Nakamijma Ryu, a shapeshifter on the run, appears at his cousin Tsutena Kano’s apartment. He pleads for help and gets to stay under the pretense he gets a job.
Agreeing, Ryu goes out “job hunting”. In reality, he visits his brother’s grave. One day, he starts stealing flowers from a local garden for the graveside.
Eventually, the owner of the garden, a young woman named Iseri Jun, catches Ryu stealing and confronts him. The two end up at the cemetery where Ryu explains his theft. Jun has no words, and agrees to let Ryu have the flowers. Ryu thanks her but notices a strange girl watching them, so they leave.
After work, Kano confronts him about the jobs. During the conversation, the waitress–Jun–recognizes Ryu. She laughs about their interaction and accidentally reveals Ryu hasn’t been keeping his word. Kano gets mad and gives Ryu one week or he’s out.
Ryu shuts down and hides in his room. His hidden power becomes active and manifests dysfunctions which wreak havoc and annoy Kano.
The end of the week rolls around with Ryu jobless. Kano–though it pains him–kicks Ryu out. Without anywhere to go, Ryu goes and lives in the cemetery. He looks for jobs, but in vain. One day, he spots the girl from the cemetery waiting for him beside his brother’s grave. He walks up slowly, afraid the dysfunctions will scare her. She says nothing and leaves without a word.
Ryu finds himself shaken up. He considers going back to Kano but knows he can’t yet, so he sets out again. When he comes back, Jun is there.
They talk. Ryu explains the dysfunctions and him getting kicked out. After that, Jun offers him the job of her gardener. Ryu accepts. Then she takes him to the coffee shop to smooth things over with Kano.
Kano agrees to let Ryu come back. The two return to life and over time the dysfunctions begin to heal with their relationship.
While he’s working, Ryu notices the mystery girl watching him again. A few days later he notices her in the coffee shop. He grows uneasy.
After a week, he stops seeing the girl until one night when he’s taking a detour through the cemetery. He asks her who she is and she explains she’s bringing him back to the laboratory.
The world then transforms as she manipulates his perception. Ryu fights the illusion, and attacks her to stop it. His dysfunctions return and he shapeshifts to fight her. They lock in battle in the cemetery.
During the fight, the girl forces him to face his own mental image of himself. Ryu accidentally projects his full self-hatred onto it and turns it into dysfunction that runs off.
Ryu barely manages to escape. He runs to Kano’s, slips in and collapses. Kano finds him and helps Ryu get patched up before asking questions. Ryu explains and warns Kano. Later, Ryu contemplates leaving to protect Kano. However, he resolves to stay.
Audience: New Adult
Genre: Sci-Fi Light Novel
Length: (subject to change) 30-50K
- Healing between Ryu and Kano
- Jun and Ryu’s romance
- Ryu being hunted down by the people he’s running from.*
- Book one, intended to take part in a larger light novel series.*
- Focuses on mental health and growth
- Some focus on diversity
- Slice of life with superpowers
*The hunted arc is intended to span more than just the first book and therefore doesn’t have full resolution in the first volume.