“Mom, Dad spoke about a man named, Isshiki.” said Saori.
“What?” slightly shouted Kyoko with much surprise at and nostalgia at hearing his name.
“Going to the bar to drink after playing IGO, he appeared. Then he watched Dad. Dad said, ‘I can’t bear the sight of him. Hate, hate.’” said Saori.
“Realylly?” Kyoko thought with her heart beating.
“Is Mr.Isshiki a man you loved? Dad said, ‘He seemed to know the divorce story between Dad and you,’ said Saori.
Kyoko thought: somehow, their divorce story seems to have reached Isshiki. : <I wonder if he regrets having separated from me as well. I wonder if he seems to be even interested in this case.>
Those days, Kyoko often heard of him from Saori. Though their universities were different, Shuichi and Isshiki had known about each other, at least their names, since their university age. They were strong players as much as they had known each names. Their ability levels were close to professional players. When they were in university, they had played at the league matches as team captains. From some rumors, Shuichi had known of the relationship of Kyoko and Isshiki ; their faint love. So he sometimes had even made fun of Kyoko.