The night of the masquerade celebrating a thwarted assassination attempt on the Royal Family is swiftly approaching, and this year Nerissa has a plan. Ever since she was named Heiress of Chiyo, she has wondered whether others liked her for who she is or for the title she holds. On this one night, she can be free of her royal role and enjoy the revelry in blissful anonymity. All she needs to do is feign illness, return to her room to change into a second costume she’s prepared in secret, and then slip back into the party unrecognized.
After a bad breakup on Black Friday, I get kicked out of my apartment. And with nowhere else to turn, I’m forced to hide out in my department store at night. Dodging security guards, the alarm system, and my way-too-empty bank account. Perfect start to Christmas, right? But I’m not the only one working long hours over the holidays.