Kantarou will take any excuse for a break, and going to see the cherry trees in bloom is a perfect opportunity. He whines and cajoles and threatens until finally Haruka and Youko both give in, and they head for the park.
Once there, Kantarou leans with his back against a tree and sips sake slowly, beaming at the world, and Youko sits with her hands cupped, trying to catch falling blossoms. They chatter back and forth, cheerful as children on a holiday.
Haruka watches Kantarou and the dappling of light and shadow over his smile, and doesn’t say a word.