"I've never been truly in love. I figured I'd end up in a marriage of convenience. I was so sure my parents would bring me a spoiled little rich boy, but Tsukasa's not bad. He's got class, but rough around the edges. I guess my life might not be all that bad."
Shigeru Okawahara points at Tsukasa Domyoji, declaring "I think I like you." She voices her intentions to fall in love if she wants. Tsukasa becomes so irritated that Akira Mimasaka and Sojiro Nishikado have to hold him back, though he claims "I'd never hit a girl." The two guys ask Tsukushi Makino to take Shigeru away. She ignores them and walks off as Tsukasa shouts "I need to talk to you!" Shigeru follows her and begs her to have tea with her. Tsukushi tries to decline, but ends up going along with her.
At a tea shop, Shigeru asks questions about Tsukasa. Tsukushi tells her "There's absolutely nothing going on between Tsukasa and me." Shigeru goes on to talk about love. Tsukushi makes a similar reply to her earlier one. Shigeru apologizes for "causing [her] trouble." Tsukushi says it was only a "little," leading Shigeru to ask "Then you'll help me?" She replies "Of course" on reflex. Realizing her mistake, Tsukushi reveals that Tsukasa told her that he loves her, but Shigeru does not have a problem with it.
Tsukushi returns to school and heads straight to the emergency exit. She finds herself thinking of Shigeru's words about love. To Tsukushi, the word just feels "empty." Rui Hanazawa shows up shortly, complaining about having overslept and his head being "in a daze." She offers to message his head, which he initially resists. As she works her fingers through his hair, she is reminded of how he used to be and how much she wanted to see him back then. She stops the massage as she realizes she is blushing.