During PE class, Nishiyama is picking off petals of a flower in hopes of knowing if he’ll pass or not. ‘I won’t pass, I’ll pass, I won’t..’ Then, he screams that he won’t pass tomorrow’s exam, what is he to do!! Amamiya tells him to stop it for this is a super sensitive time so why is he doing that kind of ominous thing. He orders Nishiyama to quickly give him 10 leap frogs.
Deadpan Yuki passes by and thinks that New Year is over and winter vacation is also over. Third term hurriedly passed by. And, graduation is already before her eyes. There is a calendar with a circle on January 16. But before that, it is the exam.
Reading a book on college exam tips, Yuki thinks that the weather forecast is okay, health management is okay, the route to the college including the knowing the train’s station where she’ll be riding is also totally verified. Closing the book, she thinks that three days after, she’ll finally take the college exam.
She already did the things that she should do so there should be no problem. In short, before the real battle, she’ll take a deep breath and at the same time, show her face at the basketball club. At the gym, Miyoshi, Abe and others greet Yuki. Miyoshi asks if she came here to spank them brats’ butts for a change of mood.
Yuki says, no, and how come that reputation had already stuck on her. She gives a plastic bag to Himiko as greeting gifts. Himiko thanks her. Since Yuki didn’t see the usual gigantic figure, she asks Himiko where is the captain. Himiko says that he was absent since yesterday and she thought Yuki knew.
Yuki asks if it is because he’s resting. Abe says yes, for it appears that he had a cold. He wasn’t feeling well so he would always sleep. Yuki looks surprised for he didn’t contact her. Abe laughs and says that even idiots can catch a cold. Someone reminds him that guy isn’t an idiot. Another person says that even if he doesn’t know why but that guy is the year level’s top 5.
At the locker room of Misuzu Academy, Shizuka’s phone is ringing but he isn’t answering it. Someone calls out to him what’s up. Shizuka says that it is an unfamiliar number. His friend tells him to answer it for it might be someone he knows.
Shizuka immediately imagines that it is Yuki. He blushes really red and thinks that it is absolutely impossible. He answers the phone. The other party says, “You thought that it is Yuki-senpai, right? Id-iot.” Shizuka shouts that it is Shou, how come he knew his number.
Shou says that during the competition before, he had asked that squinty [narrow eyes] weirdo. Shizuka exclaims if it is the captain. Shou says that guy casually told him about it. Shizuka shouts what the person is thinking. There is a scene of Kira asking Shou if it is for exchange of information, regarding basketball..oh, other things, ha ha, fine—
While the others are saying that Shizuka is quite noisy, he asks if the one on the phone is really Shou for his voice.. Shou says that he had a serious cold that he’ll quickly die of it. Shizuka says that he would even talk about competing with him yet his body had already broken down. He’s really outrageous. Shizuka asks if he specially called just to talk about this.
Going back to bed, Shou says no, he is just thinking whether or not Shizuka would take advantage of secretly stalking Yuki again while he is sick in bed. Shizuka says how can he, and what’s with that ‘again’, quickly shut up. Shou asks him what he thinks [/feels] for Yuki.
Shizuka tells him to quickly sleep, idiot. Then, he hangs up on Shou. As Shou removes his cold fever plaster from his forehead, he hears his dog barking loudly. Putting on a face mask, he goes out the balcony to see his dog barking at Yuki who is crouching near the gate.
Shou asks what she is doing. Yuki thinks that it is over for he’ll find out that she doesn’t even have a millimeter of courage to press the doorbell that she is already thinking of going home. Shou says that since she is coming to visit him then just send a LIME [pun for a messaging app].
Yuki says no, for she thinks that if he is free to play with his cellphone then it would be better for him to properly sleep and he’ll definitely keep on playing nonstop with his cellphone. He says that the college exams is already going to start three days from now and is it really okay for her to be in this place.
Yuki says that it is because she heard that he was absent for two days. Shou says that he is fine and compared to this small thing, shouldn’t she be more worried about herself. He waves to her to go and says bye-bye. With a popped vein, Yuki darkly thinks, that’s true, that’s how it is.
