The grand battle between the two actors around Kyouko begins, now!
The chapter opens with Akae Kaoru and Kyouko surrounded by fans, who are calling out to him, "Akae-kun, please look over here!", "I love you, Akae-kun!". Kyouko is seen as looking nervous (sweat drop) and thinks to herself that it's been two weeks since she's changed from being Tezuka-san's manager to Akae-san's manager and realizes that wherever Akae goes, they are always surrounded by throngs of fans and media. She suddenly gets her hair pulled by an irate fan, who shrieks "Hey! What are you to Akae-kun?". Akae tells the angry fan to stop it and the fan looks embarrassed. Akae pulls Kyouko close to him and says with a smile that Kyouko is his new manager so don't treat her badly, please.
Akae's hand is still caressing Kyouko's head while the fans shriek. Kyouko is thinking that being a manager for the adored Akae is not so much a benefit, but instead dangerous to one's being. Kyouko looks relieved when the elevator arrives. She asks the people in the elevator to wait for them, and then stops in surprise. It's Tezuka and his new manager, Nikaido. Kyouko is speechless and then turns her face away. Akae, smiling, tells her that they should get on the elevator. Kyouko turns away and starts to walk off. Akae, still smiling, turns her back and says again that they should get on the elevator. Kyouko is trying to escape while Akae is laughing and holding on to her. Tezuka, not looking amused, says to Nikaido, "are they getting on or not?". Akae and Kyouko join Tezuka and Nikaido on the elevator. Kyouko is gasping for air as the elevator moves. Kyouko is standing next to Tezuka, looking down. Tezuka is staring at the elevator buttons. Neither of them say anything. The elevator stops at the 5th floor. Kyouko, with a tense smile (and sweat drop), says, "Tezuka-san, I look forward to tod...", as Tezuka walks right past her and tells Nikaido, "Let's go." As they walk off, Nikaido turns back to look at Kyouko. Kyouko looks stunned while Akae looks on.
While waiting for the scene to be done, Kyouko looks sad as she's remembering when Tezuka told her that he loves her. She thinks that because she feels the same way, she cannot continue on as Tezuka's manager. The staff calls out that the scene is a wrap and tells Akae and Tezuka that they did a great job. Akae tells them thanks, and then Tezuka does too and smiles. Kyouko's mouth drops in shock when she sees Tezuka smiling at the staff. She thinks it's because Nikaido is doing a good job of supporting Tezuka. Kyouko looks over at Tezuka with a wistful expression. She thinks that Tezuka won't look over at her anymore. Then her phone rings. As she looks at her phone, Tezuka glances over at her, and then really looks at her.
The scene cuts to Akae who exclaims in surprise after finding out about a CM appointment tomorrow. Kyouko apologizes profusely and says that she tried to explain to the other party that Akae-san was buried with work. Akae smiles a bit and says that it must have been Matsuzaka from D-association, who does things at his own pace. Kyouko apologizes again for not being more firm. Akae smiles at her and tells her not to worry about it and to please make adjustments. Kyouko looks at him in surprise, and Akae says, "what?" Kyouko replies that if it were Tezuka-san, there would be no use arguing about it and would expect a fist to come flying at this point. Akae slams the script down as Kyouko looks at him in shock. Akae is quiet for a moment but then smiles and asks Kyouko to join him for dinner since he has no other plans for the rest of the day and reservations have already been made. Kyouko starts to apologize and then stops in surprise and says, "what?", while pointing to herself and looking embarrassed. Akae suggests that she get dress up a little and then they can go. Kyouko looks stunned.
Akae tells the stylist that he’s leaving Kyouko in her hands, as previously discussed. Kyouko is in Akae’s dressing room with the stylist. Behind the closed door she is heard asking about the clothes while gasping, "Eh? Eh?". The stylist tells Kyouko not to move while Kyouko continues to say "Eh?". Tezuka and Nikaido are standing silently but close enough to hear the commotion. More shrieking sounds can be heard coming from the dressing room, startling someone as they walk by. Tezuka looks annoyed as he peeps around the door right next to the dressing room. He wonders why they’re making such a big fuss about it and can’t believe that it’s taken more than 30 minutes just to get ready for dinner. Nikaido doesn’t respond as Tezuka continues to look at the closed door. Tezuka indicates that he thinks Kyouko looks better as she normally is, rather than the getting all dressed up, and wonders how it's going. He continues to stare at the dressing room door. Just as Tezuka loses his patience and yells that he’s fed up and he’s going to eat and go home, the dressing room door opens and the stylist tells Kyouko that she looks cute. Tezuka looks stunned when he sees Kyouko.
