I'll be there Sunday
How is he?... Mother I'm fine. Yes I'm positive I'm coming
love you too. Bye
Over the last few months of the semester, Alexandria hasn't been very pleased. Well she was usually like that but this was different. Back in April, her mother called. She called to catch up on how things were here. Alex answered how her teaching was and it was all bearable. It ended with a very bad turn that leads to where she was now. Now, she was in a taxi, in Italy, off to her parents. Alex looked across the familiar scenery that she grew up with. It was as pretty as she remembered. From the call she recived months ago, he mother had spoken on her father being sick. Every week since then, Alex had called to check up on him. She would speak to her mother and of course her father. He coughed and kept saying, 'Oh it's just a cough, it'll pass my child. Do not worry about me.' Every time he said that, and every time he did
Alex didn't believe him. She would ask her mother about how he was and little by little he seemed to get worst. There wasn't an explanation; her mother would just leave it very vague. Alex worried and she was going to visit them for a week.
When she has reached the beach she had asked for, she had given the taxi drive and waved him goodbye. Walking onto the beach the siren smelled the breeze and couldn't believe it was year since she's been away in America. It was different. It was comforting. Alex even felt her cheek rise in a smile just looking at the ocean. He was home. Pushing forward, she made her way into the water. Removing her shoes, she put them in her suitcase. Luckily she had worn a dress, so switching forms wouldn't be a bother. Making her way deeper Alex closed her eyes and took a deep breath. The feel of the ocean water
it was so wonderful. She felt home again.
She dove in and started to swim. Slow at first, Alex took in the underwater shore. It hadn't changed much as all. Minus pollution possibly from the humans, at the thought of them, Alex felt her grip tightened on her handle of the suitcase. Her tail started to wip faster and she started to swim faster. Human, those discussing creatures, and the ones that destroyed the oasis she once knew. They destroy everything. The thoughts started to die as Alex pushed her speed and went on swimming deeper and deeper and across the sea.
Not much later Alex had returned to a very small island. It was directly in the middle of the sea between Italy and Greece. This is where she grew up. It felt strange to come home. Went coming up closer to the shore, she started to walk. Looking around she noticed it was all the same. Sandy beaches and on the side, there was a house. That house was her parents. Vegetation spread across the back yard pass the beach shore. It was so lushes and green, Alexandria couldn't help but take it all in just standing there. In the mist of refreshing her memory, her named was called. Looking over she saw two people running from the house. One as a very tall man, long green hair and a spotty pattern sort of like Alexandria's, a big grin on his face and scares over his body. The other was a woman. Much shorter, purple pattern, short hair and strait, both however had necklaces that matched. However one was Greek and the other Italian, the symbols was of the word "Unity" on the charms. Unity of two different people brought together.
Looking at the two Alexandria stood there unable to move. It was them. It was her parents. Out of the spur of the moment, Alexandria felt her feet move and trying to run through the water to get to shore. The second she hit the sand shore she dropped her case and ran straight into the arms of the man, her father. She felt a squeeze as Alex found her being lifted up and spun around. Her father screaming in utter joy of her return,
"My little Italian and Greek pumpkin you have retuned home!"
Yes. If Alexandria said that was her father, people wouldn't have believed her. The man cried of joys and hugged her till he finally felt his daughter squeeze him tightly in her arms. He still smelled the same. However, Alex could feel he was much thinner than he use to me. Being worried Alex told her father not to throughout his back. Of course he assured her he was as healthy as ever. Alex didn't think the same. Looking over Alexandria saw her mom. She smiled calmly and went over to give her a less
crazy welcome. Her mother was the very opposite of her father. Calm, quiet, to herself and mean, however she fell in love with a crazy loud man. Funny how opposite attract sometimes. When the welcome was finished Alexandria was led in by her parents.
Returning home was the best thing Alex could had imagine. Her parents told her stories of what happened, and they yearly festival was happening when she visited. She went and saw some old acquaints and even saw Deacon there. The festival was loud, and you could see so many artists in one place. It was beautiful; Alex even did a performance with her father. Everything seemed so perfect. Nevertheless something still bothered Alexandria. Everyday her father looked weaker and weaker. He of course said he was fine, but Alex looked to her mother and the woman would look away. Alex didn't want to say anything. She didn't want to be worried. She didn't want to think something so bad could happen. For once she wanted to be positive.
