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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?
After Ashen Eye has Chise turned into a Werebeast, she goes on to make her way through the forest before being followed by both Ruth and Elias. They return home after the latter convinces her to stay, only to have Redcurrant come and ask for Chise to save Joel. They make their way over to him and discovers that he doesn't have long, prompting Chise to help them by creating Fairy Ointment.
Chise spends the next coming days conjuring the ointment, Elias is against the idea but doesn't stop her from doing it. Once she's finished the apprentice gives some of it to Redcurrant and she, in turn, uses it on Joel. He passes away shortly after being given the ointment, causing Redcurrant to remain while Chise returns home with Elias. Once she returns, Oberon shows up and asks for the Fairy Ointment. Chise hands it to him but as she does, the ring that was suppressing her magic breaks apart and she starts to cough up blood.
It is the first step that is troublesome. (それは面倒な最初のステップです。 Sore wa mendōna saisho no suteppudesu): is the 42nd chapter of the manga written by Kore Yamazaki.
Chise finds herself trapped in one Cartaphilus's spells which have her come face to face with her mother and relive parts of her past. It starts off showing the good parts of her childhood alongside her little brother but also the difficulties they were going through because of there being a Sleigh Beggy in the family. A fragment of Cartaphilus appears before Chise and explains that the new curse will both protect and hurt her, it's also the reason she can see the fragment. Chise's father and brother are capable of protecting them but it doesn't last as the father leaves with their brother and never returns.
Left without their protectors, Chise and her mother goes through a difficult time. The mother struggles with work while trying to keep Chise safe from the beings that want to hurt her, ultimately taking a huge toll on the mother.