It is now winter break. The Chapter starts out with Erika showing the mini skirt she bought to wear for Christmas Eve to Shiro and Kyon. The reason for this make over is because she asked Kaname out on a date. She planned to go on the 25th, but he already made plans with his brother, so Erika and Kaname decided on the 24th. Erika felt that to get out of being a “mother” to Kaname, she had to ask him out on a date. She’s sure if Kaname understands the meaning of “date” or not, but unless she makes the move first, she felt that nothing is going to change between them.
At Kaname’s house, Kaname is looking at magazine articles on Christmas date spots. As Hiro watches Kaname research, Hiro gets agitated that his brother is suddenly changing. Hiro is not comfortable seeing his brother doing things for another person, or seeing his brother have interest in dating. Kaname reassures Hiro that no matter how much he change, he’s feelings for Hiro will never change.
On the day of the date:
Erika looks at her reflection on the store window to check how she looks. Kaname approaches her as she does this and Erika is embarrassed to be caught. She says that she just got there as well. Then Kaname touches her cheeks to make sure that their still warm which means that she hasn’t been outside for long time. He then takes out a paper with the date plan excitingly while saying, “Leave today’s date to me!” The first place Kaname planned to take Erika was closed, so they head off to the second choice. An hour later, they are lost. So instead they decided to go see a movie. When they get to the theater, they find out that the next movie starts in two hours. Kaname is now feeling low but Erika continues to cheer him up. Erika then takes the lead and says that there’s a store that she wants to go to. The store turns out to be an accessory store. The two starts to have fun as they try on different glasses, and Erika feels that she made the right decision in coming here. Soon, Erika finds a bracelet that she really wants. Since she recently bought a skirt recently, she tells herself that she can’t spend any more money. Kaname then tells her to wait for him outside while he goes to the register. While Erika was waiting outside, a guy comes over to Erika and tries to pick her up. She tries to decline his offer politely but she panics when he grabs her arm. Fortunately, Kaname came to save her. The two ended up going to the park after that. As they sit on the bench, the mood is awkward for Erika because Kaname was quit and acting weird. It turned out that Kaname was acting weird because he felt sorry for making Erika go through what happened earlier. He also felt bad that he didn’t do a good job taking the lead and messing up their date. To cheer him up, Erika played with dwarf dolls she bought for him as a Christmas gift. Erika explained to Kaname that the date wasn’t exactly as she imagined it would be, but she still had fun. Kaname told Erika to take out her left hand and close her eyes. When she opened her eyes, she was wearing the bracelet she wanted from the store they visited earlier, saying that he was also happy to spend that day with her. Erika was overwhelmed with happiness that she started to cry. She wasn’t sure what he meant by “he was happy,” but to her it meant that she was starting to be noticed as a girl in a romantic way. He then kissed her on her eyelids. Erika was really confused then, saying that he can only do that if their dating. Kaname replied “but we are.”
Erika “no we aren’t.”
“but you said you liked me when you were over at my house.”
“yes. Didn’t you say that you liked me in a ‘motherly way’?”
“oh, I only said that because I was surprised.”
Erika started laughing after realizing that their feelings were mutual all this time. From the day they met, Kaname taught her lots of “firsts”. He’s strange, but precious. “I hope that our mismatched relationship lasts forever.”