While walking, Yanagi couldn’t believe that he is bluntly being asked out by the parent. He starts to imagine that Kujou went home crying that Miwa askedher who made her cry, then, using a ‘behead/go take a hike’ gesture, Miwa told him that their family doesn’t need a guy who would make her daughter cry. Yanagi bends down and starts freaking out over this. Just then, Miwa calls out to him, startled Yanagi starts bowing to her and shouts his deep heartfelt extreme apology. This startles Miwa. Later on, at a café, Yanagi apologizes for startling her. Already used to it, Miwa tells him that it is okay, and is he really apologetic because she asked him out. Yanagi asks her what she wants to talk about. Miwa says that her Kujou is listless lately and she wants to know if Yanagi knows about it. She says that as a mother, she shouldn’t be saying this, but Kujou isn’t telling her anything. While Yanagi wonders out loud about this, Miwa says that Kujou is burying her head in studies and lately, she noticed that Kujou is escaping using her studies. Yanagi admits that not long ago, he had frightened Kujou a bit. Miwa goes huh that panicking Yanagi exclaims no, he isn’t referring to that kind of meaning, it isn’t that..actually.. Miwa laughs and says after that, then..
Yanagi tells her that lately, Kujou would deliberately avoid him and even if he is used to this, so how is he to describe it, could it be that for Kujou, his feelings are unnecessary. He says that she didn’t even mention a bit about wanting to study accountancy. No matter what he does, she would stiffen from head to foot. Miwa tells him that when Kujou was young, she likes to stick around her father. She would talk non-stop about papa this and papa that. Even if it is possible that Kujou herself might not quite remember it but when her father died, her world suddenly changed. Then, after that day, Kujou’s life revolves around her. Also about the accounting, half of the reason is ‘no transfer’ because she cannot let her mother be all alone. But, from the start until now, she still feels very thankful of this. It seems that that Kujou is depending on her own hands, as if life depended on it, to protect this ‘string’[/connection]: home to return to and the school’s very small world. There is a flashback of Kujou holding a plate of onigiri [rice balls] and told her mother to look at what she did and she can properly look after the house. It is in order for her not to lose anything again and in order for her not to get hurt. Miwa admits that she is a bit worried about Kujou for she shouldn’t just withdraw forever in this small world and exist there. “So, seeing her together with you, Yanagi-kun, I’m truly very happy. From that day on, Kujou would gradually bring up the name, Yanagi.”
Flashback: Kujou looked at her cellphone and wondered if she should reply, she told her mother wanted to join the club, and she told her that she wanted to be a person who can be called out [/praised by] Yanagi. [<- I’m not sure on the last part since I’m not sure of the context and I don’t know when it was mentioned ^^;;] Miwa says that it is because there is Yanagi by her side, Kujou took the initiative to step outside the world and it is because he wants to be in contact [/in touch] with Kujou so don’t mention unnecessary-something words, okay? Then, to Yanagi’s surprise, Miwa exclaims, “But I, sincerely think that only you, Yanagi-kun, can become [Kujou] Mikoto’s husband! Actually, if I can be become 30 years younger, then I’ll also..” Yanagi says, about that, thank you very much. Miwa tells him that most likely, Kujou, compared to anyone, is scared of change and she fears that it will become like the past, she’ll get hurt. Recalling how Kujou mentioned that it is still the best to be with her mother, Miwa says but because of this, all the more she cannot blindly avoid[/hide] in the world where she felt comfortable[/happy] in, but she [Miwa] feels that Kujou actually knows this in her heart. And it is Tachibana’s school festival. Yoshida and other senpai are quite excited being in an all-girls school that Fujimoto has to warn them not to do anything strange. Looking at the map, Fujimoto tells Kujou that Tachibana is working at an okonomiyaki [Japanese savory pancake] store. Kujou says ya, that Fujimoto notices her listlessness.
Standing slightly away, Yanagi thinks that Kujou is basically not looking at his side. He recalls Miwa telling him that Kujou doesn’t easily understand things [/be enlightened] so it is making things difficult for him so if it is okay, she would still ask him to ‘please will be under your care again’[/yoroshiku]. This made Yanagi sigh and to his surprise, Souma also sighed at the same time. Yanagi asks what, and Souma says that is what he wants to ask him. Soon, there is a fuss over a very beautiful lady. Yanagi is aghast for it is his sister. Ryouko notices him and asks if he came to see her. Yanagi exclaims that who’ll go see her, of course, it is her kouhai. Ryouko looks at Yanagi’s companions and notices Kujou. Kujou slightly nods. Looking at him with pity, Ryouko tells Yanagi to have a bit of fun. Saying, ‘bag’, she throws her bag and someone catches it. [<- making others/fanboys hold her bag] Yanagi looks aghast. After she left, Yoshida asks Yanagi who that beautiful girl is. To his surprise, Yanagi says that it is his sister. He exclaims about wanting to call Yanagi ‘bro’ from today on but Yanagi ignores him by calling out to Fujimoto to let him see the flyer. Yoshida whines about he’s not allowed to ignore him. Yanagi suggests that it would be better for him to give up since his sister is thoroughly a S[adist]. Yoshida exclaims that he thinks that is totally no problem. Yanagi just mutters, ah okay. Yoshida laments that he already has Tachibana..sorry, Tachibana, he..he..! Yoshida is startled when kimono-clad Tachibana welcomes them and asks if they want an okonomiyaki.
