He mentions about not being able to be alone together lately since it is only occasionally eating lunch together and they don’t go home together. Sawako wants to see him but since he is struggling, she couldn’t bring herself to say it for she is also working hard. Shouta tells her that he still wants them to see each other alone so they’ll meet in the morning, earlier than everyone else. This made Sawako asks if he isn’t forcing himself. To her shock, Shouta admits to her that right now, he is already forcing himself [/having a hard time with this]. Freaking out, she apologizes and decides to hang the phone for interrupting him and she did a bad thing. The phone rings and Shouta angrily says, hey. She freaks out again since he’s angry. She kept on apologizing that he explains that not creating time alone would be making things difficult for him[/make him force himself]. He tells her to keep in mind that he likes her the most. She exclaims okay. So, the next day, they meet early in the morning in class. After yawning almost at the same time, they greet each other good morning. When Shouta mentions that he is very happy since they get to be alone, she tells him that she is also very happy and for him to say that yesterday. She says that she’s happy to hear his voice even if they didn’t see each other. This made Shouta glad. She also tells him to keep in mind that she likes him the most, and she might be saying some willful things at times. Shouta smiles and says that he’s happy. She tells him to tell her if he’s forcing himself. He just says yes and mentions about wanting her to say some willful things. So, that’s their morning date. At night, jogging Ryu sees Chizuru waiting for him. She stands up and says that she knew that he’s coming. He blushes and she starts to scold him for being quite late and she’s itchy because of the mosquitoes. He informs her that they’ve won. While thinking that’s great and congrats, She just says, ya, she heard. He says that he’ll also win the next one. While telling him ya, Chizuru thinks that he must absolutely win. He says because he wants to go to advance to all-Hokkaido [<-全道/ major baseball competition in Hokkaido]. Thinking that he must not lose, she says ya. He strokes her hair and bids her good night. As he left, Chizuru recalls someone asking her why she is studied at that high school and she says because no matter what, she wants to cheer for Ryu and she’s the person who wants to cheer on him the most.
At school again, Kent mentions to a friend about not going to the canteen with him for a long time. The friend says that it is because he is always eating with his girlfriend. Recalling what school Ayane wants to go, Kent mentions about his friend also always eating with a girl. Then, Kent notices Ayane’s favorite bread on sale so he wants to buy it. After telling his friend to go ahead, Kent suddenly calls out for his friend ‘don’t go’ then he apologizes to the friend by saying that he’s practicing. Meanwhile, the three girls are on the roof to eat lunch together. After some complaints from Ayane that they’ll get sunburned, Sawako is moved since it has been a long time since they get to eat together. They also don’t get to be together after school since Chizuru has work and the other two go to cram school. Recalling Kent, Ayane asks Chizuru about her and Ryu. Chizuru mutters then shouts that their relationship is not bad. The two are happy for her. She says that even so, she’s really awful. Chizuru is getting too excited about this that the other two tells her to calm down and what is it. Chizuru tells them that in high school, she thought of becoming the manager of the baseball club but she felt that it’s wrong for that is the world that Ryu worked hard in and even if she wants to cheer him, she always felt that she shouldn’t meddle. It is possible that at that time, she likes Tooru and she don’t quite understand but she is always cheering Ryu on and she felt that she is his biggest supporter and she wants to be that person no matter what. So in short, she wholeheartedly want to cheer him on and always want to do that but right now, she couldn’t cheer for him for she just don’t want to separate from him. This seems to surprise the other two. She tells them that if Ryu achieved it, he will use baseball to go to college and go to a far place. Obviously, he works so hard but she couldn’t cheer him on and she is doing something that she doesn’t want to do the most. “I’m obstructing [/holding back] Ryu. I obviously like him. Because I like him so I cannot cheer him on. I’m truly quite awful..” Kent who is standing behind the door overhears them. Later on, Sawako goes to the classroom and sees Shouta napping on the desk. She thinks that he is always studying until it’s very late. She strokes his hair and recalls what Chizuru mentioned earlier. Sawako thinks that for her, Shouta is forcing himself.
Comment: Sawako and Ume bonding nicely and becoming good friends. It is nice how Shouta insists on time together with Sawako. The two are becoming more vocal about what they want and what they feel. As time moves on, the problem still remains regarding the possibility of separating with one’s lover who’ll go away to pursue his/her dreams. Well, for the ones who’ll be left behind, the problems is to support or stop them from leaving. After overhearing that, Kent might change his mind about telling Ayane not to go. Chizuru still couldn’t bring herself to cheer Ryu on. Shouta is going with the flow and well, it is already mentioned that he won’t say it and let Sawako decide on it. In a way, he is similar with Kent in doing their best to catch up with their girlfriends who are better/more ambitious than them. I wonder how Sawako and Ayane would think/act after hearing the side of someone who’ll be left behind. Scans by 夜莺工作室
Quote of the day:
Life's challenges are not supposed to hold us back. They're supposed to give us strength to advance forward and press harder for what we want in life. ~ Edwin Mamerto