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Page  1

 

Panel 1:

Kamimoto stands in an empty apartment, surrounded by boxes.  He stares out at the mountains surrounding him while he smokes a cigarette.

 

 

 

Page  2

 

Panel 1:

A city in the mountains at night.

 

Voice on Telephone: Papa, have you gotten settled in?

 

Kamimoto: Uh, not really.

 

Panel 2:

Kamimoto sits on the mattress of his bed, opened boxes all over the floor.

 

Voice on Telephone: I feel bad about not being there to help you.

 

I’ve just been so busy…

 

Kamimoto: I know.

 

Panel 3:

A photo of Kamimoto’s wife and daughter, and the family dog.

 

Voice on Telephone: Its either the neighborhood meetings or the PTA.

 

Just so many things.

 

Kamimoto: Oh yeah. That’s fine. Fine.

 

 

Page 3

 

Panel 1:

Kamimoto presses the “end call” button on his cell phone.  He looks tired.

 

Kamimoto Narration: I’ve been transferred and had to leave my family behind.

Unfortunately, my wife couldn’t come out to help me get relocated.

 

Panel 2:

The morning sun shines down on the mountain town Kamimoto now calls home.

 

Narration: And so, the next morning…

 

Television: And next in entertainment news…

 

Panel 3:

Kamimoto ties his necktie as he watches television.

 

Kamimoto: Hmm,

 

It’s different from the channel in Tokyo.

 

Television: We’re coming to you live from the Narita Airport.

 

Panel 4:

A blurry crowd of people are shown on the television screen.

 

Person on TV: He’s such a cool guy.

 

Reporter on TV: Everyone’s here to catch a glimpse of the new star from Korea

 

Panel 5:

The crowd on television becomes more visible as the reporter interviews a familiar looking woman.

 

Reporter: How about you, in the front, ma’am…

 

Kamimoto’s Wife: Hohohoho, well, I’ve been staying at the Narita hotel since yesterday…

 

Page 4

 

Panel 1:

A close-up of Kamimoto’s wife, laughing happily.

 

Reporter: I see, and what does your husband think about that?

 

Kamimoto’s Wife: Hohohohohohohohohoho, it’s a secret.

 

Panel 2:

Kamimoto stares at the screen sadly

 

Kamimoto Narration: My wife…

 

Kamimoto:

 

Reporter: Oh, here he comes.

 

Crowd: KYAAA!

 

 

Panel 3:

A view of the city.

 

Kamimoto Narration: And so, this is how my lonely job transfer began.


Panel 4:

Kamimoto sits quietly at his desk staring at his computer screen.

 

Kamimoto Narration: After being alone for awhile, I began to feel like a bachelor again.

 

Kamimoto thinking: I’m getting old…

 

Panel 5:

The front of a small restaurant where Kamimoto goes for dinner.

 

Television: There was quite the line to see the celeb from Korea

 

Page  5

 

Panel 1:

Kamimoto watches the TV from across the restaurant.

 

Voice on TV: Now this lady seems to be the biggest fan here, and she’s been standing here since last night…

 

Kamimoto:

 

Panel 2:

Kamimoto’s wife smiling brightly on the TV screen.

 

Reporter: Ma’am, what does your husband think of all this?

 

Kamimoto’s Wife: Hohohohohohoho, he doesn’t know. It’s a secret.

 

Panel 3:

Kamimoto eyes the screen sadly.

 

Kamimoto narration: It was my wife.

 

Kamimoto’s thinking: That idiot…

 

Panel 4:

A blank panel.

 

Female voice: Would you mind changing the channel?

 

Panel 5:

A woman sits at the bar of the restaurant, the chef lifts the remote to change the channel.

 

Chef: Sure thing, you don’t like him?

 

Woman: Yeah.

 

Panel 6:

A close-up of the woman. She has short hair and is very pretty, with a beauty mark under her left eye.

 

Woman: I just don’t like his face.

 

Kamimoto narration: She’s gorgeous.

 

Panel 7:

Kamimoto stares at the woman from across the restaurant.

 

Kamimoto’s thinking: Hey, she doesn’t like him.

 

Hmm.

 

Page 6

 

Panel 1:

Kamimoto stands up and considers walking up to the woman from behind.

 

Kamimoto Narration: She was a regular at the restaurant.

