|Her Open Wound|
|Character/s in the cover||Kanae Kotonami|
|Arc||Curara CM arc|
Her Open Wound is the 25th chapter of the Skip Beat! manga series.
A blonde girl, Erika Koenji, sits on a queen-sized throne while being waited on by three beautiful men. There's a porcelain tea set and delicious cakes to complete the impressive picture. It works. All the other girls are amazed. Erika is waiting for the audition to start... One of the other girls makes comments about Erika such as that they have seen her in the TV. Kyoko wonders about Kanae knowing such a girl. She asks (in full Kyoko fashion) why she didn't pull the "lets do it together and cheer each other on" friendly type of thing with Erika or her, and Kanae answers that they aren't friends, they are rivals.
Erika's 3 servants notice Kyoko's horribly unfashionable clothes, lack of make-up, and even her bag. Erika is kind enough to explain them that people who have no money have to make do. It's the fate of the poor people. Kyoko starts to get mad at Erika's words, but Erika renews her campaign of veiled insults and hints about Kanae's true personality. Kyoko is worried because Kanae is ignoring all of this; she tells her it looks like she is running away.
The audition starts and Erika shocks everybody by starting her presentation with her ballet skills that end right in front of Kanae. The judges are impressed with Erika (and more with who she is). Kanae gets mad and says "It's always like this."
Kanae explains people like Erika because of her important family name. It also looks like the judges are already deciding on Erika. But one of the other girls yells at them that she also wanted to become a star since she was little. War ensues between the girls while Kyoko and Kanae watch in a horrified trance from the side. Now they get why are they in the Love Me Section and have to yearn for attention...
A man disguised with sunglasses and a hat arrives to the same building and watches the girls get out after finishing the audition. Meanwhile, the judges are commenting on how hard the audition was. They look at Erika's file and comment that she had a lot power and made a very big impact on them. While on the other hand, Kyoko and Kanae are sitting brooding in one of the halls.
Kyoko had a flashback about the audition and how she managed to totally mess it up. The certain man arrives to that hall and decides to sit after he overhears them talking.
Kyoko tries to tell Kanae that she shouldn't give up on winning, but Kotonami tells Kyoko that she has no idea what she is talking about. It all comes down to a middle school feud and how Erika is out to get her in whatever she attempts to do. Kanae says that nothing can win over money and how Erika can bribe other people with it because after all that's how humans are. Kyoko slaps Kanae in the face.
Characters in Order of Appearance