Masquerade: First Part
|Number of pages||28|
|Cover Phrase||The tranquil time for you...|
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The volume was released on the 24th December 2011 in Japan. Its ISBN is 978-4758-05679-3.
After the experiment, Teito wakes up in the waiting room outside Ayanami's office, finding that he has been covered with Ayanami's overcoat. Teito apologises to the Chief of Staff and Ayanami reveals that he had to carry Teito inside after he fell asleep against the door. Teito insists he will write a letter of apology, but Ayanami ignores him and dismisses him, telling him to take care of himself. The compliment makes Teito happy, as no one had told him that he was irreplaceable before. Hyuuga questions Ayanami, and Ayanami replies that it's his body Teito is in charge of and it is not long before his wish comes true.
Meanwhile, Castor, Frau and Labrador have infiltrated the ball disguised as members of the Hausen House. Ouka's attendants, including Hakuren, are also at the ball, and Gyokuran begins criticizing the potential emperors. The candidate from the 1st District, Granne's son, is ill so Teito is his replacement. During the dancing, Teito notices a presence and follows the princess onto the balcony where she is approached by several men, including the 'shadow man', and is attacked. Teito protects her, and they both flee when the guards arrive. However, a few seconds later, the 'shadow man' kills all the guards and pursues them.