It is Tuesday and Mego has a slight fever of 37.8C since that day. Wearing his Mego outfit, Mitsuru says that her fever still hasn’t left so she has to be absent again today. In bed, Mego apologizes for obviously, they are in the middle of their switch identities. Mego wonders if it was irrational for her to jump into the river during that compulsory-type date with Chiharu. A lot of things happened that day and until now, she still hasn’t sort out her thoughts but.. She blushes upon recalling how Aoi held her and called her stupid. She is really happy that Aoi had tightly hugged her and just by recalling it, makes her feel really happy. Mitsuru sweatdrops for Mego has a fever like that yet she can smile so happily..so scary. At Akechi Academy, Aoi got a message from Mego who apologized that she’ll be absent again because she still has a fever. Since her flu isn’t well yet, Aoi plans to visit her on his way home. He enters Mitsuru’s class and thinks THAT GUY is also not around. He clenches his fist and mutters Chiharu’s [sur]name. Then, Aoi gets another message but this time it is from Mitsuru. “Good morning!! (^3^)/ Mego is absent. You’re definitely very lonely. Quickly look at this and it will cheer you up!” It is a stolen picture of Mego who was changing her clothes. To a couple of guy’s surprise, Aoi immediately collapsed over Mego’s almost naked picture. Aoi recovers and blushes over it but it is a waste to delete the picture since he has no way of being heartless. [<- to delete it?] At Toushou High’s shoe lockers, Mitsuru is chuckling whether or not Aoi is very happy about that. Azusa asks what he is grinning out. When she opened her shoe lockers, a couple of fat envelopes sealed with heart stickers fell down on the floor with a paper that is filled with her name. Picking up the two heavy filled up envelopes, Mitsuru says that it came again, the love letters from the pervert. Feeling her hair is standing up, Azusa tells him that it’s quite gross that she doesn’t want to open it. Just when Mitsuru is asking who it could be, he notices a man with glasses standing at the end of the shoe lockers. The man turns around to leave. He wonders what that guy is looking at and Azusa tells him that it is the chemistry teacher, Yoshida [guesswork from 吉田]. Yoshida is suspect no. 1. Then, Mitsuru hears a ring from a cellphone. He looks back to see a nerdy guy, Tanaka [guesswork from 田中] who is a senpai member of an (unofficial/not approved) Asuza fanclub.
Holding a cellphone, blushing Tanaka thinks that Asusa is also super moe today and he’s going to upload the picture to the blog of Asuzu’s (official/approved) fanclub. He is suspect no. 2. In the studio, suspect no 3 is popular model, Satou [guesswork from 佐藤]. Satou greets Asusa and asks if they can eat together after work. Thinking that he’s annoying, Asuza turns him down with a smile by saying that they’ll finish work late today. Satou says that she always say that. Asuza apologizes to him. After she left, Satou clicks his tongue and complains what’s so amazing about her when she’s an ugly girl. Suspect no. 4 [Assistant director] AD Yamamoto angrily scolds Satou for having a bad behavior just because Asuza rejected him. He tells Satou not to casually chase after Asuza, you frivolous, superficial jerk. In the dressing room, Mitsuru puts his crude drawing of the four suspects on the table and tells Asuza that they are the most suspicious according to his observation. He says that even if he doesn’t want to doubt others but Asuza should be careful. Mitsuru is wondering who that pervert masked guy who is in hot pursuit of Asuza. Blushing Asuza looks at Mitsuru and mentally calls him stupid for she’s really not a deadweight. [<-I’m not sure on this one] She thinks that he is so serious in worrying about her that she’s so happy about it that she’ll unexpectedly think that it would good if this situation would always continue. “Even if he always likes Shino, it also doesn’t matter. I hope that he can always stay at my side--..” Mitsuru looks at Asuza and sees her lovingly looking at him. This surprises Asuza that she quickly looks away. Azusa is embarrassed that they’ve looked at each other and did he find out that she has always been staring at him. Mitsuru is also blushing over this. They were interrupted when the hair stylist comes in and says that they are going to start doing her hairstyle. Seeing her holding a basket of flowers, Asuza asks if they are going to use those. While fixing her hair, the hair stylist tells her that during the shooting, she is going to hold a flower bouquet. Asuza says that the yellow flowers are very beautiful. The stylist says that it is daffodil, and a yellow daffodil means ‘peculiar person’ in the language of flowers. She explains that the concept of today’s shooting is ‘a stubborn, unyielding natured, an eccentric peculiar girl expressing the feeling of ‘like’/[love] for the first time.’
