ever since that day....these two are no longer able to "touch" (as in get closer, communicate, stuff like that)
futaba: Our eyes obviously met...He obviously heard my voice, turned his head, and saw me.
Touma: Yoshioka san...It feels like she's really pitiful
And I thought I could use this chance.
But, it looks like this time, I should let it go
Because this time...
Touma (continued): What exactly is going on between Kou and Narumi?
Teach: Alright, guys. I have to welcome a new student to our classroom. Mabuchi Kou-kun. He just arrived here. Please help him out in whatever you can guys.
Kou: I wonder if everyone uses the same books...
classmate: hey..where did you transfer from?
Kou: Shit! They're not the same..
Kou:What should I do before I get the new books...
huh? Oh right, that's me.
cm: How can you not remember your own name...hahaha.
Kou: Ah. yeah.
cm: why are you transfering this time of the year?
cm 2: did your dad get a job transfer?
Kou -- Divorce.. If I say that, the mood will get weird. HE probably won't know how to respond. I don't want to see that either.
Kou: Ah.. There are lots of reasons
cm -- what's with this guy? I even came over to start a conversation with him.
Narumi: Is it cus of your parents' divorce?
Kou -- What an insensitive person...
Kou: eh. yeah..
Narumi: Me too---
You know, it's not even something that's rare now. I live with my dad, so my last name didn't change. Mabuchi-kun followed mom, right? That's why you're not used to your last name, right?
cm: whatt, so that's how it is? You could've just said it. No wonder you didn't react to us calling your name. komen komen (sorry)
narumi: Then, how about calling mabuchi-kun "kou-chan" ?
kou: kou-kou chan?
cm: IT's good. It runs better. Kou chan.
Kou: Narumi san. Um...Just now, thank you...
Narumi: HUh? for what?
Narumi: Kou-chan is such a tender person (meaning warm-hearted).
Narumi: I mean, you worry too much. You didn't how you should say it just now, right?
but, if you used such a vague way of communicating, it will only bother the other person even more.
SO. until you feel that: "Things have already turned out this way, I'll just let it be" I think that you should clearly express yourself.
This way, neither you nor the other person will get hurt.
Kou -- That's what Narumi once said..
Kou: Ah.. I just followed Narumi chan's advice, that's all.
N: mmhm. IT's so sudden. So many things happened..
Kou -- The reason she talked in that slightly flirty tone back then..It was probably to because she wanted me to notice. She said it was "on purpose.." The thing is, I did notice..
(words written on her face): "Kou-chan, save me."
Kou -- I pretended to not notice, for the sake of Narumi
Even though I noticed something important, but i chose to "not notice."
N: Sorry, Kou-chan. I 'm calm now.
Kou: really? Then I'll walk you...
N: Thanks.. Ah. I still have to get my bag.
K: I'll go with you.
Yuuri: AH. Futaba
Shuuko: What about Mabuchi?
Futaba: He and Narumi san.....
(words above futaba's head): DEPRESSED
Yuuri: He and Narumi san......WHat are they doing?
Shuuko: Did you properly talk with him?
touma: It felt like something we shouldn't intrude, so I brought her back like this.
yuuri: !? Why did you do something like that?
yuuri: FUTABA TOO!
IF YOU DON'T ASK HIM ANYTHING AGAIN, YOU'LL MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE YOU DID LAST TIME.
futaba & touma ---- we got scolded...
shuuko: how long are you guys gonna keep holding hands?
touma: huh? oh right.
shuuko: speaking of, why did kikuchi kun chase after her?
futaba: Ah. Yeah, really. Why?
Before the night festival (not sure what the actual name is) wasn't yoshioka san arguing with mabuchi san or something? Then I just wondered how things are now--------or something. Then I happened to see Yoshioka san run from the school. Then I just, out of reflex...?
futaba: kikuchi kun, could it be that you, towards me..?
sfx: heart throb
futaba: just joking.
futaba: even if i make a joke like this now, I can hardly laugh.
touma --- I'm too hastyyyyyyy. But it definitely seems like I didn't act weird. I'm too clever.
yuuri: futaba, come over here, i got something to say. Shuuko, come here too!
shuuko: Is it possible that you are sad?
