Shuichi and Yoshino have now entered the sixth grade. Shuichi spends a precious gift of cash from his grandmother on a special present for himself, a purchase that triggers a chain of events in which his sister Maho learns his secret and Shuichi inadvertently steals the heart of a boy Maho is interested in.
The woman who showed so much interest in Yoshino reappears with her boyfriend, and becomes a mentor and friend to the two children. The kids go on a class trip that is a rite of passage Shuichi would rather pass up, and despite his propensity to cry (a propensity noted repeatedly by his more outgoing sister), Shuichi finds strength and courage he didn’t know he had.
Story and art by Shimura Takako.