I don’t know why I thought stealing and sailing a boat to an unknown location would ever be a good idea, especially since I didn’t know anything about sailing. Heck, I’ve never even been on a boat before.
I guess desperate times call for desperate measures and I thought this was my only chance to escape and create a better future for my young son.
I was a fool. As soon as I started to figure out the controls, a huge storm appeared and I lost control of the boat. A few days later, Gabe and I washed ashore on some island. In reality, it was worse than that. Much, much worse.
See, I lost consciousness at some point and I don’t remember anything that happened after that. I only remember seeing Gabe and two individuals surrounding my body on a beach and I was shocked to see my ex-boyfriend Jaden being one of them. I had so many questions, yet I found myself unable to utter a word.
“Veronica?! Is that you?” Jaden began. “Oh, I hoped you’d find your way here, but this is not what I wanted at all! Please, be alive…I need you now more than ever. Don’t leave me like I left you. Moon, please call the others – we need help.”
I proceeded to follow the young woman I presume is Moon to wherever she she was heading. When she reached the others, I found myself standing in a seemingly off-grid area that looks like nothing I’ve ever seen before. “Sun! River!” Moon called. “A young woman is lying unconscious on the beach! Please come help!”
The elderly couple rushed to the beach, where the old man knelt down and tried to revive me. “No pulse,” he said. “I’m sorry…she’s dead.”
I thank the Watcher that Gabe is still alive. He was sobbing now and I just wanted to fold my arms around him and hold him close. Tell him that I’m not really gone. That everything will be okay.
Jaden was shattered, too. After burying my body in the garden, Moon tried to console him. “Her physical body is no more, but I can feel her spirit around us,” she said. “She’s not truly gone.”
“Hey buddy,” Jaden greeted and embraced Gabe. It was the first time they spoke to each other. “What’s your name?” Jaden asked.
“Gabe,” Gabe answered. “Ga-biel.”
“Gabriel,” Jaden corrected with a smile. “Do you know who I am?”
Gabe shook his head.
“I’m your daddy and my name is Jaden. Daddy promises he’ll always be here for you and that he’ll never, ever leave you again.”
As time passed, I started to puzzle the pieces together: Jaden told his parents about my pregnancy right after he found out, whereafter they disowned and kicked him out of their house.
He later read about Serenity Isle in the Newcrest Observer, an island whose inhabitants were seeking fresh new residents who don’t really fit in in the outside world. Those who have no place they can call home and want to form new bonds with a group of people who welcome them as family.
He decided to leave to Serenity Isle and learnt about my whereabouts, sending a letter and a treasure map my way. In the letter, he told me what happened with his parents and asked me to come with him. The letter was lost, but the map miraculously found its way to me.
It was hard seeing Jaden and Moon getting close. It was a tight friendship at first, but over the years it blossomed into love. I was happy for them, though – Jaden deserved someone special in his life and Moon was that person for him. She was also a great caretaker for little Gabe.
The years flew by and Gabe was no longer a helpless baby, but a young boy of seven. He often stood in front of my grave, looking really glum. Little did he know that I was there all along, watching him every step of the way. He grew up to be such a sweet young boy and I’m incredibly proud of Jaden for raising him the way he did.
Gabe had everything he needed and more: a doting dad, a nurturing mother, a fun-loving grandma and all the playtime a boy of his age could only dream of. I no longer felt the need to watch over him – I know he’s in great hands.
As for Jayne, it turns out she was arrested after one of her contacts tipped off the police. “I will get whoever betrayed me,” she groaned while getting her hands cuffed by a police officer. “Of that you can be sure…”
I decided to pay her a visit. First, I possessed and broke the toilet. A few days later, I broke the sink. Jayne became more paranoid each passing day and thought she was completely losing her mind.
Floating above her and looking into her eyes, I made sure she was aware of my presence. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Jayne was absolutely petrified.
“Hello Jayne,” I proceeded to speak. “We seem to have some unfinished business…”
Author’s Notes: Thanks for reading! I have decided to participate in the Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge this month, organized by LisaBee, EA Game Changer for The Sims 4 and fellow SimLit writer. The theme for this month is to continue the story of your protagonist from January and February and include another writer’s character as a supporting character to help resolve the conflict between the protagonist and the antagonist from last month. I have decided to use Charliimai‘s Moon Beam as the supporting character and including breckenridge‘s Jayne Ayer as the antagonist again.
In my story, however, the conflict was never really solved between Veronica and Jayne. It was more that the conflict caused Veronica to die tragically, leading to Moon taking Veronica’s place as Gabe’s caretaker. I knew from the start that this story would have a bittersweet ending and not everyone may like it, but that’s just where I decided to go with it.
I kindly invite you to please read all the stories entered for this challenge at the end of the month and vote for your top three choices in both categories (Novice and Veteran), meaning you will have a total of six votes. Any vote that doesn’t contain three votes in each category will be thrown out, so please vote for three Novice stories and three Veteran stories!