Eureka enters the strange lotus bud they find at the core of the Vodarac shrine, and inside finds a library much like the one she found when she nearly merged with the Scub Coral. Inside this library, she meets Sakuya. Norb tells Renton (and Sakuya tells Eureka) the story of how the two fell in love after an earthquake and attempted to pass the Great Wall. Outside, Holland's group defends the shrine against Vodarac soldiers, with the U.F. military approaching fast.