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The pair visits the Grand Canyon on August 21. 

Autumn is excited to see it all. Adrian hands her a funny-looking pair of sunglasses.

"You'll see," he responds to her quizzical look. 

Autumn smirks at him and doesn't ask. Adrian slips on a pair of his own, and Autumn slides hers onto her face as well. 

She expects to see some sort of code written in the sand or something, but they work just like any other pair of sunglasses. As they hike around the Canyon, she pauses to snap pictures. 

It's getting dark fast. Really fast. 

Adrian nudges her and points to the sky. 

The sun, which she can look at comfortably with the special glasses, looks like some enormous space monster has taken a bite out of it. Her jaw drops. 

Gradually, so slowly she can't see it actually happening, but so quickly that it's an obvious change, the bite grows bigger and bigger, until the sun is completely blocked out, leaving the two in incomplete darkness. 

A solar eclipse. 

She stares up at the sun, which is nothing but a black hole with a circular halo surrounding it now, for half of an hour, before the moon's shadow begins to slip away and Autumn's neck begins to cramp. 

"I knew this would be a good place," Adrian mentions triumphantly. 

"How did you know?" Autumn asks, rubbing the back of her neck. 

"The magical invention entitled, The Internet," he declares dramatically, gesturing as if The Internet were a newspaper heading. She laughs. 

They explore the depths of the Grand Canyon, spots in their vision but not unable to take in the beauty of their surroundings. 

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