Kimagure Orange College - Episode 13
by Stephen Tsai
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Kimagure Orange College

[Writer's foreword:  This is the thirteenth episode of a fan-fict 
series based on the characters in Kimagure Orange Road.  They are 
intended to take place after the movie, "I Want to Return to that 
Day", and follow the characters Kasuga Kyosuke and Ayukawa Madoka 
as they start the next phase of their lives in college.
	If you missed the previous episodes, notes about the new 
characters, and previous events are listed after the ending 
credits.  In addition, previous episodes are available at the ftp site.
	One thing I would like to say up front:  Although I and my 
co-writer have both graduated from college, our experience is in 
the American college system and culture.  The span of our 
experience in the Japanese advanced education system is limited 
with what we can pick up watching anime, reading manga, and 
consulting with friends, pen pals and anime clubs.  Any mistakes, 
inconsistencies, etc. are neither intentional nor are they meant 
to show disrespect for the Japanese education system.  In fact, we 
would appreciate any constructive criticisms, corrections, and 
insight any readers might offer us.  Mail all such letters, 
praises or flames to]

Episode 13 - Calamity Kid

[Cut to the Chez Kooun* kissaten**.  Inside, the late morning 
crowd is slowly filling the dining room for early lunch.  Amid the 
customers, the door bell rings as another person enters the 
*Lucky house--kissatens often have Chinese or French names
**Small cafe that serves coffee, tea and light refreshments

Aoki:  [Cheerfully.]  Irasshai mase*!  Ah Kasuga-san!  You're 
right on time!
*Welcome; normal greeting for customers at restaurants and stores.

Kasuga:  [With Eiji behind him, putting his hand behind his head.]  
Ah, thanks...

Nakamura:  [Slyly.]  Ah...but who's your cute friend?

Eiji: really are a ladies man Kyosuke-niichan!*
*Older brother, or in this case older male friend

Kasuga:  [Embarrassed to Aoki.]  Heh...sorry about that!  I kinda 
got stuck baby sitting him.  Sometimes he talks too much.

Eiji:  Just wait until I tell Madoka-oneechan!*
*Older sister, or in this case older female friend

Kasuga:  ...

Kasuga Narration:  It was the middle of the summer.  During the 
school holiday, many students like myself were taking the time to 
earn extra money in our part-time jobs.  However, last week's trip 
to an expensive restaurant left me short in cash.  So addition to 
my regular job, I had volunteered to watch Eiji in addition to my 
part time job while Fujimoto-san attended to a previous commitment 
that she said she had to do alone.  Of course, if I had known what 
was to come, well...

[Kasuga goes into the back and changes to his work clothes.  
Unbeknownst to him, a pair of tiny peepholes open up behind him.]

Hitomi:  [Whispers while looking through the peephole and 
scribbling on a notebook.]  Hmm...height about 
about average...

Naoko:  [Whispers while looking in but without a notebook.]  
Maybe...below average?

Hitomi:  Cute though...

Naoko:  What about his teeth...?

Aoki:  [From behind them.] you two ever stop?

Hitomi:  [Looking guilty.]  But the lunch crowd doesn't start for 
another half-hour!

Naoko:  [Looking guilty.]  And he's the first college guy to work 
here since we started working here!

Nakamura:  [Ambitiously.]  Heh...he doesn't want a high school 
girl.  [Brushes her brown hair back.]

Hitomi:'re awful!

Naoko:  [About to retort when she notices something going on in 
the dining room.]  Eh?  Who's the little kid all by himself?

Aoki:  Kasuga-san's neighbor's kid.  He's suppose to be...[Aoki 
hears the sound of a glass container hitting a table.] Hey!  
[Walks over towards Eiji's table.]  You shouldn't do stuff like 
this...[Replaces the top on the salt shaker and wipes off the salt 
on the table.]

Eiji:  [Ogling.]  Wow oneechan... you sure are sta-

Kasuga:  [Comes scrambling out of the dressing room and clamps 
Eiji's mouth.]  Oi, oi...don't be so rude!  [To Aoki.]  He's 
joking, joking!  [Whispers harshly to Eiji.]  You're making me 
look like an idiot!

Aoki:  [Smiles and waves off the comment.]  Don't worry about it!  
We get a lot worse than that from salarymen who come staggering in 
after their all-night drinking sprees!

Eiji:  [Looking bored.]  There's nothing to do here!

Kasuga:  [To himself.]  Che*...if I had known he was going to be 
such a trouble-maker...
*Mild Japanese expression of disappointment/irritation

[Cut back to earlier that day in the morning.]

Fujimoto:  Thank you so much for doing this for me Kasuga-san!  
I...realize that it's a lot of trouble to ask you to watch him for 
the day, but my regular sitter has told me that she wasn't 
interested in looking after Eiji anymore, so...

