On July 7, the SOS Brigade holds a Tanabata ceremony. Haruhi reminds the other members that since the gods' stars are so far away from the Earth, their wishes will take at least 16 years to come true. After the party, Mikuru takes Kyon three years into the past, where he then helps Haruhi write a message for aliens. As the two talk, Haruhi decides to attend North High School in hopes of meeting aliens, time travelers, and espers. Kyon and Mikuru almost get trapped in the past after Older Mikuru fails to return her time-traveling device. Fortunately, Yuki manages to freeze Kyon and Mikuru until three years pass and they can normally resume their lives. Realizing his influence on Haruhi's present obsession with unusual encounters, Kyon begins questioning Mikuru's earlier claim that the past and the present are not continuous.