In order to impress an esteemed client at a tea ceremony—where Kogetsuan’s old master will be in attendance—Nao plans to help Tsubaki make the perfect wagashi. Before she can get started, however, Tsubaki injures his right hand while trying to protect her. He quietly confesses his love for her is true, but Nao is still torn on whether to tell him her real identity. Despite her reservations, Nao falls deeper into Tsubaki’s inviting embrace…Then, on the day of the event, Nao runs into a familiar face who knows about what happened to her mother fifteen years ago.
Story and art by Natsumi Ando.