Coming out of the accounting school, Kujou thinks that it is so cold and it might snow very soon. She overhears a couple of guys talking. One of the guys says that he really cannot do the mock exam that is going to be held on the day after tomorrow. His friend tells him to forget that because after the exam, it is Christmas so at least they can relax a bit on Christmas. Kujou thinks Christmas..it is already that time..and speaking of that she doesn’t know when the decorations will be put up. Before, she always spent Christmas together with her mother. There is a scene of Miwa giving Kujou a slice of cake. But, this year, she will be on a night shift so what to do.. She plans to bake a cake then read a book afterwards because it seems that Shiori and Miyabe are going to Disney Ocean [<- probably referring to Disney Sea]. As for Yanagi, what are his plans..? Somewhere else, Yanagi in a business suit goes inside a huge building and informs the receptionist that he has an appointment at 16 o’ clock with the department head of the design division, Terayama [guesswork from 寺山].
Then, a man goes to escort Yanagi. After being led to the office, Yanagi meets up with Saotome Chizuru [guesswork from 早乙女千鶴], the ojousama of Saotome Trading. She greets Yanagi and says that she wasn’t seen him since the engagement party. Yanagi apologizes for suddenly calling. She tells him that it is okay and she’s quite happy that he got in touch. Saotome asks how is Ryouko. She explains that earlier, she showed to Ryouko her wedding ring which caused Ryouko to shout, ‘Don’t belittle me, I’ll pay that back threefold!’ then she didn’t know where Ryouko went..kukuku Yanagi thinks that this person really loves to bully his sister and she is his sister’s natural enemy. The door opens and a glasses guy enters to greet Yanagi. He is Saotome’s fiancé, Terayama Masahito [guesswork from 雅人], and the successor of Yama[山] Drug Manufacturing. He apologizes for coming late. Slightly nodding to him, Yanagi says that he should thank him for finding time to come see him in his busy schedule. Terayama says that it is okay and he is very happy to see him.
Holding on to Terayama’s arm, Saotome informs Yanagi that is true for she only has to order him and Terayama will accept it without any question. Terayama laughs over what Saotome is saying even if it is the truth. Yanagi thinks that this guy is a M[asochist]. And the reason why Yanagi came to see him is-- Terayama asks Yanagi what he wanted to ask. Yanagi says that it is like this, he was studying abroad not long ago. Terayama says yes, he studied at Harvard for around two years. Yanagi says that if it is convenient, he wants to ask him to teach him a bit.. Terayama asks if he is preparing to study abroad. Yanagi tells him that his father is advising him to go. Terayama says then, he is perplexed by it. In his [Terayama] view, it is better to have access with the world as early as possible since the field of view [/horizon] and contacts [/connections] will greatly increase and he thinks that Yanagi should go. Yanagi hesitantly says ya..yes. Terayama says that besides, Yanagi would be able to see Yanagi Seiichiro [guesswork from 誠一郎]’s work up close.
Terayama feels envious of Yanagi for he is a fan of Seiichiro because he can feel Saotome’s same aura from him. But of course, the most important reason is still studying the tricks of the business. Yanagi is aghast over Terayama reason. [<- being attracted to S[adist] people?] Holding up some books and magazines, Terayama asks if he wants to read on these that he had photocopied. Yanagi says yes but he basically saw those already so.. Terayama comments that Yanagi is interested in his father’s work, right, then he thinks that there is no reason for Yanagi not to study abroad. Regarding this thing, a third party shouldn’t interfere. Terayama gives Yanagi a magazine that had published Seiichiro’s latest interview. Terayama says that it isn’t being sold yet so if Yanagi wants, he can give it to him. There is a special column about Terayama in the magazine. Terayama says that he thinks that it is very interesting. Yanagi takes the magazine and thanks him. Saotome comes back and asks if they have finished talking. Terayama tells her that they still have to talk about specific topics regarding studying abroad. Saotome invites Yanagi to eat with them after they finished.
Soon, it is night. Miwa tells Kujou that she’ll wake up early tomorrow so she’s going to sleep. Kujou says okay, good night. While studying and having a hot drink, Kujou thinks that it feels like she hasn’t gotten engrossed in studying for a long time. And speaking of that, for some time, she has been too negligent regarding her studies since she stayed at Yanagi’s place, visited his family’s house, went to his family’s inn and went out with his father so for Yanagi to decline going to the film screening is actually a good thing.. <- everything related with Yanagi and his family. Before, it is always like this, going back and forth from her house and school, study, do house chores. It is only that. Then, she joined the club and cheerfully passed the days with everyone especially lately.. [with Yanagi] Before, she never had this feeling that is constantly brimming over. *blushes* Actually, she never thought that doing recreation and studies at the same time is quite difficult and the people in this world is really amazing that she has to increase her effort. There is a voice of chibi Fujimoto telling Kujou that the people would do things half serious and half lazily. Kujou is going about it excessively, to be 100% perfect. <- her voice cannot be conveyed to Kujou.
Gloomy Kujou thinks but during high school, she is always called out by Yanagi to go study together yet roughly, she was the one teaching and at that time, she really felt annoyed. After recalling that time, Kujou blushes a bit and touches the cellphone trap that Yanagi gave her. The scene changes to Yanagi. The couple bids Yanagi goodbye and asks him greet Ryouko for them. Yanagi thanks the two of them. Terayama advises Yanagi to think of it in detail for it is better for him to arrive to a conclusion. Yanagi says yes. While walking, Yanagi looks at the magazine and recalls the time when his father told him to quickly look at his [Seiichiro] hotel. Amazed young Yanagi exclaimed that his dada is so amazing and it is a bit like grandfather’s house. His father said that it isn’t that simple for he [Seiichiro] wanted to establish a hotel that isn’t the same as before. He is going to use the Japanese-style inn, that kind of ambience, where guests would feel at home, then spread it throughout the world. Yanagi asked what does ‘guest would feel at home’ mean--? Patting his head, Seiichiro said that it refers to a place that makes one feel like one had arrived home. End flashback. Yanagi thinks that it turns out that was a time when he doesn’t know frustration..
