Arc 9: Thicker Than Water Permanently changed from his master's apprenticeship, Pilate finds himself with an entirely new life. Hawkins is just as confused, trying to adjust to his new job as a caretaker. The two don't have long to get settled in before Life gives them a new mission: find and interrogate a member of Silver Moon. Meanwhile, Esper is preparing for some time alone with Matthew, hoping to make their bond even closer. Despite being off to a rocky start, Esper has high hopes...until their paths cross with Pilate and Hawkins. The mission goes awry as secrets are revealed and Matthew's past is put out into the open, ensuring that their lives will never be the same.