|The True Face of the Storm|
|Character/s in the cover||Ren Tsuruga|
The True Face of the Storm is the 23rd chapter of the Skip Beat! manga series.
Ren asks Bo if he can use a cellphone, but Kyoko doesn't have one with her. She asks why he needs one and, when he stalls for time, sees a script sitting near him and guesses that there is something in that he doesn't understand. When she realizes the her guess was correct she mocks him for it until he glares at her. Terrified, she and gives an over-the-top, ridiculous, but sincere apology, which sends Ren into a fit of laughter.
Kyoko is surprised that he has forgiven her so easily, but Ren says he forgave her as soon as she apologized. Kyoko thinks about how she would feel if Ren mocked her for having been in love with Fuwa Sho as she had just mocked him and is overcome by horror at how cruel she was being, confusing Ren to no end.
Finally, Kyoko offers to help him with whatever he's having trouble with in the script, and Ren shows her a line with the word tentekomai, which means to be very busy.
He does not recognize the word, but believes that it refers to some sort of popular dance. He is worried that if he doesn't know what kind of dance it is then he won't be able to respond properly in the scene. Kyoko tries very hard, but ends up laughing at him. Eventually, Yashiro finds them together and is surprised, but pleased, that Ren has a friend. Kyoko is still trying to stifle her giggles, annoying Ren.
As she walks with them, she is suddenly reminded of Sho and ends up sitting on the floor. Ren, thinking she is ill, tries to take off the head of the chicken costume, but Kyoko stops him, admitting that she was just fired from this job and wishes to continue wearing the costume for a little longer.
Ren thinks she is being silly, (though he thinks it is a guy in the costume) and tells her that when he was new to showbiz he lost more jobs than he could count by being strong-willed and hard-headed.
She is shocked that she never heard of this and guesses that it must have happened while he worked overseas. He annoys her with silly American gestures to make her think that she is being ridiculous, but when she leaves lets out a sigh of relief that she didn't know she had guessed correctly.
Afterwords, he catches up with her and thanks Bo for her help. Kyoko goes forth newly determined to succeed.
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