In a fit of morbid hilarity, the manga will end with a timeskip, roughly five years later. Aoki is happily engaged to either Shirai or Houin, and is reading the newspaper one morning, when he flips past the obituaries, and his heart freezes. Upon closer inspection of the obituaries, his dread was proven. Rin dies while in labor to Reiji's baby. Fade to black with Aoki crying, stunned.