"Pho.. photo… ?"
"OMG!! WE'VE NEVER TAKEN A PHOTO TOGETHER BEFORE!!"
Just in the nick of time, Koga and Nina's little sister have arrived to meet up with Nina thereby finding out about the couple competition. However the photographer made a very embarrassing mistake whereby he thought Koga the Nina's little sis were a couple.
"In what way do we look like a couple? Don't kid me… IN THE FIRST PLACE I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT'S SO JOYOUS ABOUT PUBLICIZING YOUR COUPLE PHOTOS! THATS SO SHAMELESS! Ahhh~ what a mood spoiler. Thats it, I don't need the both of you to bring me around and I'm gonna walk on my own!"
With that, Nina's sister left furiously leaving Nina in a state of embarrassment and Koga finding the entire situation amusing.
Koga asks Nina if she still wants to take part but Nina decided not too any more after that incident. Knowing that Nina really wants to take part, Koga tempted her by telling her that the winners would get a pair of tickets to Rabbit park whereby they could go for a date. However, with the limited amount of time they have left, if they don't take part now they won't be able to anymore. Unable to win against her internal struggle, Nina confess that the purpose to take part was so that she could get a couple selca (self camera) with Koga and gain public's recognition.
"So it like what Aoi (Nina's sis) said… its embarrassing… "
Before Koga could reply, they were approached by two classmate who are searching of the missing Tani kun. Agreeing to help, Koga and Nina bumped into Aoi again saying that she last saw him heading towards one of the stairs.
They eventually found Tani at the school's roof.
"I'm not going up…. because Aoi chan will be in the audience right? During the last double date with Yuri, when we tried to trick Nina… "
And after Aoi knew what happened, she gave Tani a slap in his face thus from then on, she wouldn't accept his apologies and even remain nonchalantly when they meet on the streets. Hence, it came to Tani's conclusion that if Aoi sees him cross dressing and doing gags, all the more she wouldn't forgive him. Despite sympathizing Tani's situation, but without him, the show can't go on thus a heartless Koga called the rest of their classmates to pull Tani back to class. But as Tani was struggling not to go up, Aoi makes an appearance and reprimands Tani.
"Aren't you the lead? If you don't want to ruin everyone's effort get to the stage now! And I'll forgive you if you do a good job."
In a second Tani got back to his spirited self hence Class 5 were able carry with the performance.
Just before the performance, Koga told Nina its ok to boast that they are dating thats because when they're dating won't you feel proud? And if you do won't it make the opposite party happy? Thats why.
"I'M PROUD!" exclaims Nina.
"Haha. What was that? But… I would like to feel proud too?" whispers Koga.
Since Nina was holding onto a 'Biscuit' prop, it was just big enough to cover their faces for… a kiss on the forehead (haha what were you expecting? a kiss on the lips? I was though =x).
The play progressed smoothly with everyone giving their best and bringing laughter to the audiences. After the curtain closes, the director was the most grateful for everyone that endured his harsh training. While congratulating one another, Koga quickly pulled Nina away, only to bring her back to the photographer to take their couple photo. Surprised, Koga explained that even though they had already pass the timing but through persuasion, the photographer let them took part in the couple competition.
"?! But… me in this mousy costume… ?"
"Why not? Its a great memory."
In the end Nina's and Koga's couple photo won the 'Best mouse award' . But as long as Koga was happy, Nina was okay with it. Also, what happened wasn't only interesting but also a great memory.
At the end of the day, a friend of Koga's was suppose to come but it seemed like he didn't make it in the end. Since he couldn't make it, Koga planned of showing 'him' their first couple photo which caused Nina to fluster.
End of chapter 20