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[1-2 Inset] The other person on the line, a long unseen Tokine
 You doing well?
 Ah / Yeah. / Fine.
 I see...
 And you, Tokine?
[Inset Right] The first conversation in a while / is feeling a little stiff..........
 I'm fine
[Title] Chapter 322: Smile
 We ran out of soy sauce, so my mom sent me out on an errand / And then your father... / (Handwritten) And now / (Handwritten) for the tofu / KURURIN* / hang on a sec, sir!?
 Sir, your phone... / (Handwritten) You're so white and square, you're amazing / Hey hey heyyy / Yoshimori, good luck!
 Did my dad do something? / He went off somewhere, singing and skipping...
 Is your training... going well? / Yeah... / I see...
 Our Mikeno... / says that I'm almost ready, that it'll be over soon
 Soon, huh...
 It's been a while since I've heard Tokine's voice...
 Yoshi... / FAAAAA* / Yoshi... / Yoshimori...
 Kaahhhhh~~~!! / GUSHAGUSHAGUSHA* / I was trying not to think about her, too...!!
* scratch scratch scratch
 I really love... / your kindness
 Dammit... / I want to see her
 Eh... / Ah, you came to drop some things off... / Yeah... / Your dad asked me to, and since I could see you at the same time...
 Ah, yeah... / See me...
 My mom's out shopping right now... / Is barley tea alright? / Ah, yeah / Please don't go to any trouble
 C'mon... Talk... / We talked about school on the phone, so...
 Ah, / were the bags heavy? / No, they were fine
 Ah, you know? / In addition to kimonos, your dad said there were other things like food or whatnot in here and... / Ah, / I'm grateful / sorry for putting you to the trouble...
 Ah... / BORIBORI* / Huhh...?
 I'm sure that... / I wanted to see her--
 Why... / GOKYU* / is this so awkward...?
 Ahh!! / BAN* / What!!? / That's right, have you met Tokimori!?
 Tokimori... you mean the founder!? / Mm mmm... Nope, I haven't...
 The hell, that old man said he'd go and apologize... / (handwritten) tsk / Ehh... / So it's true that the founder's still in the world of the living
 Eh? / I heard roughly about the origins of Karasumori from Mikeno
 She said that Chuushinmaru is the Founder's child / Ah, yeah...
 It's a difficult thing to have so much power...
 Speaking of which... / What's your role, Tokine?
 Have you heard... where the seal point is going to be? / It's directly below the Urakai Central HQ, right? / Apparently it's a vital point around which many shinyuuchi are located
 My job is to somehow convince the land god of that place... / and move him to a new location
 Ah... / It's the same as way back when Tokimori convinced Uro-sama to hand over the center of the forest to him...
 Eh, but we've never seen him... / if he's in the Central HQ, won't that land god be appropriately powerful? / Will you be alright?
 It... / It's okay! / Fine, just fine
 You've got a much harder role! / Will *you* be alright!? / Eh... / I'll manage somehow...
 But, you... / It's fine, it's why I've been training, after all... / Even Mikeno praised me saying, "You've performed well."
 If we seal him completely... / No one will ever have to suffer the same fate as my dad
 We've got to do our best
 Well then, / take care
 Yeah, you too
 Thanks for everything / Yeah, bye
 GARA...* / Man, it was awkward all the way to the end...
 SUTASUTA* / (handwritten) Let's see... The next bus...
* step step
 I thought when I saw Yoshimori... / that he'd be in higher spirits...
 No... Yoshimori's putting his life on the line far more than I am, I should've cheered him on more and told him not to worry... / It's because I didn't give it my best... / that it feels so lukewarm...
 That's right, I mean... / I mean, what if...
 I never see him--- / Tokineeeee!!
 You / ZAKAZAKAZAKAZAKAZAKA* / must / eh!? / be / kidding
 me!! / DANTSU*
 SHUTAN* / You! / What the heck is that!?
 What's up with that face!? / You say you're fine, but you're sure as hell not!!
 Your role... / If you don't want to do it, it's fine to say so
 Due to the circumstances, I'm already committed, and that's fine... / But you... if it's too much for you, I'll tell Tokimori myself / It's his fault in the first place, so I'll have him do something about it
 No I can't... / only I... / Quiet!
 I hate this!!
 We've met again after such a long time... / but you haven't truly smiled!
 You're always taking things on yourself alone, and refusing to say a single word in complaint... / stop it already! / Sorry... / But...
 Dahhh dammit!! / BATSU*
 I didn't mean to say it at a time like this... / GONYOGONYO*
* mumble mumble
 I... / like it best... / when you're smiling!!
 'n that's... / That's why when you're down...
 We'll see each other again, won't we?
 Of course!
 Thank you... / for cheering me up!
[Inset] Tokine's smile returns! Being direct makes you the happiest, right? <3
[Inset Bottom] Continued in Issue 44