Jom begins a fresh chapter in his life as he moves into Yai’s house and starts his new role working for him.
As Yai desires to keep Jom close, Jom is now working as his majordomo and will have to prove worthy of the role given to him by Yai. But will it be that easy for everyone to accept this sudden development?
WARNING: SPOILER AHEAD. Read at your own risk!
TRIGGER WARNING: Mentions of rape
Yai discusses with his mother that he wants Jom to move in with him, feeling it’s improper that he extended the invitation but Jom is staying with someone else. His mother points out that Robert isn’t a stranger, but Yai remains insistent that he doesn’t want to inconvenience Robert. She proposes having Jom stay at their home and share a room with the other male servants, but Yai suggests that Jom could help him take care of his business. Yai clarifies that having Jom around could ease his burden, especially since his father is often busy, and Chan constantly has to accompany him. Yai’s mother and Prik express their hesitations, concerned that Jom might bring trouble in the future. Yai, however, urges his mother to trust him, emphasizing that Jom is not a bad person but is simply going through a tough time. His mother agrees since it’s his decision, but she warns him about his father, who could become upset when he discovers that a stranger has been made as his majordomo. She fears that this could strain their relationship once again but eventually agrees. Jom is quietly packing his belongings when Ming asks about what’s bothering him. Jom admits that he’s uncertain about what will happen once he moves to the other house. Ming says that it’s a positive move for him, but Jom expresses his unease about not knowing anyone there. At least where he is, he has Ming as a friend. Ming tries to comfort him by assuring him that even if he moves to the other house, their friendship will remain unchanged. Yai accompanies Jom to the Palathip house when Yai notices that Jom is staring. Jom explains that he’s simply excited to start working there. Yai reassures him, mentioning that Prik will provide him with information about his responsibilities until his father returns to meet him. His father has been away for work but is expected back in the next few days. Jom, feeling anxious, asks about his father’s demeanor. Yai explains that his father is not a harsh person, he can be strict but he believes that Jom will understand once they meet. Yai shows Jom his new bedroom and Jom responds with a smile, saying that he likes it. Yai also expresses his fondness for the room, noting that they are now living under the same roof as they exchange smiles.
Prik takes Jom on a tour around the house, explaining that after Luang moved there for his career, he had the house constructed, along with a smaller guesthouse. Intrigued, Jom asks about the construction, but Prik admits she doesn’t know. He then asks about her background but Prik scolds him gently, instructing him to blend in and focus on his responsibilities instead. She begins explaining his duties, such as preparing for Yai’s morning routine, making his bed, and getting his bath ready. In the kitchen, she hands him a plate of food, but he mistakenly assumes it’s for him. She clarifies that the meal is for Yai and explains his afternoon routine. Unless Yai accompanies Luang, he spends his afternoons reading at his desk or in the pavilion near the river. Jom’s responsibility will be to serve him desserts after every meal. Curious, Jom asks about Yai’s age, and upon learning that Yai is 20, he wonders why Yai isn’t attending university. Prik reveals that Yai is tutored by a teacher hired by his father, who hopes that his son will work for the state, just like him. As Prik instructs Jom to deliver the dessert to Yai, she emphasizes that he should not venture outside at night, warning him about the potential danger of being mistaken for a rebel. Jom dutifully delivers the sweets to Yai, who asks if he’s feeling tired after learning about his new responsibilities from Prik. Jom admits to feeling a bit exhausted, and Yai reassures him that he’ll try to make things easier. As Yai enjoys his dessert, he notices Jom staring and when asked, Jom explains that he’s just admiring the roti Yai is eating. Yai shares that it’s called Lutti and happens to be his mother’s favorite. He kindly offers Jom a taste who finds it delicious and takes the opportunity to ask Yai what he was doing. Yai informs Jom that he has just finished studying and now plans to rest since he’s feeling tired so he asks if Jom could read for him. Jom begins reading the book but is taken aback by its content, prompting him to close it. Yai notices his reaction and asks if he’s tired, pointing out that he saw Jom frowning. Jom explains, saying he might have been “into it” and clarifies that he picked up the phrase from an English-speaking missionary who used to teach him near his home. Yai then asks if Jom doesn’t like the book but Jom quickly goes into a heated explanation, describing the character in the book as a “bastard” and expressing his disagreement with the character’s actions, even though he understands that such behavior was normal for the period. Yai questions if Jom doesn’t live in that time period, to which Jom clarifies that he was referring to the era portrayed in the poem and excuses himself to attend to the dishes.
In the kitchen, Ming strikes up a conversation with Jom about being the majordomo, and Jom quickly reveals that there’s more work to do than just gardening. Ming adds that at least Jom is safe from the foreign master, who doesn’t like him. Jom agrees and acknowledges that there are indeed many people who dislike him. Lamyai interjects into their conversation, remarking that it’s probably because Jom became Yai’s majordomo out of nowhere. Ming steps in to defend Jom, suggesting they should be happy for him, but Lamyai continues to provoke him. Jom attempts to calm Ming down and prevent a fight, but eventually, Lamyai leaves, taunting Ming as she does. Ming tries to console Jom, assuring him not to pay attention to Lamyai’s hurtful words. However, Jom can’t help but feel down since he knows what Lamyai said is true. At night, Eeang Peung is engrossed in her reading, explaining to Maey that she’s studying to gain knowledge and protect herself from getting taken advantage of. Maey suggests that she should discuss her interest in learning with her father, but Eeang Peung knows that it wouldn’t change anything. Maey expresses her concern, and Eeang Peung comforts her by gently touching her cheek. Their moment is interrupted when Robert enters the room, prompting Maey to hide under the bed with the book. Robert tries to seduce Eeung Peung however, she remains indifferent and gets straight to the point, asking why he’s there. Robert invites her to join the pig racing club on Christmas day, but she declines, expressing her discomfort with how the others look at her. She changes the subject and asks whether he’s found a pig trainer yet so Robert mentions that he’s considering Jom for the role based on James’ suggestion. Eeang Peung becomes angry that Robert is willing to exploit Jom, even after accusing him. Robert’s anger flares, and he grabs Eeang Peung’s arm in frustration before leaving the room without further confrontation. Robert heads straight to Fong Kaew’s room to continue harassing her.