At the beginning of the new year, Haru and Seiji go and visit Seiji's hometown. It's only the third time that Haru has visited Seiji's home because she isn't good at dealing with Seiji's grandmother. Seiji tells her that they need to pay their respects to his grandfather. He notices that Haru's scabs are finally healed (from her fall at the flea market). She says that they took awhile to heal because she kept scratching at them. She thinks that they kind of look like burns. When they kneel in front of Seiji's grandfather's shrine, Haru notices the paper airplane that she made as an offering hasn't been thrown away. Since there are actually two paper airplanes on the table, she realizes that Seiji must have made the other one when he came to visit by himself. He teases her and says that his airplane will probably reach the grandfather first. Haru replies back that her airplane will probably crash somewhere. Seiji tells her not to worry and that it will reach him. Seiji says that always taking things into consideration and writing down one's feelings is called "shinen*" (*T/N: it's hard to translate "shinen" with one or two words. It's kind of like a deeply held feeling or thought). Seiji goes on to say that if those kinds of words exist, you want to hold on to them, but it somehow feels like an unrequited love. Haru tells him that they are gentle words. Seiji agrees with her but says it's feels a little sad. Haru looks at her knees and says that when she sees her scars, they remind her of Chie. She wonders if this is also "shinen". Seiji seems concerned about the scarring, but Haru says that it's alright because she wasn't being careful. She's still worried about not properly thanking Chie though and Seiji tells her that she should properly convey her feelings. Seiji's grandmother appears and asks them if they've already visited the shrine out back and that it's okay to go there. Haru stares at her in shock as Seiji invites her to go with them but she already went. The grandmother mentions that the first anniversary of the grandfather's death is coming up this summer and to come back again then. She says that they need to remember the family a little as she walks away. Haru and Seiji wach her go and Haru is stunned. She calls out to the grandmother in a familiar tone and tells her to take care. The grandmother turns back in surprise. Haru is embarrassed by her words and Seiji lets go of her shoulders in shock. Haru then pushes him as he laughs. The grandmother has a small smile on her face. When they leave the house, Haru thanks Seiji for bringing her. Seiji then winces in pain because his shoulder is stiff. He tells her that in the past, he wasn't good at dealing with his grandmother but she really is a kind person. Haru agrees as she massages his shoulders. He tells her that they should stop talking about his grandmother, otherwise his grandfather might appear, but Haru says that she is no longer afraid and Seiji is bummed because now it will be boring. At the shrine, Seiji mentions that maybe he should pray for Haru passing her exams. She tells him that she will do that, so he needs to pray for something for himself.
Haru decides to send one last text mail to Bonta at the beginning of the third semester. In her message, she tells him that she's taking the test for Kita High School in February and that he better not be repeating a grade. Bonta was her childhood friend who lived in the apartment next door, a boy one year older than her. They suddenly stopped talking to each other and then he graduated from junior high school. Yet, Haru sometimes wonders if something really did happen and worries about it. The scene changes and Seiji welcomes Haru home. He tells her that she's late and he got tired of waiting. She thinks that he's pretty tense and then notices the shoes in the entryway. She asks if they have guests and Seiji tells her that Chie and Toma are visiting. Kawabata was able to contact them and he's there too. Both Chie and Kawabata say hello to Haru. Haru again wonders how much free time Kawabata has. Chie smiles and says that Seiji and Kawabata have an inseparable relationship. Haru thanks Chie for taking care of her when she got hurt at the flea market. Chie tells her that it's not a big deal and she apologizes for the scars. Haru tells her that it's nothing. Then Towa calls out to Haru. Haru wonders why Toma is making himself at home and tells him that he's reading her manga. He responds that it's interesting and he had a feeling they would meet again. Chie stands up and says that they should be going home. She gives Haru a good-luck charm for the exams. She said that she bought it long ago but didn't get a chance to use it. She was planning to take the state examination after college but quit. She apologizes to Haru, saying that even though it's old, there's still a lot of feeling behind it. Haru wonders why Chie is giving it to her, but Seiji tells her to take it. Then Chie suddenly exclaims that it's already been used. She says that she held on to it when she was giving birth to Towa. Towa asks his mom if she was praying for an easy delivery. Chie happily exclaims that it was a success and it should be full of her power. Haru looks stunned and thinks Chie is really intense, while Towa looks annoyed and wonders if there's anyone who can shut his mom up. Haru asks Chie if she shouldn't be going home soon since her husband will be worried. Chie replies that she's a single mother. Chie leaves the good-luck charm behind and Towa takes the manga with him. Haru wonders why she is reminded of her mom when she looks at Chie, even though Chie doesn't resemble her mom. Her mom is her mom and Chie is different. Seiji tells her that it's not good to compare people but Haru doesn't feel that's what she meant. Plus, Seiji said earlier that Haru resembles her mom a little bit. Then Haru's cell phone rings. She checks it while wondering what Seiji liked about her mother. She thinks if she asks him that, he will be troubled. But she kind of wants to see his troubled face. Then she tells Seiji that the text was from Bonta. His message says that he's not going to repeat a grade, sorry.
The scene changes to the outside of Bonta's apartment. When he opens his door, he sees Haru standing at the gate. He tells her that she can come in but he's heading out for his part-time job soon. He also wonders if he told her where he lived since she found it easily. Haru responds that when his mom left the apartment building, she gave Haru his address. In the apartment, Haru notices that he grew out his hair and mentions that his last name is different on the nameplate. He responds that a lot of stuff happened and it's all mixed up. Haru wonders if maybe stopping by to visit was a bad thing. Bonta asks her why she's making that face and Haru wants to know if she's making a strange face. He tells her that she isn't but that her eyebrows are slanting down (T/N: he describes it as a katakana 'ha' shape) more than usual. Haru thinks that maybe she should have stopped by to visit anytime. She laughs and apologizes, saying that she's nervous because it's been awhile. Bonta looks thoughtful and then grabs Haru's arm and tells her that she needs to go home after all. He also tells her not to come over anymore. But she responds that she's glad they got to talk. She's glad to see him because she's been apart from him, Seiji's grandfather passed away, and the apartment is gone. He then asks her if she likes him and says that he's worried about her. He tells her it's fine to say that she likes him and he will protect her like he did in the past. He asks if she's been lonely and Haru tells him that she's been sad. She thinks back to the conversation she had with Seiji about always taking things into consideration and writing down one's feelings. She starts crying so Bonta sits down next to her and dries her tears. Haru tells him that Seiji said he likes Bonta. Because Seiji said that, she wants to be together with Bonta like they were in the past. Bonta is curious and starts to question what Seiji said but then stops when Haru asks him what does he want to know. Bonta puts his head down but then looks up with a small smile as Haru remembers telling Seiji that those were gentle words.
It's the middle of the night and Haru leaves her room. She recalls Seiji saying that it feels a little sad and she thinks that at that time, Seiji was a little lonely and cried while remembering her mom. Haru feels that her heart is filled with Seiji, the Seiji who loved her mom so much that she always smiling in his memories. Haru goes to Seiji's room and lies down on the futon next to him. As she starts to fall asleep, Haru has a little thought that if her mom were alive right now, she may be like the current Chie and that it's probably better not to say that to Seiji.