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That One Roadtrip With You

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Earth looks out of the window of his orange Jeep Wrangler. The queue for the ferry was longer than he expected. Usually he would just call the port’s in-charge to let him get through during business trips. But this trip was not one of those suit-required travels he had in the past. This was him escaping from everything.

The scorching heat of the sun makes Earth feel flustered, making him drink his blue Gatorade till there was no drop left. Forty minutes into this dreadful wait, Earth couldn’t hold it any longer.  He felt like his bladder’s about to explode. He gets out of the jeep and beelines his way to the bathroom.

“Oops, sorry.” Earth apologizes as he bumps into someone upon entering the comfort room. The guy shrugs off his apology, and hurriedly goes out. Earth finds this a little bit rude, but he doesn’t have the time to reflect on it. He continues to do what he was supposed to do, which is peeing. After using the cubicle, he flushes the toilet and goes outside. He washed his hands in the sink. He was about to head out when he noticed something on the floor. He picks it up, a ferry ticket. It seems like it’s new as the part where the ticket teller should tear it is still intact. He pocketed it and headed back. This must be important to someone, so he wants to look for the unfortunate passenger.

As he closes in to where his vehicle was, he hears angry honks around. He looks ahead. His Wrangler sat idly. The queue up ahead of him was no longer to be seen. No wonder the vehicles behind him are angry.

He gestures sorry to the drivers waiting behind him and quickly slides inside his jeep. He slowly presses the accelerator and changes it into primary level. The car moves forward. Wheels rolling on the black asphalt. He drives until he stops beside the checkpoint for vehicles entering the ferry. He paid his fee, took the ticket and receipt and thanked the teller. He was about to cross the ramp when in his peripheral vision, he saw a little ruckus going on at the foot passenger lane.

“I told you I already have a ticket! You can ask your fellow who sold it over there!”

Earth keeps driving, he’s already inside the ferry and stopping in the middle of it could mean an imbalance to the buoyancy of the ship. But he has to park his car immediately. He knew that the person in trouble back there was the person he bumped into in the bathroom. He might be the person who lost his ticket too. 

He followed the crew men's instructions as to where to park. With a few reverse, he succeeded in parking his jeep inside the ferry. He quickly shuts off the engine and gets out of his car, his satchel already hung around him. He tells the crew men that he will be quick, and jogs his way back to the mouth of the ferry where the man is still fighting with the teller.

“Excuse me, ma’am. This man is with me and I have his ticket here. I forgot to give it to him earlier. I’m sorry for the trouble.” he hands over the ticket.

“I told you I have a ticket.” the man grumbled. The teller shot her eyes at him before snatching the ticket from Earth’s hand, still ranting about stupid customers. She opened the gate for the traveller, and he sarcastically thanked her. Earth politely thanked her and followed the man who was already on his way to the passenger view deck upstairs.

When Earth got to the top of the stairs, he couldn’t find the man, as the passenger cabin and view deck was filled with travellers.

“So much for being a good samaritan.” Earth complained. “The guy didn’t even say thank you.”

He walks towards the front side of the view deck and sits on one of the empty white benches. He took out a Canon EOS M50 Mark II from his satchel as he felt the hum of the ferry’s engine come to life and they started to move. He turns on his camera and aims ahead, snapping a few shots of the mountains ahead of them. He looks around and takes a couple more shots of the passengers around him and the beautiful sunset on his left side. He was about to take a picture of a kid who happily points out the crystal sea when something red blocked his camera’s view. He lowers his camera to see a Coke can dangling in front of him. 

He turns his head around and sees the man from the bathroom. He looks young. Around mid-20s, with dark chocolate hair, sparkling ebony eyes, and fair, smooth skin. He was wearing a brown plaid shirt and baggy jeans, a yellow ochre body bag slung around him, and a hipster-looking backpack on his back.

“Cute.” Earth thinks.

He sits down beside Earth and offers the Coke. “Here. It’s a thank-you gift for saving my ass back there.” He takes the Coke, and pops it open. 

“Thought you’re just gonna walk away without thanking me.”

“Nah. I ain’t that rude, you know?”

He takes a swig of the brown soda and gulps it down. “You’re welcome.” He turns his camera again and points at the seabirds flying over their ship and into the clear blue sky.

“You’re a photographer? Is that why you’re here?” the young man asked.

