She thinks that he is only has good looks, but actually, he isn’t careful with his words [based on the surrounding mood], inconsiderate and not a nice guy at all. Atohira looks behind him and asks if she is coming with him. He wonders if she is too annoying that she got rejected. He tells her that right now, he doesn’t want to have a girlfriend so can she let him go. She let go and angrily thinks that he shouldn’t have gone to the goukon. She still follows him to a karate dojo. Then, she heads back to the karaoke bar and thinks of Koume. She opens the door and is surprised Koume having fun karaoke with another guy. Koume welcomes her back and asks if she touched up her make-up, better not become cuter. Koharu lamely laughs as she sits down next to Yuu. Koharu observes that everyone is having fun. She lets out a sigh that Yuu asks what that is about, and he apologizes again regarding Atohira. Koharu asks why that guy came. Yuu tells her that it is his birthday today and Atohira won’t go to a goukon so he tricked him into coming today but, he won’t invite him again next time. Yuu says that it seems that Atohira is quite busy with karate. Koharu thinks that just by hearing ‘karate’, her heart would still tighten a bit. When Yuu asks for her ID [/contact information?], Koharu thinks that he is quite flirty. After the karaoke, Yuu offers to walk Koharu home but she refuses. She realizes that it is nearby. Then, they see Atohira and the others jogging at the side before heading back to the karate dojo. Koharu recalls how she watched Kawasumi jog. Flashback: In class with Koume, Koharu overheard one of her male classmates talking about a freshman confessing to Takane[no hana]-chan and it seems that they are going steady. Someone said that it is that karate guy. Koume looked at sad Koharu who muttered that it already has nothing to do with her. Then, she had turned away when she saw Suiren going to Kawasumi that Koume asked where she is going. End flashback. Looking inside, Yuu exclaims over how amazing it is. Koharu glances inside to see Atohira doing a practice duel with someone. She watches then looks away. She recalls him telling her that right now, he doesn’t want to have a girlfriend. She watches Atohira again. After practice, Atohira goes out and sees Koharu outside. He walks away. She grabs the helm of his sweater and tells him to wait. He asks if she has always been waiting. Koharu says not always. He asks why she is still here when she should have returned to that goukon-thing. Looking somewhat flustered, she asks if he really doesn’t want to have a girlfriend.
He glances back at flustered Koharu. Atohira says that he doesn’t want to and besides, she likes Kawasumi, right. Koharu looks surprised. She tells him that she was rejected and didn’t she say that it already has nothing to do with her. He tells her that he only wants to concentrate in practicing karate so sorry. She lets go and says ya, she doesn’t wants to hinder him. She tells him that she will cheer him on. This made Atohira smile. Koharu watches him leave. Meanwhile, the main couple is quietly walking together. They both blush upon recalling how Kawasumi held her to him. Koharu thinks that every time she thinks of that thing, it seems like there is a ‘ah’ that wanted to tensely come out. She wonders if that kind of thing would happen again while going steady. Her heart would always beat that she felt somewhat afraid. Kawasumi is bowing to her that Suiren realizes that she’s home. She tries to say something to him when Kawasumi says that there is something that he wants to ask from her. At a drink vending machine, he points out to a bottled tea drink and shouts that he wants that. After she got him the drink, he tells her that today is his birthday. This shocks Suiren for that drink would be his birthday gift. While Kawasumi is holding his drink, aghast Suiren apologizes that it isn’t a formal gift. Suiren wants to re-do today when he obviously gave her a necklace. Noticing her reaction, Kawasumi explains that he felt that it is bad for a guy to mention about one’s birthday but in the end, it is alright, he really wants this. Trembling, Suiren thinks even if it is tea. He apologizes to her that Suiren mutters that she should be the one.. He says no, he’s very happy. Suiren still feels bad for giving tea is very strange. He tells her that next year, if she still remembers, just greet him and that is already enough. This made Suiren say that, that is also enough for her. Taking out her necklace, she tells him that it is also okay not to spend money. Kawasumi blushes and looks away. After a while, Suiren also blushes for it is that roof[/top of building] memory again. Kawasumi walks ahead. He stops and holds her hand.
