Summary: Arakure (Wild Ones), Vol 4, Chp 16
Wow! I made it to volume 4! There’s high drama in this volume as Igarashi needlessly worries about the intentions of a little kid towards Sachie. He definitely loses way too much cool in the next couple of chapters. So here it goes …
The chapter starts with the words (Sachie’s thoughts I guess) “If I wish to (with myself) extend my hand”. Sachie is putting on an apron and Kou is happily offering to feed her a very big strawberry. While making the “Say-aah” face, Kou explains that the strawberry is a rare peach-strawberry that he has brought with him all the way from Oosaka especially for her because she will become his bride. Sachie blanches at the thought and thinks that she has no intention of becoming that brat’s wife. Meanwhile, Kou is holding the strawberry on the end of a fork looking like a big eyed and innocent little kitten.
Flashback to one hour earlier to the situation that led to Sachie becoming Kou’s prospective bride and Kou’s invitation to Sachie to spend time in Oasaka with him as his guest and traveling companion. Sachie looks overwhelmed with shock as this is all happening too quickly. She does not give an answer while Igarashi looks on with a serious expression.
Back to the present, in which now Igarashi, doing his handsome-devil best, is offering to hand feed a cherry to Sachie. Sachie is now happily eating cherries from Igarashi and strawberries from Kou. Apparently both fruits are delicious. Later, Sachie is lying on the ground with a tummy ache from eating too many fruits. Igarashi enters the room to give her some stomach medicine. He asks her if she’s okay and then begins to apologize for his earlier behavior only to be interrupted by a phone call from Kou. Igarashi, jealous again, has picked up the bowl of cherries, ready to defend his territory. Kou is at the grocery store with his bodyguards/handlers and is calling Sachie to inquire about the ingredients for hamburgers. Sachie is very pleased and says that she coming to the store to help him shop. As she is leaving Igarashi asks where she is going and why she has to help Kou. Sachie explains that Kou is impractical and will buy very expensive meat. Sachie then turns to leave, but is stopped when Igarashi grabs her hand. “I will go with you,” he says. His eyes are obscured by his bangs.
At the grocery store, Sachie’s fears are confirmed. Kou has already made his purchases and he’s bought some very expensive meat. Sachie is highly displeased, makes a very ugly face, and then scolds Kou for his decision. Instead of getting mad himself, Kou is very pleased to be scolded and says, “Onee-chan is unexpectedly loving” as he snuggles up to her with the other women at the store looking on. Igarashi is unimpressed and grabs Kou by the back of his shirt collar, lifting him high as though lifting a kitten. Igarashi seems to be insulting Kou. ( I don’t know what a “Sekuseku” is, but Igarashi says “With that Sekuseku shopping, sekuseku cooked, and after that sekuseku eating, can sekuseku return home?”) He says something to the effect of “after shopping cooking, and then eating, won’t it be time to return home?” To which Kou counters that yes he will leave, and when it’s time to go, he will be taking Sachie with him. Which sets off a ball a lightening between Kou and Igarashi as they angrily glare at each other. Sachie then innocently asks, “Go to where? Are you serious?” Kou is infuriated and says that he’s always serious. Kou then calms down and with a serious expression says, “Nee-chan said ‘if you wish for my extended hand.’ I am serious, I wish to take Onee-chan’s hand.” Igarashi then says that it’s kidnapping to take somebody against their will and that Kou cannot use his childish desires forever. Kou says he understands and tells Igarashi that if Sachie consents, then Igarashi has no right to complain. Confidently Kou says, “I will get what I want with my own power. Surely the response I will get is that we will return to Oosaka together.” Sachie thinks back. She did say something like that earlier, but … flashback to an earlier conversation with Kou’s father. He is inviting Sachie to go sightseeing on a 2-night, 3-day visit . Sachie questions whether this counts as Kou using his own power. Igarashi has no reply to give and is looking a bit strained.
Later on Sachie is back in her room, face down on a pillow wondering what to do about the trip to Oosaka. It’s troublesome to her. Igarashi approaches her door and asks SUPER politely if he may enter her room. She lets him in while asking herself why Igarashi is being so polite. Igarashi explains that while he was cleaning/organizing the shed he found a kimono that belonged to Sachie’s mother. He then asks Sachie to wear it tomorrow during the fireworks display that they promised to see together if Igarashi won the kendo tournament. Sachie is surprised at first and then very happy. She answers back that she would be happy to wear the kimono and go see the fireworks with him. Igarashi is very happy and smiles very sweetly. Kou overhears their conversation is looks saddened. Afterwards, Sachie is walking down a hall. She has a very determined look on her face and is thinking about how she will reject Kou’s offer.
Next we see a conversation between Kou’s father and Sachie’s grandfather, Raizo. Kou’s father explains that Kou never knew his mother and asks Raizo if he will do the favor of letting the Sachie spoil Kou for a little while. Sachie overhears the conversation and then realizes that she can’t say no to Kou, even though she was really happy about going to the fireworks with Igarashi. Kou then approaches her and expresses how happy he is that Sachie is going to make hamburgers and that he’s okay not knowing his mother because he has Sachie to look after after him. He then says that sometimes Sachie feels like a mother. While all this is going on, Sachie is feeling sorry for Kou and giving him loving hugs. Kou accepts the hugs, sinking into her bosom with closed eyes. He asks if Sachie will go with him to the fireworks festival in Oosaka. Sachie then remembers Igarashi’s invitation and tells Kou that she will think about it.
A little bit later, Kou is on the phone ordering an additional train ticket for the return trip to Oosaka. Igarashi approached with a cold blank look in his eyes (very SCARY). “So this is your power?” he asks Kou. Kou explains that he used his credit card, but he doesn’t have to say that to Igarashi. Kou rubs it in by continuing, “Indeed, even with that keepsake kimono you can’t do anything. You can’t go against me (implying the difference in their rank).” Then Kou asks, “When you aren’t allowed to go, will you ask her not to go?” Kou looks quite serious. Igarashi is frozen in shock — the kid has read the situation well. Kou then goes and grabs Sachie to tell his father that she is coming with them to Oosaka. Igarashi excuses himself from dinner to get away from the scene. Sachie follows. She wants to explain the circumstances, but Igarashi is looking at her with cold eyes. She stammers a little as she tries to explain and then Igarashi turns, grabs her by the wrist with one hand and corners her against a wall, blocking her escape with his other arm. He’s taken a very agressive stance. He then says, “But it remains that you that you don’t want to go, but …” “Igarashi-san” Sachie says. “But what if I said ‘don’t go,’ would you stay here?” Igarashi asks. The narration reads, overlayed in three parts over the scene, “If I wish to extend my hand.”