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On the first page of the chapter there’s a tagline “Children grow and develop through their efforts.” Shiharu and the twins are at the daycare and girl called Mio-chan is telling everyone how she and her older sister went on an errand for their grandmother. Akane hears everyone praising Mio-chan and announces she’s going to run an errand too. That night at home, Shiharu explains to Matsunaga-san, who is surprised and says that he thinks the two of them are too young, but when Shiharu points out that she doesn’t think it’s good to stop them when they’re so full of ambition, and it might be good for them to build confidence in what they can do together even when they’re alone, Matsunaga-san agrees, under the condition that they prepare the twins ahead of time and follow after them in secret. Shiharu prepares by informing the old lady who lives near the convenience store and the convenience store staff and getting their cooperation, and by practicing “buying something at the store” with the twins at home by playing make-believe as cashier and customer. Then, on the pre-decided day, Shiharu “happens to” run out of ketchup when she’s making Omuraisu and asks Akane and Aoi to go get it for her. Akane agrees enthusiastically, but Aoi is more reluctant. Shiharu tells him he doesn’t have to go if he doesn’t want to, but when he asks if doing errands is really cool, and Shiharu says it is, he pictures Mio-chan and Akane being praised as ‘really cool’ and decides he’ll go. Shiharu goes over what to say one last time, gives them money, and sees them off. Aoi is still reluctant and after leaving once, he runs back to Shiharu and admits bashfully that he might cry. While Shiharu is panicking and trying to figure out what to do, Aoi suddenly recovers and says “But I’m going,” and walks away. Shiharu gives them some snacks and sends them on their way. From here on out, it’s up to Matsunaga-san to trail behind them and keep an eye on them. First the twins stop at the old lady’s house and she pretends to ask if they are running an errand as if she didn’t already know, then praises them for being really cool. The old lady notices Matsunaga-san lurking around, but assumes he’s the person Shiharu warned her would be keeping an eye on the twins. Interestingly, the old lady doesn’t seem to have put two and two together between this Matsunaga-san and the one Shiharu confessed to being in love with a few chapters ago. The twins continue on, and Matsunaga-san is just thinking that they might actually pull this off, they cross paths with someone walking a huge dog (a Doberman, I believe.) They panic and dash off-course into an alley at full speed, and Akane trips while running and falls down. Aoi asks her if she’s okay, and Akane doesn’t answer right away. She looks at her scraped hands, looks back at the dog, and pictures Shiharu telling her to come home and she’ll put a band aid on it. The chapter ends with Akane crying and saying she wants to go home, and Matsunaga-san recalling what Shiharu said about this being and opportunity for the twins to boost their confidence by working together, and trying to decide if he should step in or let them try to work it on their own.
The next chapter comes out 7/20.