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|“||Asking you to teach me how to gain his love... It's wrong, isn't it? I guess love is not something you can manipulate.||”|
According to many residents, it is a miracle that she is born due to her mother's poor and deteriorating health. During her childhood as a seven-year-old, Dan Ah's mother was ill and she went out to look for the medicinal herb with red fruit hanging from it, much to her father's dismay. While searching, she came across the Bi Hwa Rim where she found the herb and also met Yi Hwi. As they are talking with each other, Dan Ah notices that her slippers are carried away by the strong current of the water. He stops her from going to the water, but she insisted on getting her slipper. He then goes to find her slippers, but was only able to find one and apologizes for the other missing slipper. He advises her to leave the place and keep it a secret since sunset is fast approaching. As she is about to go, her knees are injured and so Hwi tends to her, carrying her home and singing the Butterfly lullaby. As she returns home, she finds grieving people in their house and goes to her mother, only to find her dead. She then is caught by her father and slaps her, but he sheds some tears after seeing the herb in Dan Ah's hands. She then cries out loud, knowing that her mother has passed away.
Dan Ah is a fair-skinned young lady with long purple hair and amethyst eyes. As the daughter of a high-ranking official, she wears bright-colored hanbok. She has at least two designed unhye with one of these personally painted by Hong. In the first part of the series, she disguised as a young man and escaped her house. She wore a cream jeogori beneath a light brown dapo with ruffles at the hem part, all of which covered a cream baji underneath. She also wore a mint jeonbok with gold linings, held together by a matching gold belt ribboned on her right side. She also wore a pair of brown hwa and a light green ribbon to bun her hair.
Dan Ah is selfless and caring towards other people, as shown in how she goes out of their house to get a medicine for her ailing mother and helping the sick people affected by the plague. Regardless how small she believes her contributions to be, Dan Ah nevertheless opts to take concrete action, such as planting medicinal herbs that would hopefully help in case of another plague outbreak.
Ever since she met a boy at Bi Hwa Rim, Dan Ah is quite forgetful of her memories, only clinging on the song called Butterfly sung to her by the boy. She then mistakenly regards Yi Won as the boy whom she met ten years ago, falling in love with him although Won does not reciprocate his feelings to her. As the daughter of the strict and controlling Chief State Councilor, her actions and behavior are the opposite of her father—clumsy and stubborn.
Fateful Encounter Arc Edit
Ten years later during the festival in Ga Guk, Yoo Dan Ah disguises as a young lad on the marketplace. She soon gets in a fight with Nam Yang Heon. She tries to erase some soot on his clothes, but it just got even worse. Yang Heon then almost slaps the her when "he" screamed like a lady. As absolution, Yang Heon carries her away, seeking help from Yi Won. He ignores her when Nabi throws a fan on Yang Heon's face, losing his balance and causes him and Dan Ah to plunge over to Won. Recovering from the fall, Dan Ah watches Nabi and Yang Heon argue with each other. As Nabi is slapped, she tells him that he should become a person first before discussing about nobility, shocking Dan Ah. As Yang Heon's men are about to kill them, Dan Ah is escorted by Nabi to escape the place. Dan Ah worries about Won, but since one of her men is in the place, she assures that he will be fine. After escaping, Dan Ah thanks Nabi for her help and tells Nabi her name. She is saddened with Nabi as the latter did not state her name.
The next day, Dan Ah hides from her servants and encounters Won, drinking alone. She then hides behind a boulder on which Won sits and does not utter a word regarding her to her servants. As they leave, Dan Ah thanks Won who still continuously feigns ignorance. However, she continues to walk and speaks with him when she realizes that Won was the man who saved them from last night, though Won does not remember. She then tells him that she likes to repay him for his help and treats him with liquor.
In Yeon Wol Jung, he drinks all the liquor she bought until the drinks run out. Sleepy, he then lies on Dan Ah's lap and sings the Butterfly lullaby, much to Dan Ah's surprise. As she cries, she asks him whether he recognizes her from Bi Hwa Rim ten years ago. However, Won denies this, saying that he is not the person she is referring to. Leaving the place, she ponders how he suddenly forgot her, and also how she did not recognize him until he started singing.