Tezuka is frozen in shock and can’t stop staring. Then Kyouko trips on one of her high heels and starts to fall. Tezuka looks really concerned but before he can help Kyouko, Akae is there and asks if she’s okay. She apologizes and says that she’s not used to this kind of high heel. Tezuka looks somewhat perturbed as he sees her smiling and blushing at Akae. Akae slips his hand around Kyouko’s waist as he walks away with her. Tezuka sees this and looks a little jealous. He tells Nikaido that the stylist put Kyouko in ill-fitting clothes. Nikaido solemnly agrees and says that nothing can compare to the smocks worn by kindergarteners. Tezuka looks over at him in surprise. Nikaido asks if they are going to follow. Tezuka replies that he just going to go eat. Nikaido mentions that this is Akae’s counter-attack on the media. Tezuka looks surprised. Nikaido looks serious.
The waiter greets Akae at the restaurant, serving the usual chardonnay. Akae tells the waiter that today's recommendation is fine. Kyouko looks nervous (sweat drop) and wonders what she is doing. Akae compliments her by saying that she looks really cute and should dress like this more often. She disagrees, saying that she is his manager after all. Akae tells her that he likes her like this. A tear escapes Kyouko as she again wonders what she should do. Akae watches her and then says that it’s too bad but they’re out of time. Kyouko looks confused. Akae tells her to exchange coats with another girl who just showed up, and then she should go home. Kyouko looks surprised. Akae tells her that outside the fans and media are gathering to see if he and Kyouko are in the restaurant together, so they are going to secretly switch the real Kyouko with a fake one. Outside Tezuka and Nikaido are waiting. Tezuka is surprised that Akae would go to that extent with both women wearing the same clothes. A media guy wonders about Akae and Kyouko’s relationship and also if Akae dating idol K was a lie. Tezuka can’t believe that Akae would have his own manager do something like this. Nikaido responds that it's not a big deal once one gets used it, even with Kyouko having to wear a mini skirt like that. While sweating profusely and looking cranky, Tezuka tells Nikaido to keep his comments to himself.
Tezuka is stunned as he thinks about how cruel Akae is. Kyouko comes out the door and Tezuka notices that there’s a tear running down her cheek. He looks worried and calls her name. Kyouko looks at him in surprise. She then starts to cry as she calls his name. He rushes over and hugs her. Kyouko sobs into his chest that her feet hurt so much, she can’t stop crying. Tezuka stops looking worried. He bops her on the head and tells Nikaido that they should go home. Kyouko is on the ground, calling out to Tezuka. Both of her back heels are chaffed from the shoes. Tezuka turns around to look at her. He squats down so she can get on his back. Not understanding, Kyouko puts her foot on his back. Tezuka growls at her that he is not a green car (first class train car offering spacious seating). He’s offering to carry her on his back. Kyouko backs up in surprise as Tezuka yells at her not to make a big deal about it or he will bop her on the head (again). He squats down with his hands behind him and tells her, "Come on, I will carry you." Kyouko looks embarrassed.
Tezuka carries Kyouko on his back down the street, while Nikaido carries her shoes and bag. Kyouko blushes as people watch them go by. Two women notice Tezuka and wonder who's the woman with him. Nikaido turns away as he mutters Tezuka’s name. Tezuka tells Kyouko that he will take her to a taxi stand and mentions that it would be better to take a taxi home since she’s dressed the way she is. Kyouko looks annoyed and embarrassed (sweat drop). Meanwhile, Nikaido asks the two women not to photograph Tezuka and Kyouko as they are preparing for show called, "Searching for the Beautiful Little Girl in Roppongi". Tezuka wants to know what Kyouko is laughing about, and she replies that it’s been awhile since she’s been around him and misses his reactions. He retorts that the back of his neck is ticklish, so stop laughing. Kyouko smiles and tells him that she’s sorry.
Kyouko’s phone rings. It’s Akae calling. He tells her that the fans are gathered outside and he wants her to come back. She starts to reply that she will, but then Tezuka cuts her off and tells Akae that she can’t return because she hurt her feet and it’s Akae’s fault. Akae stares at his phone wondering why Tezuka is with Kyouko. Tezuka shouts at Kyouko to cut the phone call and she does. She sighs (sweat drop). Tezuka turns his head to look back at her, smiles, and tells her to hang on tight. Kyouko blushes as she drapes both arms around his shoulders and chest. Tezuka smiles happily. Akae is holding his phone and looking upset. Tezuka, carrying Kyouko, passes by a number of taxi stands as the city lights blur in the distance.