Today was the last night she would be home. In the morning she would be off back to Lawrence Academy. Alexandria was told by her father that he had a surprise for her. She didn't know what it was so she played along with his game and even took the blind fold he told her to wear. She waited outside for her father to lead her. Apparently it was just for the two of them and he had to say something to her mother before leaving
Inside, Jonathon held his wife's hands tightly in his. Looking down in her eyes, he was pushing for so long. He wasn't going to let go till he let his daughter see it. He hugged his wife tightly in his arms, kissing her head, he cheek, her lips and her hands.
"I can walk one more time. No, no, I'm strong enough. I can handle it. I cannot go before she sees it. Imma not letting the years of work be shot down by my body. Lucina, Alexandria must know. I
I can do this. I'm pushing to the last arching bone. Lucina I love you. I will be watch from afar. Remember that this crazy Italian man had his heart stolen from a siren as beautiful as you. Love you.
Lucina nodded slowly looking at her husband full of tears and sorrow. The man that brought her so much joy was moment away from leaving her. He has fought for so long and hard she didn't know what to say. She returned his kisses and held him tightly. Her live know flashing of the memories thye had made. He was so thin and so week now, she could see it all. He didn't have much time. Her voice shook as looked at the Italian man, her tears falling faster.
"Jonathon, I can't tell you how much you mean to me. You brought me out of a shell I didn't know I could be pulled from. You brought me so much joy I can't even start to list what you did. I love you. I always have, I always will. Hear for me when you watch over her. I will not stop singing till the moment I'm in your arms again."
The two parted after giving one last embrace of their lips. Two people so opposite, and two so right for each other. The clocked ticked.
Tick tock, tick tock.
Alex didn't know it. She didn't' know her father came out with a sad look in his eyes as he held her armed and lead her down the path to the oasis she once knew so long ago. She didn't know her father only had hours before he needed to let go. Before he could finally let his illness reach its peck and stop his heart. No. Alexandria didn't know any of this. All she could feel, is the man's grip getting weaker and weaker as they walked down the dirty path. The light became darker as the sun went down. His pace became slower and the siren nudged her father's arm, asking if they were close.
He spoke softly, and sounded weak. He said yes. Not much later, Alexandria found her feet stop moving. She questioned if she could remove the blind fold. When hearing a yes, she did. When the cloth came down her eyes widen at the sight her father had brought her to.
In front of her, was the oasis she knew long ago, however, it was clean. Clear as the night and the moon shined so brightly in the middle. It lighted the area so beautifully. Alex covered her mouth in amazement. She turned to her father asking how this was possible. Alex almost would scream for joy out of the smile that brightened her face.
However it happened.
Her father suddenly fell to his knees, gripping his chest and breathing very heavily. Alex instantly ran. The man turned on his back and his daughter gripped tightly of his hands trying to do whatever she could. The man looked up at the young lady. His smile weak and tears running down his face. He shook, he felt cold. He finally spoke again, but it was so quiet and sounded so weak. Alex gripped him tightly telling him she would get her mother. He shushed her. The Italian man held her hand to his heart so she could hear his heart beat dying. His tears ran down faster as he spoke up once last time.
"This was all for you. For two centuries I have worked to clean this oasis so that when the time came you can see it clean once again. The toxic waste however affected my heath as price. No being can ever harm this place again. Alexandria, I have pushed for so long and now that you have seen this, I have to go."
Alex screamed saying he couldn't go. She felt tears run down her face as the heart beat was dying very quietly. No. He was almost gone.
"Alexandria," his voice so quiet and smile as big as he could manage looking up at his daughter's eyes that shine with the moon. "You have made me very proud. Remember that I will be watching from afar. When you are lonely, sing to the shore and I promise I will be listening. Do not forget what you were taught. Be strong, be brave, be the independent woman you are. You are smart and talented and I couldn't be any prouder of you. Alexandria." His face touched her cheeks as they dripped in tears. "Be the oasis that brings healing. Let them hear your song, bring them together. Bring them to unify. Farewell my Alexandria. I will be listening. Always."
His eyes closed and his heart beat vanished. Alex gave a loud yell or tears and sorrow hugging the body of her dead father. Scream his name over and over again. She refused to let this happen she couldn't live with it. Her hands touching his face and chest begging, pleading he would wake up. He didn't.
His clock had stop.
Now he was lost.
Rest In Peace.
A passionate husband and a loving father.
Fought hard to bringing life back into the oasis and the life in his family's hearts.
You will be missed.