(SAYAKA is busy in the kitchen making dinner. Her hands move automatically to chop vegetables, but her mind is elsewhere.)
I wonder if Kim-san found the slip of paper? I mean, I did scribble my number on it rather quickly…
(She stops chopping the vegetables.)
Oh no! What if I wrote down the wrong number by mistake?
(She puts down the knife.)
What if she’s calling that number right now?
(She leans against the kitchen counter.)
What if someone else picks up and she thinks I played her? What if she thinks I made a fool out of her?
(She makes random panicky hand movements.)
What if she doesn’t like me now that she called the wrong number?
(She takes a deep breath.)
No. Don’t think like that.
I’m sure that, if Kim-san is interested, she’d know where to find me.
(She exhales again.)
I mean, she did come to the pet store to buy a puppy.
She did buy a puppy.
But why would she ever want to come back to the pet store?
Maybe to get more chew toys?
(She is now pacing around in the kitchen.)
She could pick that up at her local Target… So she wouldn’t have to come back to the pet store.
I wonder if we have any special chew toys for puppies like Nobu?
(She ponders for a moment.)
I don’t think so. I’ll have to talk to Akimoto-san to order some special chew toys then. That way, Kim-san will come by and pick them up for Nobu! Yes!
(She lets out a sigh of exasperation.)
What are you doing, Sayaka? You are merely speculating that Kim-san would want to buy more chew toys for Nobu…
No, no, I must pull myself together.
(Suddenly, an idea hits her like a tonne of bricks.)
OF COURSE! I made her fill out the paperwork when she got Nobu.
Wait, did I do that?
(She realizes something important.)
OH NO, I DIDN’T!!
…I was too busy babbling about how cute Nobu is in Japanese…
Oooooh, Akimoto-san is going to be so angry if he finds out…
(Another idea has struck.)
What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him. I can get Kim-san to fill out the paperwork later…
(She realizes that she has no way of contacting Kim.)
I don’t have even her phone number.
(She frowns and her brows knit together in thought. She then sighs.)
I don’t know anything about her except that she has a cool car and now has a very cute puppy. This doesn’t help me at all.
(She turns back to her cutting board and picks up the knife.)
I’m going to be in so much trouble.
(She continues chopping vegetables.)
(Meanwhile, a figure hovering near the kitchen has heard all of SAYAKA’s monologue and smirks.)
(She mutters to herself.)
Kim-san, eh? Oooooh, Takamina will have a field day once I tell her that SAYAKA’s interested in someone.
(She flips open her phone and silently types a message.)