"I want you to watch over our daughter. Make sure she's always loved."
"Why can't you just do the surgery? You'll get better and we can be one big happy family again."
"You know Jackson, Izzy asked me the other day if her daddy was gonna be seeing mommy soon. You're just sleeping all day and doing nothing, she thinks you're sick like Isabella was. She's doesn't want to lose her daddy too."
"What am I supposed to do? Act like I never lost her and everything is okay? I can't, I just can't."
"No, but my sister would have wanted you to be happy and move on. At least get out of the house and do something with your daughter."
"Good boy. I'm gonna go. You think you're gonna be fine by yourself?"
"Adorable little girl you have. Where's her mother?"
"Gone." I said it quickly, hoping to make whatever conversation this random woman was bringing up end.
"Oh, I'm so sorry. I shouldn't have asked. It's none of my business."
I looked up at the woman for the first time and saw that she was an older woman, around 40 maybe, I don't know. I've never seen her before which made me assume she was a visitor or maybe a tourist even. There's always new people coming and going on this little island.
"It's okay. I lost her about 6 months ago. We always wanted a big family but since she passed I lost all hope on that dream." I had no idea why I said this to a total stranger but there was something about her that made me want to trust her; like was my mother or grandmother or someone I could truly trust.
"Ah, well I'm in no condition to start up another relationship, or even find someone who shares the same interests and have that special connection with like I did with my wife. Plus a lot of women nowadays don't want large families. They're always settled on 2 or 3."
The woman released a small laugh that was almost like whisper and looked at me like I was some clueless child. "There is no need for another relationship to have the big family that you want. Have you ever heard of the 100 Baby Challenge?"
Again she released another low laugh. "Young man, I was referring to the male 100 Baby Challenge, not the female one."
"What? There's a male version? I've never heard of such a thing. That's insane! No man would want to do something like that."
"Oh there are men who would. In fact there are several."
I closed my eyes and sleep came to me instantly.
I looked up and was shocked to see another person on the beach. She wasn't there a minute ago and I didn't even hear her walk up. It took me a few seconds after seeing her to realize that it wasn't just some random woman, it was Isabella.
"Understand? You mean you're still sick?"
"No Jackson. I'm not sick. I'm fine. This is a dream, it was the only way for me to communicate with you."
"You mean none of this is real?"
"Of course it's real Jackson. It's really me visiting you in your dreams."
"Why'd you come?"
"I came to tell you that you need to do the 100 baby challenge."
"Cause I want you to move on Jackson. I want you to have your dream of a big family, so I'm telling you to do this. You need to heal and get over my death."
"But, you're the only one I want to have kids with."
"Jackson, all the children you have will be mine as well."
"Jackson you will always have me. I will be with you always. I will watch over you as you do the challenge. I will protect you and all of your children."
"Isabella," I whispered, as my hand reached out to her, but she kept putting more and more distance between us.
"I will watch over you Jackson. You and all your children."
I got up from the bed, hopped in the shower and put on a change of clothes. I started to pack my things and many other things as well. I needed to move, I couldn't live in Sunlit Tides anymore.
Part 2 was a lot longer than part 1, so I hope known of you mind that and I hope you enjoyed what you read.
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Please stay tuned for chapter 1 which will come out sometime after Seasons is released. Thank you all!