A girl literally falls out of a tree onto Kosei and asks Hiroko to teach her piano. Her name is Nagi Aizato, a middle school student and another on the growing list of people who want to mess with Kosei. Hiroko sees right through the cute innocent girl facade and has Kosei teach her instead. Meanwhile, Kaori is back in the hospital with no sign of leaving anytime soon. There’s an aside with Tsubaki’s feelings for Kosei again but since it doesn’t seem to go anywhere, it’s more of a distraction than anything else.
Kaori is obviously dying of something but the story won’t let us know what it is. She hasn’t told Kosei but by the end of this volume she’s all “Hey, wanna commit double suicide with me?”
That made me dislike her a bit. “You’re my buddy despite the fact I browbeat you in to getting back into music, I clearly enjoy your company and admire your talent, so wanna die with me before I even tell you why I’m sick and want to die?” The hell? And right when Kosei is getting his feet under him again? That seems really messed up to me. It will be hard enough for him to deal with Kaori being sick because of his mom but to tease around the information seems cruel; even if Kaori has no clue about what Kosei’s mother did to him.