Cover page: “Always, always, dreaming of it. The moment when we can touch each other..-- That moment is imminent.” Narration: “Hello everyone, I’m Kobayashi Megumu. *tense* At this very moment, for some reason, I’ve been caught by a group of very scary guys and been brought to some abandoned school. Unreasonable, right!? At this time, I should be going on a date with Aoi-kun!!” Mego exclaims that they are mistaken for she is really not Chiharu’s lover. The gang leader tells her to quit talking nonsense for yesterday at the park, wasn’t she being intimate together with Chiharu. “Even if you’re not a lover, it is obvious that Uesugi has a thing for you.” This made Mego blush and unable to refute him. The gang leader grabs her chin and says that they cannot win against Chiharu just by relying on strength. “But playing around with you, then, we can have our revenge against that guy, right.”
With all her strength, Mego immediately bites hard the gang leader’s hand. The leader shouts that it hurts. Going out the window, Mego shouts for them not to come near her or else, she’ll jump down from there. Recalling ‘see you tomorrow’, Mego thinks that they obviously already promised and she thought that she would be able to see Aoi tomorrow just like how she normally does. “Aoi-kun.” Riding on the train, the three ‘princes’ discuss that from the voice mail, aside from Mego’s voice, they were able to hear the sound of the railway. And, this is the only railway that is near the school so there is a high probability that Mego was attack at this place. While walking, Mitsuru notices a couple of kids saying that this Penguin-san is very cute. Noticing the eye-patched penguin strap, Mitsuru realizes that it is Mego’s. He asks the kids where they got it. The little girl says that just now, this onee-san [sister/older girl] dropped it and it seems that she is playing hide and seek with some very scary onii-san [brother/older guy]. “In the end, that onee-san got caught by them.”
The guys are surprised to hear that. Keeping calm, Mitsuru asks if the girl knew where that onee-san was brought. The girl points to the side and says that it seems to be at that side. Mitsuru thinks that at that side ought to be a school that has already been abandoned. Licking his lips, Mitsuru says that if she is brought there, then, that place is actually the most ideal place. Meanwhile, the gang leader shouts for Mego to quickly come back to this side and if she falls down, she’ll drop and die!! Mego trembles as she walks by the ledge. She looks down and sees that she is on the third floor. She is really scared and like this, she might really fall down and die but if she goes back, she also doesn’t know what she will encounter. She thinks that like that, she won’t be able to see Aoi again. She recalls Chiharu asking her if she didn’t hear from Aoi and that means she isn’t trusted. “I still don’t know anything about Aoi’s issue. *recalling Aoi shouting for her not to look at his scar* For the kind gentle him to suddenly snarl at me, there is definitely a reason but *cries* I’m sorry.”
Outside the abandoned school, the ‘princes’ are watching by the bushes. Mitsuru says that there are a lot of stalkers and even if they wait for the police right now, they don’t know what mishap Mego will encounter if they don’t quickly save her. Then, Chiharu whispers something to Mitsuru. Mitsuru smiles and thinks that it seems what he is thinking is the same with Chiharu, and they get along well. Mitsuru whispers to Aoi that the two of them [he and Chiharu] will take care of drawing out those guys so he can go ahead and save Mego. Before Aoi can react, Chiharu and Mitsuru come out and ready to fight. Chiharu tells them, “Hey, be nice and return our important girl.” The others shout that it is Chiharu and he brought along a comrade. While still stunned Aoi is about to say something, Mitsuru gestures for him to be quiet. “I’ll leave my younger sister up to you.” Blushing Aoi sign-languages back, “I’ll definitely save her.” While the delinquents are shouting that they have two opponents, Aoi rushes towards the abandoned school.
Aoi thinks that if he knew early on that this kind of thing would happen, then, how he could have the heart to hurt her at that time. “Mego, is this my punishment? Always until now, depending on that girl’s kindness and always afraid of losing [her]. Is this my punishment for running away from letting you know the truth? If it is really like that, so I ask this unreasonable request for her to be able to continue on staying at my side. It is okay to just don’t take away that girl’s smile.” Aoi curses for the school is too big and while he is at a loss, she’ll be.. Then, he notices the broadcasting room. Somewhere else, one of the delinquents grab Mego’s ponytail and shouts that he got her. Struggling to free herself, Mego shouts for him to let her go. One of the guys chuckles and says that this girl is really troublesome. “Let’s punish you a bit. *pushing her down on the floor and holding up their cellphones* We’re going to strip off your clothes and take some lewd pictures then give it to Uesugi.” Imagining them as some wolves with cellphones, Mego thinks that it is over. Then, there is some static from the speaker.
