Spring has returned, one year since Akari arrived on Aqua, and she once more gets to wear her Summer uniform. While she and Aika are out practicing, they meet another gondolier named Alice, a trainee from the company Orange Planet. Akari tries to make friends with her, but Aika is put off by the trainee's rude attitude and challenges her to a race around the Cape. She even makes Akari row the gondola. At the start, Alice gets the advantage with her speed and agility, but then Aika tells Akari to use reverse rowing, enabling them to pass up Alice's gondola. However, Akari decides to stop to pick flowers, allowing Alice to reach the goal first. When the two Singles catch up, in comes the first gale of Spring. Alice's attitude, due to Akari's kindnesses, has softened some, and she joins them in picking more flowers.
NAVIGATION 12: UNDER CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN FULL BLOOM
Alicia invites Akari to go with her "to search for Spring." Riding in Akari's gondola, they (along with President Aria) travel to an island with an abandoned train station. Following the cross-country track, they then discover an old train car under a blossoming cherry tree. Since it is getting dark, the group decides to camp out in the old car. While Alicia and Akari lounge inside, President Aria climbs a nearby utility pole and flips a switch that reconnects electricity to the car. Suddenly, the inside becomes brightly lit up, even illuminating the tree's many blossoms. Akari states that they have finally found Spring.
NAVIGATION 13: TOWN TREASURE
Aika goes with Akari and President Aria to take a spare gondola in for repairs. The shop owner gives them a loaner, an old but well-maintained gondola, and on the way back they see Alice and stop to chat. Just then, Aika spies a hidden compartment in the gondola. Inside they find a small box, and inside the box is a treasure map. The three girls and President Aria then set off in search of the treasure; however, during the course of their venture, they keep finding more boxes with more maps. Eventually, having explored much of the city, they walk down an unfamiliar narrow side street, and to their surprise are soon treated to a panoramic view of Neo-Venezia, the treasure that they had been seeking.
NAVIGATION 14: THE MAJOR FAIRIES
Aika is running away from home and moves into Aria Company; Akari's room, to be precise. She tells Akari that the senior undine at Himeya Company has become more strict with her lately, perhaps due to the rivalry that exists between the top undines of the three major gondola companies, Aria, Himeya and Orange Planet. She says that the they have become renowned as the Three Major Water Fairies. Just then, one of the "fairies," Akira of Himeya, shows up to bring Aika back home. Alicia appears, only to send Akira into a tirade that reflects their long-standing rivalry. To settle matters, they decide to have Akari and Aika compete against each other.
NAVIGATION 15: FESTA DEL BOCOLO
It is time once again for Aqua Alta, when the waters rise and flood the streets of Neo-Venezia. Aria Company is shut down, and Alicia is off to a gondola association meeting. While minding the shop, Akari receives a phone call from Akatsuki demanding that she meet him. So with President Aria in tow, she catches up with the Salamander and helps him scour the city for red roses. He tells her about the tradition of Festa del Bocolo, the day when each man gives a single red rose to his beloved; however, Akatsuki feels that one rose is not enough for his "beloved," Alicia, and keeps loading up Akari's gondola. His opportunity comes to present the roses to Alicia; only, she already has a gondola-load herself.