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Looked Like Smooth Sailing
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Character/s in the cover Kyoko Mogami
Volume 09
Arc Dark Moon arc
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Looked Like Smooth Sailing is the 53rd chapter of the Skip Beat! manga series.


Kyoko consults Kanae about a possible explanation for Ren's anger. Kanae correctly guesses that it's jealousy but Kyoko brushes this off as impossible so the only other reason is that Ren knew she was lying about seeking revenge. This sounds more believable to Kyoko and she decides to tell Ren the truth and apologize. However just as she decides this she runs into Ren. Not mentally prepared she screams and runs off but then decides she better apologize now. Ren is feeling guilty for scaring her so much with his true self. He is then shocked to come upon a weeping Kyoko in a full dogeza wailing her apology.

Chapter Summary

Kyoko is gobsmacked at the suggestion then Ren may be in love with her and thus was jealous of her seeing an old flame. Kyoko retreats into a self-deprecating ball, saying it so impossible she doesn't know where to laugh or cry. Ren hates her, he even mocked her in a chicken costume. Kanae thinks that its incredible that she can be hated by Ren Tsuruga who is supposed to be a kindly gentleman. After several moments of looking at Kyoko's priceless expression, Kanae then says that if it's not jealousy, then the only other explanation is that Ren saw through her lie and was angry that she tried to hoodwinked him.

Still mulling about this, Kyoko goes to the TV station's building the next day, thinking she must first apologize to Ren if she wants to fully enjoy her new job. Yes, yes, she must definitely apologize the moment she sees him and explain the truth... and just as she steps out of the elevator... oops! She comes face to face with Ren and his manager Yashiro.

Of course, all Kyoko's carefully planned strategies go out of the window the second she sees them! She returns to the elevator after a long scream and closes its door on their faces. Everybody wonders why the poor girl yelled at seeing Ren.

But as she is about to run out of the building, Kyoko convinces herself that she really needs to go back for the next time she sees him may be at the filming. And does she want to spend the whole time avoiding him? On the elevator Ren seems to be having some thoughts about the harsh things he told her the last time he saw her. When he and Yashiro come out of the elevator, they find a very scary Kyoko weeping and apologizing at the top of her lungs in a full dogeza that shocks the hell out of them.

At Lory's house, he receives a caller. It's the drama's director, who has come to talk to the president about something concerning Ren...

Ren and Yashiro drive Kyoko to LME building. Kyoko explains her back-story with Sho and tells Ren that she doesn't want to lose his trust. Yashiro is very excited about her words, but Ren in his usual manner just nods and says he believes her. Kyoko is happy.

When they arrive at LME, Ren leaves with a suddenly serious face while Kyoko is excited about working in the new drama series with Ren.

Characters in Order of Appearance

Characters in Order of Appearance
  1. Kyoko Mogami
  2. Kanae Kotonami
  3. LME employee
  4. Ren Tsuruga
  5. Yukihito Yashiro
  6. LME employee #2
  7. LME employee #3
  8. LME employee #4
  9. LME employee #5
  10. LME employee #6
  11. Lory Takarada
  12. Sebastian
  13. Hiroaki Ogata


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