Kasuga:  It's OK.  I'll just take him with me to the kissaten 
where I work.  It's a nice place and I'll be able to keep an eye 
on him.

Fujimoto:  I hope he won't be too much trouble.

Kasuga:  Don't worry about a thing...I mean, how much trouble can 
he be?

[Cut back to the present.  Kasuga watches with dread anticipation 
as he returns to the kitchen.  Eiji meanwhile pulls out a cheap 
instant camera.]

Kasuga:  [To himself.] and my big mouth!

Aoki:  Kasuga-san!  Two daily specials Table 5!

Kasuga:  [Snapping back to reality.]  Ah hai!  [Starts grilling 
two entrees.]

[Cut to the mid-day lunch hour.]

Kasuga:  [Working as fast as he can.  The heat of the grill is 
making him sweat a little and he is struggling to keep up.]  
Sheesh!  This place is popular during the lunch hour!

Hitomi:  [Comes in and sticks a few receipts on the queue.]  Six 
hamburgers, two fish sandwiches, eight large fries, one daily 

Naoko:  [Comes in and sticks her orders on the queue--ahead of 
Hitomi's.]  Four hamburgers, two cheeseburgers, two chicken, two 
fish sandwiches, three daily specials...

Kasuga:  [Counts with his fingers as he struggles to keep up.]  
Ah, ah, right...ten hamburgers, four cheeseburgers, thirteen large 
fries, three small fries...

Hitomi:  [Still listing.]  ...six hot apple pi...[Notices the 
receipt ordering.]  Hey Naoko...!

Naoko:  [Sheepishly.]  But these guys out there are *really* cute!

Hitomi:  *I* was here first!  Besides, that doesn't give you an 
excuse to chea...

Kasuga:  [Flustered.]  Girls, girls...

Aoki:  [Sternly as she enters the kitchen.]  Alright you 
two...[Takes a second to assess the situation, then calmly 
replies...]  Alright, alternate your orders; when Nakamura brings 
her's in, arrange them round-robin and prioritize them in order 
they came in.

Hitomi, Naoko:  [Both concede.]  Hai!  [All three leave.]

Kasuga:  [Relieved.]  You handled that well.  Thanks!

Aoki:  [Cheerfully.]  Sometimes handling the girls here is like 
herding kittens.  You can't let them get away with anything, no 
matter how cute they might be.  [Looks at her watch.]  Well, the 
big rush is over; things should be slowing down pretty soon.  I'd 
better check on Shimamoto-obaachan*.
*Old woman; sometimes aunt

Kasuga:  Eh?  Who?

[Cut to the outside dining room.  Kasuga takes out a bussing tub 
and begins clearing off the empty tables.  He watches as Aoki 
walks over to one of the window table.  Seated at the table is a 
middle-aged woman dressed in semi-formal attire.  Her expression 
is one of loneliness.]

Aoki:  [Cheerfully.]  Shimamoto-obaachan are you well?

Shimamoto:  [Cheers up.]  I am well.  [Smiles at Aoki.]  You've 
grown prettier since last year; those dirty old men will soon be 
chasing after you.

Aoki:  [Laughs.]  I'll be OK!  Do you want the usual?

Shimamoto:  [Nods.]  Hai.

[Aoki goes back to the kitchen and but doesn't put the order on 
the queue.  Instead, she carefully pours a cup of hot tea and 
prepares a cup of fruit annmitsu*.  Kasuga watches as he notices 
that Aoki prepares the order with more care than usual.]
*Fruit with brown sugar, boiled red beans and soft-mochi; 
sometimes referred to as "Japanese sweet".

Aoki:  Poor thing...[Quietly to Kasuga as she sees his questioning 
expression.]  She comes here this time every month.  The master of 
this place told me that she and her fiancee were planning to elope 
when their parents didn't approve of their marriage.  They were 
suppose to meet here and leave together but something must have 
happened because he supposedly never showed up.

Kasuga:  [Nodding in agreement.]  That is sad.

Aoki:  [Nods quietly.]  Un.  She must have loved him very much.  
Since then, she shows up here and waits for him.  She hopes 
that...somewhere out there, he'll one day return to her.  [Looks 
at her watch.]  Ah yada*!  [Removes her apron.]  I have to go pick 
up some supplies.  Business is slowing down now so can you look 
after things while I'm gone?
*Oh my; oh no

Kasuga:  Ah wait a minute!  [Watches her leave.  Behind him, 
Hitomi and Naoko are already beginning to whisper between 
themselves and pull out their notebooks.] am I going 
to handle these girls...

Hitomi:  What are you looking for in a girl?

Naoko:  Yeah, do you have a girlfriend?

Nakamura:  [Putting her hand on Kasuga's shoulder, then starts 
moving her hand down.]  Don't pay attention to them.  You like an 
older girl right?

Kasuga:  [Backing up nervously.]  J-just a minute...!