 

Kamimoto’s thinking: I’d like to go over.

 

Chef: Welcome, c’mon in.

 

Panel 2:

The beautiful woman pours herself another drink as Kamimoto watches her, unnoticed.

 

Kamimoto Narration: I wonder what sort of woman she is…

 

She’s alone and taking her time with her dinner…

 

Panel 3:

Kamimoto moves to a table directly behind the woman.

 

Kamimoto’s thinking: She’s about…30?

 

She’s on her own, I guess.

 

Panel 4:

The woman leaves suddenly, without Kamimoto noticing.

 

Kamimoto’s thinking: Huh? Where’d she go?

 

Kamimoto Narration: From then on,

 

 

Panel 6:

Kamimoto lying on his bed, daydreaming happily.

 

Kamimoto Narration: I’d see her at the restaurant,

 

Kamimoto’s thinking: She had pike for dinner again.

 

She must really like pike.

 

Kamimoto Narration: She had become like honey to me, so sweet.

 

 

Page 7

 

Panel 1:

Kamimoto walks into the restaurant for dinner.

 

Kamimoto Narration: And then one day,

 

Chef: Hello there.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Wha, she’s already gone.

 

Panel 2:

A dark panel.

 

Kamimoto Narration: Maybe she’s never coming back.

 

Panel 3:

Kamimoto sits in a barber chair, getting his hair cut.

 

Kamimoto thinking: What should I do?

 

Sigh

 

Panel 4

Kamimoto leaves the barber shop sighing over his dilemma.

 

Kamimoto: Sigh

 

Barber: Thanks, come again.

 

Panel 5

Kamimoto looks at a salon across the street and sees the beautiful woman from the restaurant.

 

Woman: Thank you very much.

 

Kamimoto: !

 

Panel 6

A close-up of the pretty woman, with Kamimoto blushing excitedly.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Th-the girl…

 

Page 8

 

Panel 1:

Kamimoto watches as the woman turns to re-enter the salon.

 

Kamimoto thinking: She’s a hairdresser…hmm….

 

Panel 2:

The woman turns her head and sees Kamimoto.

 

Panel 3:

She smiles sweetly at Kamimoto before going inside.

 

Panel 4:

Kamimoto gets excited, his mouth hangs open with surprise..

 

Kamimoto thinking: She smiled!

 

At me!?

 

Panel 5:

Kamimoto slowly walks toward the salon across the street.

 

Kamimoto thinking: …she doesn’t have the hots for me, does she?

 

Panel 6:

Kamimoto continues toward the salon.

 

Kamimoto thinking: It’s just my imagination.

 

Right.

 

Panel 6:

The salon door closes behind Kamimoto as he enters the shop.

 

Voice: Hi, welcome.

 

Kamimoto: I’d like a p-perm, please.

 

 

Page 9

 

Panel 1:

Kamimoto sits in a barber chair as the beautiful woman stands behind him.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Argh, I’m such a moron…

 

Woman: Hmm.

 

Well, it doesn’t look like you need a hair cut.

 

Panel 2:

A close up of the woman’s face, looking down at Kamimoto.

 

Woman: Um, sir…

 

Pardon me for asking but,

 

Panel 3:

Kamimoto blushes and looks excited.

 

Woman: Haven’t I seen you at the restaurant?

 

Kamimoto thinking: S-She remembered me!?

 

Panel 4:

Kamimoto faces forward, still blushing as the woman begins to prepare to perm his hair.

 

Kamimoto: S-so, do you go there often?

 

Woman: I did, but I got tired of always going alone.

 

Panel 5:

The woman begins to prepare to tease Kamimoto’s hair.

 

Kamimoto: Oh… alone.

 

Woman: My husband passed away.

 

Panel 6:

Kamimoto frowns as the woman smiles and  begins on his hair.

 

Kamimoto: Oh, sorry I brought it up.

 

Woman: Oh, it’s fine, that was ten years ago now.

 

Kamimoto narration: I was surprised by how open she was.

 

Page  10

 

Panel 1:

A voice in the shop calls to the woman and she leaves Kamimoto with curlers in his hair.

 

Voice: Suzuka, could you come here for a minute?

 

Suzuka: Sure.

 

Kamimoto narration: Her name’s Suzuka.

