Everyone is gathered at the gym for the graduation rehearsal. Someone is having a hard time practicing his speech about wanting to have memories here and everyday experience would be carved into their hearts. They are going to graduate today so let’s sing the ‘respect teacher’ hymn..lalala, okay, finish singing.
Shouji shouts at Miyoshi is that worthwhile, that poor way of dealing with the preliminary rehearsal when they specially gathered to come here on their free school day? While the two argue and others telling them to be a bit quiet, Yuki overhears a couple of girls talking about exchanging neck ties. It is some kind of graduation ceremony tradition.
One of the girls hoped a certain Yashiro [guesswork from 八代] gets her necktie. Yuki thinks that it is still very popular this year. It is 5 days before the graduation ceremony. After getting into the college, she had finally chosen the apartment where she’ll be staying.
Flashback: An agent told Yuki and her mother that this is a room on the second floor at the corner. Her mother exclaimed that this is great so they go check it out. Yuki asked the agent how much is the electric current. The agent thought that daughter is very attentive. End flashback.
Yuki felt that she can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Later on, Yuki is helping Himiko carry some laundry. Himiko learns that Yuki is going to live alone. Yuki says that before the start of school, she must tidy up the place for it to be inhabitable. She’ll go buy all sorts of things tomorrow. Himiko asks if she’ll go with Shou. This made Yuki tense and says, no..
Thinking she carelessly said a taboo, blushing Himiko apologizes to her for saying something that she shouldn’t say. After thinking for a while, Himiko says that starting this spring, Yuki won’t come over to help her like this anymore. They won’t even occasionally bump into each other at the hallway.
On today’s preliminary rehearsal, that kind of feeling suddenly surged up and for Yuki to leave Ryuhoku makes one feel empty. Yuki tells Himiko that she thinks she is very reliable and even if she’ll probably get huge headaches but she hopes that afterwards, Himiko together with the current members and the new first year members can support the captain’s work.
Himiko is about to cry but she told herself not to. Himiko ends up muttering about the principal’s necktie today has a kappa [child-like humanoid water creature in Japanese folklore] design.. Yuki starts thinking of graduation.. At Misuzu, Shizuka waves goodbye to his friends when he sees Shou sitting by the fence while listening to music.
Shizuka asks him what’s up twice but there is no response from Shou. Shizuka decides to forget it and don’t mind him. Shou removes his earphones and calls out to Shizuka not to ignore him. This irks Shizuka. Standing up, Shou says that actually, regarding that time, he wants to personally thank him.
Facing Shizuka, Shou says it seems that his GIRLFRIEND was under his care on that exam day. Shizuka says that it is nothing, after all, SHE WAS VERY HELPLESS BY HERSELF so he can’t help but do that. Shou says that she isn’t alone, for she has a boyfriend. Shizuka asks if he overslept then.
Gesturing to himself, Shou emphasis that just in case, let him say it once again that person is his girlfriend..his. Shizuka chuckles lightly and says, then, isn’t it better not to let the GIRLFRIEND casually come alone to an exclusive male school. That made Shou dark as he suddenly grabs Shizuka’s bag strap.
Shou asks what he is saying, is he having delusions. Trying to free his bag from Shou’s grip, Shizuka says that he unexpectedly didn’t know when sometime before, she specially gave him a snack all by herself. Shou asks when. Shizuka says that it is the day before Vday so quickly let go already.
After managing to free his bag from Shou, Shizuka says but seriously speaking, it is better for him not to brush her aside or perhaps make her feel wronged [/get hurt]. With that, Shizuka left Shou who is looking serious. At Yuki’s house, the triplets are arguing over who’ll stay in the room.
Shintaro exclaims that he has a lot of club equipment so he should have the room for himself. Koushirou says no, for no matter how one thinks of it, he is destined to immediately find a partner so he’ll stay in one room and the other two should stay in one room. After all, he is the eldest. Kinjirou says that they compromise by letting him stay alone in the room.
Yuki asks the twins what they are arguing about. The twins say that it is about who’ll stay in Yuki’s room. Yuki’s cellphone rings so she goes upstairs to answer it. On the phone, Shou hears the noise that he asks if something exploded. Yuki says no, that’s the voices of her younger brothers. Shou asks what she is going to do tomorrow [Saturday].