Kasuga:  [To Eiji in total shock as he watches him snap a picture 
with his cheap instant camera.]  Wh-what do you think you're 

Eiji:  [Watching as the shot self-develops.]  Heh, heh... just 
wait until I show this to Madoka-oneechan!

Nakamura:  [Pulls back and looks at Kasuga.]  Madoka...oneechan?

Kasuga:  [Looking embarrassed towards Nakamura.]  ...!

Eiji:  Boy, I'll just bet she'll have a fit!

Kasuga:  [Leans forward aggressively towards Eiji.]  Why you...!

Eiji:  [Keeps the picture away from Kasuga's reach.]  Buy me a 

Kasuga:  Wh-what?

Eiji:  [Slyly.]  You want the picture or not?

[Cut to a few minutes later.  Kasuga is in the kitchen frying a 
patty of meat with the picture in his back pocket.]

Kasuga:  Little brat...[Puts the meat between a sliced bun.  For a 
moment, he looks at the large jar of hot peppers and considers 
making a custom job.]  Nah...better not.  [Kasuga takes the burger 
out to the dining area, blushing under the giggles of Naoko and 
Hitomi.  He walks over towards Eiji's table and places the plate 
with the burger and fries.]

Eiji:  [Picks up the burger.] looks pretty good!

Kasuga:  Well, it better be...[With just a hint of malice.]  I 
made it myself.

Eiji:  [Freezes as he's about to take his first bite.]  Ah-!  
[Holds the burger there for a moment as Kasuga smiles at him.  He 
looks at Kasuga, then looks dubiously back at the burger.  Then 
with a fearful look on his face...]  Y-you wouldn't dare...!

Kasuga:  [Smiles as he heads back to the kitchen.]  Well then, 
enjoy your burger!  [Puts the picture in his back pocket as he 
reenters the kitchen.]  Yatta!  Did it!

Hitomi:  [Calling out from the dining room.]  Hey where are 

Nakamura:  [With a worried tone in her voice.]  Come back here!

Kasuga:  [Overhearing from the kitchen.]  Eh?  What's going on out 

Aoki:  [Just getting back with the supplies in her arms.]  Kasuga-

Kasuga:  [Coming out from the kitchen.]  What's wrong...[Notices 
that Eiji's table is empty.]  y-y-YEOW!

Hitomi:  I'm sorry, but he just ran out the door!  He said 
something about finding some excitement or something like that!

Aoki:  [Nods.]  I saw him too!  He ran past me as I was going down 
the street!  He wouldn't answer me when I called his name out!  
Kasuga-san, what are you going to do now?

Kasuga:  [To himself.]  I'm half-tempted to let him run 

[Fade to an imaginary scene.]

Fujimoto:  [Crying while beating an SD Kasuga on the head with a 
rolling pin.]  Oh you awful, awful boy!  How could you do this to 

SD Kasuga:  [Looking ashamed and protecting his head.]  Ite!  G-
gome-!  Ite!

[Fade back to reality.]

Kasuga:  [To himself.]  No...I took responsibility.  I gotta find 
him.  [He takes off his cooking apron and goes over towards the 
kissaten's telephone booth and dials a number.]  Shoot!  [Looks at 
his watch.]  Ayukawa must have already left for her jazz band 
practice!  I'm not going to be able to warn her I may be late.  
[Dials another number, then after a brief conversation, he hangs 
up.  Then he goes over towards Aoki.]  S-sorry about this!  I 
gotta go find him!

Aoki:  Sigh...I suppose we all have our little emergencies.  Do 
you have any idea where he would go?

Kasuga:  I called a friend who knows him a little better.  He's 
going to meet me at the nearby train station.

Aoki:  Then what do you want me to tell his mother if she calls?

Kasuga:  Ahh...[Almost panics, but maintains control.]  j-just 
tell her...I went out looking for...I mean...we went out to find a 
little excitement!

Aoki:  [Eyes roll upwards.]  Oh...I wouldn't have to lie about 

Kasuga:  [To himself.]  This is really the worst...


[Fade into a sizzling hot pan with boiling filthy grease.]

Voiceover:  One more time...this is Macek...

[From off-camera, a raw egg is dropped into the grease.  It begins 
to cook, and change color to a pasty green complexion.]

Voiceover:  This is your brain on Macek...

[The now-cooked egg begins to blister and turn a putrid texture.]

Voiceover:  [With a hint of menace.]  Any questions?

Screen lettering:  Sponsored by Partnership for a Macek-free 

[Writer's note:  Standard Disclaimer.]


[Cut to Sakuragicho train station.  Kasuga is waiting impatiently 
on the boarding ramp as the train pulls in.]

Overhead announcer:  Sakuragicho, this is Sakuragicho.  Now 
loading for Kannai...

