Alright, finals are finally, finally over! That means I can hardcore practice my kanji and catch up on all the missing Love So Life summaries! Right now I'm thinking I'll just summarize each chapter after I translate it, so once you see the summary posted here, know that the translation is already done and the scanlation is just awaiting editing before it can be released :)
This chapter seemed especially short, but there was a bit of drama, and some tender moments (such as the one in the picture above!) The chapter starts out with Shiharu thinking about her mother and thinking, almost as if it's herself that she's trying to convince, about the pointlessness of thinking "What if..." Then it jumps to Matsunaga-san's house, where Shiharu has just put the twins to bed and is asked by Matsunaga-san for a minute of her time to discuss the matter of the twins going to live with their maternal grandparents. He explains in a little more detail this time that their grandmother was in a traffic accident and is currently getting in-patient physical therapy at a hospital in Tokyo right now, but in about a year or so when she's able to function normally in daily life, she wants the twins to come live with her and her husband in Shizuoka. He also explains that, unlike his own parents, those grandparents on the twins' mother's side have a happy marriage and that it's best for the twins to live in a stable environment when they start elementary school. When Matsunaga-san switches over to voicing his concerns about this arrangement, namely not being able to see the twins so easily once they move to Shizuoka, Shiharu blurts out "It's what's best for the twins, right?" and he agrees it is. However, he doesn't fail to notice the sad look on Shiharu's face as she says it. Next, Matsunaga-san asks Shiharu to bring him and the twins along with her the next time she goes to visit her parents' grave. Then the scene changes, to the day of that grave visit. Akane-chan and Aoi-kun are being yelled at by Matsunaga-san for swinging the metal ladles (meant for pouring water over the graves while washing them, thereby physically cleaning them and also spiritually purifying them) around and clanging them on peoples' graves. He apologizes to Shiharu for their total lack of a sense of the gravity of the situation, and she tells him there's no need to apologize, when he's gone to all the trouble to come with her to visit her parents' grave. This lets Matsunaga-san have another opportunity to "be cool" and say that he's indebted to Shiharu for a lot of things and wanted to pay his respects to her parents at least once. I think the pages are not in the correct order in the version of the RAWs I'm reading, so I might have misunderstood the next sequence of events, but it looks like Akane-chan hit Aoi-kun in the back with her ladle by accident while swinging it around, so he grabbed it and hit her in the head with it. Matsunaga-san scolds him and tries to take the ladles away, but Aoi-kun won't let go and is dangling a few inches above the ground, which makes Shiharu laugh. Once the group finally reaches the Nakamura grave, Matsunaga-san explains that the first thing they have to do is wash the grave. The twins aren't too enthusiastic about having to clean at first, but once Shiharu praises them a bit, they start scrubbing with a lot of energy! While watching the twins and Matsunaga-san clean and place flowers at her parents' grave site, Shiharu wonders "What if..." her mother were still alive, and she were able to meet Matsunaga-san? Then Matsunaga-san kneels in front of the grave with his hands together in a praying gesture, and tells Shiharu's mother "It's nice to meet you." Soooo sweet! Shiharu then has a vision of her mother's ghost sitting opposite where Matsunaga-san is kneeling, and smiling at him. At first the twins are really confused, seeing his hand gesture, and ask him if he's doing "itadakimasu" (what you say to express your thanks before eating.) He explains that Shiharu's mama is in this grave and he's greeting her. Then the twins get very alarmed that Shiharu's mama is in there and try to push the gravestone over so they can get her out! Once he explains to the twins that it's just an expression and that Shiharu's mother isn't actually trapped in there, they calm down a bit and ask Shiharu if that means that she's just like them, and her mama is in the place in the sky. The twins are really happy, for some reason, to find out that they and Shiharu are the same, and fight over who gets to hug her. While holding both of them, Shiharu remembers that before too much longer they'll have to separate, and wonders "What if..." she were their *real* family, would they be able to stay together forever? Matsunaga-san notices her face has suddenly gone pale and puts his hand on her shoulder and asks her if everything is alright, and then Shiharu bursts out crying! At first Matsunaga-san is alarmed, thinking he made her cry, but then Shiharu explains she's having a hard time adjusting to the news that the twins will be moving, and he puts his hand on her head and comforts her, as they kneel in front of her mother's grave. At first, Shiharu wonders why it is that she only lost her composure after Matsunaga-san touched her, "like a tightly tied string suddenly coming unraveled." Then she resolves to make the most of the 1 year she has left "In order to convey to them that "Even though we had to part, I'll always love you."" Matsunaga-san thinks that she really does have the twins' best interests at heart, more than he realized. The chapter ends with the 4 of them leaving the cemetary. Shiharu says that she hopes the twins' grandmother gets well soon, and Matsunaga-san pats her shoulder and tells her she doesn't have to push herself, which causes her to tear up again.