“No. Just doing it out of fun.” He checks his shots then turns to face the man. “How about you? Why are you here? You look like you should be in university finishing your thesis paper.”

He hears the man groan. “Don’t remind me of school. I’m on LOA.”*

“Okay, then. So you’re taking a break huh. Is that why you’re here? To have a breath of fresh air and come back feeling recharged?”

“Hope that’s the case. But no, it’s more than that. You haven’t told me why you’re here though.”

“Do I have to? I mean, you’re a total stranger so I don’t have a reason to state my business here to you.”

The young man pursed his lips. He then stretched out his hand. “Mix Sahaphap Wongratch. 23 years old, First year med student. Now can you answer the question?”

He shook his hand. “Earth Pirapat Watthanasetsiri, 28 years old, small-time businessman, and I still won’t tell you.”

“Then don’t, jeez.” The young man did a little drumming on his thighs before standing up. “Well then. It was nice meeting you. Hope you have a great trip and thanks again for finding my ticket and returning it to me.” Earth nods his goodbye and watches the kid disappear in the sea of passengers. He asks himself if he was a bit rude there for not telling him his purpose in this trip, but he really doesn’t want to say it. And so, he shrugs off his guilty feeling of not keeping the conversation going and continues to take pictures. 

“He’s just another chance encounter, anyway.

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The sun already sunk when the ferry let out a deafening sound, indicating that they had docked on their destination’s port. Earth is now back in his car, engine already turned on. He waited for several minutes for the ramp to go down and for the vehicles in front of him to move out of the small ship before moving himself. He follows the reflecting signs, leading him to the port’s gate. He thanks the guards at the gate and drives out.

The city is small, almost like a town. Old and new buildings towered Earth’s car. There are few establishments that went past the second floor. The winding roads are also a little bit small, with only one lane for each direction. He drove a few blocks and parked his car at a local food chain restaurant. He went inside and ordered food on-the-go. He plans to just eat dinner while on the road. He opened the glass door of the restaurant carrying his goodies when he saw a brown silhouette sitting at the side of the establishment, head hung low looking at the grey cemented floor. He can’t believe this.

He approached the person and stood in front of him. “This is quite a coincidence, no?”

The guy looked up, and sure enough Earth was right. It was Mix from the ferry.

“Why are you here?” Earth plopped his purchased food on the floor and sat next to Mix.

“Obviously the same reason why people come here. To eat.” Mix sarcastically said. Earth chuckled. This guy is quite interesting.

“I mean why are you outside of the restaurant? Shouldn’t you be inside ordering?”

“That’s the thing. I was already inside earlier to order something. When it was time to pay, I realized I don’t have my wallet with me. I looked for it inside my bags but I really couldn’t find it. I think I lost it after we arrived here or worse. It could have been stolen when I took the bus.” Mix sighed. “Now, what am I gonna do? All my money and IDs are there. I can’t go to my destination without it.”

Earth looked at Mix’s defeated yet still beautiful face. The poor guy went through a lot in just a day. From losing his ticket to his wallet going missing. Now he can’t even reach his destination.

“Where are you headed?” Earth asked.

Mix told him, and to his surprise, they are both heading in the same direction. Is this just pure coincidence or is the universe working its magic on them?

“Come on. You can come with me.”

“What?”

“You heard me. I can give you a ride so that you can reach your destination. Besides, we’re heading the same way so it’s not gonna be much of a hassle to me.” Mix eyed him for a minute. Is this real? There is really a person who is good and pure to the extent that he would help him reach his destination? And they don’t even know each other that much. How can this person trust Mix into letting him travel with him?

“I also have some peach mango pies. I can give you some if you're hungry.” Earth added. Now Mix can’t turn down Grace. That’s too rude.

“Okay, I’ll come with you.” He stood up and dust off the dirt on his pants. “Road trips are better with a travel buddy, anyway.”

He followed Earth to where he parked his orange jeep. Earth opened the shotgun seat for Mix, which made the younger one blushed. No one has ever opened a car door for him. He thanked the older man and sat inside. Earth told him that he could put his bigger bag at the back, and so he did. The older man finally slid inside the driver’s seat, and took out the food he ordered out of its brown paper bag. He handed a box to Mix.

“Here. I know you still haven’t eaten. Those are the pies. We can grab some solid food if you want to.”