Yuki says that she’ll go and buy some living necessities. Shou says that there is only morning practice tomorrow so he’ll also go with her. Yuki tries to decline for she’ll buy a lot of things and it will take time. Shou says that he’ll help her carry them.
She continues to decline his offer when she suddenly remembers being told that she is obviously forcing herself yet she won’t let him help, and, ‘it seems that there is a strange estrangement that makes one feel uncomfortable’. So Yuki reluctantly agrees for him to help her out.
At the kitchen section of a department store, Shou holds a pot and informs her that there are pots here. Yuki says ah..he found it. Shou says that there are a lot of things here and isn’t the smallest the most convenient. Yuki checks that it is 5000 yen yet it is so small..maybe that black one is better. Seeing some aprons, Shou imagines Yuki wearing an apron and welcoming him back. He asks Yuki about buying an apron.
Yuki says that she doesn’t wear it so there’s no need. She is starting to leave for her next item in the checklist. Then, she sees a condiments rack. She tries to get it from the top shelf but Shou helps her get it. He asks if it is this one. She says yes. Yuki thinks that it’s great because Shou is around, so she can purchase everything and also carry them all. This way, she’ll be able to buy everything that she needs. She thinks that ‘depending’ isn’t bad at all.
While walking, Shou asks if she’ll bring all of this at her apartment. Yuki says no, they’ll just bring it at her family’s house and she’ll bring it all together on the day when she moves. Shou complains a bit about wanting to see her apartment. Yuki wonders if that is his motive.
Recalling about that strange estrangement which makes one feel uncomfortable, Yuki thinks of working hard to get near him.. Shou asks if she can carry all of this by herself. Yuki says no, she planned to get them part by part for several days.
Yuki thinks that even after she graduates and they live separately, compared to right now, she’ll do her best to mutually trust each other more and compared to right now, she’ll also get closer to him. At Yuki’s house, the twins are crying and having a tantrum on the floor. They shout why didn’t Yuki tell them ahead that Shou is coming because if they knew they wouldn’t go out and hang out with someone else.
The mother also whines that is the same with her, she obviously properly put on make-up. Yuki tells her mother that she should go to work. Yuki asks about the others. Her mother says that only Shintarou is sleeping in bed while the others probably went out.
The twins bid Shou goodbye and tell him to wait for them to come back. The mother tells him to wait until she’s finished with work. Yuki thanks Shou for helping her carry all these things. She suggests that he sit down for a while. Shou asks if they’ll retain her room once she had moved out.
Yuki says no, for it seems that it will be given to one of her younger brothers because right now, all three are crowding in one room. Putting his bag down, Shou says, ya--.. Yuki starts to say about that, after graduation, it is possible..that it would still be like this, asking him [for help] from time to time, it is inevitable that he cannot do it.
Shou asks what she is saying. Yuki says she’s saying if he has any trouble, then don’t hesitate to say it..catching a cold that he’ll have to sleep in bed, for someone else to tell me about it..don’t do that again. Yuki exclaims that’s right, she’ll give him some drink. She asks him if she wants coffee or tea..
Shou holds her hand and says that he wants to go to her room. Yuki says next time but Shou insists to go there now. She says that there’s nothing interesting.. He asks if she doesn’t want to when he helped her carry those things. Thinking that he volunteered and yet.., Yuki decides to let it be and let him see her room for there’s no harm in doing that.
Yuki lets him in her room. She cannot get the nagging feeling that she lost her guard [/not alert]. Shou sits down on her chair and asks if he can look into her drawer. She says no, and she knew he’ll definitely say that. [<-underwear?] Looking at the Yuka mug, he finds it nostalgic and asks why Yuka is written on it. Yuki says that she didn’t know since he bought it.
She tells him to get out since her younger brother is sleeping at the other room. He puts down the mug and says that thing just now..she told him, ‘tell him anything’ so could it be that she’s hiding something from him like giving Shizuka V-day chocolates. This made Yuki scowl and look puzzled.
