Walking the streets, Daniel notices that a car is following him. He tries to escape, but is bundled into the backseat by two men, only to find that one is Fermín and the other Don Federico. Daniel faints and wakes up in Fermín’s safe house. He’s anxious to find Bea, but Fermín, who has read Nuria’s manuscript while Daniel slept, gives Daniel some painkillers and says he’ll go out to search for her.
Vowing to search for Daniel’s missing lover, Fermín mirrors Fortuny when he helped shield Carax earlier. By facilitating his love affair, he’s helping Daniel become a man; but by protecting him, he’s still caring for him like a father.
Daniel wakes up in the middle of the night to find Fermín snoring next to him. He realizes that Bea has probably taken refuge in the Aldaya mansion, and he boards the bus, amid a huge snowfall, to pursue her there.
Daniel rejects Fermín’s fatherly care (as he has with his actual father), feeling the urgency of his problems too greatly and preferring to solve them independently.