Arata decides to stay and watch the match with Murao and his society's president, even though it means he won't get home until morning by train. Chiahya and Taichi sit for their match and Sumire marvels at how this feels different from their matches at school. Chihaya is at the advantage since she got to rest during the last match, but Taichi uses a new placement, placing fourteen cards in the top row and rearranging how he places the rest. Designed to fight Chihaya, it puts one-syllable cards together and long cards separate as he knows she's scared of committing faults. He can also easily take cards from the long top row with thrusts. Doing this off-balances Chihaya. The others marvel at how Taichi hasn't made any mistakes. By changing his placement so drastically, it makes it easier for him to forget the previous layouts. Chihaya is pressured into a fault, forced to play defensively. Remembering Sakurazawa's advice, Chihaya fixes her posture, making it easier to breathe. While he plays like a stranger, she knows he's still Taichi and she doesn't have to be afraid of him. Determined not to lose, she takes the next card. They continue to push each other and the audience recognizes they didn't get here on momentum or luck despite their young age.