While Yoshida is screaming over God giving him such a cruel choice that he couldn’t choose either one, Fujimoto tells him not do to a self-sumo wrestling and basically, he doesn’t have the right to choose. Tachibana says that she is very happy that they came. Fujimoto comments over the spectacular queue and it is all guys. The other senpai exclaims that it is because the store’s girls here are very cute. Tachibana laughs and says, not really. [<- acting shy] Souma thinks that from her heart she doesn’t think that way. As Tachibana gives them the menu, Yanagi asks what she recommends. She tells him mochi [glutinous rice cake], chocolate-banana and other improved[/revised] stuff. Yanagi is surprised for it is all sweet stuff. [<- supposed to be savory so I guess, they are somewhat going for dessert crepe type?] Looking at the two, Kujou tightly holds on the menu. Yanagi turns to Kujou and asks what her order is. Kujou excuses herself and says that she is going to the toilet. Fujimoto offers to accompany her. Tachibana looks at sad Yanagi that she asks what he did to her. Scratching his head, Yanagi says no, she is just avoiding him a bit, but, ya, it is alright. Tachibana doesn’t look happy over this. At the toilet, Kujou starts to become teary-eyed over Yanagi telling her that he cannot be her friend forever. She wipes her tears and says that even if he said that it is a joke, his eyes weren’t lying then.
Fujimoto lightly taps her shoulder and asks what’s up for she’s listless lately. It also feels like she is uncomfortable in dealing with Yanagi and also Souma. Fujimoto offers to listen to her. Kujou doesn’t think that it is right to just mention that Souma confessed to her without his permission. Thinking that the problem lies with her, Kujou tells Fujimoto that there’s nothing wrong. Somewhat disappointed, Fujimoto says is that so, and is she hungry, want to go back. Kujou says okay. Soon, Yoshida says that he’s so full and it is more delicious if made by cute girls. Souma says that his words makes one feel more nauseous. Someone says that Tachibana is free to wander around after 3pm. Then, Yanagi’s phone rings. He says that it is his sister. He answers it and protests why he has to go. Yanagi excuses himself and says that he has to go to that side. As he leaves, Fujimoto says that is really nice, she also wants a younger brother she can order around. Yoshida mutters that usually, weren’t she ordering them around like that? She asks what. He says that it is nothing.
While they wonder where they are going next, Kujou quietly watches Yanagi leaving. She snaps out of it when Souma calls her and says that she’ll be left behind. She apologizes and stands up. Someone bumps into her but Souma holds her hand and steadies her. He asks if she is alright. She thanks him. He pulls her hand and says, let’s go. She tries to tell him the hand. He tells her that if she hates it, then she must not hesitate to say it and he’ll let her hand go. He assures her that he also won’t hate [her for it]. Kujou thinks that she doesn’t hate it but even if she doesn’t.. She remembers the times when she held hands with Yanagi. Kujou wonders why she felt like crying. Souma looks at her and thinks that since she showed that kind of expression, then it is okay for her to just shake off his hand. He slightly smiles and thinks that she’s such an idiot. Later, the others found a maze that they want to go in. Kujou declines by saying that she is a bit tired so she’ll wait outside for them. While strolling, Kujou thinks that she feels that she already doesn’t want this anymore. [<- not sure if she is referring to how she is feeling or about the situation] Then, Tachibana calls out to her and asks if she can talk with her.
Comment: Well, it was indeed a bad move for Yanagi since Kujou is now avoiding him like a plague. I do salute him for still waiting and enduring that. He must really love her, he is a very patient and he is a Masochist. ^^; Not surprising, his sister probably ‘trained’ him to be like that. =P Miwa pretty much hinted what we had been thinking. It is related to her father but rather, it seems indirectly for it seems to be programmed in her mind that any drastic change in her life will cause her to be hurt = change is bad. Well, ‘going out of her little world’ has changed her life positively and it is still within the ‘school life’ scenario and ‘home life’ is still intact. So, probably anything further away is causing her to resist it. For now, it seems that Yanagi is trying to keep things the same or at the very least, communicate with her. Even if he is patient and everything, it will still hurt to be ignored like that. And, I think that it has irked Tachibana. Since she isn’t into being ‘nicey-nice’ to Kujou, I wonder if Tachibana will give Kujou a piece of her mind though I’m not sure up to what extent. Will she tell her that Yanagi rejected her? Will she tell her that Yanagi likes Kujou?
Or, maybe, she would suddenly help and hint Kujou on about her issue on this = why she is acting that way. I’m still wondering of the possibility that since Souma is the one doing the pursuing now, he has exchanged roles with Tachibana. So, could Tachibana be the one who’ll help the two out in her own way? It might be out of character but it seems that she is slightly changing and she obviously does not want to see Kujou treating Yanagi like that. Hehe, or at least, if she is to remain in character, do not want to let Souma get more lovey-dovey moments with Kujou when she wasn’t able to with Yanagi. Well, I’m hoping Tachibana will do that role since everyone else in the cast has tried and failed in helping out Kujou or causing some progress for the two. It turns out that it was a different thing all together with the talk of Miwa and Yanagi. Nevertheless, it is a huge encouragement for her to subtly say that she wants him for her daughter ^^ It probably gave Yanagi some hope and he can probably understand a bit as to why Kujou is acting like that. As for Souma, it seems that he is content to be with a girl who unknowingly likes someone else. ^^; Hehe, I guess he is currently into ‘enjoy it while it lasts’..or maybe, he is hoping against hope like what Tachibana did before with Yanagi..until formally rejected. Oh, I forgot, maybe Yanagi’s sister will also indirectly help out. ^^ Anyway, let’s hope that there will be a little bit of progress soon ^^ <- ‘little’ = low expectation. =P Anyway, it is girl talk the next time around. Scans by 红莲汉化组
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