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Hatori Chise is only 15, but she has lost far more than most. With neither family nor hope, it seems all doors are closed to her. But, a chance encounter began to turn the rusted wheels of fate. In her darkest hour, a mysterious magus appears before Chise, offering a chance she couldn't turn down. This magus who seems closer to demon than human, will he bring her the light she desperately seeks, or drown her in ever deeper shadows?
Chise wakes up next to Stella after having teleported to Joseph's hideout. Joseph reminds Chise about her situation and of their bargain, to which Chise reaffirms her decision. Joseph wants to their Curses immunity towards one another and makes the two of them exchange their left eyes. Joseph then proceeds to cast a spell on Chise, making her have a dream, where she relives events of her past. She wakes up in her apartment back in Japan when she was young, encountering both her mother, father and brother while she's there. Chise watches her younger-self eat dinner with her family and starts remembering what they did together as a family, before having an image of Joseph appears before her. This fragment of Joseph gives Chise more questions than answers before disappearing, which is followed by her brother's screams as he wakes up. Her father offers to take care of him, only to have him take Fumiki and leave the apartment after seeing a strange creature by the windows.
After that, Chise's mother begins to struggle between jobs now that her husband and son were gone. She's also forced to protect Chise from harm all the while this is going on. As times goes on, this stress takes a toll on her and she eventually tries to strangle Chise after hearing voices inside her head telling her that she's better off without Chise. But as she can't go through with it, Chika commits suicide in front of her daughter, leaving the present Chise upset. The memory of her mother appears before Chise and wishes her dead, but Chise questions her "mother" and comes to terms with her. Refusing to forgive her, yet says thank you nonetheless, her mother disappears and the fragmented piece of Joseph returns. Chise goes on to accept the fragmented piece of Joseph, causing her to wake up and turn the tables on the bewildered Joseph.
Nothing seek, nothing find. (何も求めない, 何も見つかりません。 Nani mo motomenai, nani mo mitsukarimasen): is the 44th chapter of the manga written
Chise continues to explore the history of Cartaphilus and Joseph together, witnessing the reason behind their curse and Joseph's plead for help. Upon waking up, Joseph goes ahead and tries to strike at Chise for having seen his past, but is saved by Titania, Ruth and Elias as they arrive to help her. Followed by Renfred, Alice, Will o' The Wisp and Spriggan as they end up facing off against chimeras created by the now increasingly frustrated Joseph. He tries to escape but is quickly followed by Chise, Ruth, and Elias.
As they continue to pursue the ancient Sorcerer through a landscape similar to that of London, Mariel appears before them but is quickly turned down in order to continue their chase for Joseph. Mariel goes ahead and reveals her ability to transform as she takes the appearance of a bull, picking Chise up and helping her reach Joseph. As they finally manage to reach the Sorcerer, Chise begins to question Joseph and the man answers her by stating her inability to understand his position and what he has gone through. Chise counters with stating the Sorcerers crimes while also telling him how she feels about him, stating that they are the reasons behind why she must destroy him.