Dan Ah wanders around Bi Hwa Rim but becomes lost when she encounters a passerby. He then tells her to go back since the site is off-limits to other people. Realizing that he knows the way, Dan Ah follows him but loses him eventually. Dan Ah finally falls to the creek and thinks that she seems to have seen him somewhere. She wanders further in the creek and sings the Butterfly lullaby. She then catches attention of a person singing the same song and finds Won singing. She interrogates him if he is the boy from ten years ago since he knows Bi Hwa Rim when he said that he did not, frankly answering that it was not him. Dan Ah weeps, realizing that he remembers everything except her.
Compact Heist Arc Edit
One midnight during Deung Ha Bul Myung's retrieval of the compact at her residence, Hwi hides in Dan Ah's room but is not able to check the place. As a result, she catches him and asks his purpose for coming, to which he silences her. She bites his hand and tries to shout for help, but he gets her and unexpectedly falls. Hwi then cushions her fall and, as repayment, she lets him go. She is then knocked unconscious by Yi Jeok to be able to escape with Hwi. He then notices a pair of red shoes and ponders if Dan Ah is the girl from ten years ago.
At the market streets, Dan Ah finds Won playing the Water Beetle Game, much to his annoyance. As he sets off, she follows him and shouts at her not to do so. She asks him if she is going to Ju Wah Ae Rim to which he denies. She tells him that if he followed her advice, he could have won money from the game. On one side, a painting of "Hong" is hung and Dan Ah explains that he is a famous ambiguous painter who only paints Bi Hwa Rim. As she speaks more about Hong and his paintings, she is left behind by Won and instead meets an injured Nam Yang Heon. She then runs away from him and is helped by Hwi in hiding.
She accidentally sits on a painting tube which damages the painting. She asks him if he is "Hong" and he tells her that he is. She confesses that she likes Hong's painting and, upon realizing that she is an avid fan of his paintings, Hong gives the damaged painting to her. After repeatedly denying it, Dan Ah finally takes it. Outside, they encounter Ma Mi Song who informs them that the slums is being raided by the Royal Army.
Shadow Village Conflagration Arc Edit
At the site, she and Hong dash to locate Dan Ah's two acquaintances. They find Chung who seems to be arguing with someone. It is revealed that Woon is being lifted on the neck by Won. Realizing the situation is getting worse, Dan Ah plans to interfere with Won, but Hong stops her and does it instead. He grabs Woon and kicks Won off of him. Hong and Won engage in a one-on-one battle but she stops them. Amid the angry villagers, Dan Ah closes the door shut. As the villagers break in, they find the room empty.
The three run away from the villagers, but Won complains why they need to run for he knows that he can knock them down. He tells them that if he truly is the Crimson Moon, they will be charged with harboring a fugitive, but they tell him that he admitted he was not the Crimson Moon. As they reach a bridge, Hong pushes Won and Dan Ah to the water to hide from the villagers.
After some time, Hong returns, having chased the villagers away. They lay low somewhere, and Hong gives Dan Ah some cloth to serve as a blanket, but Won grabs it and argues that he is also cold from having him drenched in water. To end their argument, Won hugs Dan Ah to share his blanket with her, but Hong separates them immediately.
Dan Ah goes home and expects to be opened by her servant, but she is opened instead by her father himself. Her father reprimands her for her actions during night and tells her that she will soon be entering the palace to be married to the king. Dan Ah argues with her father, saying that she loves someone else and wants to be married to him. She adds that her father was married to her mother without force, but he slaps her, reminding her not to talk of her mother again.
Chase Arc Edit
That night, Dan Ah runs away to Bi Hwa Rim where she reunites with Hong instead of Won. As she struggles not to cry as Won told her before, Hong contrastingly advises her to cry out loud, which she follows. Noticing her injured feet, Hong carries her to a boulder to tend to her, reminiscent of what happened ten years ago in the same location. She continues to cry, telling Hong that she misses Won and does not care about becoming Queen. She thanks Hong for tending to her injury, and he gives her a pair of plain unhye which Yi Jeok and Mu Jin have left. She tells Hong that she wants to wear beautiful flower shoes so that she may go to Won just like what her mother believed. Seeing the plainness of the shoes, Hong paints Dan Ah's shoes with flowers and tells her that those shoes will make her go to Won's side.
One morning, Dan Ah encounters Won playing the Water Beetle Game on the marketplace, but he notices Nabi with Yi Jeok and runs toward them. She then wonders who the lady might be as her servant finally finds and brings her back home. In her room, Dan Ah grows jealous of the woman whom Won likes. Later, she recklessly tumbles upon her father who introduces her to Nabi as her new teacher. Captvated by Nabi's beauty, Dan Ah is asked by Nabi if she wants to learn anything specifically. Knowing that Nabi is the most popular woman with men, she asks to teach her how to win over a man's heart.
