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At work, Hiro is extremely exhausted, and relieved that the server issue is finally over. Most people at work are already half asleep though. Hiro remembers what Sugimoto asked him to do, and he rereads the House of the Sun cellphone novel. He keeps on finding hints about Mao when he reads the cellphone novel, and he draws back images of his childhood. Boss tells Hiro that he is allowed to go, and they thank each other.
Mao comes to the Nakamura Household, and she feels that the house is so different. She notices how differently the table is set up for Hina, and understands that this house is no longer a place for her. She's glad for Hiro, but she feels sad at the same time.
At the Warring States Themed Bar, Daiki is taking the orders of his customers, and he wonders how Mao and Hiro are doing. Hiro greets them, and Daiki yells at Hiro, demanding to know why he is here. Hiro explains that there is a party for work. Sugimoto apologizes to Hiro at the bar, and they talk about the cellphone novel.
Daiki has just finished talking with Hiro's boss, who strangely gives Hiro the permission to go home, much to Hiro's confusion.
Hiro finds all the lights on at home, and when he walks through the door, Croquette runs to greet Hiro. He sees Mao sleeping at the couch. Hiro wakes Mao up, and she screams in response. They welcome each other back, and Mao says that she should go, but Hiro tells her to stay. Mao tries to give Hiro a massage, but she just squeezes him and makes Hiro feel ticklish. At the end of the massage, Mao hugs him, and she tells Hiro that she missed him. Mao tells Hiro that her mom cames to visit her and asked her to live with her, and she proudly says that she made the decision herself. Hiro grabs her hand, and tells her that he reread Kuukai's novel upon Sugimoto's request. Hiro tells her that he is thankful he did, because he noticed one detail. Hiro ends up falling asleep before he can finish what he said, and Mao resolves to ask Hiro later.
Characters in Order of Appearance Edit
Hiro: What's wrong?
Hiro: Yeah. Me too.
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