(airport sounds: plane taking off, bustling crowds. Kazusa walks, then stops.)
Kazusa: Finally here.
Announcer: Attention all users of Narita Airport. Tomorrow, January first, there will be a special Mount Fuji viewing flight at sunrise…
Kazusa: (overlapping with announcement) It’s been three years, huh…
Haruki: (screaming) Toumaaaa!
(Kazusa gasps. Flashback ends.)
Kazusa: I’m so stupid… I should have chosen a different airport.
(she keeps walking. Miyoko spots her and calls out to her.)
Miyoko: Ah—Kazusa-saaan! Kazusa Touma-saaan!
Miyoko: Over here! Oh, sorry, excuse me! Please let me through! (she struggles through the crowd of people, toward Kazusa.) Oof…
Miyoko: (out of breath) It is a great pleasure to meet you. My name is Kudou, from the Japanese branch of Youko Touma’s office. I am very much indebted to the director—no, to your mother, I should say…
Kazusa: Ah, Miyoko Kudou-san, right? Yes, I’ve heard about you from my mother. Really, the debt is mutual.
Miyoko: (chuckles) I’m grateful. Thank you for making the long trip from Vienna. Oh, let me carry your luggage.
Kazusa: I’m fine, it’s light.
Miyoko: You really do travel light. Are you… the type to buy everything locally, like the director, Kazusa-san?
Kazusa: Don’t lump me in with the kind of shopping demon who can drop ten thousand euros in one day like it’s nothing. I’m just… not planning to stay long.
Miyoko: Huh? You mean…
Passerby (man): (whispering) Hey, that’s definitely her. That lady just called her “Kazusa-san.”
Passerby (woman): Hmm… I heard them mention Youko Touma’s office, too. Maybe, just maybe…
Miyoko: Oh, shoot!
Kazusa: Hm? What is it?
Woman: Uh, um—are you Kazusa Touma-san, by any chance?
Kazusa: Huh? Why do you know my name…?
Man: (enormously excited) There! She said it!
Woman: (shrieking) Wow! It is you! Of course, since Youko Touma is in Japan right now, too! I’m deeply honored to meet you in person!
Kazusa: Wh-wh-what? What are you talking about?
Man: We saw you in the Kaiou Graph, and we’ve been huge fans ever since! We even bought this month’s Ensemble!
Kazusa: Kaiou Graph? Ensemble?
Woman: That’s right! (she holds out her passport to Kazusa.) If you don’t mind, would you please sign this passport?
Kazusa: No, wait. Exactly what are you two…
Miyoko: K-Kazusa-san, this way. Let’s hurry and get out of here!
(Miyoko drags Kazusa off.)
Man: Oh—ah! Please, wait!
Woman: At least let me shake your hand…!
Narrator: One-Night Triumphant Return