She explains that ten years ago, her mother passed away due to an unspecified illness and made her feel melancholy. After saying the history that happened ten years ago in Bi Hwa Rim, Nabi realizes that Dan Ah does not love Won, but Hwi himself. She then tells Dan Ah that she will teach her how to win his heart. But, she opens up that she heard from the chief state councilor she is getting married to another man. However, she tells Dan Ah to gain his love first, so Dan Ah is advised to write him a letter to convey her feelings for him. She immediately writes a letter and thanks Nabi her for her help.
Dan Ah writes a letter to Won confessing her true feelings for him. In the letter, she reminisces "their" first encounter at Bi Hwa Rim and how it had laid a permanent mark on her life. She also asks him to meet her that night at Hwa Gwi Cheon.
As midnight strikes, Dan Ah becomes drenched under the rain and was not able to meet Won. She notices Won but pays no attention to her. She follows him when men from Nam Hyeon surround them. As they attack, she covers Won and she receives a cut. As Gwak Ji Ryeon appears, he does not give any instruction to Dan Ah to run, but contrastingly gives a signal to the assassins to kill her. As an assassin is about to kill her, the Crimson Moon suddenly appears and covers her, receiving a slash on his back and tells her to flee. Initially, she is reluctant to flee seeing the Crimson Moon badly hurt with the huge wound he has received. However, after some time, he is able to convince her and finally runs away.
Along the way, Dan Ah sees Won unhurt. While she follows him, she falls on the ground because of an injury on her foot. She sees him ignore her, but she notices him return for her. He gives her his pair of shoes and, again, she becomes reluctant in wearing them. He impatiently orders him to wear them and she does so. They then continue to walk while an unmasked Crimson Moon watches from a distance with Dan Ah's shoes.
Revolt Procurement Arc Edit
In Physician Ma's clinic, Woon nosebleeds upon bumping into Dan Ah. She then hurriedly fetches some water to tend to him. Physician Ma advises her to rest more, but she tells him that she needs to find the Crimson Moon. She asks Physician Ma if he was able to treat him, but he denies that he has treated him. He promises that he will tell her any news if he hears of him.
One morning, Dan Ah greets her father like a respectable lady and gives him an embroidered purse containing some sweets in order to help him relieve stress. Despite believing that her own work needs improvement, her father comments that he rather likes it. As he leaves, Dan Ah returns to being a vivacious lady and asks her teacher Nabi if she did great in impersonating a respectable young lady. Nabi replies that it was good and asks why she had a sudden change of heart. Dan Ah tells her that she would not be by her father's side much longer, much to Nabi's astonishment. Nabi asks the specifics of her "trip" and if she is going together with "young master", but Dan Ah does not give a clear answer. In the end, Nabi tells Dan Ah that she will go with her before she enters the palace.
Plague Arc Edit
At the chief state councilor's residence, Dan Ah becomes disappointed with Nabi's sudden farewell. She asks Dan Ah to cheer up, so the latter tells her to take care with a grin. As Nabi leaves, Dan Ah hurriedly calls and gives Nabi her perfume case with plum blossoms. Though this is her most valued possession, Dan Ah gives it to Nabi and tells her teacher she was happy to have met her. Dan Ah blushes at Nabi and admits that she truly is the "most beautiful" before finally parting ways.
As usual, Dan Ah is in the market looking for Won, but to no avail. As she wanders around, she sees the government's bounty on the Crimson Moon, much to her surprise. She drops by Physician Ma's clinic and is given medicine by Sori who instructs her to get plenty of rest. He also tells Dan Ah that the boys and Physician Ma are at Moon's End Village tending to the plague-stricken land. She volunteers to help them, but is rejected by her servant and Sori. Instead, she gives some pocket money to Sori as a form of donation. Sori tells her she does not need to give any more money, since the Crimson Moon appeared at Moon's End Village and left a generous supply of grain and medicine. Intrigued that her savior is at the village, Dan Ah manages to go to the village to help the sick patients as she is found by Hong.
