Sawako calls out to Shouta and says that there is something that she wants to ask of him. Shouta asks what it is. She asks him if they can go out somewhere. Narration: “..one day, please give me your one day’s time.”
Soon, the two are happily smiling while riding the train. Flashback: Sawako said that even if it is willful of her to say it since it will hinder his studies. “About that.. just this once! Just one day is fine! *Shouta looked at her* ..is it no good..” Shouta asked, “..one day?”
Sawako asked if he is really willing to give her his time. “Let’s go to some place that is a bit far away!! (Somewhere farther than the usual--)” End flashback. And, they arrive at an amusement park. Sawako exclaims that they’re here. Shouta says yes, so what does she want to ride on.
She asks what type does he likes. He says roller coaster-type. Sawako exclaims that kind!? Shouta says that it’s okay if she’s scared and no need to force herself. Sawako exclaims that she wants to try riding it. She tells him that she hasn’t ridden much those types before so she wants to ride them together with him.
Smiling Shouta holds her hand and says okay. He happily tells her that they are going to ride all of the rides once!! Soon, they are strapped on the roller coaster cart. Sawako asks if this is okay. After saying yes, Shouta takes her picture for a remembrance. She exclaims not to suddenly ‘attack’!!
Shouta smiles over the picture he got of her on his phone. Trembling Sawako says that she also wants to take his picture but she couldn’t move anymore. Shouta laughs then assures her, “It’ll be okay. I’m at your side! It’s not a bit scary at all!” Somewhat moved, Sawako says, okay.
Then, to her shock, Shouta says that he’s kidding. Soon, the roller coaster starts going downhill. Later on, Shouta comments that she’s walking wobbly. She informs him that her [trembling] legs are unexpectedly like this.
Shouta holds her steady and suggests that she holds on to him. She says okay and thanks. Upon realizing that Sawako is holding on his arm, Shouta looks at her. To her surprise, he suddenly looks over his shoulder. He starts exclaiming if they aren’t around like Pin, Joe, or his father, they’re not around right!!
Surprised Sawako asks if they came!? Shouta exclaims no, it isn’t that, he absolutely does not want those people to disturb them today!! “I..don’t want to be disturbed by anyone!! Because today— is time that belongs only to the two of us!!”
After agreeing with him, she holds his arm tightly. He blushes and smiles. After a while, Sawako informs him that actually, she is already okay. [<- no need to hold her steady]. Soon, they are riding on a spinning teacups ride.
Shouta asks if she easily gets motion sickness. She says not really. He says is that so, then.. That is his cue to twirl the teacup really fast. Sawako calls out to him that he’s mischievous. Shouta just grins. Sawako is thinking that she’s so happy for the two of them are always together at a place where they don’t usual go.
Then, Sawako takes Shouta’s picture. Shouta takes her phone and they have a selfie together. Narration: “Today, it’s just the two of us together--” Shouta happily points to a haunted house and says that they go there next. Sawako agrees.
As they entered inside, Sawako exclaims that this is the first time that she isn’t pretending to be a ghost upon entering a haunted house. She says that there’s no need to work, so what should she do, ah, reference from here on..
Shouta exclaims that she just have fun to her heart’s content!! “Because you’re always happy in making everyone have fun so you also go and have fun to your heart’s content!!” She asks if everyone had fun.. Shouta exclaims that they did and she also really frightened him.
Teary-eyed Sawako says that’s great..and can she say that’s great. Shouta says yes, she can and today is her turn!! Holding her hand, he says that even if they’ll spend some time—but he finally he can take a stroll together with her..
While they are walking, Sawako says that even if she isn’t scared while pretending to be a ghost..but right now, her heart is beating so fast.. He holds her hand tight and assures her that it will be okay! Then, Shouta screams in fright over a long haired mannequin.
Sawako wonders how many more times will Shouta be at her side to tell her, ‘It will be okay’. Sawako starts to recall all sorts of memories with Shouta. Shouta turns around and asks her if she is okay. He finds her sitting on the floor crying. She apologizes for she was just startled a bit.
She assures him that she’s fine. Shouta holds her face and kisses her cheek twice. Sawako calls his name on her mind. The two holds hands and smiles. Then, Shouta heads out the horror house. As the daylight shines into her face, Sawako mutters, “..like you the most..”
