The chapter starts out with Megumi visiting the modeling company’s office where she apologizes for her actions during her breakdown. Megumi narrates, saying “summer is almost over, now is the time for me to start.” As she leaves the office, other girls from the company stares at her but Megumi ignores them and joins Momo-chan, who accompanied her to the office. Megumi says that she never vowed down to anyone and never made a situation necessary to do so. She had avoided creating that sort of a situation all her life and now she experiences this sort of a mood for the first time. Megumi wonders, “Am I able to approve myself worthy? Will I be able to change?”
Meanwhile Mei is walking down the street and sees group of people wearing yukata (their like summer versions of kimono.) As she watches in confusion, she gets a message from Asami telling her that there’s a summer festival and the gang were to meet up at 3pm. Mei had no idea and freaks out over the time and runs home to get ready. When Mei gets to the festival, she sees Asami and Aiko dressed up in Yukata and gets lost in how beautiful they look. In Japan, girls only get to wear yukata few times a year and that’s when girls show off their beauty. So Mei feels left out since she’s wearing regular clothes. Yamato notice this and hugs Mei. The group goes on and eats traditional festival food, and play games. Mei beats Aiko at Kingyo sukui which is catching fishes with over sized spoon-like things with paper in the middle.(It’s really really hard to catch a fish out of the water with a paper!) Mei has a cute moment with Yamato there again. After playing and eating their hearts out, Mei looks at the Asami and Aiko, and thinks back again that she wanted to wear a yukata. Mei has a flashback of when she was little where she was wearing a yukata at the summer festival with her parents. Her father usually doesn’t smile, but that day, he did. They held her hands and made her feel that she’s protected and forget about the things happening in school. Asami gets sick later on from eating too much and the gang decides to go home since the fireworks were not starting for some time.
When Mei gets home, her mother yells at her and saying that she was looking everywhere for her. Apparently, her mother bought a yukata for her to wear to the festival and expected her to wear it. But before her mother got home, Mei already left so her mother was going nuts. Mei apologizes and told her mother that it’s too late because she just came back from the festival, but her mother didn’t care and sends her out again, this time in yukata. To her mother, it didn’t matter if the festival is over or if the fireworks already started. The point was to look best for the one you love and show how much you worked for and how much you wished for it.
Meanwhile, Kai is at the convenience store and sees Megumi again. This time, they actually talk. Kai tells her that he was invited to go to the festival with the gang but didn’t go because he knows that he would just be a bother to Mei and Yamato. Megumi didn’t go because it’s too bothersome to have to see and interact with people she knows. Kai notices that she’s feeling better now because the last time he saw her, she was stuffing her shopping baskets with snacks and looked awful. Megumi agrees that she had issues back then and she still does. But people can say whatever they want. People are going to react to what you do towards their criticism, so instead of being affected by their criticism, Megumi stopped caring about what they think of her and moved on with her life. Megumi decided to respond instead to those who truly understand her. They then wonder why they can still have that sort of conversation even though they don’t get along so well. It’s probably because they both don’t know who they really are and haven’t developed themselves yet. But when they do develop their “identity” would they stop talking? To Kai, even if they stopped talking, it doesn’t mean a bad thing since it means that they both have grown in some way.
Back to Mei. She’s running down the street in her Yukata, on her way to meet Yamato. She starts to tear up because while she’s running, her hair that her mom fixed up for her is getting all messed up and she’s sweating off her makeup, and the fireworks are about to be over. Mei then runs into Yamato’s older brother.
Mei finally gets to where Yamato is waiting and she looks absolutely adorable. He stares at her for a while and Mei starts to apologize for calling him out again when the fireworks and the festival are all over. He tells her that recently, she’s getting so pretty that he sometimes cannot help but to stare and cannot control his emotions. She explains how her mother had a yukata prepared for her and how she knows that it was stupid to call him out when everything is already over, but she wanted him to see her in a yukata. She then explains how she bumped into Yamato’s older brother who fixed her fair and redid her makeup. Yamato thanks her for doing that for him and calls her pretty. He kiss her and he holds both of her hands, saying how he doesn’t have to share this Mei with anyone else, and goes for a walk. That reminds her of how her parents used to hold her hand and she feels protected by Yamato.
-End of chapter-