 

 

Panel 2:

Suzuka walks Kamimoto to the door and he leaves, clutching his hand to his chest in happiness. The sun shines down on his newly wavy hair.

 

Suzuka: Thanks so much.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Suzuka, Suzuka.

 

What a beautiful name.

 

Panel 3:

Suzuka cutting a woman’s hair as the woman reads a magazine.

 

Kamimoto narration: That’s really refreshing how she can be so open about her husband’s death.

 

Panel 2:

Kamimoto sits in his office, staring at the ceiling.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Nevertheless…

 

Why’d she stop coming to the restaurant?

 

Panel 3:

Kamimoto walks into the restaurant.

 

Kamimoto narration: I soon began to unravel the puzzle.

 

Voice: Hey there.

 

Panel 4:

Suzuka is sitting at the bar, and turns around to see Kamimoto enter.

 

Suzuka: Oh, Mr. Kamimoto.

 

Panel 5:

Kamimoto gets excited upon seeing Suzuka again.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Suzuka.

 

How does she know my name?

 

Panel 6:

Suzuka holds her hand up to her mouth, slightly embarrassed, as Kamimoto begins to blush.

 

Suzuka: Oh, I’m sorry…

 

I read your name off the business card you left at the salon.

 

That’s how I learned your name…

 

Kamimoto thinking: And she remembered it too.

 

 

Panel 7:

A boy sitting next to Suzuka turns to face her.

 

Boy: Mom…

 

I want some juice.

 

Panel 8:

Kamimoto looks stunned.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Mom?

 

Panel 9:

A blank panel.

 

Suzuka: I really need to get back to the salon.

 

But we’ve waited so long to live together again.

 

 

Page 11

 

Panel 1:

Kamimoto sits down at the bar next to Suzuka, her son sits on the opposite side of her.

 

Kamimoto thinking: So… she has a kid.  That’s not unusual I guess.

 

Suzuka: He takes turns living with me and my parents.

 

 

Panel 2:

Kamimoto talks to Suzuka as she eats her dinner..

 

Kamimoto: Oh…

 

It must be tough, with you living alone.

 

Suzuka: Naah,

 

I’ve gotten used to it.

 

Panel 3:

Suzuka smiles brightly at Kamimoto.

 

Suzuka: My late husband was just an unemployed lush.  He’d get into drunken fights with me.

 

He used to beat me black and blue.

 

Panel 4:

Kamimoto’s head moves back, surprised at Suzuka’ frank honesty.

 

Kamimoto: Wow… sounds rough.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Geez, that’s something alright.

 

Page 12

 

Panel 1:

Suzuka looks sad as she remembers the past. Kamimoto watches her as her son is busy playing his Gameboy.

 

Suzuka: I was deceived by his good looks.

 

He looked like that Korean celebrity.

 

Kamimoto: Ah.

 

Panel 2:

Kamimoto stares at Suzuka, realizing why she asked the chef to change the channel that night.

 

Kamimoto thinking: They looked alike.

 

Her husband was just some violent, drunken maniac.

 

Panel 3:

Suzuka in profile, looking sad.

 

Kamimoto thinking: What a shame.

 

Suzuka: You can’t judge a book by it’s cover.

 

It’s what’s inside that counts, y’know.

 

Panel 4:

Kamimoto pumps his fist with excitement.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Yes!

 

Somehow it’s all falling into place.

 

Panel 5:

Kamimoto walking down the street at night.

 

Narration: Several days later.

 

Kamimoto thinking: She hasn’t been at the restaurant lately.

 

Panel 5:

Kamimoto hears a voice and looks up.

 

Boy: You’re such a dummy Mom. Lemme alone!

 

Page 13

 

Panel 1:

Kamimoto is concerned as he sees Suzuka’s son running away from her.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Suzuka…

 

Suzuka: Wait, Sho.

 

Sho: I wanna go back to Grandma’s!

 

Panel 2:

Kamimoto hides behind a telephone poll to watch what’s happening.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Wh-what’s going on?

 

Panel 3:

Suzuka stares in silence, looking depressed.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Her voice…sounds so sad…

 

Panel 4:

Later that night at Kamimoto’s house he lays on his bed, smoking a cigarette.

 

Kamimoto thinking: I’m worried about her.

 

 

Panel 5:

Kamimoto sits up in bed and claps his hands together.

