Kyouko thinks about what Sawara told her and thinks that it might be related to the new role that Kanae hates. She couldn’t confirm it because Kanae doesn’t talk much about herself. She isn’t quite convinced that story about the role being stolen is true. Upon arriving at the room, Kyouko happily goes into her excited Kanae greeting but no one is there.
Kyouko realizes that she came too early. So, when Kanae arrives, Kyouko burst into her excited greeting only to have Kanae immediately closing the door on her. Kyouko goes out to complain about the treatment. Kanae comments that she doesn’t seem to have any worries. Kyouko happily says that she doesn’t for they have all gone away. Since Kyouko isn’t using her fake face, Kanae decides that she is really telling the truth. She starts to think that Ren’s gloomy face earlier has nothing to do with Kyouko.
Kyouko invites her to go in to talk about what Sawara told her which she claims is worrying her. From Kyouko’s fake face, Kanae realizes that she isn’t worried at all. <- most likely, she just wants to spend some time with Kanae. With some chamomile tea, Kyouko talks about a certain role being stolen. Kanae confirms that there is indeed a female ninja role in the movie but they have to redo the audition. They find it strange that they have to redo it when usually there is a back-up actress who was chosen during the first audition.
Kyouko and Kanae wonder why the client is saying that the role was stolen from her when there is a new audition for Momiji [female ninja]. With the clue of ‘stolen role’, Kanae says that when she was auditioning for Chidori, her role as the daughter of the samurai, there was someone trying to forcefully take her role but miserably failed. It was here when Kyouko realized that Kanae still has to audition for that role. She thought that it was ‘given’ to her by Lory.
Kanae couldn’t say no even if she hated the role since the character is a stalker and she is so in love to the point of having no dignity. She is determined to get it since she’s greedy and Lory chose it for her. Kanae still has to pass the second audition. To prepare for it, Kanae is being trained by Hiou’s grandfather, Kotetsu who is good in swordsmanship. Her role had learned it while stalking the wandering samurai/ronin.
Kanae thinks that the girl who wanted to get the Chidori role would now want to audition for the Momiji role. Kyouko got very excited since she wants to see Kanae up close in a sword fight. Since the Love Me request is also not a prank, Kyouko plans to audition for Momiji. They go to Kanae’s manager who panics at first for he thought Kanae wanted to audition for Momiji. He is relieved that it was Kyouko. Kyouko is dreamily thinking of protecting Kanae in her role as the ninja.
The manager comments that Kyouko is in the talent division so she didn’t get this information. The manager gives Kyouko the flyer. The title is ‘The Scared Lotus in the Mire’. Kyouko stares at it for a long time. [<- In case you didn’t know, Ren is Lotus 蓮 in Chinese/kanji] Kanae asks her why she is staring at one spot. After some pause, Kyouko assumes the title refers to Chidori for being pure while in a filthy surrounding.
Irked Kanae reminds her that Chidori is a slave to love, a stalker and had fallen to her desires. Kanae thinks that the title refers to the wandering samurai, Shizuma. Kanae offers to lend to Kyouko the books about it. She tells Kyouko to get it today since she’ll be busy in the next two days. After Kyouko bows in thanks to Kanae’s manager, the two are walking when Kanae mentions about something troubling Ren. She assumes that it might be about work.
Kanae asks if Kyouko told Ren about her relationship with her mother. Kyouko says that she didn’t. So, this made Kanae decide that it really has nothing to do with Kyouko. At home, while holding the books, Kyouko start to feel guilty over how she responded to Ren on the cellphone after everything. She starts to wonder what is troubling him, perhaps it is about her. Or, it might be about work like Kanae mentioned.
While helping out in the restaurant, Kyouko keeps on thinking of approaching Ren as Bo to know what’s bugging him since it is only with Bo when she can ask him anything without restraint. Soon, it is 1:15am. All of the customers had left. Daruma wife thanks Kyouko for the help. While putting down the signs outside the restaurant, Kyouko isn’t at ease over letting Ren go to Guam tomorrow night when he has something troubling him.
Unfortunately, she also has work for Box’R tomorrow. Just when she is pulling the noren [door curtain] down, she accidentally makes it fall on her. She braces herself to be hit by the rod but only the cloth hit her. She notices a hand holding the rod. And yes, it is Ren who smiles and greets her.
Comment: The title of the chapter is the same with the title of the movie.. or was it drama? Since I saw it is ‘lotus’, I immediately thought that it will be about Ren. Since Kyouko will audition for the movie and Kanae will also be in the movie, will the mangaka be so nice to also cast in Ren as Shizuma, the samurai?
It would be fitting since he is ‘Ren/lotus’ and the title supposedly meant to be the samurai. ^^ If not, we can at least hope that aside from Kotetsu, Ren will teach Kyouko some action scenes ^^
Hm..from the looks of things, the new movie/drama can be interesting. I like this mangaka’s action scenes so that’s something to look forward to. Kyouko and Kanae will also be likely acting together in the movie/drama. I wonder how the antagonist will be like. In a way, I think that antagonist like the previous ones will once again push Kyouko’s acting to a new level ^^
Anyway, just when I was about to dismiss that Ren will not show up, but no, he did since the ‘night’ is not yet over. He is worried so he’ll be there. In a way, Kyouko had already met with Kanae who is also worried about her. I wonder what excuse Ren will come up with since he supposedly doesn’t know about her awful relationship with her mother. Will Kyouko as herself get the courage to be more frank with him like how she was when she is Bo?
Well, at least, we’ll get to have 1-2 chapters with Ren before he ‘disappears’ again for some time since he is going back to Guam. But again, because of the title, I think this arc will be about Ren. Hopefully. Maybe, more about his past?
Quote of the day:
Consider the past but don't dwell in it. Dream for the future, but don't sleep on it. Concentrate the on the present moment. Snatch every opportunity. ~ Collins Hasty