Unaware of the rumors going around, all seems to be going well at school for Sawako. Ayane and Chizuru, however, are constantly confronted with the rumors about them that Sawako supposedly spread. They’re fairly confident though that Sawako isn’t the person spreading the rumors, and the three continue to get along great. This all changes after the two overhear Sawako telling a girl that she isn’t actually friends with them. They’re unable though to hear the rest of what Sawako says because Pin drags them away to do an errand for him, and what they miss out on is Sawako explaining how she sees the two’s close relationship as being what constitutes friendship. She feels that it’s too presumptuous to call herself their friend in that same way, but she does love the two, and she wants to be friends with them like that someday. Because they missed out on this, Ayane and Chizuru give Sawako a chance to explain herself afterward, but they misunderstand Sawako’s attempt to clarify herself as her not liking them, and Sawako doesn’t realize it.
In the bathroom later, Sawako overhears some girls talking about her, and she gets the impression that the rumors are about her using Ayane, Chizuru, and Kazehaya and doing what she wants. She starts to think that the people around her are getting hurt because of her, and she begins to avoid Kazehaya for this very reason. The next morning, she apologizes to Ayane and Chizuru but continues not to clear up the misunderstanding, and it doesn’t make things any better. After Kazehaya sees her crying during class, he confronts her about it because he thinks it might be his fault, but Sawako ends up running away again. She’s now caught between many conflicting emotions because she wants to be with Kazehaya but at the same time doesn’t want to trouble him, and she’s ultimately unsure of what she should do.
This was an incredibly frustrating episode to watch because it wouldn’t have taken much to clear up the misunderstandings, yet the circumstances caused things to snowball anyway to this point. If only Pin hadn’t been there, then there wouldn’t have been a problem. I think the fact that it gets me so riled up though is a sign that the story is pretty engaging and well written. I’m really starting to like the depth of the characters too, particularly in regard to Ayane and Chizuru, and them trusting Sawako in the beginning sort of set up a false sense of security that you can feel unfold as the episode progressed. I’m hoping now that they will get to bring down the hammer on whoever was behind the rumors in the first place (probably Hirano Aya’s character), but I suspect that Sawako will end up being forgiving.