I believe you've been misbehaving this past day. I pulled out the novels so you could finish writing up the point form spoilers/plot line, not so you can start reading to your heart's content. Stop it!
That said, I'll also admit it's such a cute and sweet story, but I also forgot how much the whole tone shifted in the last story. >.<; Poor Mai. Ummm... but yeah. Stop it! :P
Prior to the Yoshimi case (zombies). Ayako and Bou-san dropped by and just after the "review info on Naru and Lin" meeting.
A: "By the way, Naru, I heard something interesting."
"And you want me to hear it?"
Ayako confronted Naru as he sat on the sofa.
"That's right. I heard there was no "previous girl".
Naru looked at Ayako confused.
"You told Mai that "the previous girl quit" but there really was no "previous girl". What's the meaning of that? You're being rather nice to Mai, aren't you?"
Naru looked indifferent as he gazed at her coldly and said, "Are you jealous?"
Ayako instantly went bright red.
"Wha-... who is?!"
Sheesh. Ayako, you don't have a chance against Naru.
"I'm a nice guy deep down."
"Hm? You don't see me that way? I'm always listening nicely to whatever stupidity you're talking about, aren't I?"
Ayako had a stiff smile on her face.
"Could it be you like Mai?"
To which Naru smiled sweetly. I'd like to say like a flower, but his eyes weren't smiling at all, so it was rather disturbing.
"I'll deny that. After all, it would be sad for you to become ill from the extreme shock. Aren't I nice?"
After Yasuhara says he's going to the cave as well and convinces the girls to go with him.
S (Masako): I wish you could've seen his face when he woke up.
M: It was that bad......?
His pride was probably in tatters.
S: I understood Matsuzaki-san's feelings very well. After all, I thought he was still possessed.
"In this case, I guess it can't be helped. ......Mai"
"Would you lend me some clothes? I'd be less than useless if I were to be dressed like this if anything should happen."
Ah, she surprised me......
While going with Masako to get a change of clothes, I couldn't help smiling. Masako looked annoyed at that.
"Is it that strange for me to wear western clothing?"
"Well... there is that too..."
"There is that too? Just what is it?"
"See~. You used my first name~."
Masako looked surprised and put her hand to her mouth. It looked like she was pouting.
"......Do you have a problem with it? You do the same with me after all."
"Yeah. So say it more. <3"
"I like people using my name. It feels that much friendlier, right?"
"You used to always call me by family name, right? But lately, every now and then you'd use my first name. I'm really happy about that change in how you feel."
Masako glanced at me.
"I haven't become friendly with you."
"I'm just showing sympathy for someone suffering the same illness."
"We've both chosen a very difficult person."
Ummm... hello, you know......
Masako ignored me as I became confused.
"When I saw Naru when he woke up, I thought 'why this person' and couldn't help feeling sorry for myself. Any way you look at things, based on personality, Takigawa-san, Yasuhara-san, or Brown-san are better."
"......You have a point."
We both sighed.
"It would be so much simpler. ......I suppose all that can be said is that it can't be helped."
At the hospital:
M: "Are you going to go home?"
Yasuhara shook his head at my question.
"After coming all this way, that'd be no fun, right? And even if I went back to Okinawa now, I can't work. And spending summer holidays at home would be boring."
"It became quite the summer holiday, didn't it?"
Because we called him here.
"Not at all. It's been a thrilling summer holiday. There's nothing more meaningful."
"Well, yeah. Being a bellboy at a resort hotel's something you can only boast about at a party once, after all. But on that point, being honourably wounded while taking part in getting rid of an evil spirit is something I can boast about until I'm an old man."
Well, that's true...
"This distinguished service will be spoken about through the generations. Yup, yup."
We laughed as Yasuhara-san nodded to himself.
"So," Yasuhara pulled out a small book.
"It's a guide map. Let's go have fun."
"You're not allowed to over-exert yourself, Yasuhara-san."
Your ribs are broken, after all.
"It's all right. Takigawa-san will carry me if I get tired."
"Gah," Bou-san choked. "Hey. *Who* will?"
"But... getting from Okinawa to Noto was really hectic."
"It's a meaningful experience, right?"
Yasuhara-san staggered striking a shocked pose.
"That's mean. I came as quickly as I could for you, Norio."
"What's with the girly "I"?"
"You're so cruel to such a brave love."
Yasuhara-san held both hands to his chest.
"I think it's love. After all, my chest is so tight."
"It's like I'm being squeezed tight. Not to mention it's so itchy, I can barely stand it."
"And to top it all off, it's smells sweaty. ......is this the corset's fault?"
That's the corset's fault.
Mai talking to Masako as she goes to make some barley water.
"......But apparently Naru apologised."
Masako looked at me.
"Really. I heard from Bou-san yesterday. After coming to, he's the first one he apologised to."
Masako slammed down the tea cannister she'd been playing with.
"I hate that aspect about Naru."
"Well it's better than his not doing it..."
"That's just it. If he didn't, it'd mean he's just got a lousy personality. Even I can forget about someone like that. But he's very thoughtful about the strangest things."
I couldn't help agreeing.
"You have a point there. It's much harder to deal with than his just having a lousy personality."
"You see? At that cave even, Naru did a lot of stuff there that I secretly decided I'd give up on him. But he then goes and collapses like that. Do you think I can honestly get angry when that happens?"
"......True. I thought so too."
"It's unfair. I can't just like him, but I can't hate him either."
"Yeah. I wish he'd make up his mind and just be a good guy or a lousy one."
"Exactly. I feel like an idiot liking him so much, but at the same time, I hate that I feel it'd be a waste to just hate him."
......Hmm. She has a point.