Richard is first seen sitting alone in a dark room with a saddened expression on his face before he notices someone at the window. That someone is Asbel as he pushes the windows open, making the room brighter. At first, Richard rejects Asbel's offer to go out and play, believing the only reasons people would want to get close to him is so they could use him and gain something in return, but soon realizes that Asbel is different. When Richard offered Asbel his ring in exchange for having saved his life, Asbel angrily rejects it, stating that he did not save him to gain something or that he was a prince. Along with Sophie, the two made a vow of friendship at the flower garden, carving their names onto the tree. Richard promises that he will never forget that moment.