They realize that it is the school’s PA system. Aoi says, “Can you hear me, Mego!! *Mego looks surprised and thinks that this voice..* I’ll definitely save you. *letting go of Mego, the delinquent wonders who it is* Wait for me. Hey. *delinquent guys got nervous* To the guys who dare lay a hand on that girl, did you know that it is very shameless to do this kind of thing to a girl who is powerless and unable to fight back. *the delinquents wonder what’s up with this voice, for it is a voice that can suppress people-..* If you hurt my girl, don’t even think of surviving!!” Mego uses this opportunity to run away. While the delinquent shouts for her to stop, Mego thinks that HE is coming to save her. She heads downstairs and wonders where the broadcasting room is. She sees some delinquents by the hallways. She is nervous for those guards are heading towards her direction so what is she to do. She decides to hide for the meantime. She goes inside a locker. The leader of the gang wonders where that girl ran off to.
Then, he noticed a skirt peeking out of one of the lockers. He calls out that he has found her. Stupid Mego thinks no way, why!? Giggling, the leader tries to pull the door open. He says that she’s really troublesome. “Quickly come out..” Mego pulls with all her strength to keep the door locked. The leader curses for it won’t open. “Quickly come out, stinky little girl!!” Mego starts to cry for what will happen if she is caught at this place. Then, someone holds the leader’s shoulder. He shouts, “Wha..what’s up with this guy.. Ah!” Then, everything is quiet. Mego wonders why it suddenly became quiet. Trembling, she wonders if it is.. She opens the door and sees Aoi. Aoi asks, “Are you not hurt, Mego..!!” Mego looks at him and melts to a puddle. Feeling weak, Mego says that she thought that they might not be able to see each other again.. “And, every time, you really.. come to my side. *crying and trembling* just like a prince..” Aoi says, “Sorry for coming late.. *smiles* ‘Princess’.”
Mego starts to cry again as she reaches for Aoi. While Mego repeatedly calls his name in her mind ‘Aoi-kun Aoi-kun’, the leader wakes up and curses. He grabs a folding chair and says, “That bastard..” Aoi notices him holding up the chair. Aoi shouts for Mego to quickly lie down. Mego is puzzled. Somehow, the chair is thrown on the window. The broken glass shards start flying all over the place. Aoi uses himself to cover Mego. And, the pieces of glass cut the string from Aoi’s eyepatch. Mego opens her eyes and sees the eye patch falling down. Alarmed, she quickly looks up to Aoi and says, “Aoi-kun.. to protect me.. are you okay..” Mego stops to looks up and sees Aoi’s true facial appearance without the eyepatch. His right eye is missing and scarred.
Comment: Wow, we finally saw it. The scar is already known but for it to totally have no eye. In real life, I guess it ought to look really scary and disgusting. I’m thinking if my theory of it being injured due to boiling water or oil still stands since how come the eye is gone. Maybe, it got poked or something but then, ugh, that would make most people cringe, just thinking of it. Well, I guess we’ll know more about that later on as well as Mego’s reaction to it. For a weak girl, Mego did a good job with her attempts in escaping which had at least gave the others time for them to find and rescue her. About the escape through the window, it did make me wonder if that is for the best. I mean, would it be better for something bad to happen to her because at least, she is still alive, or it is better to risk death even though she might never see Aoi again? Their thoughts about it are quite real. It is really awful to think that they might not see each other again because of this incident and the last time they met wasn’t a pleasant one. Of course, there is some guilt and regret over it.
From those attempts, the mangaka pretty much hinted that they are going to do lewd things to her. I guess because of the drawings, it makes things less grave than it supposed to be. Anyway, too bad that Aoi was a bit lenient or careless with the gang leader that he managed to do a counterattack. I’m not sure why he would hit the window instead of someone though. ^^; That is an attempt at hurting Mego/them so I wonder if he’ll be beaten to a pulp like what Aoi mentioned in the broadcast or it was an empty threat. In a way, if Aoi really loses it and attacks the delinquent, I imagine him saying Aoi being a monster or something like that. That might revive the trauma and things will lead to some progress..or well, the worst case scenario is Mego reacting badly to it. Anyway, I like the magazine’s cover. And yes, I noticed that Chiharu and Azusa’s hair are the same. Are they related? But then, Mego and Mitsuru are related but their hair color is different. ^^; Hm..if those two are related, this would be like Mitsuru meeting his future brother-in-law? Maybe later on, Azusa would hear about it and go to the police station and everyone meet each other. Lots of possibilities and as usual, we can only wait for the next release. Scans by 夜莺工作室
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