 

Kamimoto: That’s it!

 

 

Panel 6
The outside of Suzuka’s salon.

 

Narration: The next Sunday.

 

Voice: Hello, welcome.

 

Panel 7
Suzuka standing behind the counter Kamimoto in front of her.

 

Suzuka: What can I do for you today?

 

Kamimoto: How about a shampoo?

 

 

Page 14

 

Panel 1:

Suzuka scrubs washes Kamimoto’s hair as he wears a towel over his face..

 

Kamimoto thinking: Now what?

 

I want to ask what was going on but…

 

Panel 2:

Suzuka blow dries Kamimoto’s hair as he sits with a blank look on his face.

 

Kamimoto thinking: I have to be really careful.

 

She might hate me if I do.

 

Panel 3:

A profile shot of Kamimoto, looking despondent.


Kamimoto thinking: I mean…

 

Can I just go back to settling for seeing her face?

 

Panel 4:

Suzuka exhales, the frustration on her face is evident.


Suzuka: Sorry about being a little down in the dumps.

 

I got into a fight with my son the other night.

 

Panel 5:

Kamimoto sits in silence, as Suzuka continues to blow dry his hair.


Panel 6:

Seeing his opening, Kamimoto hesitantly  asks Suzuka about the fight.


Kamimoto: I…I see…

 

What about?

 

Suzuka: He’s just being spoiled.

 

Panel 7:

A close-up of Suzuka’s face.  She looks very concerned.


Suzuka: He asked me to come and see his soccer game.

 

To skip work.

 

 


Page  15

Panel 1
Kamimoto continues looking ahead as Suzuka bends to pick something up.

 

Kamimoto: …and you’re not going?

 

Suzuka: I can’t.  It’s this afternoon.

 

 

Panel 2:

Suzuka looking depressed.

 

Kamimoto thinking: She looks so lonely…

 

She’d really like to go and watch, wouldn’t she?

 

 

Panel 3
A blank panel.

Kamimoto thinking: I can let her see it.

Panel 4:

An image of the sky, clouds float by.

 

Panel 5:

A group of boys play soccer on a field.

 

Panel 6:

Kamimoto sits on a hill with a deteremined look on his face. In his hand he holds a video camera, taping the game for Suzuka.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Suzuka, this is your son’s finest hour.

 

Page 16

 

Panel 1:

Kamimoto holds the video camera up as he watches the game.

 

Kamimoto thinking: I’ll tape it, and then give this to you.

I hope I can figure out this Handicam I just bought.

Panel 2:

Two boys rushing for the ball.

 

Kamimoto thinking: But…

Panel 3:

Two more boys waiting in front of a goal.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Where’s her son?

Panel 4:

Another boy dives for the ball and hits it away with his head.

 

Panel 5:

Three boys sit on the bench with an arrow pointing at Sho, Suzuka’s son.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Isn’t that him warming the bench?

Panel 6:

Kamimoto watches from the hill, slightly less enthusiastic.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Well… this is akward.

Panel 7:

A blank panel.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Would seeing that make her happy?

But…

Panel 7:

Kamimoto stares at the camera in his hand.

 

Kamimoto thinking: It’s not like she asked me, a total stranger, to…

Make this film for her…

Page 17

 

Panel 1:

A blank panel.

 

Kamimoto thinking: WILL SHE THINK I’M SOME KIND OF WEIRDO!?

Panel 2:

Kamimoto crawls away on his knees, hiding his face.

 

Kamimoto thinking: I’d better go home.

 

Panel 3:

The referee holds up a sign, calling in number 16, Sho.  Sho runs onto the field.

 

Panel 4:

Kamimoto quickly turns around and begins videotaping again.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Oh, he’s in.

 

Panel 5:

A voice from behind Kamimoto calls out.

 

Suzuka: Do your best, Sho!

 

Panel 6:

Kamimoto turns around and panics as he sees Suzuka standing behind him.

 

Suzuka: Shooooooooooo!

 

Kamimoto thinking: Wha? It’s Suzuka!

 

Page 18

 

Panel 1:

Suzuka looks surprised to see Kamimoto.

 

Suzuka: Oh, Mr. Kamimoto.

 

What are you doing here!?

