On the beach, Jeanette had been telling Hattie about her youth and how she and Reager had found each other and how they had adopted Nathan. Jeanette had told Hattie how she had been able to read minds since she had turned 3 years old. She was also able to do other things but she had to keep it all secret because in those times she would have been called a witch by most people and dragged away by the military to be studied and used as a weapon. Hattie understood because she and Jeanette were almost the same age and had grown up in the same world as it was becoming increasingly sicker with humanities downward spiral towards annihilation. They both had been born in the 1980”s of the previous century and it seemed that the world was always in perpetual war. The police and military states were on the rise in most countries and it was a dark period to grow up in. It never seemed to get better but rather spiral into the pit deeper.
Hattie had brought a large thermos of hot coffee and there was also a thermos with hot water for tea. They had packed some pots and pans to place on the fire after that got started so they could cook their dinner later. Hanna and the children had gone out into the water about an hour earlier and it was now getting toward the late afternoon. The sun was low in the west and Hattie was thinking about getting the fire started. Jeanette looked out into the water and saw the children swimming back toward them. She could see that Megan and Devlin were with them but didn’t see Hanna. “Well here come the children, I suppose we ought to get the fire pit set up.” “Well I left the larger basket of foods in the back of the truck so would you like to help me set up some tables?” Jeanette stood up and said “why of course Hattie.” Both women stood and walked toward the truck as the four children reached the bottom where they could stand and started to wade up to the beach.
It had become dusk and the light was fading rapidly when Hanna finally waded ashore. She looked refreshed and walked to the fire and stood while she dried off. Megan had been talking with Galia about the diary and how Hanna had talked about how she and Devlin had become ocean dwellers and could breathe like the dolphins. Galia told her that Hanna had taken a look at the pages in the diary and was very surprised and interested in reading more. Megan gave her sister a big smile and told her that she had asked Hanna earlier to look at the diary. “I am glad you retrieved it and brought it along.” “Oh Megan, Hanna says that momma was working on the same things she was and that she may have come up with a formula to give humans the ability to live in the ocean with dolphins.” Megan placed her hands on Galia’s face and said “shall we talk to her more about this?” “Yes, I think we should and the other things that you have read in the diary that you still don’t understand, Hanna may be able to understand.” Hattie and Jeanette had been preparing the Shiska bobs and asked if anyone was hungry. Everyone said yes so they placed the skewers over the fire pit while Devlin and Nathan moved down the beach to gather some more of the beach logs for the bond fire, as some light still lingered.
As they walked along the beach, Devlin asked Nathan if he was going to marry Galia. Nathan wasn’t surprised by that question because he had the same question for Devlin. He picked up another slender log and piled it on the other two he had in his arms and said “Yes I am, Galia and I have finally discovered how we have always been together, and it is that we just got separated from the last time we were here. We planned to get married on the farm. Do you and Megan plan to be married?” “Yes we do but we’re not sure where and when just yet. She is worried about the two different worlds we live in. She wants to live in the ocean with me but she does not know how to accomplish that. I do not know either but the family has told both of us that she will be with them and her child will also be part of the family.” Nathan picked up another small log and just smiled. He suspected that dolphins could see the future similar in the way he could when he came in contact with others. To him it was like seeing through a fog and it would only happen when he thought strongly after coming in contact with the person. “I am loaded, so should we be getting back?” “Yes, I have enough also.” They both turned around and walked back toward the fire. The darkness had grown but there was a bright moon shinning light on the beach.
Megan and Galia had walked over and stood next to Hanna as she dried off. “Hanna, Galia tells me that you have looked at the diary, especially the parts that talk about humans being able to live in the oceans. When I first came across that section of work it was very confusing to me. I do remember momma telling me about the oceans but she never mentioned these particular pages of research. When Devlin and I were out with the family Mama Fau’tra told me that I would be living with them and my baby would also be living with them. Could it be that our mother knew how to turn humans into ocean dwellers?” Hanna had to smile and even giggle a little. So you met Fau’tra and I suppose she taught you how to read dolphin.” “Well yes she did teach me somewhat but she was speaking telepathically to me at the same time.” “Yes she would do that and she is such a good teacher. So she told you that you would be living with them and that your child would also be living with them. Did she tell you when you would be doing this and when you would have the child?” “No she did not say when, just that we would.” Hanna looked at her and then at Devlin and then asked “are you two getting married or are you already married?”
