Page 1 (Title Page)
“Because I can see, all that you are.”
Kou: Are you coming to the cultural festival the day after tomorrow? Right.
Futaba (thinking): There are a lot of things that I want to ask Kou.
Futaba (thinking): Just now…
Futaba (thinking): He kissed my hair? Am I wrong? He said that he “lost his temper.” Was that because I was talking to Kikuchi-kun?
Futaba (thinking): I really want to ask him. I could only hear a little bit of the person on the other end of the line.
Kou: Oh well then – Come over and watch your safety? If there’s anything you don’t know then call me again. Okay. Then it’s settled.
Futaba (thinking): My good mood was so easily destroyed. That’s why on the way home, I only talked about some meaningless things. I just only wanted to go through the motions. Maybe that was extremely stupid of me.
Futaba: …Well bye then.
Futaba (thinking): But in the moment when I heard the voice on the phone, I suddenly saw the bond between Kou and that person. And I disliked that.
Futaba (thinking): Right now I must be the most narrow-minded person in the whole world…
Phone: beep beep beep beep beep
Voice: The number that you have called is not in the area or has already been disconnected ---
Kou (thinking): It won’t go through--- Idiot.
Kominato: You’re finally back.
Kou: Kominato? Why are you here?
Kominato: Nothing really. I wanted to call before I came over, but my phone’s battery ran out. And then even though I came, I didn’t know when you would come home. I was going to go home myself, but it looks like I was unsuccessful. (It’s just like that. Please let me charge my phone too.)
Kou: …I know.
Kominato: Huh? What?
Kou: Your phone wasn’t connecting just now.
Kominato: I can’t take it. This must be telepathy. Ah, if that’s the case, then I can sense something else. Chips! You want to eat them, right?!
Kou: Really? Pizza-flavored?
Kominato: Eh? Didn’t you want French gravy-flavored chips?
Kou: Right now I feel more like pizza-flavored. (But French gravy-flavored chips are always welcome.)
Text: Telepathy failed.
Kominato: Kou, even if you didn’t overprotect her like that, there shouldn’t be any problems right? I can understand wanting to do something for someone in the same circumstances. But I think establishing new relationships at a new school would be good for her. Don’t you agree?
Kou: Ah--- you’re right.
Kominato: Then you shouldn’t take on so much for her.
Kou: Yeah, but until she can do that and until she can adjust to her new environment, there’s no way I can just abandon her. At this time, I think it’s best for someone to be there for her.
Kominato: So it’s like that. Kou, you
Kominato: must’ve been in a lot of pain before. We should’ve met earlier. If that was the case ---
Kominato: I would’ve been there for you at the very start. (Text: Very serious.)
Kou: I’d like to show it to you? (Kou is trying his best to be a good host.)
Kominato: Ah, let me see. Let me see---
Kou: Wait a second. I’ll bring it over.
Kominato (thinking): Hm… But that story just now and how annoyed Kou was at school today.
Kou (flashback): You’re so noisy!
Kominato (thinking): I don’t think there’s much of a connection.
Text on box: Class 1-3. Tanaka Kou.
Kominato (thinking): Is this stuff from middle school? Alto flute, how nostalgic!!
Kominato: And there’s also his notebook from when he was still Tanaka. Oh--- it’s quite neat. Is there anything strange written here?
Kou: I brought it.
Kominato: Kou… You…
Text on the notebook: Yoshioka Futaba
Text: Ripping it away
Kou: That was from before!
Kominato: You liked her before? Yoshioka?
Kominato: And now? What about now? Do you like her?
Kou: You’re quite annoying.
Kominato: Yaaaa ---
Text: Kicking about
Kominato: Isn’t it great though – you should be together! Confess. Attack, attack. She doesn’t have a boyfriend anyway.
Kou: But I don’t feel this is the right time to do something like that. (Probably.)
Kou: Like the story about my friend that I told you just now…
Kominato: Ha? But that’s irrelevant. That matter is that! This matter is this! Hee--- Yoshioka. Hee---
Kominato: That friend I was just talking about sent a text. Sorry, I have to step out for a moment. Ah, right. The time. I think during the day I should be in the classroom.
Kominato (thinking): The voice… is quite high. Ah… that friend is…
Kou: Okay, so it’s settled.
Kominato: Kou. It won’t work, this sort of thing. You shouldn’t worry so much about other people.
Kominato (thinking): What an idiot, that Kou.
Kou (flashback): It’s no problem. I’ll make sure that the thing you’re thinking about won’t happen.
Kominato (thinking): Why can’t you understand. It’s a mess no matter how I think about it… this sort of thing. What an idiot.
Small text: Where should I put this?
Sorry, could you move over a bit.
Class reps are preparing for the night festival ---
Futaba (thinking): Hu… I’m so tired. I can finally rest for a while. Even though we’re both responsible for helping with the night festival preparations, I didn’t see Kou anywhere. Meh, even if I did see him I wouldn’t know what to say.