Katsu:  [As he exits the train.]  Let me get this straight.  You 
took your eyes off him for just a minute and he disappeared?

Kasuga:  [Puts his hand behind his head with embarrassment.]  

Katsu:  [Looks a little down.]  Geez, you know I left an 
experiment for this.

Kasuga:  Sorry about that.

Katsu:  Well Fujimoto-san once told me Eiji likes video games.  I 
guess we can check the University Game room first.

[Cut to Uchikoshi elementary school park.  Eiji is running away 
from the park after waving good-bye to some of his school 

Boy 1:  See you tomorrow!

Eiji:  [Waves back.]  Un!  I'll be here!

Boy 2:  Watch out for those Kyoritsu guys!  They've been harassing 
some of the others for lunch money!

Eiji:  [Confidently.]  Don't worry about it!  I can take care of 
those punks!  [After he leaves the park area, he thinks back and 
has a pouting expression on his face.]  Hrumph!  Spike my burger 
will he?  I'll show him!  [Despondently pulls out his empty 
pocket.]  Che...out of money!  I wish kaachan gave me more mone-

[As he rounds the corner beyond the school grounds, his words are 
cut off by the appearance of two teenage toughs.]

Punk 1:  [With overconfident swagger.]  Hey, it's one of those 
Uchikoshi brats!

Punk 2:  [Stepping forward with his friend behind him.]  Haven't 
you heard?  If you wanna walk this street, the toll is 100 yen!

Eiji:  [Fearfully.]  B-but...I...I don't have that k-kind of 

Punk 2:  [Begins cracking his knuckles.]  Well that's too bad; 
then we're going to have to make an example out of you!

Eiji:  [Fearfully backing into the corner fence.]  Oh...shoot!

[Cut to the University Game room.  The electronic machines are 
extremely busy as the students take advantage of the summer break 
to enjoy electronic video games.  As Kasuga and Katsu enter the 
room they split up.  They both examine machine after machine 
looking briefly at each player's identity.  On one of the 
machines, Kasuga sees Yoko working one of the machines in front as 
they enter.]

Machine:  Supiningu Baado Kikku!

Yoko:  [Furiously manipulating a joystick and buttons.]  Come on!  
Come on!

Machine:  Hadoken...Hadoken...Shoryuken!

Yoko:  What?!?  [Pounds machine in frustration.]  Game over?!?

Machine:  ...aaaaiiiieeee...You lose!

Yoko:  No way!  [Looks at the clock and reaches for her workout 
bag sitting at her feet.]  Sigh...almost time for Karate Club.

Kasuga:  [Taps her shoulder.]  Ah, Miyasato-san?

Yoko:  Eh?  Kasuga-san?  [Curious expression.]  Isn't Eiji-kun 
suppose to be with you today?

Kasuga: knew about that?

Yoko:  Of course...[Turns her nose up.]  You think I'm foolish 
enough to baby-sit that little brat?  I figure Fujimoto-san had to 
find someone gullible enough, so I figured it had to be you!

Kasuga:  ...

Yoko:  So, the little brat ditched you eh?

Kasuga:  [Embarrassed expression with his hand behind his head.]  
Ahh, yeah!  Have you seen him running around?

Yoko:  Maybe...[Slyly.]  What's it worth to you?

Kasuga:  Ah...!  [Expression freezes up, then he reaches into his 
pocket, pulls out his wallet, and reluctantly forks over two small 
denomination bills.]

Yoko: [Accepting the bills.]  He was here, but he ran out of money 
so I think he was headed for the school park.

Kasuga:  Right thanks.  [Turns to leave.]

Yoko:  [Thinking back.]  Or...maybe he said the pool.

Kasuga:  [Hesitantly.]  The pool?

Yoko:  [Still uncertain.]  No...maybe the Mitsukoshi depaato...

Kasuga:  [Getting irritated.]  Will you make up your mind?

Yoko:  [Nodding.]  No, I'm pretty sure he said the pool.  He was 
looking for something to do that didn't cost any money.

Kasuga:  [To himself.]  Like ogle at girls...[To Yoko.]  Thanks 
anyway...[To himself.]  Hrumph, little mercenary...[Leaves and 
goes to find Katsu playing a game.  He watches as two figures on 
the screen come close together.]

Umao:  [Coming from the game machine.]  Ushiko-san!

Ushiko:  [Coming from the game machine.]  Umao-san!

Umao:  Wherefore art thou Ushiko-san?

Ushiko:  Wherefore art thou Umao-sa...!

[The machine cuts them off and display a sign in the middle saying 
"Insert more coins for more time...".]

Katsu:  Che...always run out of credits when it's getting good.

Kasuga:  Well Eiji isn't here, but he was.  Hopefully he hasn't 
gotten very far.