The crackling of the fire and the calming sound of the waves was all that could be heard. Devlin had been stacking another log upright on the fire. He placed the log and stood up. Every one on the beach seemed to be frozen in place. A moment later Devlin moved to Megan’s side and put an arm around her. Megan looked up at him and smiled. He smiled back and looked at his mother and said “we are going to be married but we thought it best to wait until we see just how Megan is going to live in the water.” Galia and Nathan both had come together and were smiling also. Galia could not hold her excitement. “Nathan and I are going to be married also.” There, she just blurted it out finally. They both had been holding back in telling everyone.
“Well hush my mouth and knock me over with a feather.” Hattie almost fell over in her chair; Jeanette reached out and steadied it. Hattie turned to her and asked, “Did you know about this?” “Yes I knew about Nathan and Galia but I did not know about Megan and Devlin although I think we all might have had some idea about it. It’s kind of hard to hide when two kids are in deep love with each other.” Hattie smiled and chuckled and began to laugh. Just before she completely cracked up in laughter she said “well it looks like Marni’s last words to me have come to fruition” and then she could not hold back her unbridled joy. Her laugh was infectious and soon everyone was laughing with great joy.
Everybody had finally eaten and moved their chairs around the big fire. The air was chilly but the fire was warm. Hattie had told Nathan and Devlin to pack the sleeping bags and blankets earlier and made the comment about sleeping on the beach on this wondrous night. The stars were thick in the night sky and the full moon was moving into the west. This would be a perfect night to sleep on a beach. They all had gathered around Hanna to listen to her stories of living in the ocean. Hattie had also brought some old Coleman lanterns so they had some bright light. Megan and Galia both could not restrain themselves from wanting Hanna to read more from the diary. So she thumbed through until she came to the parts of creating a cloak organically and read the notes and looked at some formulas. “You know girls, if I had access to a lab with the proper tools and chemicals and what not I might be able to make some of these things your mother experimented on and created.”
Megan and Galia both looked at each other and said at the same time, “we know where there is…they both stopped and Hanna said “one at a time please.” Galia stopped and let Megan talk. “We know where there is a lab and it is stocked with all sorts of stuff.” She looked at Hattie and said “don’t you have that safe room in the store in the basement that has all the additional bottles and things that momma used to need?” Hattie’s eyes grew bigger and she said “well yes now that you mention it. I locked it up when your mother left and it has not been opened since. Megan continued, “Mother had a lab under the barn and we just stopped going there after she and father left. We were afraid someone would find out about it and we would be in trouble. We just have to move some equipment and stuff and we can open the trap door up. I remember mother and father spending a lot of their time down there and there is a switch in the house that sets off an alarm if someone unknown is approaching the farm.” Galia spoke this time because her excitement could not be contained any longer. “We always had to be on the look out when momma and dad where down there so we could flip that switch.” “Well perhaps we can take a look at it tomorrow.” Hanna closed the diary and handed it to Megan. “I think we all should get some sleep, I am kind of tired and this sky is so beautiful.” Everyone agreed with that and the lanterns were turned off as everyone found the most comfortable position in the sand. The fire was still blazing and the breeze slowed down.
Awhile later, Megan woke to the sound of the dolphins whistling and chirping. She turned over to touch Devlin and he was not there. She sat up and looked around as the whistling and chirping seemed to get louder. The fire had burned down to a small blaze over a fair pile of red hot coals. When she turned to look out toward the ocean, Devlin was standing at the foot of the sleeping bag. He spoke into her mind and said be quiet my love, we are being called to our wedding. Mama Fau’tra say’s it is time and the family must be present. Megan stood up and took his hand and they walked out into the water. Hanna lay in the sleeping bag and listened to the whistling and chirping and smiled. She knew her children were going to be bonded as one and tomorrow with the right mixtures she was going to make Megan an ocean dweller. She looked at the stars in the heavens and saw a shooting light move across the night sky. She turned to her side and fell into a very restful sleep.