by Yuki Midorikawa, 191 pages
Natsume and Tanuma get more than they bargained for when they agree to help Taki clean her family's storage building. And when Natsume gets a call from a relative about the impending sale of his childhood home, he tries to convince himself he doesn't need to go take one last look. Those who love him know better. But revisiting the past stirs up more than just memories and Natsume may have to fight to ensure he and his loved ones will have a chance to make new ones.
Oh, this volume made me giggly and weepy, both (and in both stories!). Giggly, because Natsume's goofy friends from school want to go on a hike to find a "soda water spring." And weepy because Natsume has denied himself so many things in his troubled young life, all out of self-preservation and not wanting to be a burden to others. This volume shows just how far he's come and just how observant and protective his friends and family are when it comes to his emotional well-being. The Fujiwaras, his foster parents, watch and worry quietly, concerned but not wanting to pressure him, yet letting him know they'll be there waiting for him when he gets home. Tanuma, on the other hand, let's him have it when he thinks Natsume's being stupid and I just wanted to hug both him and Nyanko-sensei for telling it like it is. I just blow my nose and go, "Ahhhh...." So very good.