Yumi closed her eyes as if staying in bed sulking, and let her body
go along with the car's shifting. Sleepliness then really commenced
Talking about which, Yumi didn't sleep much last night.
Out from nowhere a cabbage butterfly with no stripes flew in, and asked
Yumi out to a cabbage field.
That is so wrong. -- Yumi retorted at her own dream.
We are going to a plateau, so shouldn't they be white birch instead
Stupid Yumi. There can't be any white birch growing on Mount Fuji's
peak, can there? -- Yoshino laughed.
Why on earth is Mount Fuji here? Yumi looked back, and there
in front of her eyes stood without mistake the picture-like Mount Fuji.
A halo shone from Mount Fuji, and a Buddha with a face of Jesus was
sitting with arms crossed at the top. Shimako was worshipping it with
a puzzled expression, and when Yumi approached Shimako pulled out and
handed to her a fortune-telling paper. Unfolding the paper, Yumi saw
one line on it.
-- More difficulties ahead. (前途多難)
The four characters popped out of the screen like CG. It was at just
that time that Yumi was awaken by a shake on her shoulders.
"It's a drive-in."
When did they enter the highway? Yumi didn't notice a thing. And when
did Sachiko-sama wake up?
"Why not go to the washroom?"
Abruptly awaken, Yumi could still not move her lips or her body well.
She rubbed ger eyes and duly nodded her head like a baby waking up.
Thanks her lucky star that she didn't drool.
"The roads were not that jammed, but it is better to go now."
It was a weekday, it was not the home-returning rush time around Obon,
and it was an early drive. It was not one smooth drive without stop,
but the cars are moving along without clogging. Nevertheless, never
loosen one's alert. Nobody knew when a huge traffic jam would take place.
If that happens, people trapped in small cars without toilets would
be knocked off their feet.
"Are you fully awake? We are getting out."
Sachiko-sama opened the doors while luring Yumi out, and hot air brushed
One side of the drive-in was a parking spot without shades, so of course
it was hot. It was still before noon, but hot air could be seen wiggling
up from the ground.
"Hey Yumi, walk properly!"
Yumi's brain was still half asleep, so she felt a little wobbly. Sachiko-sama
took her hands and walked with her.
It was hot, but Yumi was quite happy.
Part of it was obviously because they were holding hands, but above
that, they were going to the washroom together.
Being happy about going to the washroom. That sounds a little unpleasant
and weird, but happy is happy, and there is nothing one can do with
Hey, because the sisters' grades were different, of course they could
never study in the same classroom. Therefore there was no way Yumi could
say at school breaks "Let's go to the washroom together!"
As a result, this was really valuable experience.