“No, peach mango pies are fine. Thank you so much.” Mix took the box and immediately opened it. He loves peach mango pies. He quickly dived in and ate the first pie. Earth chuckled seeing this. He’s not only cute, he also eats his food with such gusto. Earth also opened his mealbox and started to munch the spoonful of burger steak and rice. While they ate, a thought came into mind.

“We met three times already. One, in the bathroom. Two, at the ferry. Three, here. This is quite a chance encounter, don’t you think?” Mix chewed his food thoroughly before swallowing it and replied.

“Chance encounter? More like destiny.”  

“Care to elaborate on the destiny part.”

“They say meeting once is a chance encounter. Meeting twice is coincidence. But the third one, that means we are really bound to meet and be a part of each others’ lives. That’s why it’s destiny.” Mix explained, and continued to take a bite of his third pie.

Earth doesn’t believe in destiny. But he can’t help but agree with what Mix said.

“Let’s go. We still have a long way ahead of us.”

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Earth and Mix have been on the road for two hours already when the rain started to pour. They still have four hours left to drive but the radio broadcasted a tropical storm is crossing the region. The fog is getting thicker too, so they really have to stop and find a place to stay in for the night. But there’s nothing in the road but trees and cliffs. The only option they had was to stop at the next town.

During those two hours, Mix was everything but quiet. He jammed to songs that were blaring on the radio. He talked about anything and everything, and loudly admired the scenery they passed by. Earth doesn’t mind though, in fact he finds it adorable. In a span of two hours, he already learned a lot about Mix.

Mix told him that he came from a working middle class family. His mother was a science high school teacher while his father was a former marketing analyst before quitting his job to tend to their small mom-and-pop shop in their province. He has two other siblings, One is her older sister who works as a chemist and lives far, only coming home during the holidays. The other is their beloved younger brother, who is clinically diagnosed with a mild to severe case of Autism. He’s the jester of their family and also the troublemaker. “But not in academics ‘cause I always excel in class.” Mix even added, and chuckled at his side comment. He took up biology as his pre medicine course and proceeded to med school, but he thinks medicine is not really the path for him despite how exciting his first year was. He loves peach mango pies, strawberries, and the sea. He also loves animals and always wanted to have a pet wolf. Mix pretty much told his life story in just two hours, and Earth loves to hear more.

“Oh, found one!” Mix exclaimed. He’s been searching through various travelling sites for a place to stay nearby. He’s been scrolling through Air bnb just now.

“It’s a lodging house not far from here. It’s quite affordable. Do you want me to call ahead and tell them to reserve a room for us?”

“No need. Just hook up the directions and we’ll just book a room in person. We really need to get out of the road. The fog’s getting thicker and the road’s becoming sleek.” Mix nodded in obedience and hooked the directions into Earth’s car. 

Earth followed the map’s direction for twenty minutes before finally reaching their destination. The roads weren’t flooded so they made it safely. They saw a white steel gate with a  sign that said “Power Guest House” which was the place they were looking for. Earth stopped the car and went out. He went near the gate and pressed the doorbell. A few moments later, one of the house’s staff came out and opened the gate for them. Earth returned to the car and let it inside. After he parked his jeep. The two of them got out, bags hung at their backs. They asked the staff if they still have an available room. The staff told them they only have one room left. They told her to lead them to the room.

The room is quite spacious, complete with a living and dining area, a kitchen, a bathroom with shower, and one bedroom. There’s also a grilling and laundry area at the back side of the room that can be accessed through the kitchen backdoor. When they checked the bedroom, it only had one king-sized bed. Without hesitation, Earth paid for the room.

“I’m really sorry to bother you like this. I’m gonna pay you back, I promised.” Earth assured him that it’s no big deal for him. But Mix can’t help but feel bad. Earth has been generous and kind to him since they met at the port. He can’t help feeling useless.

Earth plopped his things beside the living area’s couch. “You can sleep in the bedroom. I’ll take the couch.”

Mix shook his head. “No. I’ll sleep on the couch. It’s too much for me if I’ll also take the bedroom. You already helped me a lot and even paid for this room and let me stay too. At least let me take the couch.”

“No, it’s really okay. And the couch looks comfy enough.”

“How about this. No one’s sleeping on the couch. The bed’s big enough for the two of us anyway.” Mix suggested. 

