|College, Chapter 2|
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The story shifts back to Sakuragaoka High School, where Azusa, Ui, and Jun are starting their first day as seniors. Azusa is really excited, and decides to try out a new hairstyle by not tying up her hair. Jun and Ui think that she forgot to tie her hair like last time, and interpret this new style as being lazy. Ui and Jun catch on pretty quickly that Azusa is just trying to imitate Mio, making her very embarrassed, so she redoes her hair, in the usual way.
All three are in the same class again. After the opening ceremony, at the end of the school day, Jun tries to hurry Azusa up to the club room. When Azusa reminds her that Mugi probably took home all the tea sets, Jun instantly deflates and insists they all go home for the day. However, when they get to the club room, all of the tea sets are still neatly shelved in the cupboard. Yet there's someone here, trying to haul the entire cupboard out.
They assume that this girl must be a foreigner, seeing as she has blonde hair, but neither her nor Jun can speak English, so she must be Japanese. They notice she has a blue ribbon, meaning she's a freshman. Jun tries to recruit her into the club, but she makes it very clear that she was only in the room to try to take back the cupboard.
In the heat of the moment, the girl, who introduces herself as Sumire Saitō makes tea for everyone. Though Azusa desperately tries to recruit Sumire into the club, but Sawako inadvertently scares her off when trying to get her to wear outfits. The three remaining girls try to split up the band roles among themselves, but they remember that they really did need a fourth member for the club not to get disbanded.