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Alice is secretly in love with Gray but doesn't think such a capable and mature guy could love her back. She begins a kind of game with him, where they talk to each other as though they're lovers, but even then she's sure that her love is one-sided. Then Alice becomes Blood's substitute after he's injured while dealing with an attack at one of Nightmare's assemblies. Gray gets jealous and wants Alice to come back to Nightmare's place. He fears that she might fall for the aggressively flirtatious Blood, who looks so much like her past crush. An attack on both Blood and Gray brings things to a head. This volume includes several extra shorts: one with Alice, Dee, and Dum, and two Crimson Empire. I didn't bother to take notes for any of them.
I'm still not a fan of Job's artwork, which looks sloppy and amateurish compared to Fujimaru's stuff, but this was at least better than Job's Nightmare-focused volumes. Like Julius, Gray feels more capable, steadier, and “safer” than a lot of the other Wonderland residents. Which is a little weird, considering that he used to be an assassin (and got to demonstrate some of those skills in this volume). The one thing I did not like was how he behaved after he started to get jealous of Blood.
The ending was a bit bland, with Alice giving Gray a lighter as a gift.
(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)