The cover which says "Totally disregard the season" - as this chapter is about summer vacation, summer festival and hanabi when in real life, it's still winter in Japan. lol.
Adachi on the phone: "Really? Thank You very much!"
Hatori's thoughts "It's the summer vacation however, my love relationship is full of obstacle ahead. The appearance of this person (moe) is sudden and she said that she likes Rita. After much effort, i've finally decided that my aim was to be the perfect heroine but was changed abruptly and i've become the villain instead. Isn't this back to square one?"
Hatori screams her thoughts alot: "What am i going to do now?" and she suddenly sees Rita. Asking in a really sweet voice: "Ah.. Rita *hearts* what are you doing here (in front of the staff room)?"
Rita's reaction was like: Huh?
Hatori thinks that he's here for her but without her even speaking, Rita: "No i'm not." and Nakajima taps her shoulder and Hatori thinks "He's purpose is at the side." Hatori: "Adachi?" and she hears the teacher says: "Okies! Adachi. You must work hard when you are over there."
Adachi: "Thank You very much."
Hatori's thoughts "This kind of conversation. Don't tell me.... she's transferring school?"
Hator's disappointed that it's only an short term overseas exchange.
Adachi: "When i was in Junior High school, i wrote an article about street children and i'm recommended by my father's friend who works in the mass media industry to do research and collect information about street children in Mexico."
Nakijima and Moe: "How long will you be going?"
Adachi: "For three months."
Hatori turns around in disbelief.
Hatori rushes towards Adachi, holds her hands: "Isn't that great? Leave the peace in Japan to me and leave for Mexico. Until you are accepted, don't come back."
Adachi: "Thank You very much, Matsuzaki-san."
Hatori's thoughts "This obstacle will not be around this summer!"
Rita: "When did you start thinking of going on an overseas exchange? Why didn't i heard of it?"
Adachi: "I plan on telling Terazaka-kun once it's decided. I was informed of it yesterday.
Hatori: "Rita, from now onwards, Adachi will be on her own. As a boyfriend, you should support her from the bottom of your heart."
Rita: "Mind your own business."
Nakajima: "What's that all about? Is he a child?"
Moe: "Terasaka-kun must be feeling lonely."
Adachi: "My dream is to be able to let others know about the problem around the world with the articles i write. This chance is an important experience to me. Terasaka's dream must be important to him too. He will understand when i explain more to him."
Hatori's thoughts "Dream? I've not thought of this before. Don't tell me i lose to here even as a human? As compare to Adachi who has two important dreams (becoming a writer and Rita) i only have one. That is my love for Rita."
Adachi: "Matsuzaki-san, you might find it weird that i'm asking you for such a favor. Can you keep Terasaka-kun company during the coming summer vacation? Terasaka- kun is not someone who will ask people out thus, i'm worried that he will spend the summer vacaton alone."
Hatori: "What are you talking about? Of course i will!"
Hatori's thoughts "Baka. Isn't this revenge better than being a good person? I've warned her before that when i'm with Rita, i can only feel happiness. I'm not letting this chance slip away!"
Hatori is taking this chance very seriously and she's asking Moe and Nakajima for suggestion. She's even taking down note when Moe provides her with ideas.
Nakajima suggest Hatori to create a gap between her and Rita as man are really simple minded creatures whom are easily excited when they get to see a side of the girl which is out of her norm. However for Hatori, she's uninteresting as she already shown everything (inner and outer) to Rita. That is why, to Rita, Hatori is uninteresting, no surprise and nothing special which makes it difficult for him to see her as someone he will like.
Hatori's thoughts "Is it? Guy's think this way? Where is he going to see if it's neither inner nor outer?"
Hatori panics: "What should i do? Learn cooking? Act cool in front of Rita?"
Nakajima: "That simple. Create some surprise. Rita as he might think that he will get a lot of phone calls from you from the fact that Adachi isn't around. Don't call him. He might think you will be pestering him. Don't ask him out.
Harori: "I refuse! That will mean that i can't meet Rita the whole summer vacation!"
