It began with a simple declaration from Isaac:

"Say, let's all go on a vacation!"

"A vacation!" echoed Miria.

The duo sat at the dining room table at Firo and Ennis' house with said couple, Nice, Jacuzzi, and Czeslaw. Isaac looked around at the company and nodded resolutely. "Yes, yes, a vacation sounds like a fine idea."

"The finest!" Miria chirped.

So before anyone else knew what was going on, Isaac had reserved the seven of them slots for a weeklong cruise on the fine watercraft Shiela of the Sea.

"Pack your bags because good ol' Shiela sets sail next Friday!" Isaac informed them with a sparkle in his eye.

Ennis exchanged suspicious glances with Firo, who shrugged. "Does Isaac know what he's getting us into?" she whispered.

"Don't worry about it, dollface," Firo grinned back with his trademark pep. "We'll have the time of our lives… not like it matters, because we have all the time in the world!" he added with a hearty chuckle.

The brunette sighed to herself. Maybe Firo's right, she reasoned. It'll be something different, and with all the changes we've been having around here recently, a getaway should be a change of the pleasant variety. Making a mental list of all that needed to be packed, she closed her sharp catlike eyes and hoped for the best.