[Cut back to the Uchikoshi district.  Eiji runs down the alley 
between two buildings across the street from the elementary 
school, but just barely manages to clear the alleyway into the 
side street and is grabbed and held against the alleyway wall.]


Punk 1:  [Grabs Eiji with one hand.]  Well that's too bad because 
that's not good en-!  <OOWW!!>

Ayukawa:  [From behind the punk, holding his free arm in a painful 
lock behind him.]  Apologize to him!

Punk 2:  [Steps towards Ayukawa with arms ready to grab her away 
from his partner.]  TEME KONO YARO!*
*<Netiquette violator>

[Ayukawa delivers a solid kick between Punk 2's legs while 
maintaining her armlock.]

Punk 2:  [Collapses in agony.]  ...

Punk 1:  [With pain in his voice.]  <OOWW!!>  WHY YOU LITTLE BI-!  

Ayukawa:  [Sternly as she lifts his arm to higher position.]  Now!

Punk 1:  [To Eiji in tears.]  S-SORRY!  I'M VERY SORRY!!!

Eiji:  [With awe.]  Su...sugoi...!*

Ayukawa:  [Releases punk.]  Get lost!

Punk 1:  [Picks up his partner and staggers away.]  WE'LL GET YOU 

Punk 2:  [Between gasps.]  JUST YOU WAIT!

Ayukawa:  [Half to herself.]  Hrumph!  [Brushes her hair back.]  
Guys like that are always saying that when they're running away.  
[To Eiji.]  Are you alright?

Eiji:  [Nods.]  Un!

Ayukawa:  [Looking around.]  What are you doing here all by 
yourself?  Where's your mother?

Eiji:  Kaachan...kaachan...[Looking down.]  had something else to 
do today, so she left me to take care of myself.

Ayukawa:  [To herself.]  That doesn't sound right...[To Eiji.]  
Say, how about you stick around with me until she gets back?

Eiji:  [Brightens up.]  Really?

[Cut to the public pool.  Even with the afternoon sun past it's 
prime, the pool is still crowded.  In this crowd, Kasuga and Katsu 
wander through the sunbathers and swimmers searching; however, 
because of their inappropriate attire, they are unable to keep 
their search subtle.]

Kasuga:  [In frustration at the size of the crowd.]  Geez, where 
do we even start?

Katsu:  [In equal frustration.]  We'll be lucky not to lose 
ourselves in this crowd.  Let's stick together.

Kasuga:  Look!  [Points to a group of kids by the edge of the 
pool.  One of them is dressed in non-swimwear.]  There he is!

Katsu:  [Running after Kasuga.]  Are you sure?

Kasuga:  [Putting his hand on the kid's shoulder.]  Oi Eiji-kun!

Kid 1:  AAAAIIIIEEEEHHHH!!!!  Chikan!

Katsu:  [Noticing the crowd grow around them.]  Oh shoot now 
you've done it!

Older boy:  Take your hands off him!  [Pushes them away from the 

Kid 2:  You bully!  [Gives them a push.]

Kid 3:  They're both a couple of meanies!  [Pushes against them.]

Kasuga & Katsu:  AAAHHH!!  [Both fall into the pool.]  <Splash!>

Katsu:  [Surfaces with a stream of water coming out of his mouth.]  
This isn't my idea of summer fun...

Kasuga:  [To himself.]  Kasuga Kyosuke...screwed things up 

[Cut to the Club Noir.  Ayukawa and the rest of the club band 
practice their prepared music for the next week's shows.  Eiji is 
sitting and listening at the rear of the club with half a glass of 
soda in front of him.  As he takes another sip, Handa-sensei 
brings his arms together as the music comes to an undignified 

Handa:  [Tapping his baton on the podium.]  Geez Youshi-kun...if 
you're going to improvise at least try and make it sound better 
than the sheet music.

Youshi:  [Embarrassed as he holds an electric guitar.]  

Handa:  [Taps the sheet music.]  OK, rhythm section from 45-
52...and go!  [After hearing the passage played properly.]  OK, 
let's take a break!  Back in 10 minutes!

[The band breaks up and most of them head for the washrooms, water 
fountains, or the bar.  Ayukawa heads for the back of the club to 
the pay telephones and inserts her phone card.]

Ayukawa:  [To herself as she dials a phone number and looks at her 
watch.]  Kasuga-kun sure is late...

[Cut back to the Chez Kooun.  There are few customers, but with 
the incoming dinner hour, there is a little tension among the 
girls as they know the lull will not last.  After finishing up 
with a customer, Aoki picks up the ringing telephone.]

Aoki:  [Picks up the phone.]  Hello?  This is Chez Kooun!

Ayukawa:  [From the phone.]  Hello?  I'm looking for Kasuga-kun.  
Is he still there?

