And, summer break is finally over, the second half of the school term has started. By the courtyard, Yanagi and Yoshida are talking about the attendance regarding a certain subject. Yanagi notices Kujou passing by and calls out to her. She looks tense. He asks her if she had already decided on her subjects, like basic subjects such as Economy II. Startled Kujou exclaims that she already talked about this [/decided on this] with Fujimoto. And, Kujou quickly runs off. The two guys are aghast for after the fireworks, Kujou’s fluency in language is rapidly declining. To Yanagi’s shock, Souma blames him for continuously forcing Kujou from behind. Yanagi exclaims in disbelief and blames Souma. Souma shouts back that he is maintaining a suitable distance with her. As those two continues to quarrel, Yoshida thinks the two have a good relationship. By the bulletin board, Kujou thinks that she couldn’t help running away. After the fireworks, there is always something wrong with her and aside from becoming nervously with Souma, she is very afraid when Yanagi sees her distracted. “In Yanagi’s eyes, what am I [to him]. How does he regard me. How come my mind is filled with this kind of things.” She looks at her cellphone and wonders if it is too early to go to the club and she can read some more books [there]. Then, she sees Souma. She asks him what’s up and isn’t he going in. “Who are you waiting for?” She freaks out when he says that he is waiting for her. “..can’t I.” Kujou mutters that it isn’t like he can’t. And, at the same time, Yanagi suddenly stands up from his class for his Kujou sensor is acting up and he felt that he was a bit slow in acting so he should go. Back to the two, Kujou couldn’t act the same as before even if Souma told her, too. Souma sweatdrops for Kujou is walking stiffly like a soldier. Kujou apologizes and says that it seems that she couldn’t relax a bit. Souma says no, actually, seeing her like this is very ‘fresh’ [/new] and he thinks that it is very cute. Kujou freaks out for Souma won’t say that kind of words and usually, he would just stare at her and asks what’s up with her. Kujou really wants to run away but she can just bear this a bit during the club for there should be some people inside.. And, no one is inside the club room. Kujou quickly excuses herself and says that she’s going to buy some drinks. Souma just sighs.
By the vending machine, Kujou buys her drink and thinks that this is tiring for she couldn’t stay there and what should she do. She thinks that he doesn’t say those kind of things from the start and if she goes back, Yanagi would probably also come. It is only just going in the club room yet for the first time, she felt unwell [/couldn’t bear it]. When she goes there before, she felt quite happy and it makes her feel worry-free. It seems that it had unknowingly changed. She hates it and how come things can’t be the same as before. She wishes that it won’t change forever. Holding a box of [sliced] cakes, Yanagi thinks that he obviously wanted to entice Kujou but unexpectedly, he can only think of eating. He muses that this is also the safest method and it isn’t like his brain couldn’t think of something better but rather, according to experience, this method is highly effective. Then, Tachibana sees Yanagi and they head to the club together. Tachibana greets him and asks what’s up since he came from outside.. Tachibana freezes as she recalls Souma asking she ought not to truly like Yanagi. Yanagi tells her that he went to buy some cake. While Tachibana is blaming Souma for saying too much before, Yanagi asks her what cake does she likes. She tells him fruit tart. Yanagi tells her that she’s lucky for he happened to buy that and there is also, cheesecake, etc. Tachibana looks at him and recalls him telling her that starting from 10 years ago, he has always been chasing after Kujou as if his life depended on it. In the clubroom, their activities will be fall festival on November and then, year-end party on December. Fujimoto tells them that after fall festival, the third years will retire. Yoshida and another guy scream that the wretched job search will start. Souma asks if he isn’t going for postgraduate [/research] studies. Yoshida says that he isn’t that good and he isn’t studying with the goal to be a postgraduate student since it isn’t fun. Tachibana tells everyone that on the first day of next month, their school will have a school festival so if everyone can, they all go together to have fun. Yoshida gladly wants to go. Yanagi glances at Kujou who is reading at the corner of the table. He calls her out and holds up the box of cake to her. Using his ‘feed attack’, Yanagi tells her that this is her favorite cheesecake. She asks him why he suddenly.. Yanagi tells her to quickly eat up and won’t her face be filled with happiness when she eats something.