“Are you sure?”

“Hundred percent.”

“Okay then. I’ll put my things inside okay? I’ll also shower first ‘cause all that driving made me sweat like hell.” Mix nodded. He told Earth he would head out to find them something to eat. Earth agreed and handed him a wad of cash to use. 

After several minutes, Mix came back carrying several bags filled with to-go meals, snacks and drinks but almost dropped it when he opened the door to their room. He sees Earth come out fresh from the shower, a towel wrapped around his waist, his well-sculpted pectorals and abs a little wet from the shower, and damn. His sharp jawline, deep-set almond eyes, and thick eyebrows made Mix’s legs want to buckle.

Earth’s handsome. Mix already noticed that since port. But he didn’t know he’s this hot. Several bad things happened to him today but meeting an adonis like Earth is worth the unfortunate events.

“Oh, you’re here? I’ll get dressed first then we’ll eat.” Mix didn’t have the power to respond. Good thing Earth immediately went inside the bedroom to change. Fuck. The bedroom. He’s gonna share a bed with Earth. This would be hard for Mix. Really hard.


Earth woke up in the middle of the night. He turned to where Mix was sleeping but his friend wasn’t there. He sat up and checked the time on his phone. It’s 2:33 am. Where could he be at this hour?

He searched their room but didn’t find him, so he went outside. He found him at the side of the pool, feet dangling in the water. As he got closer, he could see Mix’s puffy red eyes. Was he crying? Earth sat beside him.

“Hey. You okay?”

Mix wiped his tears. “Yep, I’m okay.”

“You sure?” He didn’t respond. It was quiet for a moment before Mix took a deep breath and spoke.

“Do you know why I’m here, why I took this road trip?” Earth stared at him intently, wanting him to continue.

“A few months ago my mom died due to aneurysm. It was sudden. We didn’t even expect she would be gone this soon. I was with her at that time when she fainted. I didn’t know what to do. At that time I was still a biology student. I just shook her body and cried, desperately hoping for the ambulance to arrive. We arrived at the hospital after two hours but it was too late.” He turned away as tears came rolling down again. Earth caressed his back.

“After the funeral things were never the same. We tried to get back on track, but it’s really not the same. My dad spent more time at our shop and took my brother with him. My sister went back to where she worked, leaving me alone and stuck. I got into med school and hoped to become a doctor to save lives, because I couldn’t save my own mom. One day, I messed up. I had a bad score. My dad was furious. The next thing I know, he told me that I was the reason why my mom didn’t survive, and he wouldn’t be surprised if I couldn’t save him too when he would get sick in the future.” He cried more.

“So, I ran away. It wasn’t the first time they made me feel that it was all my fault, and I couldn’t blame them either. I too blame myself for what happened. I went here to escape from all that, cause if I didn’t run away, all the guilt and sorrow I feel would suffocate me. Or worse.” He didn’t finish the sentence, but Earth knew what he meant.

“He would end himself.”

They sat there in silence, letting the sound of night be heard. Finally, one of them spoke.

“I too, went here to escape.” Earth said quietly, eyes looking at his reflection in the pool. Mix stared at him, eyes still red and crying.

“My fiance broke up with me three months ago. He didn’t tell me why or what I did wrong. He just decided that he didn’t love me anymore and returned the ring. It’s supposed to be our wedding tomorrow. I don’t want to see everyone pitying me so I took off.” dead silence again. 

“So we both have some extra baggage coming here, no?” Mix wiped his tears and laughed at their sorry situation.

“Yeah. I guess we do.”

“And being stranded did us something good too.” Mix added.

“How?” Earth asked.

“We get to let out those extra baggage. At least by saying it out loud it eases the pain for a little bit.” Earth nodded in agreement. They sat there in silence again. Then Earth spoke.

“How about this? Let’s forget all the burden we are carrying and enjoy the day tomorrow. I’m quite familiar with the place we’re heading to. So why don’t we just have fun?”

Mix smiled. “Sounds great to me.”

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"Mix, wake up. We're here." Earth shaked Mix's shoulder ever so lightly. Mix fluttered his eyes slowly. 

"Huh?" He checked the surroundings outside the jeep. The only thing he could decipher is they're in a parking lot in some sort of exclusive private resort.

