MC is back at the dojo after doing some grocery shopping. She bought milk, meat, and also a lot of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Shingo greets her in the courtyard and lightheartedly admonishes her for doing the shopping herself, after he offered to take care of it. MC says that it’s fine, because the bags weren’t that heavy.
Robert appears carrying red roses. Yukari asks what’s that about. Robert answers that he got the roses and also some chocolates for her as a Valentine’s present.
Shingo chimes in that on Valentine’s Day, women give presents to men, and not the other way around. Robert replies “That’s how you do it in Japan, but in Italia it’s different. Over there, there are many men who give gifts to women. For example, if a man and a woman don’t have any kind of relationship, Valentine’s is a day on which they can both express their feelings to each other.”
“That’s lovely,” says Yukari.
“Right?” Robert replies. “I also bought chocolates for the guys. Here, Shingo!”
Shingo stammers: “T-thank you… Even though it’s giri-chocolate, it makes me happy!”
(Note: Giri-chocolate is given to acquaintances as an “obligation”, and no romantic attachments are involved).
Robert says: “This isn’t giri-chocolate. This represents my feelings. It’s the proof of our friendship~~ Rather than being a courtesy gift, this is my way of saying that seeing your joyful smiles is important to me.”
“A joyful smile…” Shingo muses. “Then, if I want to make people happy…”
Yukari doesn’t get it.
Shingo continues: “Alright! I’ve made up my mind!” and he excuses himself and runs to the kitchen. There, he wonders what kind of face will MC make if he gives her homemade chocolates. After concluding that she’ll probably be delighted, Shingo starts the preparations. He soon discovers that making chocolate is not easy.
Bao comes into the kitchen and comments that making chocolate looks like fun~
“Bao-kun, did you know that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day?” asks Shingo.
“Of course I knew! Fufu, good luck, Shingo-san!”
Then Maxima comes into the kitchen and says that the chocolates look delicious. He wants to try one, but Shingo says “NO”.
Maxima laughs and says that he’s just joking, he knows these chocolates are special.
Shingo thinks to himself that he can’t leave the chocolates unattended until he gives them to Yukari.
The next day, Shingo and MC meet in the living room. Shingo offers her the chocolates saying that it’s his first time making them and they might look a bit clumsy. MC says that it doesn’t matter and offers him the chocolates she prepared. Shingo is surprised and blushes, and they decide to have tea while eating the chocolates together.