Taking in the salty smell the sea gave to Kai always invigoratted him in a way where it reminded him of freedom. It reminded him the times where he would occasionally set sail for open waters where he would be free to do whatever he wants. How he missed those days where he would travel around different parts of the world, communiting and indulging a variety of new and old faces, and perhaps breaking a few hearts here and there.
Kai thought to himself occasionally, why is he staying in Mineral Town? Sure, it's his major supply of fresh foods for his shack, the wine is excellent, a beautiful natural environment, and the people acts like one big huge family. It gave him a sense of comfort that no other places he visted could ever provide. But his soul longed for adventure, the future throwing up roadblocks and tests that would force him to try and overcome. But here in Mineral Town, nothing, if ever, changes. There was never real conflict, save for his little bickering with Rick and how certain men in this town views him as some sort of playboy, but by the end of it all, they welcomed Kai with open arms.
The thought within itself was something he never encountered. How people would help each other, no matter the weather. In the real world, people were out for themselves, or has some sort of ulterior motive that would result to social gratification... Hell, even Kai had his fair share of false sense superiority and the need for attention. But in Mineral Town, there was no falsehood, no ill bearings, and certainly has no tolerance for people that would simply disrupt the peace for no apparent reason. Although they were wary of strangers, if they showed some sort of effort to communicate with them, they're like family to them.
For Kai's case, he felt that he was the wacky cousin of the community that would come every year. He would bring the joyus weather of summer and have everyone bask in his warm yet blunt, cocky attitude. Although there were a couple of people that are wary of him, they would resolve their differences in a matter of days and they would move on. But for reasons unknown... Kai could never get used to it. Here he was, in a town full of people who's roots were planted in the small little community, and that they were content with what they have.
The purple bandanna wearing man knew that he was missing something in his life, that screamed out to him at his very core. For Kai, he felt that traveling was something as a means of exploring the unknown, to brave and experience what life has to offer. When he stays at a place for too long, those urges would come back and thus began to process of moving from place to place. But out of all the places he visited, he always came back to Mineral Town every summer. Kai was just content with coming and going, moving place to place. But there was a point in time where he realized that he was stuck in the same pattern.
Kai would travel place to place, but in the end, he would come back to Mineral Town. The realization that he was stuck in a cycle he loathed frightened him. Just when he was about to announce the official closing of the Snack Shack, a whole new roadblock was sent his way. It was no surprise that after the original owner of Mineral Town's beloved farmer died, the condition of the lush and plentiful producing plants ceased and declined. But the story did not end there, as the farmer who originally owned the property has an heir, and that person was certainly on their way.
When Kai met the new farmer, he found the farmer fully capable, friendly, and certainly became the town's little sweetheart in just under a month. But when he and the farmer talked, there was a certain connection that Kai could not deny. Even at a certain point, the farmer admitted of owning the farm because of the past, and felt incomplete or missing something important. For the first time ever, he was scared of the new owner of the farm, not because of how Kai disliked that person, not in the slightest. But it was because of how the new stranger would evoke something deep inside- a sense of longing. The very sensation that practically haunted Kai up until this point... as a result, he couldn't wait to get out of the small little world, but also dreaded to leave it.
But to make matters worse at the time... the farmer would always see Kai off, and gave him a look that no one else gave the nomad whenever he sets off, even when the small town grew fond of him and when he left for the first time. It was not a look of where the farmer would have a clear look of, 'I'm sad you're leaving, but see you next year!' No. It was a look of, 'I don't want you to leave, please stay.' What's worse, is that when the farmer first saw Kai off, he was completely caught off guard and it tempted him to stay just a little bit longer with his new friend. But it didn't end there. The farmer kept on seeing Kai off with the exact same face, the attitude of sorrow when Kai leaves every single year, and the feelings of wanting to stay grew more tempting for the next four years. But whenever he comes back, the towns people would always comment on how the farmer's mood would improve drastically every day that comes closer to Kai's return.
It never really dawned upon Kai on how he changed as well, ever since the new farmer came. Whenever Kai leaves, he would write often to the farmer back at Mineral Town, and would even tell his friend where he would be next so that he could get the mail. For Kai, it was a first time for not only keeping in contact with the people of Mineral town, but actually making an effort to keep the communication going. Over the years, it became a ritual, and although Kai hated being stuck in a cycle, it was one of the very few where he welcomed it. And once the nomad knew that the sense of longing was slowly becoming satisfied with the companionship of the new esteemed farmer, Kai decided to finally plant his roots.
Fast fowarding to the present... Kai would often look at the sea with a longing look. The adventures, places, and people he met over the years. Although his new life in Mineral Town permitted him to travel often, his Snack Shack is now open for all seasons, save for winter. There were many things he missed. Kai felt that he sacrificed something that was a part of his life, his identity, when he decided to live in Mineral Town permenantly.
But when Kai looked down on his hand and stared at the ring wrapped around his ring finger, a smile crept up, not even realizing that the farmer was walking towards Kai.
"Well, what's that long face for, Kai?" The farmer spoke in a sing song voice, "Thinking about something?"
Immediately, Kai turned to the person that broke the cycle that he had long been running from, and brought him into an adventure that he would never run or back off from. "Yeah, just the usual..." When the farmer elbowed Kai, prompting him for him to expand, the now setteled down nomad chuckled, "I was just thinking of everything that happened, you know? The journey was hard and long... and I knew that it ended as soon as I got hitched to you."
"So..." The Farmer smiled, looking up at him with a gentle look, "was it worth it?"
Finally, Kai turned to the person that changed his life for the better... he wrapped his arms around the hard working farmer's waist, looking down, and rested his forehead on top of the other. "Hm. Constantly catching myself watching you more than anyone else, feeling jealous whenever anyone gets closer to you, always hoping you'd come by the Snack Shack, thinking of no one else but you while I left, and missing every single day while I was gone by the end of Summer? It was a challenge I needed to overcome... and I would go back in time just so I could have the chance to meet you again, Pete."
Pete looked at Kai, dead straight in his eyes, while raising up his calloused hands to rest on his lover's shoulders, before the two pulled back and went back in for a chaste kiss. The intimate act always felt profound, something that Kai nor Peter could ever get enough of. Whether they are engaged in passionate love making, or at night, each kiss felt more It was like they were in their own little world, their island paradise that Pete and Kai would explore together. It was a journey, set in stone for both the former nomad and the esteemed farmer.
It was neither destiny nor fate that the two would meet, it was simply two people who simply clicked, and them growing together until the final days of their lives.