After leaving the lodging house at four, they continued their journey. Since Mix didn’t get enough sleep last night, Earth let him sleep in the car. They travelled for four hours, only stopping at traffic lights and gas refills. During those idle hours, Earth couldn’t help but stare at Mix’s angelic face. How could such an angelic face experience such pain?

"We're here. They're already preparing a cabin for us. Don't worry, it has two rooms."

Mix stretched his arms. He stomped his legs for a bit because he got numb from sitting for four hours straight, took his backpack from the backseat and followed Earth outside who was already trekking down a small road that leads to the beach.

The place is beautiful. The clear pristine waters sparkle under the sun and the white sand crushing under his sandals are as fine as iodized salt. The shoreline stretched in a curve, like a crescent moon. At the end of the crescent is a cliff, with white cabins perched atop of its rocks.

They walked along the shore until they reached a flight of stairs at the foot of the cliff. They climbed it and found themselves at a path where the brown roofed cabins line up at the side. They walked the path, passing four cabins until they reached the last one. With a turn of the key that Earth inserted inside the doorknob, the cabin's wooden door opened and Mix was in awe. 

The interior of the cabin is breathtaking. Playing along with the ocean vibe, the white birch plank walls are decorated with framed seashells. The foam of the chocolate-colored rattan couches in the living area are white with touches of mint green throw pillows. Opposite to the living area is the kitchen complete with amenities and a marble island counter. To its side is a corridor, probably leading to the rooms and the bathroom. Mix walked across the room and through the sliding door, leading him to the balcony. Though the beach lounge chairs at the side were enticing to lie on, his attention was caught by the breathtaking view of the beach beneath them. 

"Beautiful sight, no?"

Mix turned his head to see Earth beside him, hands in his pockets, also taking in the picturesque surroundings.

"Yeah. It sure is. A beautiful escape." He closed his eyes and breathed in the salty sea air. Then he paused. "I hope my family won't think that I am too selfish for being here, enjoying this paradise, trying to forget the problems we have at home."

"Hey now, you're not selfish. You just want to heal yourself. Also, didn't I say that we should forget our problems for a moment and enjoy this unplanned getaway?" Mix felt Earth's arm wrapped around his shoulder and it made his heart skip a bit. 

"How about we start that process of healing by touring around the sites this place can offer. What do you say?" Earth studied Mix's eyes. For a second, it was filled with worry and self-pondering, but it slowly faded, replaced by a mischievous light Earth never seen before.

"Okay, where should we go first?"

"I don't know. I haven't thought of that yet." Earth honestly said.

Mix's excitement spikes up. "How about this. We write down every tourist site this place has and then we will randomly pick? Sounds good?"

Earth nodded.

"And while we're touring around, why don't we put some random dares in the mix to spice up this adventure?"

Earth smiled widely. "Sounds like a plan."

 


Jesus Christ. Why did Earth write this place down?

He's huffing and puffing, one hand holding at the side railing for support. They are in Linabo Peak, one of the highest points of the city, with three thousand and three steps before getting to the top. They are still in their one thousand steps but Earth felt like giving up.

"Oh come on, old man! We already climbed one-third of it." Mix shouted at him. He's a few steps ahead of him.

"One, don't call me old man. I ain't that old. We're only four years apart. Two, by one-third you mean a thousand steps. That's already a lot to endure. Three, I will totally blame you because you made me carry you at the first five hundred steps!"

"Well it's not my fault that you picked a dare that will require you to carry me. Blame it on your bad luck." Mix guffawed. As much as Earth wants to get irritated on Mix for laughing at his bad luck, it's kind of amusing to hear his laughter, and can't help but chuckle too.

"Okay, enough laughing at my misery. Where's the dare pouch? Pick your dare already." Mix pulled a red pouch from his fanny pack and snatched a piece of paper.

"Play Rock Paper and Scissors. Whoever wins could do whatever they want." He read aloud. Earth smirked. Now, talk about luck.

"Pfft. This is easy. You call this a dare?" Mix scoffed.

Earth just kept silent.

"Rock, Paper, Scissors, shoot! NO!" Mix screamed. He's holding out a scissor, but Earth's hand shows a fist, indicating that he chose stone. Earth laughed.

"One thing you need to know about me, I never lose at a game of Rock Paper and Scissors."

Mix scowled. "That's not fair!"