Aoki:  [To herself.]  Oops...!  Could she be...?  [To Ayukawa.]  
Err...Kasuga-kun and Eiji left early to...look for a little 

Ayukawa:  Ehh...?  [Momentarily surprised as she watches Eiji at 
the table.]  I see...Thank you very much.  [Hangs up, then to 
herself as she look at Eiji again.]  What's going on here?  Why is 
Kasuga-kun not with Eiji?  [Looks back towards the phone.]  And 
why did she say he was with Eiji?

[Cut back to Chez Kooun.  Aoki hangs up the phone and sighs with 
relief.  She looks at the clock and notices that the dinner rush 
is imminent.]

Aoki:  [To Hitomi.]  It looks like Kasuga-kun isn't going to make 
it back in time.  Can you run the grill tonight?

Hitomi:  [A little shocked.]  Eh?  That's not fair!  What about...

Aoki:  [Reassuringly.]  I'll talk to Naoko and...make 
arrangements.  [Notices the door ringer indicating someone's 
entrance.]  Irasshai mase!  [Watches as a young woman and an old 
man both wearing traditional kimono walk into the dining area.]

Fujimoto:  [Gently.]  Konnichiwa, is Kasuga-san here?

Aoki:  [Surprised.]  Eh?  Well, he stepped out...for a bit.  Is 
there something I can do?

Fujimoto:  [Smiles.]  I'm Fujimoto Mariko.  I was supposed to pick 
up my son here.

Aoki:  [Almost freezes up.]  You're...Fujimoto-san?  [To herself.]  
Oh shoot!  Then who was that on the phone?

[Cut to the Uchikoshi elementary school park.  Kasuga is talking 
to a younger boy playing on the jungle gym.]

Boy 1:  Sure he was oniichan, but he left about an hour ago!

Kasuga:  Sure, thanks.  [Walks over to the park bench and sits 

Katsu:  [Walks over from a nearby vending area and hands Kasuga a 
can of Georgia Coffee.]  Here you go.  Any luck?

Kasuga:  Thanks!  [Pops the top of the can and takes a gulp.]  
Some of the kids say he was here, but that he left some time ago.  
[Looks at his watch.]

Katsu:  Eh?  Do you have to be somewhere?  [Takes a drink.]

Kasuga:  I was suppose to be meeting Ayukawa at her jazz band 

Katsu:  Well if he's at Mitsukoshi depaato, there's no way we'll 
find him.

Kasuga:  Yeah I guess you're right.  Nothing else to do but head 
back to Chez Kooun and tell Fujimoto-san the bad news.

[Cut to the Chez Kooun.  The evening crowd is in full swing and 
the waitresses are busy serving food.  Amid the rush, Ayukawa and 
Eiji enter the dining area as the sun drops into the horizon.]

Aoki:  Irasshai mase!

Eiji:  See oneechan?  I told you the girls were pretty here!

Ayukawa:  [Looking around.]  So it seems.  [Seeing someone 
familiar.]  Fujimoto-san!

Fujimoto:  [With a cup of tea in front of her.]  Konbanwa Ayukawa-
san.  [Slightly surprised.]  Eh?  Eiji?  Where's Kasuga-san?

Eiji:  Well he's...

Ayukawa:  [Interrupts Eiji.]  ...coming later.  [Looks at 
Fujimoto's companion.]  But, who's your friend?

Fujimoto:  Ayukawa-san meet Ohta-kannushi*
*Shinto priest

Ayukawa:  Eh?

[Cut to just outside the Chez Kooun.  Kasuga and Katsu are just 
finally drying off from their encounter from the pool.]

Katsu:  I can't believe you're just going to walk in and tell her 
that her son's missing.

Kasuga:  What choice do I have?

Katsu:  Just tell her he ran off.

Kasuga:  But I took responsibility.  So I gotta take the blame 

Katsu:  Well, whatever.  I'll support you.

Kasuga:  Thanks, that means a lot!

[Both enter the Chez Kooun.]

Kasuga:  [Looking around.]  Fujimoto-san...[Walks over and looks 
down.]  I've got some bad news.  I...eeeeeHHHHHH??

Ayukawa:  [Turning around.]  Konbanwa Kasuga-kun.

Eiji:  [Turns around and waves sheepishly.]  Konbanwa Kyosuke-

Kasuga:  Why little...[Getting a little steamed.]

Ayukawa:  [Quietly.]  Kasuga-kun not now!

Katsu:  [Noticing Ayukawa.]  Err... Kasuga-san...

Fujimoto:  [Head bowed with regret.]  I'm sorry if you were 

Kasuga:  You won't believe what I've been through today!

Ayukawa:  [Motions for him to be quiet.]  Kasuga-kun!

Kasuga:  Running out on me like

Ohta:  Fujimoto-san has been busy bidding farewell to someone 

Kasuga:  Eh?  Who?

Fujimoto:  [Solemnly.]  My husband.

Kasuga:  ...[After taking a moment to recover.]  What...what 
happened to him?  I mean...

