It is raining. Suiren lies awake on her bed and recalls that day’s events. Flashback: A guy asked if Takane[no hana]-chan is crying. Aya shouted that she isn’t. As Meguna went to them, Yuri ushered Suiren to the side. Everyone is gossiping about it. Someone [<- Yuri or Meguna] asked what happened. Flustered Suiren wondered from where she should start. Aya said that it is alright if she won’t say it. This made Suiren hug her. Back at school, things go as usual. End flashback. Suiren’s alarm clock is ringing. She stops the alarm and thinks that it is now Wednesday and after that day, nothing has been said.. even if she doesn’t regret it = telling him to kiss her and wanting to talk more with him. She wonders what Kawasumi is thinking. It is still raining when she goes to school. As the others are greeting each other good morning, Suiren opens the door to the classroom and comes face-to-face with Kawasumi, who was followed by Kawata. Suiren turned away which seemed to have surprised Kawasumi. And, they had gone their own away. Suiren wonders if he will come today. After school dismissal, she walks with her friends to the café. Suiren is puzzled when Yuri tells her not to mind too much those rumors. Aya calls Yuri’s attention that Yuri apologizes. Suiren asks what it is. Yuri tells her that someone saw her crying so the rumors say that they have broken up. “But that is a rumor, right! It is obviously not like that!” Aya tells Suiren that she doesn’t want to see her in such pain and ..what the heck is [romantic] love. Yuri says but she thinks that there are no lovers that do not quarrel. Looking up the rain, Suiren wonders if this is a quarrel and love is very complicated.. “Even if I want to meet, want to talk, but I feel a bit afraid over Kawasumi-kun coming over.” The doorbell rings. Catching his breath, Kawasumi arrives. Suiren is tense for he came. Her friends prepare to take their leave. She nods to them when they wave her goodbye.
Kawasumi sits down and Suiren wonders from where should they talk about what? As they remain silent, the doorbell rings again. It is wet Atohira saying that it is a heavy rain. And, upon seeing the couple, he casually sits beside Kawasumi and orders an ice coffee. While Kawasumi is having a (–A-) look at him, Atohira tells him not to be too pleased with himself [/complacent] just because he won. While quietly drinking his coffee, Atohira looks at his side and then to Suiren. He asks, “Kissed already?” This made the two somewhat glum. Suiren recalls asking Kawasumi to kiss her. She looks flustered and thinks, ‘gambatte’[/good luck] and she had mentioned it. Upon seeing Suiren’s expression, Atohira looks at quiet Kawasumi and asks him what it is. He looks at quiet Kawasumi. Looking at Suiren, Atohira says “If you want to say something, then it would be better to say it out.” Kawasumi said that he heard it. “but I.. have no way of doing karate and love simultaneously. And I gave her.. lonely memories.” Atohira says that the responsibility is not only on one person, right. “Even if Kawasumi is clumsy, the other party, who didn’t make it clear, also has a responsibility to it. If guys don’t say it clearly, girls won’t be able to understand. *sighs* Girls are really troublesome. *Kawasumi looks aghast at him* But, to think of wanting to continue on going steady, it is only [possible] if there is mutual like [for each other].” Atohira’s cellphone is vibrating. He stands up and says that he’s leaving. After he left, Kawasumi calls out to Suiren and says that he’ll talk first. He explains that talking in the class will give her trouble but he understands the feeling of wanting to talk. Narration: “..even if it is like that..” After a pause, Kawasumi asks, “--.. are you be happy going steady with me?” Flustered Kawasumi looks away.
Narration: “..althought..very..happy..love is like this. *Kawasumi stands up and apologizes, saying that he’ll walk her home* existing within the body. Obviously it isn’t a bad thing, but it cannot be ignored and just let it be. *open their umbrellas* There are times I’m thinking, will I become happy. *walks in the rain with their umbrellas* Want to be happier compared to the present. Obviously want to surpass this hurdle but the method [how], I do not know. *flustered and stops walking as Kawasumi continues to walk ahead* Quarrel..? Even if it feels like that, would it still be okay.” Suiren drops the umbrella. She runs to Kawasumi and hugs him from behind. Narration: “In my whole life, I think that this love will be the only first love. More and more..” Suiren mutters, “stay..stay at..my side.” Kawasumi looks somewhat flustered. After turning towards her, he drops his umbrella and hugs her tightly. He says, “It is alright. I will always be here.” This made Suiren teary-eyed. Narration: “Want it to be longer. Always keep on going steady. At that time, I somewhat realize.. The current us, even if want to consider, and also seems childish, if both of us are more mature--..” Suiren mutters that a little bit, mutually..slowly..consider it [/think it over]..” Narration: “then, this kind of problem won’t arise.” Kawasumi says ya. And it is a clear day. Suiren is walking the hallway together with Meguna. Narration: “At one side, *Kawasumi carrying Suiren* thinking of that time’s scene. *Christmas together* At the other side, going through *spending the hatsumode together* the scattered and wandering frames in the mind *other memories together* Everything are like photographs, sparkling and shining. Since the encounter, the second summer starts.”
Comment: I guess what Suiren meant there is for them to work things out slowly since after all, they still love each other. It isn’t really resolved yet and it seems to be a work in progress. In a way, Atohira is right that there has to be communication for the other to know what the other thinks/feels, and still mutually liking each other is a factor to still want to go steady. In a way, yes, it is troublesome since in a relationship, one can no longer think only for oneself and do what one wants without thinking of the other. For now, Kawasumi isn’t willing to cut back any karate time but then, he is starting to have doubts that Suiren is still happy with him being like this. Of course, the latter is somewhat resolved in that moving rain scene hug..and honestly, I almost thought he is going to kiss her. ^^;; Ya, she's taking the initiative again. Suiren still wants to be with him and he assured her that he is there for her. Suiren seems to hope to be more understanding over this, which is probably what that maturity she mentioned, is all about, but still, there is that lonely feeling that cannot be avoided since she doesn’t have a lot of time with him. About the not talking in class, I guess Kawasumi really doesn’t want to do anything that will cause a commotion and make Suiren uneasy. Checking a few chapters, it seems that Suiren doesn’t like it being the center of attraction especially with guys so if Kawasumi talks or anything with her, the focus would immediately be on Suiren. Even after the Ferris Wheel ride, everyone is making a fuss that her friends have to take her to the side. Whether Suiren is now okay about not talking in class because of what Kasumi said, isn’t quite conclusive. Maybe the maturity is also for Kawasumi not to make a fuss about the fanboys? And, in the end, it does seem that Suiren recalls all their times together and still find them glittering so I guess, she is hopeful about their relationship and not let these ‘obstacles’ hinder them because in time, they’ll resolve them. In a way, it is nice that the mangaka isn’t dragging things but I somewhat felt that the scenes are skipping a bit and not thoroughly shown/explained so the readers would just have to fill in the blanks. ^^; Anyway, it is summer time and maybe the kiss will happen there. Hopefully, they’ll resolve a bit their issues, too. Scans by all★wink汉化组
Word of the day:
The sooner you realize that almost everything is going to take a little longer and be a little tougher than you think, the sooner you can overcome frustration or discouragement. ‘A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9’ ~ 101 mottos for success by J. Richards and M.S. Fontaine.