Outside, Shouta asks if she’s scared. Sawako claims that she wasn’t and she’s totally fine. He asks if she wants to go through it once again. Sawako wails and says that they don’t go to such a stimulating ride for next one. Shouta laughs. He looks at his watch and says that time is almost up. “..should we go back already..?”
Shouta notices Sawako’s hesitating expression. He suddenly calls out to someone and asks if he can take their picture. Shouta thanks the person for agreeing to it. He offered to also take the other person’s picture. Then, Shouta calls out to Sawako to come over and show her best brilliant smile today!!
Shouta shows her his smile. This made Sawako smile. So, their picture is taken along the bench while they have very huge smiles on their faces. Shouta exclaims that lastly, they’ll ride the Ferris Wheel! Inside the carriage, they sit at opposite sides. Sawako asks if he won’t be sitting beside her. He asks, huh. She repeats for him to sit at her side.
Shouta suddenly stands up then sits back down. He says no, he’ll still sit over here. Disappointed Sawako says that he went back. He says no, how can he say this, if he goes to her side, it feels like he’ll go sticky [/lovey-dovey] with her...right..so..
To his surprise, she says that she’s very happy [/willing]..!! Shouta asks if that is for real, ah, he isn’t referring to that..and she used such intense wording. Sawako says is that so. Shouta says that it is a bit..how can he say it..he loses to her. Sawako asks if he’s very embarrassed [/awkward]. Shouta is about to deny but admits that he is very embarrassed. This made Sawako nervous.
He says speaking of that, today, he feels that sitting over here. “I’ll be able to look at your face while talking...” She says ya.. Then, Shouta takes out his cellphone and shows to Sawako the picture he took of her at the roller coaster. She asks can she get a good look at it. He says of course.
He shows her where to push the button to see the other pictures. Shouta laughs that it feels that he is always flustered. Sawako looks at their pictures together. Soon, they look out the window. They are already at the top. Sawako says that Kitahoro is over there.
Then, she mutters, “..I don’t want..to go back..” Shouta says, “Okay, I’ll abduct you.” Sawako nods. She looks at him and becomes teary-eyed. While crying, she says, “..I know that you won’t really do that.. but I’m still very happy. Kazehaya-kun, I--”
Then, she suddenly recalls him saying that he wants to sit at the other side to see her face while talking. She realizes that he is probably already aware of what she’ll tell him today...earlier on.. Shouta quietly watches her seriously.
Sawako finally says, “I want to go take the exam for the normal university. Shouta says, “..ya! Kuronuma, gambatte [do your best]! Kuronuma gambatte! You can do it! Gambatte!!” Narration: “Always, always can hear [that?]. Always, whether or not at my side, always--”
Shouta goes to her side and kisses her. And, Sawako recalls the time when Shouta called out, “Kuronuma gambatte!” And, the last scene is the Ferris Wheel that is moving slowly.
Comment: While reading this chapter, I have this sort of ‘calm before the storm’ feeling and it came at the end. This is nicely done. It seems like a a metaphor of the different obstacles in life. It can be thrilling, scary, slow yet they’ll always go through with it together while creating wonderful memories while they’re at it ^^
I’m really not sure what Shouta is feeling. I mean after the quarrel before wherein Sawako insisted to think about going or not, and Shouta should not assume things. Yet, it turns out that Shouta really knows her really well in this case. Actually, it is already somewhat obvious to everyone. It is also what’s best for Sawako’s future career.
Still, it is really nice of Shouta not to say anything like ‘I told you so’, etc. He has always been supportive of her though a bit too much at times that it can lead to misunderstandings. ^^; I don’t know what’s with the ‘abduct you’ line but for some reason, it moved me. ^^;; Perhaps, it is because of what he is willing to do for her to make her happy. Scans by 夜莺工作室
Quote of the day:
Encouragement requires empathy and seeing the world from your spouse's [/other person’s] perspective. We must first learn what is important to our spouse [/loved one]. Only then can we give encouragement. With verbal encouragement, we are trying to communicate, "I know. I care. I am with you. How can I help?" We are trying to show that we believe in him [/her] and in his [/her] abilities. We are giving credit and praise. ~ Gary Chapman, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate