Rei and Kira decide to get married right away after all. But Rei sees Masao on the street and rushes to meet up with him. Nothing has changed with him, in fact, he seems to have gotten worse, not better. Kira and Rei go get their marriage license, and their friends have a celebratory get-together for them at their house. Rei is late showing up, and when Kira calls him, she lets him know how much this means to her, that he's the one that's given her this new life. As Rei is leaving a store ready to go back home, Masao draws him into an alley by crying and saying he really needs to talk, then stabs him repeatedly, leaving him lying on the ground. Tatsuya goes out to look for him and finds him bloody and unconscious. Everyone rushes to the hospital, but Rei is in surgery and all they can do it wait. He pulls through, and he and his father have a heart-to-heart for the first time. His family issues resolved, Rei does phenomenally well in his first race, and asks Kira to stand by him for the long run. She wouldn't have it any other way.
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