Volume 9 is ninth volume of Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi.
Within the barrier, Yue is up against an unexpected foe in his attempt to rescue Tougo-dear friend Kurogitsune. To force Yue's hand in taking a Meal and saving himself, Kurogitsune casts Tougo into the camellia pond. But upon rushing after the helpless captive, Yue is confronted by the age-old conflict between the desire to protect and the desire to consume that befalls all humans who assume the role of yorishiro. What path will Yue choose?