Seinosuke Amakusa says several things in succession, before noticing that Tsukushi Makino's head is bleeding. She tells him "So much has happened" just as her stomach starts to growl. Seinosuke picks up his things and invites her to his place, saying "If you're standing in a place like this, that must mean you have nowhere to go." Tsukushi walks with him to his apartment, where he has been living since the previous year. As he treats her wound, Seinosuke talks to her about the fight he had with his father.
Tsukushi tells Seinosuke about her situation, which makes him laugh since she was at "rock bottom" the last time they met. He then asks her about Tsukasa Domyoji, having heard about his engagement. Tsukushi reveals that he broke it off, but confesses "I don't dislike him, but I just can't open up my heart." After making her dinner, Seinosuke gives her some encouraging words about everything working out. Tsukushi falls asleep at the table. Seinosuke then makes a call at a phonebooth.
The next morning, Tsukushi wakes up to find Tsubaki Domyoji watching over her. She thinks she is dreaming until Tsubaki explains about Seinosuke's call. Tsukushi then realizes that she is at the Domyojis' and tries to leave. Tsubaki grabs her and asks "Is it Tsukasa that you don't want to see? Or is it my mother?!" Tsukushi answers "Both of them!!" Tsubaki then reminds her of her promise to fight Kaede Domyoji and says "Let's get her to realize the good in you. Let's live here together."