This part was where it finally felt that things were beginning to happen. The book reading woman being a ghost was an unexpected revelation.
I’m super curious about everyone’s backstories. It’s funny how the main character (in this part only?) is the most uninteresting of all, but that may have to do with us getting to read about every little thought of hers, whereas most of the other characters, Gorou (to a lesser extent) included, are wrapped in mystery.
As to Fumiko’s actions here, yes, it was certainly fun to see her briefly cursed by the ghost, although her whining internal monologue only grew more intense because of that. I still wonder how she can be an accomplished career woman when she is so impulsive, and even downright rude. Do manners go out the window when you’re dealing with a ghost? Who would drag someone out of their seat? She got away lightly with only a brief curse.
More mild plot spoilers: Fusagi is a mystery even greater than the ghost it seems. What’s up with him? Why do they treat him with kid gloves? Who exactly is this Kootake person? Also very interested in Kazu. When we first read that she was working at the cafe as a side job while studying, I thought she might not even be aware of the cafe’s special qualities, but of course that couldn’t be the case. Is it something about the Nagare family (with all their names filled with innuendo) that allows time travel? Or something about the spot where the cafe itself is located ? We may never know the mechanics of it.