Fujimoto:  [After taking a long time to consider what to say.]  
Seven years ago today...he ...died.

[Writer's note:  Families traditionally mourn their dead for 49 
days and then mark the first, third, seventh, and thirteenth 
anniversaries by engaging a priest to perform a prayer service.]

Kasuga:  [Almost whispers.]  D...died...?

Fujimoto:  [Almost nostalgically.]  I remember it was a rainy 
night in the middle of the typhoon season of September.  He ambitious man...and a loving husband.  He had a 
dream...of owning his own business.  Then...when that dream came looked like nothing was going to stop him.  
Then...something went wrong...

[Cut to seven years ago in a dimly-lit boardroom.  A younger 
Mariko watches as a thin young man sits alone at the conference 

Fujimoto Mariko:  What happened... to the man I promised to always 
be behind?

Fujimoto Ryo:  [With emptiness.]  He became...a nobody.

Fujimoto Mariko:  [With tears as she puts her arms around Ryo.]  
You're not a nobody to me.  You're my husband; and I'll always be 
there for you.

Fujimoto Ryo:  [After a long silence.]  Promise me...[Gently 
removes Mariko's arms.]  you'll remember matter what 
happens next, I'm doing it for you.

[Cut back to the present...]

Fujimoto Mariko:  [Continuing her narration.]  Ryo always was the 
person who wanted to be practical.  He wanted with all his heart 
to support a family and be the kind of man who could be proud of 
what he achieved.  But...when someone stole his dream, he couldn't 
recover.  It was a long time ago.  Although you never forget the 
pain, you learn to live with it.  Ah!  [Blushes slightly.]  
Forgive me for going on like this...[To Kasuga.] what were you 
going to say?

Kasuga Narration:  I was going to tell all the hassles I had gone 
through that day with Eiji.  But somehow, compared to what 
Fujimoto-san had been through and what it took for her to recover, 
my troubles seemed so minor that I felt too embarrassed to mention 

Kasuga:  [Nervously.]  I...I just wanted to say how much 
I...enjoyed being with your son.

Fujimoto:  [As Kasuga and Ayukawa turn to leave.]  Kasuga-san.

Kasuga:  Eh?

Fujimoto:  [With a knowing look in her eye as she takes Eiji's 
hand.]  Thank you... for everything.

[Cut to late that night at the Chez Kooun.  Ayukawa and Kasuga are 
sitting on the outside patio as the neon sign turns off.  For a 
long time, they sit alone under the street light.]

Ayukawa:  [Turns toward Kasuga.]  So, Kasuga-kun, I'm to 
understand you're a real ladies man.

Kasuga:  [Startled out of his reverie.]  Wh-what?

Ayukawa:  Don't deny it.  You bought Eiji-kun's picture with, what 
was it...a burger and fries?  [Suddenly snatches something from 
his back pocket.]  By the way, you should always destroy the 
evidence once you have it.  [Starts examining the picture.]

Kasuga:  [Starting to sweat a bit.]  A-Ayukawa, it's not what it 
looks like.  They were just, um...[Trails off.]

Ayukawa:  Yes, I see you really go for the cute girls.  [Turns to 
Kasuga with a serious look on her face.]  You know, I may never 
forgive you!

Kasuga:  [Sweating a bit more and swallows a lump in his throat.]  

[She reaches up and pinches his nose playfully, while inserting 
the picture into Kasuga's shirt pocket.  She smiles at him.]

Kasuga:  [Relieved.]  Fuuu.  There's a part of me that hopes I can 
do this back to you.  [Smiles.]  But only a small part.

[They stare at each other for a little bit.  Eventually, Ayukawa 
turns away and becomes pensive.  The sounds of insects and the 
neon from a nearby row of vending machines begin to merge.]

Ayukawa:  Kasuga-kun, do you ever wonder about us?

Kasuga:  Huh?  What do you mean?  [To himself.]  Only all the 

Ayukawa:  Well, it sounded like Fujimoto-san and her husband were 
very much in love.  And yet...  [Trails off.]

Kasuga:  Well, it was just unfortunate what happened.

Ayukawa:  [Turning towards Kasuga.]  Don't you understand what 
happened to him?

Kasuga:  Um, he died when they were just starting out.

Ayukawa:  No, he killed himself.

Kasuga:  What?!

Ayukawa:  Weren't you listening?  His company was doing well until 
they tried to expand.  From the sound of things, someone with the 
negotiating company struck a deal with the investors for a lot of 
money, and bought the business out from under him.  Then he died 
near a train station.

Kasuga:  You don't think he jumped, did you?

Ayukawa:  I'd almost bet on it.

Kasuga:  Umm.  But why would he do that?  What about those who 
loved him?

Ayukawa:  I guess after awhile he forgot.  His dream became more 
important to him, and when he lost it...  [Trails off.]

