Ender is sitting in a rocking chair with an ice pack between his legs as he held a book shaped computer in his hands and he said, “Captain’s Personal Log star date 2342.9, for the last two days Petra, at her own request, and I spent most of our time horse riding. She started to get a liking of horseback riding but I on the other hand keep hurting my crotch and as a result I am now stuck here while she is enjoying herself while I try to HEAL myself. On top of that when we try to cook our food instead of using the replicators she is most promising in the kitchen as well when I on the other hand am only good at making microwave meals. Even though I have my short comings and my desire NOT to ride horse back again at least Petra is happy, or I should say, happier since the incident on our last mission on board the USS Challenger.” Petra rode by on her horse and said out loud, “Ender’s a wimp!” Ender quickly covered up the microphone on the log as Petra continued riding as she laughed when Ender scowled at her. Ender removed his hand and said, “Ignore that background noise. I called Nikolai on the status of the repairs of the Endeavor and he told me that the ship should be repaired by three days the latest. He told me it will be completed sooner but is not sure of the time frame. I did not tell him but I believe he wants to build a reputation like Chief Engineer Scott on the Enterprise as a miracle worker. I did not tell him this of course cause I know he will try to deny it. So as I sit here, with an ice pack on my crotch, I am taking the time to find something else that me and Petra can do or go before we head back to the Endeavor and I think I have found something that should interest her very much as I am.” Petra trotted up on her horse and stopped by the front porch and said, “You still messing with your personal log?” Ender closed the log and sat it beside him and said, “Not anymore.” Petra tried to hide her laugh but couldn’t and she said, “You still look funny with that ice pack between your legs.” Ender did not looked amused and he said sarcastically, “Ha, ha, very funny.” Petra looked at him seriously and said, “Do you still have those nightmares?” Ender looked serious as well and he said, “Yes, but I am not worried by them anymore. It’s not like people can reach out from another world or from the dead.” Petra got off her horse and patted before feeding the horse an apple and said, “So you are not going to do what Mazar Packham does and Speak for the Dead?” Ender replied, “After what he and Graff did and having me nearly wipe out the Formics thinking it was a game? No, I am not going to allow myself to be more related to them in anyway.” Petra replied, “I understand.” She pulled the reins of the horse and said, “I am going to put the horse away and...” Ender cut in excitedly, “Oh I almost forgot! I have a new idea of what we can do for the next couple of days before we go back!” Petra looked at him puzzled and said, “And what is that?” Ender said, “I think its better to show you.” Petra tied the horse up to the railing and stood behind Ender to see, on the laptop he pulled out, the inside of a cave and it flipped to different views of what appears to be a mountain as people walked around admiring the scenery as an advertiser said, “Come enjoy the caves of Mt. Tula! These amazing caves were burrowed by the lava flows of this extinct volcano making stunning views that have astounded everyone that come to enjoy with their families and you will too! Just call the number on the bottom to enjoy these amazing sites and create memories that last a lifetime!” Ender said, “So, what do you think?” Petra looked at him puzzled and said, “You want to journey underneath a mountain of solid rock looking through caves?” Ender said, “And an amazing view of the coast and harbor behind the mountain and below, or weren’t you watching?” Petra scowled and punched him on the shoulder as Ender make a weak cry and Petra said, “I was watching doofus. I’m just making sure we are not being cheated on since you told me this will take the last of our leave days here.” Ender said, “Don’t worry, I throughly checked them and the mountain and it is legit.” Petra smiled and said happily, “Good! Then we will go tomorrow?” Ender smiled and said, “If that is what you want, yes.” Petra hurriedly walked down the steps and untied the horse and said, “Then go ahead and get our stuff ready when I put the horse away and clean him up before I join you!” Ender said, “You got it!” Petra then guided the horse to the stable as Ender closed the computer, took his ice pack off and awkwardly got up from his chair as he made his way inside the house.
Petra came through the front door bare foot as she left her boots outside the door with the front of her jeans almost caked with mud. Petra said to herself, “I hope Ender doesn’t see me.” Ender called out, “Nice jeans!” Petra scowled as she leaned to her left and looked past the living room to see Ender looking at her with hiking bags laid across the table smiling at her. Petra said sarcastically, “Says someone who has to wear an ice pack on his crotch cause he doesn’t know how to ride a horse properly!” Ender said, “Ugh.” And he finished packing both their bags. Petra said, “Do we have everything for the trip?” Ender replied, “I packed everything that any ordinary hiker packs before climbing up a mountain, with the exception of climbing gear. I read on the site that they provide that stuff when we get there.” Petra said, “That’s good to hear.” She undid the first two buttons on her blouse as Ender watched in wonder and she stood walked up the first couple of steps before leaning towards his direction and said, “Endy, I am going into the shower and you ARE going to join me.” Ender stammered and said, “I’ll wait till after you.” Petra replied, “I am using the last of the water.” They both stared at each other as Petra smiled at him and Ender eventually smiled as well and suddenly Petra ran up the stairs as Ender gave chase.