"We haven't been intimate yet, is that a problem?" Tezuka's declaration results in an unexpected direction!??
Kyouko, with the biggest chance of her life, is in a pinch!?
If you sleep some more, it'll be "X" day.
The chapter opens with Kyouko introducing herself and saying that she kind of feels like fleeing to Brazil. Her life is a mess. Her relationship with Tezuka should never have been exposed but it was. She "sinks" into the ground, thinking that it's all over. She thanks the readers of the manga and says, "goodbye", and the manga ends... not. Tezuka "pulls" her out of the hole. With tears rolling down her face, Kyouko says his name. Kyouko and Tezuka stand in the company president's office looking down while the president taps her fingers on her desk. She asks them what they plan to do, are they going to break up? Kyouko starts to say that they will break up, but Tezuka grabs her and finishes her sentence by saying that they will not. He looks serious and repeats that they will not break up. He looks down at Kyouko and continues by saying, "because I love her". Kyouko tells him that it's not good and that they need to break up, otherwise his image will suffer. The president chuckles to herself and then turns on the television. On the screen, it shows an irate Tezuka saying that Kyouko is his lover and they haven't been intimate yet... is that a problem? Then various people are shown being interviewed and all of their responses are positive. They think that his response is genuine; that it's great not all entertainers are flashy; that it's an unexpected declaration; that it's righteous; that he seems sincere. The president tells them somehow people seem to be cheering them on. In general, everyone believes that their relationship is the right thing. She tells them that they shouldn't break up, on the contrary, if they do split up, Tezuka's image will suffer. As Kyouko and Tezuka stare at her, she continues on and says that in front of the cameras, they should act like lovers.
After Kyouko and Tezuka leave the president's office, they glance at each other and then embrace. Tezuka has a huge smile and Kyouko is blushing and tearing up a little. Tezuka continues to hug her in a tight embrace while their co-workers look on, thinking that they are really lovey-dovey. Kyouko is so happy that she's crying. As Tezuka's lover, is it okay for her to walk under the sun with him!? It's okay for her to be together with him, right!? It's okay, right!? Kyouko and Tezuka leave, looking deliriously happy, but stop abruptly when they encounter the paparazzi outside. The reporters want to know about their sex life and when do they plan to become intimate. Cameras flash as Kyouko and Tezuka stand there in silence. At the set location, Akae mentions that it's become troublesome for the two of them. He says that people are betting on the Internet on when it will be Kyouko and Tezuka's first time. Tezuka punches the wall in aggravation. He turns his head and accuses Akae of being the one who leaked their relationship to the press. Akae smiles and tells him, "yeah". Tezuka yells back, "don't just say "yeah"!" Akae says that it's because his relationship with his girlfriend was exposed and his Taiga drama ratings were low, so in order to stop the articles about him, in exchange he exposed them, sorry. Tezuka grabs Akae shirt, wanting so much to hit him, but then he sighs and says that he's fine with it but he's not sure about Kyouko. Kyouko is freaking out and thinking about her first time with Tezuka will be "X" day. The production staff recognizes her as Tezuka's girlfriend and tell her that they cheering for her. Someone asks when "X" day will be and Akae responds that he bet 5,000 yen for the 25th. Kyouko is in a daze. She is being hounded by reporters about "X" day, everywhere. Even her sister placed a lunch bet with her friends. Everyone is waiting for "X" day. Does she have to do it? She must do it!? Because she and Tezuka are now in a relationship!? Kyouko is in shock. She sinks to the ground thinking that she has to go through with it.
