At Minato’s place, Ririko asks him and others what kind of temaki [cone] sushi they want. After they made their orders, Ririko quickly made them beautifully. Suou apologizes for the increase of people there but Ririko doesn’t mind for it is more meaningful if there are a lot of people. Ririko thinks that with everyone around, she can allay yesterday’s awkwardness. Tadamori and Yuuma talk about sushi in Japanese stores being too simple whereas in overseas, it is too complicated with the use of tempura [<- fried tempura bits, I presume], cheese and soy sauce. Ririko laughs and thinks that because it is all guys in her house, she is okay with guys around her. She had realized that Minato is special because of how her heart goes beating every time [when she’s with him]. She glances at Minato who is making a temaki sushi. She tells him that if he wants one, then she’ll make him one. He gives her the temaki sushi he made and tells her not to only make for others. Ririko is sitting on the floor in order for it to be convenient to make sushi. Realizing that he is giving it to her, she protests that she still has to make for others. Holding the temaki filled with ikura [/roe], Minato urges her to hurry or it will already spill out. Moved Ririko happily eats it and declares that it is simply delicious. Minato smiles over this. He points at the side and says that he wants to eat the egg[/omelet] roll there.
Holding up the tray of egg rolled sushi, Ririko asks how many. After saying one, Minato opens his mouth. After realizing that he wants her to feed him, she gave him one. Ririko apologizes for it is actually a chicken omurice and she treated it as sushi. Minato happily exclaims that it is delicious. This made Ririko happy and says that’s great. Serina is fuming over the two that she requests for cream puff. Puzzled Ririko asks if she’ll buy them. Smiling Serina wants Ririko to make one. It is revealed that Ririko cannot make desserts/sweets. They are surprised for they thought that Ririko can make anything. While making another temaki sushi, Ririko tells them that baking needs a lot of ingredients, equipment and also time so she isn’t free to do that because of they are busy at the office. She only made pudding and pancake for Rui before. Gloomy Serina insists that she wants to eat it. Eager to please, Ririko suggests that she would try doing it after reading a recipe book. Serina tells her to forget it. Trying to cheer her up, Ririko says that the cooking club out to teach on making desserts so until then, she’ll make one for her. Then, Ririko remembers Kengo telling her that they’ll be lovers for the meantime. Ririko is troubled by it and wonders if it is a joke or not. Noticing the change of her expression, Minato pokes her forehead and says that it is furrowed there. She covers her forehead.
He tells her not to force herself and it is okay if she cannot make desserts. Ririko says no, she is thinking of something else. He asks her if something else is troubling her. She mutters that it is something about yesterday. He stares at her and says that if it is that, then, it is okay. He tells her that if something happened, tell him and no matter when, he’ll listen. This surprises her. She tells him that she always got a lot of help from him (support her, gave her courage and happy feelings). She happily thanks him for all this time. This surprises Minato that he says that he didn’t do anything that is worth being thanked by her. She exclaims that there is, and he’s very amazing. Minato says that he is the one who is always being taken care of. While Tadamori watches them, Yuuma is tense over fuming Serina. To the others’ shock, Tadamori asks Ririko if she and Minato are going steady for it feels different from before. Minato is speechless when blushing Ririko quickly exclaims that it is impossible and what is he saying so sudden. Just when Minato is about to say that regarding that, he got something to say.. Serina quickly stands up and puts on a smile to say that she really wants to buy a cream puff right now so would Ririko go buy with her. Serina grabs Ririko and left before Minato could stop them. In the taxi, Ririko, with Serina, thinks that no matter what Minato did and how her heart beats, she considers it ‘normal’ for Minato but for Tadamori to mention that, could it be that it isn’t ‘normal’.
Serina tells Ririko that Tadamori doesn’t really understand Minato for Minato is obviously an intimate and very nice person so it is a very normal thing. But if other people would say it that way, it would cause some strange expectation. She asks Ririko if she has that kind of expectation. Ririko becomes nervous. She laughs it off and says of course there is no expectation, she knows that. After getting off the taxi, Serina tells her that she saw her boyfriend contender yesterday. Ririko is puzzled. Serina says that it is the one with her at the station. Ririko exclaims if it is Kengo. Serina says that she isn’t sure of the name but he said that he is her boyfriend contender. Serina tells surprised Ririko that it really opened her eyes for at one side, Ririko says that she likes Minato but on the other side, she has an affair with someone else. Ririko grabs Serina’s arms and shouts that it isn’t so, she likes Minato and she swears that she only likes him. After looking at each other, Serina looks at the side and says that it hurts, let her go. Serina walks away as Ririko can only mutter her name. At school, everyone is gossiping about Kengo being reprimanded by the coach for running away with his girlfriend yesterday, didn’t he had a girlfriend before in section 2, no, it is a new one, he’s so fast, it is his classmate, Ririko.