While riding the train, Yuki is infuriated..no, she also knows that at this time, she cannot worry about unnecessary things yet even if she clearly knows that..at this time..it makes her become uneasy because he won’t let her see his weakness and also be extremely anxious, and because he isn’t willing to ask her to do something. It always feel that they are separated by a thin wall. And, that totally worries her.
So, Yuki always checks on him in class to see if he already went to school. Shou is still sick in bed. Yuki is studying while eating lunch in school. Then, it is the day before the exam. Yuki thinks that Shou is absent yesterday and today but since she can LIME with him as usual so it shouldn’t be serious..though the other day when she saw him, she feels that his situation isn’t very good.
She suddenly becomes surprise and starts slapping her face. She thinks no, no, just as Shou said, right now, she must worry about herself for the exams are tomorrow so she better pull herself together. Her cellphone rings. It is from Shou with a sticker ‘good night’ and good luck/gambatte on the exam tomorrow.
Blushing a bit, Yuki thinks that’s right, she cannot waste the things that she had already accumulated. For this day, she had already worked hard for a long time and Shou is also cheering for her. She must concentrate!!! The next day, a report on the television mentions of a sudden snow storm early this morning at downtown. This year, it is the first time that the snow had reached 6 cm.
It will apparently also affect the students going to take the college exams! At the station, gloomy Yuki couldn’t believe it..no way.. She hears someone screaming that the train has been suspended!? Someone calling on the phone to come and pick her up.
Then, she bumps into someone. She apologizes and sees Shizuka who is surprised to see her. She realizes that this is the train someone from Misuzu would ride. After calling out each other’s names, Shizuka asks how come she is in this station. Isn’t she going to Ryuhoku.. She explains that she is going to take the college exam today. She had wasted a lot of effort to finally come here but it is a dead end here at this station.
He asks where she is going. She says to Hisashi saki [guesswork from 央崎]. Shizuka tells her to wait and he’ll immediately check for a route [on his cellphone]. Yuki tells him that it is okay because he’ll be late for school. She tells him not to mind her. She waves goodbye and immediately leaves. He watches her leave and bumps again on to someone.
Shizuka frowns and scowls. He immediately grabs her wrist and tells her that the adjacent station perhaps have a moving train so he’ll go there with her. She tries to tell him that it is okay. Shizuka tells her that it is basically not okay and please be quiet, just go with him. Yuki is surprised that she just mutters, okay..
Soon, riding on a train with Shizuka, Yuki thinks that it turns out that there is a moving railway line. She asks Shizuka says if he is very familiar with trains. Shizuka says not really, it is because there are a lot of Misuzu’s competitions and expeditions-types. He tells her that they’ll switch trains two more times and they’ll be able to reach near Hisashi saki. Thinking that she has been saved, Yuki thanks him.
Yuki timidly says that she feels that he is always seeing her when she is stuck in a dilemma and she apologizes for that. Shizuka blushes a bit and tells her that it isn’t necessary for her to apologize for that because anyone has times when one is flustered [/confused]...
...and besides, she is obviously in a difficulty but she isn’t willing to let him help her. It seems that there is a strange estrangement between them that it makes one feel very uncomfortable. Shizuka is puzzled when she is staring at him. He asks what!?
Yuki says, no..she feels that perhaps, there is something a bit similar between them [her and Shizuka], that’s all. Yuki wonders if that is the reason why in front of him, she’ll mentally loosen up that she couldn’t control her tears..? It is like one time, when she even muttered out, ‘granny’-something to him. Yuki holds her hands and breaths on them.
Shizuka asks if she’s really cold. She says no, her hands are only a bit cold. Shizuka thinks that her nose is also so red..so cute.. Shizuka is shocked by what he just thought that he slams his head on the railing. Yuki asks what’s up. He apologizes and says that during an urgent time, he’ll think of that kind of thing, he’s really guy who is rotten to the core!!
She says no, she totally doesn’t thought of that. Shizuka tells himself to calm down and properly think, this person is Shou’s girlfriend and it is enough for him to just watch her. And it is enough that she’ll let him always watch her. At Shou’s house, his mother calls out to Shou and asks what he is doing.
Starting a while ago, he has been dragging that big body of his while walking back and forth. She tells him to drink his medicine and quickly go to sleep. Shou looks at his cellphone. He had already sent a LIME to Yuki if she is alright since it snowed and has she already arrived.