 

Panel 2:

Kamimoto sweats nervously as he searches for an anwser.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Suzuka…

 

You weren’t supposed to be here…

 

Panel 3:

On the field, a whistle blows and Sho has collapsed on the ground, holding his leg.

 

Panel 4:

Kamimoto and Suzuka look on with concern.

 

Suzuka: Sho…

 

Panel 5:

The sky above the town is getting darker as the sun sets.

 

Panel 6:

Kamimoto walks home with Sho on his back and Suzuka at his side.

 

Suzuka: My manager let me come after all. 

 

Kamimoto: Oh…

 

Panel 7:

Kamimoto blushes as he carries Sho.

 

Suzuka: But I’m glad you came Mr. Kamimoto.  You really helped us out. 

 

Kamimoto: Well, I’m just glad I happened to be passing by.

 

Page 19

 

Panel 1:

Kamimoto grins, very pleased with Suzuka’s attention.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Someone actually…

 

Appreciates me!?

 

Panel 2:

Suzuka smiles at her son as her compliment makes Kamimoto’s heart burst out of his chest.

 

Suzuka: It’s nice huh, Sho?

 

It’s almost as if he were your father.

 

Panel 3:

Kamimoto begins to sweat.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Su…Suzuka…

 

That’s…

 

Panel 4:

Kamimoto attempting to get away from his wife and daughter who call out after him. Kamimoto has angel wings and is wrapped in chains.

 

Kamimoto thinking: If only…I didn’t have a family…

 

Narration: An angel with broken wings.

 

Panel 5:

Kamimoto rationalizes his situation and remembers his wife and daughter in another way: his wife holding up an image of the Korean pop-star, and his daughter ignoring him for her books.

 

Sign That Points to Wife: Pursuing someone else.

 

Sign That Points to Daughter: Rebelling.

 

Panel 6:

A shadow passes over Kamimoto’s face..

 

Kamimoto thinking: What the hell…

 

It’s okay…

 

Panel 7:

Sho yanks a hair out of Kamimoto’s head.

 

Kamimoto: Ouch.

 

Page 20

 

Panel 1:

Suzuka scolds Sho while Kamimoto looks very irritated at the boy’s revelation to his mother.

 

Suzuka: Hey, cut that out Sho.

 

Sho: It’s a gray hair.

 

 

 Panel 2:

Sho studies the back of Kamimoto’s head as Kamimoto hides his face in shame.

 

Sho: He’s got a ton of ‘em.

 

Kamimoto: Hahaha… well, people my age y’know.

 

Panel 3:

Suzuka looks at Kamimoto apologetically.

 

Suzuka: You’re too young to start going gray.

 

Would you like me to dye it for you?

 

Panel 4:

Days later, Kamimoto leaves Suzuka’s salon, clasping his chest happily, his hair newly dyed.

 

Suzuka: Thanks again.

 

Kamimoto narration: So I dyed my hair.

 

Panel 5:

Kamimoto sitting in his room, holding a hand mirror and studying his new hair color.

 

Kamimoto: Hmm…

 

A perfect match.

 

 

Page 21

 

Panel 1:

Kamimoto’s cell phone begins to ring on his table..

 

Kamimoto: Huh?

 

Panel 2:

Kamimoto opens his phone and studies the screen.

 

Kamimoto: E-mail?

 

Kamimoto narration: It was from my wife.

 

Panel 3:

Kamimoto looks stunned as he reads the text message from his wife.

 

Text Message: I’m in Jejudo. (^o^)  I’ll be back soon with lots of goodies from the event.

 

Kamimoto: Jejudo!?

 

She went to Jejudo in Korea!?

 

Panel 4

Kamimoto scrolls the screen to read the rest of the text message.

 

Text Message: Of course, this is a secret, my husband doesn’t know. (^_^;)

 

Kamimoto: Eh…

 

Did she send it to the wrong person?

 

 

Panel 5
Kamimoto leans his head back on his bed and stares at the ceiling.

Kamimoto: Feh, stupid woman…

 

I’m not going to let it bother me.

 

Panel 6
Kamimoto continues to stare at the ceiling.

 

Kamimoto: I guess living here….

 

Has been good after all.

 

 

Page 22

 

Panel 1:

A wide shot of the town at night.

 

Kamimoto narration: And then came the fated night,

 

It all happened so suddenly.

