At Eitoku Academy, Sojiro Nishikado, Akira Mimasaka, and Rui Hanazawa are all sitting around talking. Rui asks about Tsukasa Domyoji, whom the others have not seen either. Kazuya Aoike then walks up to them and asks "Do you have any idea where Tsukushi has gone?" He becomes increasingly distressed as he reveals that he learned she has submitted a temporary absence to school. Kazuya also informs them that he called Tsukasa's house and learned from a maid that she left the previous night.
Tsukushi Makino is riding a train. A mother and son are sitting across from her. The little boy acts rudely towards her based on her disheveled appearance. Ignoring him, Tsukushi thinks of the previous night. Tama was upset about her leaving and offered to go with her, but Tsukushi refused. Crying, Tama told her "Tsukasa and I said we would protect you." Presently, Tsukushi tears up thinking "This is the only way I know how to live." The boy starts making funny faces at her, which she returns.
Sojiro and Akira yell at a seemingly apathetic Tsukasa. When Akira says "This might really be the end," Tsukasa replies "Shut up, will you?" The F3 are all stunned. Kazuya tries to convince him to go looking for Tsukushi. Tsukasa then grabs him by his collar and throws him down, before threatening to "kill" everyone. As they are leaving, Akira and Sojiro recall the look in his eye from "when he was at his worst." Rui states "It's worse than that." Tsukushi, meanwhile, gets off the train and waves goodbye to the little boy.