The chapter takes place on [[New Calendar| … The chapter takes place on [[New Calendar|January 4, 0066]], a few days after the [[Stand By, Ready|final episode]] of ''[[A's]]''. The [[Book of Darkness]] Incident has been resolved within a month (December 0065), mainly thanks to the two aces, [[Nanoha]] and [[Fate]], who are now relaxing at home and discussing the upcoming two night trip (described in [[A's Sound Stage 03]]). They talk about [[Hayate]] and her [[Wolkenritter|Knights]] and admit that they feel troubled by [[Reinforce]]'s "[[seal|death]]" at their hands. Hayate calls from the [[TSAB Headquarters]] and arranges to have lunch with them. The Knights are with her but cannot come along since they still have interviews and examinations with the [[Bureau]]. Nanoha and Fate come over to Hayate's apartment and help her make lunch. After they sit down for a cup of tea, Hayate reveals to blame herself for the entire incident. Nanoha and Fate comment on how responsible Hayate has become and Nanoha suggests that Hayate's personality may have melded with Reinforce's. Hayate bursts into tears and tries to stop herself but Nanoha and Fate hug her and tell her that it's OK to cry for a lost friend. her that it's OK to cry for a lost friend.