Hong worries for her own safety in the midst of the epidemic, but Dan Ah chides him for appearing to underestimate her. The physician arrives and briefly reprimands the two for "fooling around" instead of working, much to the rebuff of the two. In the end, Dan Ah assures Hong that she had been helping the physician for the past three years, and the physician adds that the plague is not airborne and cannot be transmitted so long as proper care is observed. Sori yells at Dan Ah and asks for her help in preparing the medicine, to whom she rushes to.
Sori "strictly" asks Dan Ah to fetch back Hong at the back hill. She proceeds there and finds Hong taking a nap. Realizing that he must be tired from his continual assistance at the village, she lets him continue his rest. As she leans in to place a blanket on him, Hong immediately awakes and pins her down the ground. He apologizes afterwards and explains that it is an old habit he acquired after "losing something precious to him" once when he was sleeping. Hearing this, Dan Ah motions him to lay down and sleep, promising him to guard him and stay by his side while he rests.
Later, Dan Ah and Hong find Won in the village. He subtly motions to his guard that she is an acquaintance, which Dan Ah mistakenly thinks that he waved at her. Hence, she waves back at him happily. Won notices Hong with her and greets his "friend" after some time. Hong greets him back with a nickname, much to Dan Ah's surprise that the two are close. Won affirms that he and Hong have quite some history together, after which he invites Hong to drink with him for some fun. Hong blatantly refuses, but Dan Ah invites Won to go with them for some "fun", unbeknownst to Won that she is going to escort him back to the clinic to help out the patients.
By nighttime, Dan Ah continues in assisting the plague patients. As Won becomes languid, a cloaked figure passes by him, apparently resembling Nabi. As he chases her, Dan Ah notices Won and follows him. As Won and the figure reach the edge of the back hill, the figure pushes Won down the cliff. Dan Ah grabs his arm and tries to save him, but she ends up falling down as well.
As she comes to, Dan Ah finds her leg stricken with a piece of wood. She composes herself and plucks the stick out herself, pushing herself not to cry. Afterwards, she looks for and locates Won nearby, unconscious in the water. Using her medical knowledge, she checks for his vital signs and spots a piece of wood punctured on his chest. As she removes the splinter, he screams in pain, but eventually remains unconscious. Afterwards, she bandages his injuries and moves him to a safer nook. She tells Won that she shall look for help, but she then collapses next to him. Nevertheless, Hong later locates the two down the cliff after becoming suspicious of their disappearance and scouring the village to look for them.
While unconscious, Won awakens and notices his body bandaged. He then sees Dan Ah by him, recalling how she also fell down after she followed him. He calls her a fool, before also calling himself out as such, for not being able to control their emotions. In the end, though Hong arrives at the spot where they ended up, Won carries Dan Ah and manages to return to the clinic with Hong without the latter's aid.
At the clinic, Physician Ma treats Dan Ah, swearing on his name to save her. Sori becomes anxious at the thought that the chief state councilor will not be happy to hear of his daughter's condition, much to Won's surprise. Won immediately grabs Sori and asks whether Dan Ah is the chief state councilor's daughter, which Sori confirms. As Won merely chuckles at his response, Sori enters the room to assist the physician in her treatment. The next day, the physician informs Hong and Won that he is able to treat her completely as he promised. Though Won is relieved, Hong worriedly asks the physician whether she would still be able to walk. Physician Ma ambiguously answers, merely hoping for it. As Won's injuries are treated afterwards, Hong leaves to investigate the suspicious incident.
Rebel Army Suppression: Setting in Motion Edit
As Dan Ah awakens from her rest following her injury, she decides to sneak out of their residence once again to ask about Won. The latter, who has already arrived at the place by then, greets her warmly. Upon seeing him safe, she weeps in front of him out of joy. Before he could reprimand her not to cry in front of him, Won notices her walking stick, seeing the grave condition of her leg. However, Dan Ah insists that she is totally fine and that her leg does not hurt at all.
To take responsibility over her injury, Won asks Dan Ah if there is one thing that she wants. She tells him that seeing him fine is sufficient for her, but he insists on getting her something, as he is unsettled with the incident. Hence, Dan Ah tells him that she likes to go somewhere with him.
Dan Ah leads the way to the location, but their pace is greatly slowed down brought about by her injury. Annoyed that it would take them days before reaching their destination, Won takes her walking stick and carries her on his back. As he asks for directions in going there, Dan Ah apologizes to Won for being a burden to him, after which he tells her not to follow him from then on. She also confesses to him and says that she loves him, to which he replies that he knows.