A car stops in front of Tezuka's apartment. When Tezuka and Nikaido get out of the car, the paparazzi are waiting. They're disappointed that it's Nikaido and not Kyouko. Tezuka looks angry, so Nikaido suggests that he take refuge at a hotel for awhile. Tezuka responds back that it's not necessary. He's not doing anything to feel guilty about! Nikaido then asks him what is he going to do when he meets up with Kyouko. Tezuka pauses. He looks down and says that it can't be helped. He won't see her for awhile. As he opens the door, he says that she's not stupid and that she won't think about seeing him under these kind of circumstances. However, Kyouko is waiting in his apartment, looking serious. Tezuka staggers a little from shock as she welcomes him home. He wants to know where she came from since the paparazzi are outside. She replies that she dressed up as Pinko-san (see Chapter 13), used a duplicate key to get into the Aikawa's apartment upstairs, and drilled a hole. Flabbergasted, Tezuka apologizes to the Aikawa's. He notices that she's looking at him with a serious expression and gets a little flustered. As she starts to tell him something... he jumps back a little. She says to him that she told (her family?) that she's spending the night at a friend's place and that she bought lucky underwear* (*shoubu pants = underwear worn for a special date) at Seiyu (department store)... 3 for 980 yen. He answers back that she lives by herself and that's too cheap for underwear. (T/N: lol). He tells Nikaido to put her out with the trash. Kyouko shouts his name as Nikaido carries her out. But... everyone is waiting for "X" day, she thinks. At the studio, Tezuka peeks around the door of his dressing room and sees Kyouko waiting for him. He picks her up by her hair as she tells him that she went to Ito Yokado (another department store) and bought one lucky underwear for 880 yen. He tosses her out of his dressing room. As Kyouko pounds on Tezuka's door, Akae sighs and leaves her alone, while a couple of staff members acknowledge that today won't be "X" day. Kyouko is so determined, she's hanging on to Tezuka's car as he yells at her to get off. The people watching them realize that it's not going to happen yet.
It's a little past 11:30 PM when Tezuka arrives at his apartment. Kyouko is sitting there, waiting patiently for him. When he opens the door, she tells him that she bought a lucky underwear for 1,890 yen at Mitsukoshi (another department store). Tezuka stands in the doorway, silent. Then he drops his bag, sits down in front of her and says, "well, show me your lucky underwear". Kyouko stares back at him and then both sit there looking at each other as the clock ticks. Then Kyouko snaps out of it and realizes what he just said. To show him her lucky underwear and then to get undressed... Tezuka calls her name and Kyouko takes off with Tezuka chasing her. He grabs her by the back of her shirt and asks her if she's motivated. She replies that of course she is for "X" day. He throws her down as she shrieks and apologizes for leaving her sex education book at home. Overwhelmed, Kyouko has her eyes closed, but Tezuka calls her an idiot and then gently hugs her. He says to just let people who want to make a fuss about it do as they please. She doesn't have to perform for them. Then he realizes that's not quite it and that she's acting this way because she's thinking of him. He thanks her for becoming his girlfriend and apologizes as Kyouko stares up at the ceiling. She then asks him if he's drunk and he happily tells her that he is because he went bar-hopping with the producer. When Tezuka gets drunk, he ends up not remembering anything. He passes out and Kyouko watches over him as she thinks back on the words he just said about thanking her for being his girlfriend. A couple of tears escape as she caresses his face and gives him a kiss.
She leaves the apartment through the front and gets acosted by the paparazzi. They want to know if "X" day has been accomplished. Inside the apartment, Tezuka is lying on the floor but he's awake and can hear the reporters calling out to Kyouko. He looks deep in thought. The scene switches to Kyouko and Akae in the car. Akae can't believe it hasn't happened yet. He complains that he lost his 5,000 yen. She says that continuing to put it off should help Tezuka's image improve and also camoflauge Akae's relationships. Akae looks a little chagrined as he says Kyouko's name. He exclaims that somehow she's acting like a manager and wonders if she's really Kyouko. Kyouko just laughs. Being Tezuka's girlfriend and being able to walk under the sun with him, her heart is swelled with happiness. There's no need to rush. She will match his steps. Suddenly, her phone rings. Akae asks if the call is from Tezuka and Kyouko says that it appears so. The subject of the message is "tonight" and it says that he reserved a hotel room and to join him. Kyouko and Akae stare at the message and then someone lets out a loud, "whaaaaat!?". Tezuka closes his cell phone and walks back to the set.