Suiren thinks that even if they don’t go home together on Wednesdays, nor see each other on Sundays and can only gaze[/look] at each other, she really likes this kind of everyday, but, they have arrived upon an answer by themselves. Meguna says that means that they are on a ‘cool-off’ stage, right? [<- the Chinese is literally ‘keep distance’ and it doesn’t sound right. ^^;] Recalling how she told Kawasumi that they’ll slowly mutually think things over a bit, Suiren wonders if that is ‘cool-off’ stage. Then, their teacher Shigeno arrives in class. While shaking a small lottery box, he greets them a good morning and says that they are going to change seats. Everyone start to complain. Soon, it is Suiren’s turn and she got number 39. Meguna tells her that she’s lucky for it is near the window at the back. Taking her things, Meguna says that it’s great for she is also very near her. Suiren looks around and sees that Kawasumi is at the same column but in the very front. Suiren freezes when a glasses fanboy is giggling and greets her yoroshiku ‘I’m under your care’. The teacher notices this and says that Kimura’s [guesswork from 木村] eyesight is very bad so he must exchange with the one in front. While the others are protesting, Suiren is surprised as Kawasumi gets to sit behind her. Kawasumi goes to his new seat while the fanboys are cursing him stupid, didn’t they break up, always make them feel bad. Shigeno[?] angrily tells them to shut up.
Suiren thinks that this is a very normal thing because they are classmates but.. She holds her blushing face and thinks that her face is very red and she must do her best for it not to be too red. Then, the school bell rings and Meguna joins Suiren. Later on, while studying, Suiren feels very happy. Then, a female teacher calls for them to pass the test papers. The one in front passes the paper to Suiren and Surien turns to Kawasumi to give him the paper. Suiren blushes and thinks that boyfriend or girlfriend, she firmly believes, and waits. Then, the teacher tells the students to pass the papers. Kawasumi takes Suiren’s paper and the others to give it to the teacher. Suiren wonders what’s with this distance. She felt his arm’s searing [warmth]. Going back to his seat, Kawasumi looks surprised at blushing Suiren. Suiren is infatuated and blushes over hearing him use his pencil. She wonders if they will go into summer vacation with this kind of situation. She thinks that it is very different from last year when obviously, they’ve progressed, and during last year.. Even if she thought of those kind of things.. At the roof, Suiren is standing by the railing and looking up the sky. Yuri[?] asks if Suiren is okay for she is always lost in thought. Meguna happily informs the two girls that they’ve change seats and Suiren is now seated in front of Kawasumi.
Rushing to Suiren, Yuri exclaims that in the end, the two of them are destined by fate and that’s amazing. With a sparkling dreamily look, Yuri says that even if separated..so what about it..fate and..attraction, will entice them.. Yuri is surprised when Suiren says that if fate, then it’s good..but she doesn’t think that it is like that.. “If it is fate.. then it won’t be like this.. having a distant feeling.. Even if it isn’t fate, I’ll still like him the same. ..I have to do a bit of something [for it to work]..” Yuri says that she’ll also do her best. Flustered, she tells Suiren that about her own love life, even if she always run away but she will also do her best. Aya asks if it is goukon [group blind date]’s Daisuke [guesswork from 太輔]. This embarrasses Yuri for Aya made the right guess. Yuri admits that is right, he is from a goukon whom she met with Aya and some friends, and they got in touch a bit. Suiren blushes for her. While Aya is imitating Yuri’s ‘touching of index fingers’, Yuri shyly says that she also got invited out a few times but she is too shy that everyday, she would use work as an excuse to get away from it. Suiren suddenly grabs surprised Yuri’s shoulder and says that if there is anything that she can do, tell her. This made Yuri smile and say ya, and she never thought that the day when come when she would say those words. “Thank you. Let’s do our best together.”
Suiren looks at Meguna who apologizes and says that she and her boyfriend are passionately in love. Looking at a magazine, Aya says that she is going to look for work, and what would she do during summer break. Yuri whines that summer is coming soon. Then, Yuri exclaim in surprise. They see Kawasumi jogging below. Surien watches him and think that cooling off stage.. even if they’re now sitting quite near, what could Kawasumi be thinking of. Kawasumi looks up the roof. She wonders why he would look up the roof to see her. “Is it because he thinks that I might possibly be looking over? Is he jogging at one side? And, thinking of me on the other side?” Suiren waves at him. Kawasumi bows to her. Suiren watches him as he jogs away. She thinks that summer is coming soon. In class, Suiren thinks that he is obviously sitting behind her, and won’t anything happen. Flustered, she thinks that even if it is a fixed thing but.. Then, the female teacher says to collect the notebooks. Kawasumi stands up and puts something on her desk. Suiren glances at him as he stands in front of the class with the teacher. Then, she notices a small note on her desk. She takes the note. Kawasumi passes by her again and slightly blushes. Suiren glances at him and smiles. He continues to blush a bit as he goes to his seat. On the note, it was written, ‘Let’s go to the matsuri [/festival] together.’
Suiren smiles and thinks that obviously, there would still be some time before the matsuri but right now, he is already thinking of it. “Want to go.. I want to go together and watch the fireworks.. Even if we are currently in cool off stage, I’m really thankful that he can think of this for me.” Soon, everyone is cleaning the classroom. Carrying her school materials, Yuri complains over how heavy they are. Aya tells her that she should have brought home a little every day. And, it is summer break. Suiren and friends watched a movie. Suiren and Aya baked a melon pan [melon shaped bread]. The girls have fun at the photo sticker booth. Ryosuke and Mina are having fun at the beach. Aya works as a receptionist [at a karaoke bar?]. Yuri paints Suiren’s nails. Kawasumi and Ryosuke are doing karate practice. Finally, it is August 1, it is the fireworks display festival day. Ring, ring, ring.. Suiren is wearing a beautiful yukata with a butterfly and flower display on it. Ding dong.
Comment: Okay, that was a surprise. The mangaka isn’t going to pull off the usual ‘love rival’ to stir things up to make someone be more appreciated nor she is going for the immediate patch things up by Kawasumi after hearing Suiren’s grievances. It went for ‘cool off’ stage. ^^; It turns out what happened in the last chapter is pretty much a break up but after somewhat confessing that still loving each other, it stops short from that. So they are now on this cool off stage. I’ll say this is a very different shoujo since things aren’t really talked about between the characters but more on ‘read between the lines/subtle actions’. ^^;; Well, it is a bit strange since it is somewhat hard to understand what they are thinking or how come they are satisfied with how things are, though maybe they are just that. They are unique and do not have to be the same with the other ‘normal’ couples.
Of course, even if it is not fate or anything, they still have to take some initiative in things. Since that day, one thing hasn’t change and that is they still love each other and probably believe that no one else will do for them. In a way, it is somewhat romantic if they do things secretly instead like passing notes and such, to keep the fanboys clueless about things and they don’t be too much of an annoyance. ^^ It seems that this series is going to focus only on the main couple because only a few scenes are dedicated on the other characters having or will soon have a love life. Anyway, it will be their second matsuri so maybe something will happen here..either they make up though probably depends if they somewhat resolve the ‘lack of time and attention issue’ on Kawasumi’s part or her ‘demanding more of his time and attention’..and it might be a long shot but, maybe, we’ll get that elusive kiss. Scans by all★wink汉化组
Quote of the day:
A life without love is like a year without summer. ~ Swedish Proverb