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Tsukushi: "You were living in that monstrosity of a house all alone, weren't you? Even now, when Tsubaki's not there, you're all alone."
Tsukasa: "I'm not lonely...now. I have you now. I don't need anything else. This is the first time I've felt like this. It's so strange."
Tsukushi and Tsukasa discuss his childhood

Chapter 188 (第188話 () ) of Boys Over Flowers by Yoko Kamio was first published in October 2000 as a serial in the manga magazine, Margaret.[1] It was followed by chapter one hundred and eighty-nine of the series in November. The chapter was also included in volume twenty-nine.

Tsukushi Makino suggest going on a "poor man's date" to Tsukasa Domyoji. She takes him to a pet shop, whose owner gives them free tickets to a baseball game. There Tsukushi catches a ball, which Kaede Domyoji sees on television.

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When Tsukasa Domyoji claims his mother has "made her move," Tsukushi Makino tries to find a different reason for his credit cards not working. She first says that they may have been expired or that there was "something wrong" with that restaurant. Tsukasa seems to go along with it, making a comment about the waiter. He then decides to call home to have someone bring him some money. Tsukushi, who is suddenly becoming nervous, grabs his arm and declares "Let's go on a poor man's date!!"

First, the couple go into a pet store. Tsukasa holds a puppy and tries to get Tsukasa to hold him as well. He refuses, leading Tsukushi to tease him about being afraid. The store manager puts the puppy in Tsukasa's arms, causing him to freeze. He then gives them tickets to a baseball game. Though Tsukasa is not interested, Tsukushi wants to go because it is free. Meanwhile, Kaede's secretary tells her her schedule while another subordinate reports what happened with Tsukasa's credit cards.

Tsukushi and Tsukasa find their seats at the stadium. Someone sitting next to them explains the importance of that particular game, though they remain clueless. The conversation flows to Tsukasa's childhood. He says that he could only "count on [him]self." Tsukushi remarks that it sounds "lonely." Though he refuses to admit it at first, he says "I'm not lonely now." The crowd becomes loudly as Mike Hall hits a baseball which Tsukushi catches. In New York, Kaede sees her and Tsukasa on television.

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Notes

  • The baseball game may be a reference to the two game opener between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets at Tokyo Dome in 2000. The team mentioned is called the Bears, possibly after the Cubs. Mike Hall, however, is not likely based on any particular player.

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