Won and Dan Ah arrive at Bi Hwa Rim by Hwa Gwi Cheon. Dan Ah floats a lotus lantern down the stream, which is a legend that allows the bond between two people to circle around the water to ensure they shall meet again. She adds that she wanted to float a lantern with him before she departs, after which Won states his knowledge about her departure to the palace and that she is the chief state councilor's daughter back at Moon's End Village. He questions her choice of floating a lantern when, in fact, he seriously wanted to give her something that she wants in return.
Therefore, with apparent seriousness, Dan Ah asks him to run away with her. Won is surprised, but Dan Ah takes it back, merely saying it was a joke. After all, she herself knows that she is not the one that Won desires. Won laughs at her jest, but nevertheless agrees to her request, unbeknownst to her that he has other political motives in mind.
Later, Won and Dan Ah encounter Hong at Bi Hwa Rim, who has let the lotus lantern float continuously after it was stuck behind the rocks. Hong then gives Won the painting and asks for payment. Dan Ah wishes to take a glance at the painting, but Won stops her, saying that the painting is his. Dan Ah is taken aback, while Hong rebukes Won's stern action. As usual, Hong and Won get embroiled in a fight, but Dan Ah interrupts them from fighting. She instead becomes glad that the three of them floated the lotus lantern, which would ensure them having to meet someday again.
The next night, Dan Ah writes a letter to Nabi about her and Won's supposed elopement and orders her nanny to drop it off secretly at Yu Hyang Ru. On her way, however, the nanny encounters Ja Gyeom himself, who barges into Dan Ah's room and infuriatingly forbids her to leave her chambers until the bridal selection. Dan Ah pleads to her father to exempt her from the bridal candidacy, claiming that she loves someone else. Ja Gyeom urges her to forget him, stating that he shall have the man disposed of for attempting to kidnap the possible future queen consort. Ja Gyeom then locks her up in her room and leaves.
Rebel Army Suppression: Execution Edit
Dan Ah remains confined in her room throughout the time that Bi Yeong Pal Mu eradicated the rebel forces. As such, she is unable to contact Nabi nor know Won's situation, though she is made aware that he did not show up at their supposed meeting point. Helpless with her condition, Dan Ah becomes idle and motionless, refusing to eat or perform daily activities. In the aftermath of the attacks, Nabi suddenly visits her chambers; Dan Ah rushes towards her to hug her and weeps out of joy. After Dan Ah voices out her relief of seeing her safe, Nabi asks a favor from her.
Bridal Selection Arc Edit
Nabi requests to be Dan Ah's maidservant for the bridal selection, which Dan Ah accepts. Few days later, Dan Ah is helped by Nabi for her preparations in entering the palace. Recalling how Hong once painted her shoes with flowers to take her to her beloved, she now wonders where those shoes would take her, worrying if she would be able to smile there. Nabi then advises her that it will be difficult. At the bridal candidates' procession, Dan Ah rides her palanquin as Nabi walks by her side to the palace.
Dan Ah and Nabi finally arrive in the palace, with a palace servant escorting them to their chambers during the bridal selection period. Still struggling due to her leg injury, Nabi helps her in walking and advises Dan Ah not to trust anyone in the palace despite their elegant disposition and polite facade, including Nabi herself.
As Nabi walks with her to meet Yoon Yeon Lee, she advises Dan Ah to walk independently and hide her weakness in front of the queen mother. Later, Dan Ah and Hwang Se Ryeon introduce themselves to the queen mother. As Yeon Lee welcomes the two to the palace, the head servant interrupts their meeting to hand a royal decree issued by Jin Won: he has chosen Hyun Bin to be the third bridal candidate. The queen mother represses her anger with her son's decision, though left with no choice but to acknowledge and welcome Hyun Bin. The latter is then introduced to Dan Ah and Se Ryeon.
By nighttime, a banquet is held at the palace for the three bridal candidates. As the king arrives quite tardy and apparently angry due to his intoxication, Dan Ah grows nervous and sees that the rumors of the king's short temper seems to be true. Hyun Bin invites her to take a glance at the king, but Dan Ah refuses, thinking it might be rude to look at such royalty without his consent. Hyun Bin further persuades and tells her not to overthink such trivial matters. Inadvertently, Dan Ah gazes upon the king, recognizing him as the red-haired man she has always chased outside the palace, much to her shock.