I was just thinking...
I was just thinking... I wasn't able to persuade kou in the end.
I'm the only one who was all gung-ho about it. He wasn't able to convey anything to her. what a shocking 180 degree turn. (literally, temperature difference)
komi: huuuuuuuu. I'm so lame.
shuuko: you're not that lame.
komi: (LIFTS HEAD)..................
komi: murao by any chance are you saying that I'm very cool
shuuko: i never said anything like that.
shuuko: but this is just the beginning, right?
Why don't you try showing me your cool/handsome side?
touma: When a girl is distressed about love, is it okay to seize that chance to win her over?
friend: I don't know if that;s okay or not. But that's what you want to do, right? You answered the question yourself already.
touma -- exactly...
PA: the night festival is now over.
friend: well, at a time like this. When some guy gets the chance but decides to pretend to be a nice guy....
is something I dislike.
touma: me too.
friend 2: yahhhhh. perverts. yahhhhhhh.
friend 1: so noisy.
touma: lets go back to the classroom.
futaba -- The lights are not on in kou's house.
I didn't notice when his bag was gone from the classroom. I thought he came back.
futaba: It took me so much courage, but he's not even here...
futaba -- is he still.... with narumi san?
sub: are u on the tram?
thanks for walking me. I had a lot of fun at the festival today~ thanks.
yuuri: huh? kou chan?
yuuri: we got into different classes in 8th grade
kou: mhm, yeah
yuuri: both of our parents got the same disease, and got admitted into the same hospital. we have a lot in common, don't we.
kou:.................... / how...... / how are you able to say such things with a smile ? / Narumi, you don't care?
n: that's impossible!
/but, if i don't keep lying this way to myself and others, pretending that it's not a big deal, I won't be able to stand living! (I know it sounds like something serious here, but from the text, I think she just means it makes life easier.)
kou: even so, sometimes, the pain still gets to be too much to hold back, isn't it? It's impossible to pretend like nothings wrong....
speech bubble: KOU
kou: what are you doing?
futaba: were you with narumi san just now?
futaba: toward narumi san, kou you--
futaba -- he didn't even turn around.
I've no idea what's going on in kou's mind.
yuuri // If you don't ask anything again, you'll end up making the same mistake
kou: wa / what are you do--
futa: Why did kou kiss me?
" Because I like you." Only this one sentence. I just want to hear this one sentence..
Kou: Sorry... It was because of the mood...
futaba ----- is... IS HE AN IDIOT?
/ When you show an expression like that, it's so obvious you're lying.
futaba --- If you're going to lie, come up with a better one, idiot.
/ speaking of.....don't lie ..... why the heck are you lying at a time like this?
BECAUSE KOU NOW HAS
A REASON TO LIE.
futaba -- The distance from Kou that I took so much effort to close
is once again
How do I get close to him.
I don't know----------
(words on page)
Kou: That girl, always crying over the tiniest things..
Does she think that crying can solve this problem?
----- but.. This time, I am the one who made her cry..
It's actually the first time I saw Narumi cry..
She didn't even cry at her grandfather's funeral...
kou:"There are still times will it's hard to stop the pain, right?"
narumi: When I'm at home, I sometimes cry by myself. So it's fine.
A place where she can cry by herself (where no one can see her)
is no longer there...
Always trying to bear it
Pretending like nothing's wrong
She kept bearing..
but in the end, she still lost everything..
(btw, does anyone else think that kou looks exactly like Ren from strobe edge here?)
Even if it's only one place,
Is it wrong to make for her a place where she can cry to her heart's content? ("to her heart's content" is a choice of words I decided to use to better convey his feelings)