Fujimoto exclaims what cakes are those. Yanagi says that everyone has one. Then, he gives the fruit tart to Tachibana who thanks him. Yoshida screams over how come Yanagi knows what Tachibana likes. While Kujou’s eyes widen over this, Yanagi tells Yoshida what he is talking about and just pick a cake. While thinking that her heart is going to.., Kujou recalls someone saying that just now, he saw Yanagi bring a drink to Tachibana, and no wonder it is Tachibana to be able to make Yanagi smile like that. Tachibana gives Kujou some tea. Kujou thanks her and mutters, “Your relationship with Yanagi is truly good.” Tachibana is as surprised as Kujou. Kujou suddenly says that she forgot to tell everyone something. She tells everyone that starting in autumn, she is going to double school [<- something like undergoing some specialization textual research to help out in her future career]. Fujimoto asks what she is going to study. While Yanagi looks surprised, Kujou says accounting and she got enough money for the training school during summer. Fujimoto comments that no wonder she has been working really hard during summer. Yoshida and friend comment that it isn’t easy to do a textual research while studying and no wonder she’s Kujou. Kujou tells Tachibana that she would want to go to their school festival and she’ll strive to find some time. She wishes Tachibana luck with the festival and Tachibana thanks her. Fujimoto says that she doesn’t know about this. She turns to Yanagi to ask if he knows. But upon seeing his shock expression, she realizes that he also doesn’t know. After bidding goodbye to the others, Kujou asks what’s up with Yanagi who is quiet and looking glum. He grumbles about not knowing a thing about the double school. Kujou tells him that it isn’t necessary to tell him. Yanagi thinks that it is that again, but she’s also right for they aren’t boy-girlfriend and he knows that Kujou isn’t doing something wrong. He knew that he only has to toss a question and she’ll be able to come up with an answer. But, how about telling him a bit of things, no matter what she’ll just hide it inside and isn’t he a bit headstrong to think like that. He thinks it is just like that thing with Souma, if he wasn’t at the right place to hear Souma tell him about it, he definitely would still be in the dark right now. Kujou asks him what’s up. Yanagi says that nothing is up with him.
He quickly walks faster. Seeing him walking ahead, Kujou suddenly remembers him together with Tachibana. She quickly rushes to him. Holding his back, she calls out his name and tells him that upon joining the club, she got friends and she is truly very happy. “I believe that it is all thanks to you. You’re the one at my side, so I.. *Yanagi calls her name* --hey, will you always be my friend? You won’t change, right?” She looks at him and Yanagi says, “Friend?” He thinks that no matter when, he is truly just.. Yanagi says that she can talk, but he also knows she had a lot of hardships, she isn’t good in communicating, and he did think that it is possible for him to look after her and protect her. He corners her by the wall and says, “But, up to this point, even if I were to repress myself [/emotions] again, I also would want to lay a hand on you.” Kujou tells him that he’s too near. Yanagi says that obviously her face had become red like that, yet she can say such a thing. “—friend? You unexpectedly want me to be your friend forever. That is something that I cannot do.” Kujou looks at him. To his shock, Kujou starts to cry and tearfully says that it turned out that is what he thinks. Pale and aghast Yanagi quickly backtracks and exclaims, “Ah, I’m just kidding! I’m just kidding you. We are friends, right? We’re very good, right?” Thinking that her mental strength is weak, Yanagi helps her blow her nose on a handkerchief. Yanagi thinks that was very dangerous for they almost become not friends anymore. He tosses her into his car and offers to drive her home. At home, Miwa hears the sound of a car. She turns around to see that Kujou has come home. After some greetings, she asks Kujou if Yanagi brought her home. She says yes. Miwa asks her how come she didn’t ask him to come in. Flustered Kujou just mutters..ah..ya.. She snuggles to her puzzled mother who asks her what happened. Kujou says that in the end, it is the best to be with her mother and it’s very peaceful. In his car, Yanagi is lamenting over his inability to hold back. It has been nearly an hour since he is being depressed inside his car. He thinks that Kujou is definitely startled and his continuously concentrated effort in accumulating all this up to this point will.. Yanagi starts crying that Kujou is really hard to deal with, for if he didn’t push a little, she won’t notice and if he pushes, she’ll run away again.. Yanagi wonders how come, up to this point, she would.. Then, his cellphone rings. It is from Miwa.
Comment: And, Yanagi was pretty much at his limit there. I think it was pretty intense when Kujou asked him to be always her friend. With the pressure of Souma wooing Kujou, Yanagi is forced to say that he doesn’t want to be ‘forever friends’ though of course, that can be interpreted in two ways. He is serious and doesn’t want to ‘play friends’ forever, or he wants a different relationship. It seems that Kujou took it with the former and well, he seemed to have made a major mistake with that one. For Kujou to say that to her mother, it seems like she went back ‘to her shell’ or something where she is ‘safe’ from the possibility of changing relationships with someone whom she already have a happy relationship with. From how Kujou always want to run away, not only from Yanagi but in this chapter, also from Souma, it seems that there is something more bothering Kujou and it isn’t the plain ‘she’s clueless about love’. It does seem to be some sort of phobia since she really doesn’t seem to be able to ‘stand being in the place with a suitor alone’ especially if their actions are no longer ‘as friends’. It seems unconsciously since she doesn’t know why she is acting that way. And, for Kujou’s mother to call Yanagi, maybe we’ll get a better understanding of what’s really up with Kujou’s behavior. Even if she is already rejected, Tachibana is still playing her role as the ‘other rival’ to make Kujou uneasy and subtly jealous. It does seem that she really feared losing Yanagi but for Yanagi to say those things to her..ah, she might think that her mother is the only reliable person whom she can have a ‘stable-same forever’ relationship. Hm..is just something like ‘afraid of change’? Something connected to her father? Or, maybe like having a boyfriend will eventually make her leave her mother-type of thing? Anyway, we have three events to look forward to. Maybe by year end in their timeline, there will be a major progress with their relationship. Of course, Yanagi has to do some major damage control in the upcoming chapters =P Scans by 红莲汉化组
Quote of the day:
The key to change... is to let go of fear. ~ Rosanne Cash