Nakajima: "You might think that this isn't fun but Terasaka will be concern/take notice of you. He might think that you are out everyday with blinking Hiromitsu guy or maybe you've got to know some other new guy friends. Then ask him out on the day of the fireworks festival. You might be able to draw his interest."
Moe: "I think this is a great idea. Shall i call Sakai too?"
Hatori: "Rita will be all alone this summer vacation then?"
Nakajima: "It's alright to let him be alone. Don't you want him to accept you? The one who left him behind alone is Adachi. There is no need for you to feel bad about it. Just treat him as someone whom you just ask out for a day of fun. I beg of you, don't be a girl who is always available for Terasaka. Listen up! No one will like a girl who is always available for him."
Hatori agrees unwillingly to Nakajima's plan in the end.
Hatori thought's "Oic. Even though i really dislike to let Rita be alone. I know i'm only left with this method this time. It's tough not able to meet Rita for a month. I shall train myself up during this period....
... the truth is, Rita did not contact me even once either. Didn't him even think of asking me out?"
At cram school Hatori bumps into Kousuke. Kousuke: "You cut off all contact from Terasaka kun this summer vacation right?"
Hatori: "I don't need your help even though i'm feeling lonely."
Hatori's thoughts "The gaps between Rita and me should be wide enough since i've not been contacting him."
Kousuke: "Terasaka kun is now with some girls."
Hatori turns around in shocked looking at Kousuke.
Kousuke: "Terasaka kun is quite popular. Isn't it normal for a guy to find a girl to 甘える (behave like a kid) to when he's feeling lonely? He can't 甘える to you who is his childhood friend since it's more natural doing it to other girls."
Hatori's thoughts "It is impossible for Rita to give up on himself when he's feeling only. Recalls how Rita changes girlfriend easily. This is a blind spot which i missed out!. What should i do now? If it's not possible for Rita to accept me and if i don't chase after him, it's the end...
... It is still better to stay by Rita's side everyday."
Kousuke: "You like him right? Hatori sees Rita as some prince don't you?"
Hatori: "He's cannot make it guy. Who can't go on without a girlfriend."
Kousuke: "So you like him cause he can't make it?"
Hatori: "In my head i know that he can't make it. Aren't you suppose to listen to your hear when it's about love?"
Kousuke: "If your head can't understand, your heart is unable to listen to what you are saying isn't it?"
Hatori: "I understand. I should give up on Rita and look for some other guys instead. I might be able to walk out of it but it's not whether i'm able to walk out of it or not. I still want to like him."
Kousuke: "I'm surprised you know this about yourself."
Hatori's thought "Maybe i... i only want to like Rita alone. Ha! This cannot work. If i don't contact Rita now... "
Kousuke: "I think you should endure longer, it's another two more days to the fireworks festival. If you contact him now, you've wasted all the effort you've put in."
Hatori's thought's "That is right. Dear god! Please do not widen the gap between Rita and Me anymore until the fireworks festival!"
Rita's phone rings and he fell off his sofa trying to reach out for it. He's expression seems shock when he sees who's calling him. (it must be Hatori)
Hatori: "Long time no see Rita! Shall we go for the fireworks festival together?"
Hatori dessed in yukata, she's on her way to meet Rita and she's feeling nervous about it. Rita turns around when he heard Hatori called him. Hatori sees Rita and reminds herself to remain calm.
Hatori: "Your hair seems to have grown longer and you put on your yukata too."
Rita: "I didn't cut it that's why. Let's go."
Hatori's thoughts "It's Rita. I've been so wanting to meet him!"
Rita: "Why do you seems a little down today?"
Rita: "You hardly talk. Say something."
Hatori: "I'm talking aren't i?"
Some perverted looking guy from behind: "Sister, you look so cute and i can see you undies."
Rita grabs Hatori's hand and pulls her to walk in front of him.
Hatori's thought's "It's been a long time since i see Rita behaving like a man."
Hatori: "I think i want to buy a drink."
Rita: "I want Wu Long tea took. Take one for me."
Shop owner: "That will be 400yen."
Hatori: "We will pay seperately."
Rita: "It's alright, pay together and give me another yakizoba and give us two フランクフルトeach. (Not sure what's that but it must be some food.)