The next day, Dan Ah strolls with Nabi around her quarters' premises. They sigh at the same time, shocking Dan Ah and making her ask whether Nabi is worried about something. The latter assures her that she merely met someone unexpected in the palace, which Dan Ah states is also her concern. Just then, Dan Ah stops speaking and notices the king himself visit them. She clutches on to Nabi, while Nabi subtly turns her back on the king. Angering him, he grabs Dan Ah and walks away with her, much to her and his servants' panic.
Dan Ah later quivers and is utterly speechless while being held by the king, who asks her why she is not her usual, exuberant self. She immediately apologizes with utmost sincerity for acting crudely towards him before, though she admits being quite frustrated and worried about him when he did not show up at their supposed meeting place nor send a message about his situation. Jin Won forgives her past behavior towards him, suggesting that they should merely start over anew and get along. Dan Ah merely ponders on Won's past actions, specifically why he agreed to make her a bridal candidate even though he knew that she would have eloped with another man.
Later, Dan Ah slumps under the rain and is approached by Nabi, who puts a cloak over her. Dan Ah tells Nabi how foolish she was when she pursued Won, finally understanding why she did not know where Won lived and what he did. However, she is still puzzled why he asked her to run away with him and why he needed to confirm that she is the chief state councilor's daughter. She then opens up about her past with "him", musing how the kind child she met at Bi Hwa Rim grew up to be a tyrannical king.
Continuing how conflicted her feelings are, ranging from nostalgia to frustration and puzzlement to anger, Dan Ah confesses that she cannot hate any of the realities finally revealed. Nabi asks her whether she would still love him even if he is not the boy she met at Bi Hwa Rim; Dan Ah answers that, regardless, her feelings for the king will still remain even if it hurts. For her presence with her in the palace, Dan Ah thanks Nabi wholeheartedly and claims that she apparently holds a special place in Dan Ah's heart.
The next day, Dan Ah and Hyun Bin wait for the king's arrival from his sangcham. Rather awkwardly, Dan Ah compliments Hyun Bin's baby prince, but Hyun Bin bluntly says that she hates Dan Ah for having attained that which she has always longed for. Dan Ah corrects her, saying that she is not the one that the king fancies. She also informs Hyun Bin about their "past" encounter at Bi Hwa Rim and wishes to bring back Jin Won's kind smile if she can. Though she acknowledges that the king's heart belongs to another, Dan Ah affirms that she shall not back down and protect Jin Won with all her capability.
Hyun Bin responds by reasserting her hate towards Dan Ah. However, though she concludes that getting along with Dan Ah is a bad move, Hyun Bin posits that they can be good rivals in love. Dan Ah accepts the challenge and asks for the both of them to compete fairly during the bridal selection.
Dan Ah asks permission if she may approach the baby prince, so Hyun Bin asks her nursemaid, Baek Hwa, to bring forth her son to Dan Ah. After the latter sings a lullaby to the baby prince, he smiles endearingly. As they all become surprised at the child's response, Se Ryeon arrives at the gathering. Her maidservant serves them a valuable tea, whose scent Se Ryeon commends. She notices Hyun Bin lower her teacup, seemingly suspicious of it. Hyun Bin pulls the tablecloth to prevent Dan Ah from drinking the tea, but due to her leg injury, Nabi instead shields Dan Ah from the spill and acquires a burn on her arm. Amidst the commotion, Jin Won arrives and spots Nabi's injury. Frustrated, he postpones the gathering and orders them to return to their quarters.
Upon the king's order, the royal physician attends to Dan Ah in her quarters and finds out that her injury is slight. On the other hand, Nabi's injury is far more severe. However, the latter flatly rejects treatment. Instead, Dan Ah applies first aid herself on Nabi's burnt arm.
At night, Jin Won pays a visit to Dan Ah's quarters and asks how her condition is. He offers her some medication for her burn, but she says she is fine. Nabi takes her leave to prepare some tea, but Dan Ah interrupts her and insists to make the tea for the king herself, thinking that he might have visited her out of concern. After some time, Dan Ah presumably hears the king's confession towards Nabi, figuring out that Nabi is the woman that he has been pining for.
As Jin Won continues to pursue Nabi, the latter hears a clatter nearby and rushes to look for the person in the shadows. It turns out to be Dan Ah, completely in shock after hearing their conversation. As Jin Won asks Nabi if there is anyone out there, Nabi tells him that she does not see anyone. In reality, Dan Ah covers Nabi's eyes, asking her not to look at her expression.
