“Any plans after we reach our destination?” Sen asked Vanni softly as he stood at the bow of the airship watching the scenery.

“I’m not sure,” he replied, after a moment. “I figured… I thought that I’d explore. I’d like to… see the world.”

“The world’s a big place,” Sen pointed out. “The road gets mighty lonely. Might you want some company?”

“Maybe,” Vanni replied. He looked out over the bow of the airship and smiled. His father had always warned him about trusting strangers. The woman might have an ulterior motive for her offer; but she might just want company on the road.

“Where are we going?” Oliver asked, joining them.

Vanni spun to face them and waved a hand toward the horizon. “That way,” he declared. “After that… who knows.”

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