Kyouko who was told by Tezuka that he was going to stop loving her, frantically conveyed "I love you..!" to him but...
Scene 12: Pray for the main character.
The chapter opens with Kyouko grabbing onto Tezuka's hands. She thinks to herself that this is the first time in her life she hopes to become the lead character. With tears falling, Kyouko tells Tezuka, "I love you." She continues to cry while thinking "I love you." Tezuka looks blankly at her and then pulls his hand away. He turns to Maaya and tells her that they should go. Maaya pauses and questions if it's okay. Kyouko watches them as they start to walk away with Maaya looking concerned. Kyouko continues to stand there, staring in shock. As she recalls various scenes, Maaya kissing Tezuka at the hospital and Tezuka telling her that he will stop loving her, she thinks "I love you." but that it's too late to say anything now. She falls down to her knees in despair as Akae rushes over to her asking what happened. Worried, Akae grabs her arms while Kyouko remains on her knees. Her tears fall to the ground as Kyouko struggles to talk. She thinks that in her supporting role falling in love with the person she likes was NG (no good) and starts to really bawl.
Kyouko is still sobbing on the floor when suddenly Tezuka pauses. Maaya calls his name, wondering what's going on. Tezuka doesn't answer as he stands there thinking, and then he snaps out of it. He turns around quickly and rushes back to Kyouko as Maaya calls out to him. Kyouko is still on her knees crying. Tezuka stops in front of her and leans down to ask what did she just say. Crying, Kyouko blurts out that she said she loves him. Tezuka is stunned. He stands there in shock for a moment before staggering and crashing his head into the wall. Kyouko shrieks in alarm as Maaya looks concerned and Akae looks angry. The wall has a large crack and some pieces are dislodged. Holding his head, which is bleeding, Tezuka says, "ouch?" Concerned, Kyouko tells him not to move, but Tezuka grabs her shoulders. Kyouko stares at him as she calls his name. He starts to tell her something but then she shoves him in the chest and tells him that he needs to stop the bleeding quickly. Something snaps in his chest. Tezuka is in so much pain that he can only shout wordlessly. He's lying on the ground twitching and holding his chest as Kyouko screeches in the background. Akae exclaims that it was a critical hit to Tezuka's bones and Maaya exclaims, "to the hospital!". Tezuka shouts at them not to panic. He leans into Kyouko, holding his chest, and she tells him over and over that she's sorry. She looks at him and he looks back at her with a slight blush on his face (T/N: awww, so cute. Although maybe he has a flushed face due to his injury). He says that it hurts so it can't be a dream.
Kyouko blushes as she looks down at him. Akae seems impressed by the situation and whistles while Maaya looks surprised. Kyouko tells Tezuka that it's not a dream but a bad dream and that a broken bone could have pierced his brain and he's smiling in his last moments. He angrily shouts back at her about already forgetting (that he hurt his ribs) and that she's so dim-witted. Then a staff member runs up pointing at his watch and says that they're ready for the dry run. Tezuka stands up grabbing his chest and mutters "damn". As he walks away, Maaya follows him calling his name. Nikaido wordlessly stares at Kyouko as she trembles. With tears streaming down her face, Kyouko continues to shake as she thinks about Tezuka's bone snapping. The scene switches to the dry run filming and Akae yells at "Saki!". Akae shoves Tezuka hard in the chest up against the wall and shouts at him to move. Tezuka is frozen in pain. The director yells, "Stop!" as the crew and staff look worried. The crew tells Tezuka that maybe it's no good with his injury. Tezuka apologizes and says that he's fine while getting touched up. Tezuka says to Akae that he's the same as ever (meaning that he's up to no good). Akae replies back that he's not going to let go of a chance to crush Tezuka. Nikaido tells Tezuka that he's worried about him so they should go to the hospital. Tezuka glares at him and says that Nikaido just wants to go and hang out in the children's sick ward. Tezuka mutters that he can check in himself. Tezuka notices someone and says, "Sawatari is...?"