 

Panel 2:

Kamimoto walks home from work, checking his watch.

 

Kamimoto thinking: It’s late.

 

I really need to get to the convenience store too.

 

Panel 3:

Suzuka runs down the stairs of an overpass.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Huh!?

 

 

Panel 4:

Suzuka is wearing a sick mask and is covered in sweat. She clutches a cell phone to her chest and looks panicked.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Suzuka!?

 

Panel 5:

Kamimoto rushes up to Suzuka.

 

Kamimoto: Suzuka, what’s wrong?

 

Suzuka: Mr. K-Kamimoto.

 

Panel 6:

Suzuka looks worried and begins to cough.

 

Suzuka: My son…

 

I can’t find Sho.

 

Panel 7:

Suzuka’s eyes roll back in her head and begins to collapse.

 

Page 23

 

Panel 1:

Kamimoto kneels in front of Suzuka.

 

Kamimoto: S-Suzuka!

 

Panel 2:

Kamimoto leans in, concerned as Suzuka continues to cough.

 

Kamimoto: You’re burning up!

 

Suzuka: I-I’m sorry.

 

Panel 3:

Suzuka looks up at Kamimoto.

 

Suzuka: I’m so relieved to…see your face, Mr. Kamimoto.

 

Panel 4:
Kamimoto looks gravely concerned.

Kamimoto thinking: Suzuka.

Panel 5:
Kamimoto helps Suzuka to her feet and walks with her back to his apartment.

 

Kamimoto: My place is just up ahead.

 

You can rest there…

 

Suzuka: I’m s-so sorry…

 

Panel 6:

Suzuka lies in Kamimoto’s bed, coughing.

 

Panel 7:

Kamimoto bangs on the closed door of the convenience store.

 

Kamimoto: Excuse meee!

 

 

Page 24

 

Panel 1:

Kamimoto rushes back with a bag from the store in his hand.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Hold on Suzuka.

 

I’ve got it right here…

 

Panel 2:

A dark panel.

 

Kamimoto thinking: If you want.

 

I’ll throw everything away just for you.

 

Panel 3:

Kamimoto looks down as his phone rings in his pocket.

 

Kamimoto: Huh!?

 

Panel 4:

Kamimoto looks irritated as he answers the phone.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Who could it be at this hour?

 

Kamimoto: Hello?

 

Panel 5:

A close-up of the cell phone.

 

Kamimoto narration: My wife.

 

Wife’s voice: Papa, it’s me.

 

Panel 6:

Kamimoto’s jaw drops and he begins to panic.

 

Wife’s voice: I’m in front of your apartment.

 

Page 25

 

Panel 1:

Kamimoto continues to walk toward his apartment, talking on the phone.

 

Kamimoto: Wh-what’re you talking about?

 

Wife’s voice: Why? Are you out somewhere?

 

Well, I’ll just go on in and wait for you then.

 

Panel 2:

Kamimoto’s jaw drops as his wife suddenly hangs up.

 

Kamimoto: Wait…

 

Panel 3:

Suzuka lying in Kamimoto’s bed.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Dammit, this is bad!

 

Suzuka’s in my room…

 

Panel 4:

Kamimoto’s wife screaming with tears in her eyes as she clutches a heart-shaped box with the Korean idol’s face on it.

 

Wife: Papa,

 

What’s going on here!?

 

Panel 5:

Kamimoto hugs Suzuka as she clings to him in bed. Kamimoto’s wife hunches forward, crying in disbelief.

 

Kamimoto: Shut up, can’t you see?

 

Wife: You’re horrible!

 

How can you just toss me aside like this!?

 

Page 26

 

Panel 1:

Kamimoto outside as the sunlight cascades down on him. Suzuka in his arms and Sho looking on adoringly at his side.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Suzuka, could it be that we’ve been given a second lease on life together!?

 

Suzuka: Oh, I’m so happy Mr. Kamimoto.

 

Sho: Dad!

 

Panel 2:

Kamimoto snaps himself out of his daydream and continues back to his apartment.

 

Kamimoto thinking: On the other hand…

 

Perhaps this is fate guiding me on.

 

Panel 3:

Kamimoto’s apartment building.

 

Panel 4:

Kamimoto stands in front of his apartment door, breathing hard.

