Meeting with Gin Edit
When she was six year old, Hotaru was lost in the forest of the mountain god. There she met Gin, a spirit of the forest. As she was crying, he appears behind a tree, questioning why she was crying and alone. Surprised to see another person, she bolts up and tries to hug Gin. Gin, however, side steps and lets her fall face-first into the grass. He explains that he is a spirit that can not be touched by a human, and if he is, he will disappear. Hotaru, wanting to challenge this theory, continuously tries to touch him until he get a stick and hits her on the head with it. Now believing him, Hotaru finally stops chasing him. Gin now offers to guide her out of the forest, and guides her by holding on side of the stick while she holds the other.
After he guides her home, she says that she'll come back to the forest the next day. She does indeed come back, and does every summer.
Waiting for Summer Edit
During this time, it shows that during school, Hotaru is known to space out sometimes, most likely thinking about how Gin is doing. It shows that another male student takes notice of this and snaps her out of her day dreams. It is hinted that he may have a crush on her, but Hotaru does not notice. There is a small cut-scene where Gin is leaning against a rock in the snow, wearing the scarf that Hotaru gave to him the summer prior.
A Precious HugEdit
As Gin reached out for the child's hand to catch him from falling, he did not think of the possibility that the child was human. As Hotaru leaned down and asked if the child was alright, Gin started disappearing. Hotaru realized this and yelled out to Gin asking if the child was human. Gin just looks at her, then opens his arms and tells Hotaru that he can finally hug her. She takes off the kitsune mask and runs into his open arms, smiling. Fading away, his empty yukata fell to the ground with Hotaru sobbing into it. As his last words, Gin confesses his love to her, and she says replies with the same. After she had gotten up, she picked up the mask and stared at it with sad eyes. Then, the spirits that Gin was raised with appeared and thanked Hotaru for her time with Gin. They also thanked her for hugging him, as he had always wanted to touch a human. As she waved goodbye to the spirits, she narrated while clutching the mask tightly to her chest, "I probably won't be able to look forward to summer for a long time. My chest will hurt. My tears will be overflowing. But this warmth in my hands and these summer memories will live on in my heart."