Outside the station, Shizuka points at one direction and tells Yuki to run from here, then she should be able to make it in time. Yuki apologizes to him for in the end, he accompanied her to the station. She assures him that in some other day, she’ll thank him and apologize.. He tells her, no, forget it, please quickly go already.
Turning around to run, Yuki bids him goodbye and thanks him again. And, she immediately slides a bit on the slippery floor. She experienced a sharp pain on her foot that she kneels on the floor. Shizuka calls out to her about her foot. Trembling in pain, she assures him that she is fine. Shizuka says that it isn’t okay, for she basically couldn’t even move!
Yuki berates herself for being so stupid when it wasn’t easy for Shizuka to bring here here. Blushing Shizuka says, ah..geez~~ He suddenly bends down and tells surprised Yuki that he’ll carry her on his back. Shaking her head, Yuki refuses for if she were to touch him, he’ll probably break out some hives.
Blushing Shizuka tells her that right now, their time and energy are already at its limit so hurry up!! Yuki debated within herself that in this situation, if she let him carry her then isn’t that considered touching him!? Is she going to choose making Shou angry or choosing to be late for the college exam.
Yuki weighs the two and she chooses college exam. She thinks that she’ll properly tell it to Shou and honestly explain to him what happened today. Yuki says that she’ll be rude.. She holds Shizuka's back, and Shizuka lifts her up. Aghast Yuki apologizes to him.
Blushing Shizuka assures her that it is totally fine. He says that he’ll be running so tell him the direction. She tells him to first go straight, then turn to the right. Shizuka immediately runs off. Yuki thinks that he’s so fast that he’s faster than if she were to run on her own. Then, she notices a couple of girls giggling and asking if they are sweetheart college exam students so cute.
Yuki thinks that it isn’t like that. She is really sorry but she gave Shizuka trouble and even got people to misunderstand. Shizuka assures her that it is okay, he’ll tell things clearly to Shou that there is nothing between them. Yuki says okay..sorry.. He tells her that there’s no need to apologize so many times.
“Doing each thing perfectly and never complaining bitterly. ..even if I think that you are a very strong person but just like what I have said a while ago, looking at you forcing yourself makes me feel uncomfortable. So, there’s no need for you to apologize to me. It is enough that I’m able to help you out.”
Soon, Shizuka puts Yuki down. While breathing hard, Shizuka says that the college is here right, and there is really no other thing, right!? Yuki shouts yes, and thank you. He shouts, ‘gambatte’/good luck. She says okay. And Shizuka watches her as someone says that she made it. Later on, Shou’s phone is ringing. Shou asks who is it.
Shizuka says that it’s him. Shou says bye-bye. Shizuka tells him to wait, he just brought Yuki to the college. Shou is surprised. Shizuka assures him that nothing happened and it just so happened that he met her by chance when she is in trouble so he casually helped her out.
Sitting up from bed, Shou says that for them to have that relationship yet he’ll casually help her out uup to that degree. “Let me ask you once again, what do you think of senpai?” After a pause, Shizuka says, “I like her.” Shou looks serious. Then, the scene changes to the charm Shou gave Yuki which is tied to her bag. Yuki is currently answering the college entrance exam with the others. The next chapter will be out in Japan on August 20.
Comment: It turns out that Shizuka is still in the story though he really became his old self again. It was nice of him to help out Yuki even if he knows that there is zero chance with her. He does seem to be just satisfied to just watch her and help her in any way he can but he won’t cross that line to cause any trouble.
Of course, it might not sit well with Shou. I’m still wondering what he is driving at that he’ll keep on asking Shizuka what he thought of Yuki. I mean whether Shizuka likes her or not, it will still drive him insanely jealous. Shizuka finally tells him so what now?
That must be some super bug that Shou got that he was sick for a few days. But then, I do recall that he is weak against cold so he was sick during Vday before. Maybe, he’ll take care of himself more after this so that on important times, he’ll be there for Yuki.
Lastly, in this chapter, it seems that Yuki and Shizuka are similar because they like to bang their heads on something. ^^; There does seem to be a connection between them even if it isn’t exactly romantic. Perhaps, some sort of kindred spirit-type of thing? Scans by 红莲汉化组
Quote of the day:
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