Then, his phone is ringing. He is surprised for it is Kujou. Wondering what’s up, he answers the phone and asks what had happened. Kujou says that it isn’t anything special. “About that, for some reason, I really want to hear your voice.” Thump. Kujou asks what is that strange sound. Blushing really red, Yanagi is sitting on the ground [from shock] and exclaims that it is nothing at all!! Really..for real!! Since she hears some sound of the cars, Kujou asks if he is outside. He says yes. She asks if he went out when it is already quite late. Yanagi says ya, it is indeed a bit late. He asks what she is doing. She tells him that she is reviewing for the mock exam. He asks about her mother. She tells him that she [mother] is already asleep and she’s afraid of waking her up so she is talking softly so can he hear her. Yanagi says that he can hear her. He asks if it is okay for her to talk on the phone while she’s studying. While thinking that she feels that his voice from the phone is coming through her head because she has no way of hearing it clearly and it is a baffling feeling, Kujou says that it is for a change of mood..? Kujou asks him if it is okay that she called him. He says that there’s no problem and anyway, he isn’t doing anything. So, quickly say something.
Kujou thinks for a while and asks what he is doing right now. Yanagi says that he just bought a can of coffee. Kujou tells him that she is drinking coffee milk right now. Yanagi says coffee milk..is it café au lait? She says yes, and she added in ginger and honey. Yanagi asks in the café au lait, isn’t it black tea. She tells him that it is delicious while it is hot. Yanagi asks that kind of thing is, and it is hard to imagine. Kujou wonders what’s going on for they are obviously just talking about irrelevant topics yet she feels so embarrassed. Yanagi asks her what she is studying right now. She tells him that she is doing questions regarding accounting management on ways to compute the costs by batch. Yanagi says ah okay, he understands and no need to say anymore. Kujou wants to always talk like this with Yanagi. Yanagi asks Kujou why she chose accountancy as her goal even if her mother said that this work doesn’t have transfer [/job transfer?]. <- Kujou is already not surprised that any information about her that Miwa got was conveyed to Yanagi. Kujou says that there is a reason and that is she likes using numbers and what’s more, she is interested in that since she was young. Doing taxation is not bad but she chose to study that will enable her to test for accounting. She concentrated on keeping accounts and tax savings during junior high.
Yanagi is surprised for she started really young. Kujou tells him that aside from that, it seems to be also her father’s goal. Yanagi says is that so. Kujou says yes, for there are reference books on her father’s bookshelf so perhaps, the reason that she gotten an interest in it is from that. But, she doesn’t at all thought of replacing his father like going to actualize his dream for right now, it is truly her own dream. After looking surprised, Yanagi looks up the sky and says is that so. She asks him what’s up. He says no, it is nothing, he only felt that it turns out that she encountered that kind of situation. She asks what kind of situation. Yanagi says that it is nothing and it is his own issue. This puzzles Kujou. Yanagi asks her when she will have the mock exam. She tells him that it is on the day after tomorrow, on the 20th. Yanagi asks if she’ll be free afterwards. She says yes. Yanagi tells her to keep the 24th free. This surprises Kujou. Yanagi asks if she has plans with her mother. Looking at her calendar, Kujou says no for her mother is on a night shift that day. <- her mother knows that Kujou will prioritize her so she specially chose the night shift *v-sign*. Yanagi says then they go and eat out. This made Kujou blush.
Then, he asks if she doesn’t want to go. <- already shrinking back. Kujou is speechless for she obviously wanted to wholeheartedly do her best in studying. To Yanagi’s shock, she clicks her tongue and calls him, you fool. Then, she says, “..I’ll go..go and eat out with you.” Yanagi clenches his fist and thinks, Yes, yes! Wanting to go on a date with Kujou, in the end, he can depend on eating. Yanagi tells her to think of what she wants to eat. Kujou says that any will do for every place she went with him are all very delicious. Yanagi says that for her to say that, he’ll also feel pressured. Then, Yanagi tells her that he’s almost home. She says is that so. He cheers her on with her studies. She says okay. He advises her to warm herself a bit before sleeping. She says yes, you too. He tells her not to stay up late. She says okay. The two are speechless because for no reason at all, they hate to hang up the phone. In the end, Yanagi bids her goodnight. She smiles and says, yes, you too, good night. Then, she hangs up the phone. She thinks that before the 24th, she’ll do her best in studying. She scribbles ‘with Yanagi’ on her calendar’s 24th and thinks, “Christmas Eve”.
Comment: Here we go again, a potentially special date is coming up. Will there be a major progress? Will there be a confession? Or, we will just have to wait for New Year or even V-day for that elusive progress. ^^;; Yanagi seems inclined on studying abroad. It won’t take long for him to come up with a conclusion. I’m unsure if Yanagi not telling Kujou what’s troubling him is good or not. Not because he isn’t sharing his troubles with her and good because in the end, it has to be his own decision. Maybe it will be brought up during the date. The phone conversation is nice even if most of it isn’t that important. ^^; It somewhat make me feel that they are indeed two people who have this special connection. It makes me wonder if their phone conversation is a preview of their long distance relationship. Anyway, hopefully there will be something special on the Christmas Eve date ^^ Scans by 红莲汉化组
Quote of the day:
There is no such thing as a worthless conversation, provided you know what to listen for. And questions are the breath of life for a conversation. ~ Nathan Miller