Isn’t that so? I mean closeness with each other can be forever. I really hope they realize how rare and special this relationship is. Thanks so much for posting this beautiful story. I enjoyed it when you first posted it long ago. I feel so fortunate to be able to enjoy your work again. You have great talents for storytelling and art.
^In the series itself. This one seemingly female character who Futaba was competing with for Hikari's attention turned out to be a guy and Futaba not only decided to help him get the girl, but also said love between girls is different from love between a girl and a boy (which I don't think you can intepret in a way that isn't homophobic).