She tells Asuza that even if it is a bit hard but Asuza should do her best in showing it. Slightly blushing Asuza says is that so. She thinks that it is simply like the current her. So, in front of the camera, perhaps she can express her true inner feelings. The shooting is about to start. The hair stylist says that Asuza is very beautiful. Mitsuru perks up to see Asuza blushing as her hair is covered with flowers. Recalling what the hair stylist told her about the concept of the shooting, Asuza sticks out her tongue, lets the flowers fall from her hand, blushes and after closing her eyes, smiles nicely. From the start of the shooting, Mitsuru is captivated by Asuza. Then, Asuza takes a daffodil flower and kisses it. Everyone blushes and is moved by it. A couple of staff members is saying that it seems that Asuza became cute and seeing her kiss it made their heart beat. Mitsuru is blushing. He thinks that he doesn’t understand the bento that Asuza made herself for him which made him notice that she’s actually quite clumsy. After that, she seems to have become some other girl in his eyes and he finds this not quite assuring. They are now going to have a 30 minute break. Asuza has forgotten an accessory that she’ll need for the next shoot so she’s going to get it in the dressing room. Mitsuru offers to accompany her but Asuza tells him to relax, it is just nearby. Asuza opens the dressing room’s door to find Mr. Masked Pervert hugging her uniform and calling out her name. Asuza is furious and the pervert noticed her. After some screams, the pervert makes his escape. Asuza shouts for him to stop there, pervert. The pervert is climbing up the stairs up to the exit door when Asuza grabs his hooded jacket and shouts for him not to think that he’ll escape when he’s in front of her. The pervert hits her away and Asuza loses her balance. She is shocked when she starts to fall down from the stairs. Then, Asuza opens her eyes and wonders why it doesn’t hurt so much. To her surprise, she realizes that Mitsuru has used his body to protect her from falling as well as from the other studio equipment that has fallen on them. Looking at her, Mitsuru asks if she isn’t hurt. Then, Mitsuru winces in pain. This made Asuza flustered. At the hospital, Mitsuru’s head got bandaged. The doctor says that he got some fall injures as well as cuts due to the equipment falling down on him. There is no need to sorry since there is no abnormality in his EEG [Electroencephalography].
Mitsuru tells the doctor that it is extreme for him to bandage his head. The doctor says that it is because he has a wound on his forehead. This made Asuza very worried. She’s trembling while clenching her first. She felt that her heart is going to quickly stop and this is definitely her punishment because she was happy that he’s protecting her. “Protecting me also means Kobayashi is going to take my place and be put in danger.” Mitsuru notices Asuza’s expression that he realizes that this is no good since she is really concerned. Pointing to his forehead, Mitsuru tells him not to worry for he’s very sturdy[/rugged]. Covered with vein pops, Asuza angrily says that for him to get injured means he’s useless and truly, there is no single benefit, good-for-nothing. That hit Mitsuru hard. He angrily retorts back what the heck she is talking about and for whom did he just got himself injured. “In any case, care about that a bit, malicious girl!!” <- totally opposite of what he just said earlier. Asuza asks why she would care when she wasn’t the one who asked him to protect her and in the end, a professional bodyguard is more dependable. “You’re fired today. I don’t need a useless personal bodyguard. *turns to leave* Goodbye.” This surprises Mitsuru. Before leaving, she tells him that not to go to her school again. After she left, flustered Mitsuru wonders what’s up with that girl. At the street, Azusa mutters that she’s really not a bit cute for she always use this way of talking. “No matter when, I cannot be like Shino in making people other show affection for [me]. ‘Sorry’, ‘Thank you’. I’m sorry but I cannot frankly say those words. *tightly holds her chest* But..it is already enough. I already know that compared to being injured myself, it pains me more to see him injured. *recalled how Mitsuru told her that it would be good when she encountered the person she likes and even if it is a bit embarrassing, but her heart would totally become warmer.* It turns out that I also encountered it. *touches her heart as it beats* Right now, I finally understood. *beautiful blushing smile* The person that one likes is just like what you’ve said, making the heart become quite warm. It is already enough. Thank you for protecting me for this long. *hits her fist with her other open palm* You dare injury the guy I like. *serious* Don’t think I’ll let you off. You just wait and see!!” Blurb: “She’s not a girl who’ll only cry upon seeing the person she loves got hurt!! Next, Azusa is going to force the culprit into a tight spot! Furthermore, the two’s distance rapidly becomes closer♥”
Comment: Somehow, I imagined Azusa kicking the life out of the culprit who’ll be shouting that he didn’t hurt Mitsuru deliberately and directly. ^^; Well, technically, it is an accident. =P Well, it seems that Azusa is no longer going to play ‘damsel in distress’ even if she would wanted to, in order to keep Mitsuru by her side, and as she mentioned, she feels happy about it. Since Mitsuru is more of a ‘knight in shining armor’, he isn’t quite used to the ‘princess’ being strong and saying uncute words. In short, it is a bit difficult to deal with tsundere-s. After all, it would be easier to do all that with a girl like Shino. I wonder if he’ll misunderstand her or something but somehow, regardless of what she said, I think he’ll still stalk her around to protect her from the pervert. =P Hehe, he is indeed falling for her and he’s really getting there when he watches her photo shoot. If he only knew that those expressions are about being in love with him. I wonder if Asuza deliberately try to capture the pervert earlier for suddenly going to her dressing room. She looks quite calm when she is outside the door and when she opened the door. For the pervert to do that to her uniform, I wonder if she got an extra uniform since I don’t think I would want to wear it again. Would you? It seems that the pervert does have access to both her school and her work place so who is the most likely culprit among Mitsuru’s suspects. I’m not sure about the teacher but Tanaka being an avid fan who would even take stolen shoots of her from school seems suspicious. Though, he seems timid to only just do that and not more than that.. I think the assistant director is needed in the shooting that he cannot just go in Asuza’s dressing room and he probably doesn’t access to the school. So, I think it might be the model Satou since he can be a student-model like Azusa and in a way, he seems to have a love-hate feelings for Azusa. Who do you think is the pervert-stalker? Hm..I also wonder if it is possible that there is more than one pervert-stalker. As for Mitsuru’s email to Aoi, thumbs up ^^ Mitsuru is a good (future) brother-in-law, but I’m not sure about being a good brother in this case =P Anyway, it seems that Aoi is also stalking and waiting for Chiharu to show his face in school. I wonder if Chiharu is also sick since he might actually be weak with all those medicines in his house. Anyway, I hope Asuza does something cool in the next chapter ^^ Scans by 夜莺工作室
Word of the day: It [Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:7 NIV