 

Panel 5:

Kamimoto’s hand on the doorknob.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Here we go.

 

Page 27

 

Panel 1:

Mrs. Kamimoto is sitting at a table with Suzuka, Sho and another man.  Everyone is smiling happily.

 

Wife: Welcome back, Papa.

 

Panel 2:

Kamimoto stands in the doorway, shocked by this odd scene.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Eh!?

 

They’re all smiling?

 

Panel 3:

Kamimoto stands in front of the man he’s never seen before, who looks quite a bit like a younger Kamimoto.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Who’s this guy?

 

Man: Thank you for helping Suzuka with all her problems.

 

Panel 4:

Suzuka smiling behind her sick mask.

 

Suzuka: I was feeling a little lonely, so I called my boyfriend.

 

When I told him the name of the apartment building, he came right over.

 

Page 28

 

Panel 1:

Kamimoto looks surprised and just stands there.

 

Kamimoto thinking: Huh!? I never heard about him.

 

Did she say boyfriend?

 

 

Panel 2:

Sho hugs his mother’s arm as she looks at him.

Suzuka: And then Sho showed up as well.

 

I was really surprised.

 

Sho: That’s because I called him since you had such a terrible cold, Mom.

 


Panel 3:
Kamimoto’s wife stares at the man intently as he looks on bashfully.

 

Wife: I’m so embarrassed…

 

You’re her boyfriend… You look just like him.

 

Suzuka: Oh, you mean that famous Korean guy, right?

 

Man: Oh, c’mon.

 

Panel 4:

Kamimoto’s wife waves her hand dismissively as Kamimoto frowns her way.

 

Wife: Well, the rumor was he made a secret visit to this area.  That’s why I came.

 

But no such luck.

 

Suzuka: I see.

 

Kamimoto thinking: She’s not even going to pretend she came to see me.

 

Page 29

 

Panel 1:

Kamimoto’s wife looks to her husband as she indicates to the Suzuka and her boyfriend.

 

Wife: Papa, these two are getting married.

 

Suzuka & Man: Yup.

 

Panel 2:

Kamimoto, surrounded by darkness, musters a smile.

 

Panel 3:

Kamimoto sits down at the table with everyone else.

 

Kamimoto: I… I see.  Congratulations.

 

Suzuka: Mmm.

 

Panel 4:

Kamimoto looks nervous as he engages the new couple in conversation.

 

Kamimoto: Oh yeah, he really does look a little like that Korean guy.

 

Kamimoto thinking: I thought she said she didn’t like him.

 

Panel 5:

Suzuka blushes nervously.

 

Suzuka: Eheheheheheh, with all the trauma from my husband before, I just wasn’t sure.

 

But I think I’m ready to take the plunge.

 

Page 30

 

Panel 1:

Suzuka begins to laugh happily and swats her fiancé’s chest.

 

Suzuka: It’s what’s on the inside that counts after all!

 

Kamimoto narration: Later on, we called a taxi to take them home.

 

Panel 2:

Suzuka, Sho and her fiancé stand outside Kamimoto’s apartment.  Suzuka bows to Kamimoto.  Kamimoto’s wife blushes as she stares at Suzuka’s fiancé.

 

Suzuka: Sorry to bother you.

 

Kamimoto narration: My wife was thrilled to meet someone who looked like her idol.

 

Panel 3:

The city at night.

 

Kamimoto narration: And so my sweet dream ended,

 

Without anyone being any wiser.

 

Panel 4:

Kamimoto’s wife closes the door and turns around frowning at her husband.  Kamimoto begins to sweat.

 

Wife: So,

 

By the way, Papa.

 

Kamimoto: W-what?

 

 

Page 31

 

Panel 1:

Kamimoto’s wife scowls at her husband.

 

Wife: What is up with your hair?

 

Maybe you did that just to make me happy but,

 

You look nothing like him.

 

Panel 2:

Kamimoto looks confused..

 

Kamimoto thinking: Huh!?

 

Who!?

 

Panel 3

Kamimoto and his wife sit at the table, the entire apartment sparkles around them.

 

Kamimoto narration: My wife stayed and cleaned up the place.

 

Wife: What would you do without me.

 

Panel 4

A blank panel.

 

Kamimoto narration: I never saw Suzuka again after that.

 

I go to a different barber now.