She wonders, Vday, chocolate, what nonsense is he saying.. Shou says that didn’t she personally bring it to Misuzu? Yuki suddenly remembers it. She tells him to wait, that isn’t V-day chocolates and actually, it isn’t chocolate. He asks if it is Vday yokan [gelatin dessert]. She shouts no, it is just a gift for everyone at the basketball club to eat.
Shou asks why she delivered it. She explains that it is an apology for the trouble she caused on that exam day. He tells her that it isn’t necessary for her to do that. Yuki asks how can that be, she troubled Shizuka for so long that she even caused him to be late. He he even ran off all the way carrying her on his back. This surprises Shou.
He stands up and says, ‘back’. Yuki nervously says that Shizuka ought to have told him, right? Shou asks ‘back’ is that ‘back’. She tries to explain but he quickly grabs her wrist and pulls her to his embarace. He asks if she tightly stuck on his back like this. Yuki blushes and says no..
He hugs her tightly. He turns her around and pushes her down on the bed. He tells him that she really doesn’t understand anything. Yuki angrily exclaims ha!? She asks if he is holding a grudge. He kisses her and starts to do some French kisses.
As Yuki catches her breath, Shou tells her not to let anyone else besides him to touch her, do not smile at others besides him, do not look at others besides him, and do not talk with anyone else besides him. Yuki says no, if it is like that, how can she live.. He tightly intertwines his fingers on hers and that he won’t let anyone else fall in love with her besides him.
Yuki is surprised over why he has that kind of expression. He tightly hugs her again. Holding his back, Yuki says that didn’t she say that nothing happened. Recalling Shizuka saying that he likes Yuki, Shou asks can she dare say that she totally doesn’t mind even if someone said that he likes her. This made Yuki quietly grab a pillow and hits it on Shou’s head.
She says, “Why.. (..what is this) *stands up from the bed* No matter how many times I’ve said it, you aren’t willing to understand me. (I obviously wanted to stay at his side) How come you don’t trust me that much? (Wanting him to believe me) You think that I have that kind of superficial feelings as I always gone steady with you until now..? (Want to make him believe me. I obviously like him that much) *turns around* ..it’s already enough.”
Shou calls out to her. She shouts that he's noisy to death and she’s leaving. She goes out and slams the door. Shou is speechless. [<- probably because that is her own room] Narration: “Like this, there is also a limit to being belittled by someone.”
Comment: Since it is probably 4 days before graduation, I guess they’ll make up before then and this is just to ‘spice things’ up if the climax is the graduation. Upon seeing the cover with Shizuka there, I thought, here we go again.
Anyway, that stuff is unresolved issue so might as well tackle it using Shizuka as a representation of ‘potential suitors/friends’ whom might help or helped by Yuki later in the future as to how to deal with them in the future. Somehow I feel that Shou’s plan to intimidate Shizuka backfired on him. He tried to emphasize that he is Yuki’s boyfriend yet in the end, he got lectured by Shizuka on dealing with Yuki. ^^;
To Yuki’s credit, she tries to depend more on Shou which isn’t exactly easy for someone who is used to do everything by herself. She is indeed reluctantly doing what he wants but she is slowly trying to act like a girlfriend.
The twins and mother are really starting to annoy me with their fangirl antics. I can almost imagine them lecturing Yuki on being mean to Shou and it will be all Yuki’s fault. So, what happened during the exam day is now going to start their lovers’ quarrel.
She considers it something ordinary but he doesn’t because of the timing. I’ll say that I’m not fond of ‘forceful guys’ and for a while there, I thought Shou is going to pull that ‘give me your body to prove that you love me’ line.
Shou’s lines remind me of a discussion I had with a reader in chapter 48. Ya, he should just lock her up in his room throughout her life. ^^;; And, what Yuki said is my conclusion to this predicament. It all boils down to trust. Anyway, I think they’ll sort that out before the graduation. This is after all an issue that they must address especially since Yuki is going to college soon.
Perhaps, it is also better to always report everything to the other party so that they’ll know what’s going on. Both had heard about things from other people. Yuki learned he was sick from someone else. He learned that she gave a thank you gift to some guy from someone else. Things like that can lead to some misunderstanding and the feeling of ‘being left out’. Scans by 红莲汉化组.
Quote of the day:
A relationship without trust is like a car without gas, you can stay in it all you want, but it won't go anywhere. ~ Author Unknown