by Yuhki Kamatani, 209 pages
Miharu and Yoite burn their bridges with the head of the Grey Wolves and set out on their own. Meanwhile, Yukimi--Yoite's guardian since he joined the Grey Wolves--goes looking for his quickly-fading charge's past. When orders go out to retrieve Miharu and dispose of the now obsolete Yoite, Yukimi and the others must decide which is stronger--their allegiance to their leader, or their connection to a dying young assassin.
Everybody's finally letting their true selves out of their tightly corked little bottles and the result is an emotional rollercoaster for the reader. Kamatani has done such a wonderful job of slowly building relationships and deepening bonds. It's a pleasure to watch her characters gradually realize just how much they all care about each other, too.