"What's not fair? I just followed the dare. I win. Now let me think about your punishment." Earth crossed his arms. But Mix already knew what he had in mind. He's here for revenge.

"Carry me on the next five hundred steps."

"Knew it."

"An eye for an eye, buddy." 

Mix made a face at him, but proceeded to crouch so that Earth could climb up his back. Good thing Earth doesn't have anything with him except his crossbody bag. Earth climbed his back, arms around his shoulder, legs resting on the younger one's arms.

"Let's go, human carriage! Take me to the top!" Earth's grinning from ear to ear.

"I hate this game." Mix grumbled and proceeded to climb up, carrying the weight of the World. Pun intended. 

By the time they reached the top, it's already mid-day. After the last three steps, the two immediately collapsed on the flat ground, not minding the dirt and the stares of some of the staff of the place and the tourists that are already there. 

"I will never come here ever again." Mix said, pausing at every word as he caught his breath.

Earth didn't say a single word. He's too tired to conjure even a single sound.

They laid there for a couple of minutes, trying to regain their energy. The first to stand up was Mix, who hurriedly went straight for the refreshment stand near them. Earth followed him.

"Here." The younger one handed him his lemonade that was in his water flask.

"Uh, I could get one."

"You silly, you can sip on mine. We can ask for refills. Also, it would help the environment if we use my water bottle instead of you getting a different lemonade contained in a single-use plastic and a straw."

The kid has a point. He sipped the yellow liquid from Mix's container. Glad that the juice quenched his thirst but the thought of sharing one bottle lingered in his mind. Earth blushed.

Mix noticed the viewing deck, and immediately rushed to the spot. Earth followed suit.

The view is spectacular. They can see the entirety of the city below and the sea stretching out on the horizon. The climb was worth the scenery in front of them.

Earth took out his camera from his bag and snapped some shots. After a few clicks, he shifted his angle and saw Mix on his viewfinder. He paused.

The younger one is closing his eyes, feeling the breeze from the ocean, arms stretched out. He looked solemn. Without a trace of last night's pain in his beautiful face.

With a few turns of his lens mount, Earth took his shot. He reviewed the picture on the LCD display. Earth smiled. A perfect shot.

"What are you smiling at?" Earth immediately hid his camera as Mix stepped closer to him, wanting to see what's in the camera.

"Nothing." Earth said.

"Aw, come on! I wanna see!" Earth raised the camera, but Mix snatched it from his hand just in time. Mix scanned the pictures.

"You sneaky little bastard. You took a photo of me!" He grinned.

"I did not. I was just taking shots aimlessly."

"Liar. You know, if you so badly want a picture of me, you might as well join in the frame." He flung his arms around Earth, turned the camera so that the lens was pointing at them, and pressed the shutter.

"Smile!"

Snap.

"Come on!" Mix pouted as he reviewed the shot. "You're not looking at the camera. You're looking at me! One more time. And let's also take photos using my phone so that you're not the only one who's taking pictures here."

Earth just smiled. He never let anyone touch his camera. Not even his ex-fiance, because he believed that his camera is like his diary that holds the memories of his life. Both good and bad. Yet here he was, letting a complete stranger take a hold of his precious item. Letting him navigate through the buttons and let him see the captured moments inside it.

"Come on! Look at the camera!" Mix nudged at him.

Earth stole one last glance at the person beside him before turning his head at the camera, and held out a peace sign above the younger one's head.

"Smile!"

"Okay looks good." Mix smiled. "Now let's take a few shots on my phone before we ride that cable car. I ain't coming down those three thousand steps. Never. Is that okay?"

Earth chuckled. "Okay."

They snapped a couple of shots on Mix's phone. Taking turns to execute goofy poses and also take some couple shots before finally leaving the place and riding the cable car.

"So, where to next?" Mix took out a black pouch and let Earth pick their next destination.

"The Shrine."

Mix clapped his hands. "Yes! I always wanted to go to the shrine."

"It's just a dead man's shrine."

"No it isn't. It was our national hero's last prison before he was executed in the capital. It's historic. Plus I heard he planted a lot of interesting trees there. He practically built his prison into a paradise." Mix blurted.

"A prison paradise."

"More like an escape to paradise." Mix happily said.

Earth couldn't agree more. The whole place was indeed an escape. Especially with Mix at his side. He forgot about his problems, even for a while. He also hope it's the same for Mix.