Then, they walk together while holding hands. Suiren thinks that obviously she’s very at ease but when they are holding hands, there is some fear and isn’t that quite strange. She wonders if he also feels that way by merely grasping each other’s hands and fingers. Suiren mutters, “..like..” Kawasumi looks at her. He tightens his grasp on her hand and replies, “I also like you.” Suiren thinks that using strength to grip [her hand], in the end, makes her feel at ease. Kawasumi returns home and tells his mother that he’s going to eat there. He goes in his room and is surprised to see Atohira there. While reading a manga, Atohira greets him a happy birthday. Sitting up, he tells Kawasumi that Ichi hasn’t come home yet and why did he rejected Koharu. This surprises Kawasumi. Atohira says that he thinks that type of girl suits him [Kawasumi] more. Kawasumi asks where he heard that from. Atohira says that it is a secret and that’s right, participate in the next dojo tournament. Kawasumi glances at serious-looking Atohira. He thinks that he will fight against Atohira. Kawasumi says ya, and goes out of the room. He sighs then looks serious. Ichi walks upstairs and glances at Kawasumi. Atohira comes out of the room and calls out to Ichi. Holding the tea drink bottle, Atohira asks if Kawasumi can give that to him. Serious Kawasumi takes it back. This made Atohira look serious again before leaving. That night, Suiren couldn’t sleep. She decided to re-celebrate Kawasumi’s birthday this coming Wednesday. She wonders what to do. She thinks of having a party with Aya, Yuri and Ryosuke. Then, she remembers that Ryosuke has a girlfriend. She imagines what Ryosuke’s girlfriend looks like and thinks that Kawasumi also knows Ryosuke’s girlfriend so they all celebrate it together. She wonders if Kawasumi would be happy because of this. She sits up when her cellphone is ringing. She finds it amazing for it is Kawasumi who’s calling. Kawasumi apologizes for calling her up late. He tells her that there is an upcoming important competition so he temporarily couldn’t walk her home during Wednesdays. He apologizes for deciding this on his own and that is because he wants to win, and absolutely do not want to lose.
Comment: I got tricked by what Aya was saying in the last chapter. It turns out that it is Koharu who’ll be paired off to Atohira. In a way, Atohira is somewhat like Kawasumi so is it an unconscious substitution for Kawasumi on Koharu’s part? She obviously doesn’t quite like Atohira after bluntly asking inconsiderate questions but there is something that attracts her to him. Ah..karate? ^^; For her to do such things like pulling his coat and following him around, it seems that she is in love with him. It is admirable how Koharu kept her composure when asked such questions in front of everyone. She is also quite nice to consider Koume which is the reason why she chased after Atohira the first time. It seems that unlike other female love rivals, Koharu knows when to call it quits when the object of her desire is already taken. So, it makes me wonder if this is the reason why Atohira suddenly wanted to challenge Kawasumi to a duel. Is it to defeat him for Koharu or like, get Kawasumi to win so that he won’t concentrate too much on karate and can go on a dating? In a way, it isn’t always that a girl would chase after him disregarding how inconsiderate he was to her a few hours ago. ^^;; And unexpectedly, it is Kawasumi’s birthday. This guy is really very casual and simple with things without any frills and stuff. Of course Suiren would feel guilty about her ‘gift’ though in a way, he did gave her a textbook before so they are more or less, even on that. The holding hands and saying ‘I like you’ stuff are nice ^^ Hm..the way how the two guys seriously look at each other because of the upcoming competition, it makes me think that there is something behind it than what is shown. Anyway, it seems that Suiren’s plan for the re-celebration of his birthday is cancelled since karate is going to be Kawasumi’s top priority for the time being. So, I guess Suiren is going to cheer for him and she will be a rival against Koharu again, who will be cheering for Atohira. =P And, there might be some uneasiness on Suiren’s part since Kawasumi did got injured the other time they had a duel. Scans by all★wink汉化组
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