same in the other aspects of their life but based on this chapter, it shows the difference between Nao and Isuzu regarding romance. Nao is ‘okay-okay..what will be, will be’, has a tendency to act if only because some other factors urged him to, secretive and think before acting. Isuzu is quite proactive, will make things happen to get what he wants, brazen and can be quite impulsive = do first then think later. Well, if the divorce really happened, I guess it will put the two guys in ‘equal footing’ in courting Karin. I would want to say make the ‘best man’ win but then, Nao already has the edge of being loved by Karin and this is a fixed couple series. I somehow wish to make things a bit amusing if we actually have a third guy here..hm..say, a foreign transfer student..maybe a fanboy type for comedy ^^ Anyway, we’ll see how the story goes from here on, after the divorce, if it happens..since it seems we are back to square one = everyone is single. I’m also saying that ‘if the divorce pushes through’ since there is always this ‘popular wedding story’ on the cover for its marketing so what’s the point if they are no longer married. ^^; Scans by all★wink
Quote of the day:
Although every man believes that his decisions and resolutions involve the most multifarious factors, in reality they are mere oscillation between flight and longing. ~Herman Broch