They leave the quarters without telling Jin Won; Nabi quietly follows Dan Ah from behind. Suddenly, Nabi asks her to send her away if her presence is making Dan Ah uncomfortable. Amidst her confused emotions, Dan Ah tells Nabi that it is not her fault for being desired by the king, though she admits that she herself desires him.
The next morning, as Dan Ah finally realizes that Nabi is the woman that the king fancies, she regrets having asked Nabi to help her win over Jin Won's heart. She thinks of the possibilities in their relationships: either the king will finally open up to Dan Ah or Nabi will accept the king's feelings. As she slumps down by her garden, Se Ryeon approaches her and asks what she is doing. Dan Ah latter shows Se Ryeon her small garden of medicinal herbs, in which Se Ryeon asks if she can join her. She then allows her company until she is summoned to Hyun Bin's quarters.
Along the way, though Nabi offers her arm to assist Dan Ah in walking, they both remain awkward with each other. As they arrive at Hyun Bin's quarters, a flock of maidservants are gathered for what seems to be a merchant sale. Seol Hwa ushers Dan Ah to Hyun Bin's quarters. The consort requests Dan Ah to sing her lullaby to her baby prince, which she happily does. Without fail, the baby prince smiles endearingly. Hyun Bin allows her to visit anytime as her son has taken quite a liking to Dan Ah.
- (Referring to Nabi) "She was as beautiful as the moonlight... and just as cold."
- (To Hong) "I like you! N-No, that's not what I meant. I like Hong's Bi Hwa Rim!""
- (Referring to Nabi and Won, respectively) "Who could that woman be...? It looked like Young Master liked her... I'm jealous. I want him to like me, too."
- (To Nabi about the boy she met at Bi Hwa Rim) "When I lost my mother, my life lost all of its light. Even though they took pity and treated me kindly, the pain in my young heart could not go away. My heart, which was cold and empty after losing Mother... was soon filled with warmth by the memories of him. Flowers bloomed as time passed. The flowers withered once again. The snow piled up, and the rain poured. It was the memory of him that protected my heart from drowning in the depth of loneliness. He is... precious... precious to me...
- (To Nabi) "The more you chase after a man, the more they run away."
- (To Nabi) "I was so happy... to have met you."
- (To Nabi) "Y-You truly are the "most beautiful". How would you make men feel if you're able to even make my female heart beat so?"
- (To Hong and Won before departing to the palace) "I was able to meet Hong before I leave. And since Hong helped move the lantern along, it was floated by the three of us. Isn't that amazing? Even if we separate, we will all meet again."
- Dan Ah is afraid of ghosts.
|Characters of Twelve Nights|
|Royal Family||Ahn Young • Hyun Bin • Jin Hyul • Jin Jeok • Jin Won • Unnamed Baby Prince • Unnamed Baby Princess • Yi Hwi • Yi Sae Gi • Yoon Yeon Lee|
|Ministers||Hwang Se Hyung • Kim Hak Gyu • Sa Hwa Hyeon • Seo In Seon Woo • Wi Ji Hyun • Yi Ha • Yoo Ja Gyeom|
|Bi Yeong Pal Mu||Baek Ah • Baek Ju • Baek Lin • Baek Ryung • Baek Sa • Heuk Rang|
|Bi Yeong Ship Mu||Baek Ho • Baek Yoo Shin • Gil Mu Jin • Yi Ha|
|Deung Ha Bul Myung||Baek Ho • Crimson Moon • Gil Mu Jin • Nabi • Seol Hwa • Seo In Seon Woo • Wol Young Hwa • Yi Hwi • Yi Jeok|
|Yu Hyang Ru||Nabi • Wol Young Hwa • Yi Jeok|
|Others||Chung • Hwang Se Ryeon • Hyun • Ma Mi Song • Nam Yang Heon • Sori • Woon • Yi Ha's Wife • Yoo Dan Ah • Yoo Dan Ah's Mother|
|Royal Family||First Prince • First Princess • Jang Rei • Jang Rok Ha • Jang Ryun • Second Princess • Three Wives of Jang Ryun • Unnamed Baby Prince • Unnamed Baby Princess • Yeong Bi|
|Others||Gwak Ji Ryeon • Meng Gyeom|