Hatori: "Eh, is it alright? (for Rita to pay for her drinks and buy her food.)"
Rita: "Didn't i say so."
Hatori's thoughts "Am i being over sensitive? I feel that Rita is treating me like a lady today. It must be the gap taking effect."
They found a nice spot, sat down and wait for the fireworks. Hatori is feeling nervous and wonder how does she usually speaks.
Hatori: "Please start quickly, fireworks."
Kousuke appears from behind: "You've found a nice resting place."
Hatori's thoughts "Hiromitsu kun! Oh no, when the atmosphere is just right."
Kousuke: "I was with some girl until just now. She'd gotten too troublesome so i fake that i've some urgent matter to attend to. I'm planning of joining the basket ball guys later and taking a rest for a while now."
Rita: "What do you think of him (Kousuke)?"
Kousuke whispers into Hatori's ears: "Say it's a secret."
Hatori: "It's a secret."
Rita seems to be affected with Hatori's reply. (omg~ it's like the first time he's having such a jealous kind of reaction towards Hatori! I think there is a tiny bit of light down this very long and dark tunnel for Hatori!)
Hatori sneaks away by going to the toilet.
Hatori's thoughts "For Rita to say such a thing? It seems like he wants to own me. Maybe something is already happening now."
Kousuke's thoughts "Things have gotten troublesome."
Rita: "Oie. You! Are you still going out with Hatori?
Kousuke: "Are you jealous?"
Rita: "Don't avoid my question. She's different from the other girls whom you've been going out with. I don't know what you r purpose with her but don't go overboard."
Kousuke: " If i'm serious towards Hatori, will Rita accept?"
Kousuke: "You are the one who shouldn't go over board. When do you plan on keeping Hatori for yourself only."
Rita: "Huh? What are you talking about?"
Kousuke: "You lack confidence with yourself right? That is why you can let go of someone who loves you unconditionally without any reason. You think that Hatori's happiness is alright anyway it right? You hope that she makes no boyfriend and to only sees you for the rest of her life right? Even when you behave like you don't even like her. Is this really alright? This is like killing someone's hope. Hatori has been liking you all these while. You are so curel Terasaka kun."
Kousuke is gone when Hatori is back from the very crowded toilet.
Rita: "Hatori! Be serious and find a boyfriend."
Rita: "I don't believe in you feelings."
Hatori: "Why don't you believe? Didn't i tell you what i like see and like about you?"
Rita: "What do you know? Everyone says they "like" so easily. However, I'm one who has nothing. Everyone knows what the want and works/go towards that. You and Adachi too. To have dreams, it's great. Since when, it seems like i've something lacking."
Hatori: 'I don't think about you that way."
Rita: "Yup you do. You seems to be enjoying this summer vacation without me."
Hatori: "Rita. I'm sorry!" and she hugs him... "I was feeling very lonely! I'm sorry to have left you alone. It's all part of my plan not to call Rita."
Hatori: "Nakajima said there's not enough gap between us. She told me not to contact you this summer vacation to widen our gap so that you will notice me but...
... i... I can't do anything when i want to meet Rita badly. I'm sorry for thinking only about myself and not for Rita. I'm not going to leave Rita alone anymore this life time. I will be together with you from now onwards. It's really lonely. We are humans after all. "
It looks like Hatori is going to put her hand on Rita and Rita stretches out his hand to grab hatori's or to stop her?
Rita: "Hatori, you are this kind?"
OMG~ Is Rita starting to find Hatori important to him? I really do hope so! Seems like Nakajima's plan is taking some effect on Rita. hahah. It's the first time i see Rita getting a little worked up over Hatori. Making her walk in front of him and asking what she thinks about Kousuke. I do hope that he's starting to have feelings for her and not because she is his childhood friend and he's just protecting her. Maybe he's too used to having Hatori by his side and her absence makes him start to realise his true feelings?
Nonetheless, this chapter is a small step towards new development! On the other side note, i wonder if Adachi is stupid or what. How can a girlfriend ask her rival to company her boyfriend during her absence? I mean,, even if the girl is the boyfriend's childhood friend, isn't it best to avoid? Needless to say the childhood friend obviously likes your boyfriend!
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