Mariko helps ironing the Indian lawyer’s shirt. He asks her to take a break, so they go to the terrace. The weather is hot because they are getting closer to India. Since it is April now, Mariko recalls the season in Japan. She remembers that the country is full with sakura, and one can feel the warm temperature of water and chilly wind brushing their cheeks. Niram surprises Mariko and says he wants to experience that kind of season. Niram sits down next to Mariko. Niram secretly held her hand under the table while Mariko blushes. The lawyer has a confused look.
The lawyer tells them that he never expects the servant he has hired is the Prince’s friend, who also has helped him from being dragged into complicated incidents in Paris. The lawyer asks if Mariko is going to the palace in India. Niram says, “Yes, as my guest.”
A month ago, while Niram and Mariko were flirting on the bed, Bharat appeared. They discussed about Mariko’s safety in India. Niram happily exclaimed that they should disguise Mariko as a Chinese boy visiting his relative as an excuse, so she could freely enter his room. They would need to reveal the culprit is Queen Krishna. Niram asked Mariko to help him, and she gladly accepted.
They finally arrive in India. Niram invites the lawyer to the palace after visiting his hometown. While Niram gets in the car, Mariko is taken to the train from Bombay to Barodara with the rest of the servants. They arrive at the town, which has dyed in azure to celebrate the birth of His Highness Niram. In English, Niram means sapphire.
Niram greets his father at the Royal Palace. Mariko notices that the women is in separate room, and is told that the hall is forbidden for women to enter. The court men praise Niram for growing quite mature. Mariko realizes Niram is so far from her. Niram notices Mariko and smiles at her. Mariko asks a servant if she can have a look at Queen Krishna, but the Queen is not there.
Mariko is mad at Niram because she overhears the ladies’ gossip that Niram used to need court ladies to attend him every night. Niram is happy that Mariko is jealous, then they start kissing. Mariko says Krishna is not at the banquet. Niram says Krishna does not feel well and has been shutting herself in the harem.
Niram says he will talk to his father about Padma and the truth. He will get his father approval to convict Queen Krishna. Mariko joins Niram, and on the way to his father’s room, they finally meet Queen Krishna.
To be continued (Click here for the next chapter)