Kengo is happy over this. Ririko holds his shoulder and laughs as she tells the others that it is a joke. Somewhere else, Kengo is displeased that Ririko wants to cancel whatever they’ve talked about yesterday and he doesn’t have to mind it since she’ll just dispel the gossip herself. Kengo still tries to convince her that the plan is good but Ririko insists that she doesn’t want his help for it has nothing to do with him and that lie would only just confuse her. So, she apologizes and thanks him. Before she can leave, he stops her and asks if she thought that he only wants to cordially help her. He claims that it is because he likes her so it isn’t a hassle [for him].. He is stunned to see her ‘wha’ expression of disbelief. After letting out a laugh, he exclaims what’s with that expression and it’s mean for her to have that kind of expression to someone confessing to her. Puzzled Ririko apologizes for she totally did not sense that he likes her that she had this ‘hard to describe’ feeling so what does he like about her. Kengo becomes nervous and just says, face. And, he is saved by the school bell. In the classroom, Kengo is gloomy because he was anxious earlier so he wasn’t able to think about it in detail over what he liked about her, and he couldn’t believe she would have that strange expression. Looking at her writing in her desk, he thinks that she seems to be a bookworm in class, and her hair type seems okay. When the class bell rings, Ririko turns around and calls out to him.
Later on, Ririko apologizes to him for she shouldn’t have that kind of attitude towards someone confessing to her but it is really because she didn’t think of it so she is a bit startled so, what she’s saying, the answer is.. He tells her to stop, he didn’t mean it for them to go steady. He claims that he only wanted to help her and not at all caused her any trouble so there’s no need to answer. She tries to protest but he tells her about that rumor, he’ll use an ordinary reason to deny it. He asks if he can help her as a FRIEND. Ririko just looks at him as he smiles. At the station, Ririko thinks that it is the first time someone confessed to her. It is obviously an amazing think but it doesn’t feel real. She feels that she is led by the nose when talking with Kengo. It doesn’t feel like they are conversing, because it is as if he totally won’t listen to her opinions. Upon recalling Minato telling her that he’ll listen no matter when, Ririko wishes to see him immediately. She happily anticipates their work together in strolling some dogs. To her surprise, the train passes by with Minato and Yuuma in it. Ririko looks stunned. As the train door is already closing, she snaps out of it when Minato calls out to her. She reaches out her hand and he pulls her in. Backing away, blushing Ririko apologizes for it.
Yuuma says that he thought that she won’t be coming in to ride. Ririko laughs it off and says that she was just lost in thought. She looks around and asks where Serina is. Yuuma nervously says that Serina had caught a cold so she is absent. Minato lamely agrees. Then, they ask her about her friends. She tells them that Towa would go to Kouichirou’s club when she goes to work. Soon, Ririko and Minato are practically running as they walk a couple of dogs. After talking a bit about running instead of walking the dogs, they take a break near a playground. While they give the dogs some water, Minato asks Ririko what happened for her to have that kind of expression at the station. She tells him that she is just a bit startled for she was thinking about him and he suddenly appeared in front of her. She thought that it is like she wanted to see him, and he would come to see her. While Ririko tries to dismiss it as something ordinary for she does occasionally see him at the train, Minato asks him in what way is she thinking of him. She couldn’t tell him that it is because she wanted to see him so she just says that it is about work. Minato kept on smiling at her that she turns away and says that it feels like he is teasing her. He holds her hand and says that he isn’t. “Ririko, I--” And a dog shakes off the water from its fur. Before they knew it, the dogs are running away. Minato went to the right while Ririko went to the left.
One dog immediately stops nearby so Minato manage to catch it. He tries to call Ririko but to his horror, Ririko has left her cellphone along with her bag by the playground. Meanwhile, Ririko is busy catching up with the other dog which went to someone else’s backyard. She decides to go to the other side and bumps into Kengo. He tries to make some talk with her but she rushes off to catch the dog. He goes with her and learns that she is walking the dog as a handyman job. The dog escapes from her again and into another house’s backyard. Ririko tries her best to lure it to her. Fail. There is no one at home either. It is getting dark and Ririko tries to call it again but it just sits down. She thinks that if she goes to the other side, it will just run away again. She decides to trespass but to her surprise, Kengo has already caught the dog from the other side. Ririko gets the dog back and is utterly grateful. She thanks him and he says that it is nothing. As a note from her pocket falls down, she thanks him again and left. Kengo laments over losing this opportunity to make a good impression because they met so sudden and the dog is too cute. He notices the note that Ririko dropped and wonders about this HYA handyman office. While running off with the dog, innocent Ririko thinks that Kengo is a good person. She apologizes mentally to him for being mistaken about him.
Comment: As usual, there are interruptions to prevent Minato from confessing again to Ririko. I wonder how long the mangaka plans to do that. ^^;; I think after Ririko declared that to Serina, she is going to back off soon. I mean, she is absent the next[?] day and the guys are making meaningful glances. I guess Serina knows that it is inevitable that those two are going to be a couple soon. So, with Serina leaving the scene, here is Kengo. Most likely, he’ll be the other guy who at first had ulterior motives but later on falls for the girl. ^^; Of course, like most other guys, he would most probably make the two to be together soon. Of course, when that ‘soon’ is..depends on the mangaka since it is slightly dragging..in a way, towards the inevitable. So, the next chapter would probably how Kengo is going to use that knowledge about her work in HYA to his advantage. Scans by all★wink汉化组
Quote of the day:
To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles. ~ T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"