Kyouko is kneeling on the ground in costume, looking serious. She has a short sword in her hand and a guy with a long sword stands behind her. She tells Nikaido to let Tezuka know that she will apologize by cutting her stomach (hara-kiri). Well that was the case but since it's troublesome, she will be bound and gagged and taken to the waiting room, according to Nikaido who's holding a rope. Both Tezuka and Akae look chagrined. Kyouko is shown as being tied up and rolling away as Tezuka looks on. Kyouko, with a gag hanging around her face, shouts out Tezuka's name. Tezuka turns to look at her and puts on his glasses (for his role). He then walks towards the set, giving her a thumbs up, as Kyouko watches him go. Maaya corners Akae and asks him what's going on between Tezuka and Kyouko. Akae rubs his head and tells her that it's not easy to explain with only a few words. Akae suggests to her that it's good that she puts a lot of effort into getting along with her male counterparts, so maybe she can get more involved (lit. sell her kisses cheaply)? Maaya agrees that it's kind of her thing anyway. Akae then wonders how come she's hands off with him. She tells him that malicious people disgust her. A staff member tells them that they're ready for a run through. Akae looks determined and Maaya looks smug. Akae smirks and says that he's got this scene, while Maaya combs her hair with her fingers and retorts who does he think he's talking to. (T/N: omg, these two scheming jerks deserve each other)
Maaya runs into Tezuka's chest as Akae follows her. Kyouko thinks that there is no way Tezuka's injury can not hurt but hopes that he can endure it. Kyouko's hands are clasped as she prays that if she could change places with him, she would. She continues to stand with her hands clasped together and watches him perfom. Then she thinks that actually there is no one who could take the place of him in that scene. Tezuka, in character, says that he once let Saki go. He continues on and says that Saki has feelings for Akae's character and that is what makes her happy. But Saki has returned to him (Tezuka's character) and that even if it's only due to compassion because he doesn't have long to live, he's not going to let her go. Akae, in character, tells him that he's a coward. Tezuka looks back at Akae with a serious face while holding Maaya. Kyouko thinks that Tezuka is so brilliant and unreachable as she watches him perform, but she still wants to be by his side. Tezuka smiles and says that "I've got her".
The scene is over and Tezuka is sitting down in a chair bent over, gasping for breath and holding his chest. The staff tells everyone that they did a good job and that they will meet again tomorrow at 8. Tezuka notices someone by him. It's Kyouko with a bottle of water. He takes it from her and asks if she watched the scene. She smiles gently and tells him, "yes", and with a tear in her eye that it was a really great performance. Tezuka smiles back softly. He asks her to repeat once more what she said earlier. Kyouko looks surprised and has to think about it. When she realizes that he wants her to say "I love you", she blushes and says, "right now?" Tezuka tells her to go ahead and start. Kyouko tries to psych herself up but one hour passes and Tezuka knocks her down. Embarrassed, Kyouko is speechless. She apologizes for saying something like that without knowing her place, however... Tezuka looks up at her and she stares back at him. Another 30 minutes pass. Tezuka is angry so Kyouko tries to explain how she feels. For someone in a supporting role who's not effective at replacing anyone, she wants to be Tezuka's only supporting person. Tezuka stares at her and then rubs his head and says that he doesn't understand. Embarrassed, Kyouko apologizes. Then Tezuka reaches out and says that in the long run, she loves him, right. He grabs her head and pulls her in for a kiss on the forehead. Tezuka smiles and tells Kyouko that now he's got her as he leans in for a kiss. Kyouko blushes and steps back a little, saying, "I... I..." Tezuka pulls her in again and tells her not to move because it hurts. As they look at each other, he touches her chin and then starts to kiss her. Meanwhile, the crew is moving things around the set as Tezuka and Kyouko continue to kiss. A tear trickles down Kyouko's face as she thinks, "I love you."