Futaba (thinking): The cultural festival is tomorrow. That person on the phone will come here tomorrow… I’m a little scared. Because that voice was ---
Touma: What’s wrong?
Touma: Why do you look so glum?
Futaba: Ah, Kikuchi-kun. Ah…hm, I feel like there are a lot of things I don’t understand…
Touma: Things you don’t understand?
Futaba: That… Can I ask you a question that’s a little bit strange?
Touma: Hmm? (What is it?)
Futaba: You… guys.
Futaba: …Are you able to, with a girl that you have no feelings for,
Touma: Ah, Yoshioka-san… Were you kissed?
Futaba: No! No! I wasn’t! (I wasn’t!)
Touma (thinking): She hasn’t been kissed…!
Futaba: But, I just wanted to ask, are guys able to do stuff like that.
Touma: To tell the truth, there are a lot of guys who are able to kiss just because they think it’s fun or if the situation called for it. Even if the other person wasn’t someone they liked.
Futaba (thinking): Even if it wasn’t someone they liked…
Futaba: So it’s like that.
Touma: Ah! But not all guys are like that! There are a lot of guys who consider a kiss meaningless if it isn’t with someone they like. I’m one of them.
Futaba: That’s right… there are people who can and people who can’t. Of course. Sorry I asked you such a pointless question. Forget it.
Touma (thinking): I didn’t manage to get my point across –
Futaba (thinking): Probably Kou only did it because the situation called for it. Even if he said that he “just lost his temper,” maybe he was feeling tired because of something else.
Futaba: Wuuaaaah. So annoying--- Really--- Even if I was determined to try hard, I became weak as soon as I hit an obstacle. I haven’t grown up at all ---
Touma (thinking): Her hair dangling there. It’s really cute.
Futaba: I’m still exactly the same as I was before. I haven’t changed at all…
Touma: You just haven’t noticed it yourself. You’re definitely changing bit by bit.
Futaba: Is… that… so…
Touma: If you’re strong at one point, and weak at another, aren’t you be able to look at things from different points of view?
Touma: Shouldn’t changes be born during these sorts of pivots? If Yoshioka-san is pivoting from strong to weak, then you must be changing slowly. Everyone else is doing the same, changing bit by bit.
Touma: If you want to change, then just keep pivoting. If you pivot a lot, then maybe you’ll discover something new that you never noticed before.
Futaba: Something new…?
Futaba: Right… You’re right. Pivots are good! I feel like I’ve been encouraged to see that I’m not useless. I feel better now. Thank you.
Futaba: I’ll be going back then. Bye-bye.
Touma (thinking): (I didn’t manage to get my point across again.) Looks like if I want to access her heart, I need to be a bit more direct… The guy who almost kissed Yoshioka-san… (Kou, was it.) Does that guy like Yoshioka-san as well.
Touma (thinking): Pivot some more. Pivot even more and start to like me.
Girl: We’re almost done over here. You can go back to the classroom by yourself.
Futaba (thinking): Kou is already back. Ah… I really do like him…
Futaba (thinking): Sometimes strong, sometimes weak.
Futaba (thinking): Maybe everybody is really like that. Yuuri, Shuuko, Kominato-kun, and everyone else in our class are all like that. We’re all pivoting.
Futaba (thinking): Slowly, bit by bit, maturing into adults.
Futaba (thinking): Like that. Like that.
Futaba: Okay. Where should I go help?
Kominato: Ah… Ah! Yoshioka! Kou is looking for you!
Futaba: Huh? Really? What is it?
Futaba: Kou, what is it?
Kou: ? (What? What?)
Kominato: That matter is that matter! This matter is this matter!!
Kou (thinking): That guy…
Futaba: Huh? I guess you weren’t looking for me?
Kou: No. I called you here. I want to nail this. You go hold it down over there.
Kou: Ah, wait a second.
Kou: Wear these or you’ll get splinters.
Futaba (thinking): That’s right. I haven’t even confessed. Nothing’s set in stone yet. Maybe tomorrow, I’ll go back to being strong.
Futaba (thinking): That would be great.
Kominato: Welcome--- Home--- Master----
Kou: Kominato, you should at least wear some tights. That looks disgusting.
Kominato: (No way!) I shaved my legs so they’re super-smooth. I don’t need to wear them.
Bubbles: Doesn’t Murao-san look super-handsome? Makita-san also looks cute.
Futaba (thinking): It’s quite lively here…
Futaba (thinking): When will the person on the phone arrive? They should be here soon. As expected, I’m not able to calm down. My heart is pounding.
Kou: Ah, you didn’t get lost on the way here?
Phone-chan: No, I didn’t get lost---
Bubble: Hey, who’s that---? Someone Mabuchi-kun knows?
Phone-chan: Speaking of which, your getup is pretty out there --- Ahaha, how disgusting.
Kou: Okay, okay. Come in.
Phone-chan: Okay, then--- I’m coming in.
Futaba (thinking): This person is the girl on the phone…