He’s gone out drinking in the hopes of scoring a girlfriend–but most all of the eligible bachelorettes there have been gagging for the tall, charming Okada.
Okada isn’t a bad guy–and they even share some small talk on the train platform when they’re forced to leave a bit early in order to make the last trains out to their respective ‘not-on-the-main-line’ stations:
Toujou: “Well…I’m heading out ahead.”
Okada: “Great work today. I’m…really glad I decided to come along.”
The next day at the office, Okada is all Toujou’s coworkers can bring themselves to talk about–they’re kind of stuck inviting him along, as even though he’s the one getting all the attention from the girls, those girls would never come in the first place if he weren’t there.
But they’re already planning another outing–a barbecue this time–which the girls have agreed to attend provided they go as the same group from before.
Toujou heads off to lunch–and of course he has the sour luck to run into Okada on the elevator, who promptly invites himself along with a rather put-out Okada for lunch together. They chat over their gyuudon bowls, and when Toujou mentions how strange it is that despite working in the same building, they’ve never really met–Okada confesses that he’s seen Toujou around a lot but has just never worked up the courage to speak to him.
Okada: “I always wavered on whether or not I should call out to you… Guess that’s my big one-sided love, then.”
He mentions that Toujou gives off this aura of being really relaxed and at-ease with himself, prompting Okada to assume that he must have a nice family to head back to. Toujou waves him off, assuring him that his family’s pretty normal, but Okada assures him he just doesn’t appreciate the advantages in life he’s earned being born and raised in Tokyo. They part ways with promises to see each other again at the barbecue.
At home, Toujou still can’t fathom what “advantages” he possibly has, as he takes in the rest of his family and their housing situation, everyone still living at home. It’s kind of embarrassing to still be living with his parents at his age, after all.
The barbecue’s a rousing success, and everyone’s having a great time. When Okada reaches over to brush a stray animal hair from Toujou, though, the conversation turns to pets, and Toujou’s confession that his family owns a toy poodle prompts the others to agree that it suits his image.
When Okada makes a shopping run later, Toujou asks him to buy him some chocolate ice cream, which prompts Okada to burst into laughter. Flushing with shame, Toujou asks what prompted the outburst.
Okada: “Just…you’re exactly as I expected you to be. It’s strange.”
After the event winds down, Okada offers to drive Toujou home–which Toujou feels a bit bad for, since he’s so out of the way and Okada’s place is relatively close. Okada suggests an alternative: why not head back to his place and rest for a bit before he drives Toujou home?
Okada’s apartment is as nice as Toujou imagined, and Okada opens a bottle of wine for Toujou to enjoy, initially abstaining himself (since he has to drive) but eventually winding up goaded into a glass by Toujou.
Unfortunately, Okada is something of a lightweight, and in short order, he’s rosy cheeked and remarking how very, very cute Toujou is…along with a few other strange comments:
Okada: “I’m acting…really weird today.”
Toujou: “Yeah, kinda…”
Okada: “Y’know…the character for ‘weird’ (変)…kinda looks like the one for ‘romance’ (恋).”
He then promptly passes out on his couch, and a put-out Toujou tries to rouse him again, letting him know that if he’s going to sleep, then Toujou’s just going to leave.
But before he can do so, Okada reaches out and grabs him by the wrist, tugging him close and urging him to stay the nigitht. It’s getting late and his place is closer to their office building, after all. When Toujou continues to protest that he can’t do that, Okada pulls him down, tells him to shut up, and–
Their meeting on the train platform the next morning on the way to work is awkward, to say the least. Okada is confused as to why Toujou left the night before, wondering aloud if he did something to drive Toujou away. Toujou tries to help him save face, reassuring him that he didn’t, until Okada himself asks:
Okada: “…Did you leave because I kissed you?”
Toujou very much doesn’t want to discuss this on the train platforms, so he tries to avoid the conversation by boarding the train, but Okada doesn’t want to leave things as they are between them now, practically begging Toujou to speak to him. “Let me confess to you already!”
He’ll first confess–and then date him–and then give him a proper kiss. When Toujou bristles that he can’t just go around deciding things on his own, Okada’s gaze grows steely and he urges Toujou not to underestimate someone raised in the boonies. He will make Toujou fall for him.
There’s a long while til the last train, after all.