[Ayukawa turns away, becoming thoughtful again.  She stares out 
towards an open field.  Kasuga stares with her.]

Kasuga:  I guess I'm not a dreamer.  At least, not now.  
You''re more important to me than anything.  Maybe, maybe 
I do dream, of what life will be like for us after we graduate 
from college.  Sometimes I dream of living a normal life, away 
from all the craziness we've had to experience the last few years.  
[Looks at Ayukawa.]

Ayukawa:  [Smiles.]  I've thought about it too.  But I wonder.  
[Pauses.]  You know, Kasuga-kun, I'm not sure what I want to do 
with my music.  The band is good because it keeps me in practice.  
And there are times when we're playing at Club Noir, and I look 
out at the audience, and they're, well, enraptured.  And knowing I 
helped create that music, it's sometimes one of the best feelings 
in the world.  And I wish it could go on and on.

[Ayukawa stands up and starts pacing.]

Ayukawa:  But I know it can't go on.  And I don't think I really 
want to live the life of my parents:  travelling from place to 
place...not home very often...sometimes not knowing for months how 
their family is doing.  Maybe to be up there, at the top, once.  
[Looks at Kasuga.]  But you're also important to me.  Even more 
than all that.  [Holds out her hand to him.]

[Kasuga takes her hand.  She pulls him up.]

Kasuga:  Ayukawa.

Ayukawa:  Maybe we should share our dream.

[A set of faint lights start to flit over the field.  Ayukawa 
begins walking that way, gently pulling Kasuga.  Suddenly, Kasuga 
looks at the vending machine.]

Kasuga:  [Releasing Ayukawa's hand.]  Stay here, I'll be right 

[Kasuga runs to one of the machines, puts in some coins, and 
presses a button.  He retrieves his purchase, and runs back to 

Kasuga:  Okay, let's go.  [They begin to walk to the field.]

Ayukawa:  What did you buy?

Kasuga:  Fruit drops.  "I like the taste."  [Removes the plastic 
covering and opens the metal container.  Ayukawa smiles and holds 
out her hand.  A small candy pops out of the circular opening into 
her hand.]

Ayukawa:  "I do too."  [Puts the candy in her mouth.]

[Kasuga shakes another candy onto his palm and puts it in his 
mouth.  He closes the container.  Their hands join again as they 
walk towards the field.]

Kasuga:  Ayukawa...

Kasuga Narration:  On that warm summer night when dreams are like 
fireflies, shining bright but burning out, I learned that just 
having a dream isn't enough.  But...I'll do whatever I have to make that dream come true...and that's a promise.


New Characters Designer/Writer	Stephen Tsai
Co-writer			Robert Carragher
Doujinshi Artwork		Tony Jung
Pre-readers			Robert Carragher
				Lisa Richardson
				Brian Edmonds
				Robert DeLoura
				Christian Gadeken
				Michael Welsh Duggan
				Eric Shen
				Peter Van Owen
				Harold Ancell
Very special thanks to		Hitoshi Doi

A tip of the hat and a deep bow to	Matsumoto Izumi for starting 
the whole thing

If I left anyone off, my apologies.  Any mistakes/embarrassing 
faux pas are entirely my own.  If there is anything here you must 
flame, aim them at me and me alone.

Thank you for taking the time to read this episode of my series.  
If you are interested, previous episodes should be available at 
the ftp site.  Assuming that I don't get flamed off 
the net, I've got the next episode in the works.  If you have any 
story ideas, or general ideas, please send them.  Any tidbits 
about the Japanese advanced education system will be especially 
looked at (see first writer's note).

Hope you enjoyed it and thanks again!

For the new readers:  I'll be doing character profiles, major 
location descriptions, and situation updates on a rotating basis 
for each episode.  If there is a particular character, place or 
event that you would like to know more about, and it is not being 
covered, don't hesitate to email me and I will send you either a 
note or a copy of the episode it is introduced.

Focus on Chez Kooun[Introduced in Episode 8]:  The Chez Kooun or 
"Lucky House" is a kissaten/coffee shop located a relatively short 
distance from the Butsumetsu University campus.  It's name is a 
derivative of French and Japanese.
	The Chez Kooun is a "bijin kissaten" or "beautiful girl" 
coffee shop because it's waitresses are picked for their good 
looks as well as their service.  They mostly serve coffee, tea, 
sodas and light snacks.  During lunch and dinner time, they serve 
hamburgers and other fast food.
	Currently the waitresses are:
Aoki Eriko:  Age 20, head waitress
Nakamura Reiko:  Age 19
Hara Hitomi:  Age 15
Takayama Naoko:  Age 15
Visual Description:  The kissaten is a modern styled restaurant, 
popular among both students and businessmen.  Close anime 
comparison includes (but are not limited to) ABCB from KOR.


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