As I walked, I discovered that things from the ship had washed up on the beach, and I started salvaging as much as I could find. It was like finding buried treasure! I secured everything in one place and returned to check on my family.
Alana’s physical condition had improved. She was able to sit up on her own again. Her emotional condition still concerned me. She still had not shed a tear since the Baby’s birth.
“How are my girls doing?,” I asked them. “Good Dada!”, exclaimed Alissa. Alana gave me a small smile, trying not to make me worry. I kissed her cheek softly, and she laid back down trying to get some rest.
As Alissa played happily in the sand, and Alana slept, I used the sand to sketch out the design for a more permanent home for us . I decided that living here on the beach was best, just in case by some miracle, someone was looking for us.
I had taken a drafting course in college, so I basically knew how to design a place for us. Of course, it would not be anything elaborate, but it would be comfortable and safe.
I checked on Alana, and took Alissa with me as I explored, trying to see what materials were available to use for building here on the island.
I had made Alana promise not to come to the house before it was ready. I wanted to surprise her.
After she regained her strength I had her work on small projects like making curtains and other things for the house using materials salvaged from the ship. She discovered a needle in a first aid box. She made us all new clothes and sewed cushions and made over blankets and pillows.
After the home was finished, I carried Alana over the threshold just as I had done years ago when we entered our first home together. When she opened her eyes and looked around the home, she was speechless. For the first time in over a month, I saw a light shine in her eyes again.
“Oh David!”, she said as she looked at me.”Thank you.”
It didn’t take us long to settle into a daily routine. I had begun to explore the island . It was not very large and besides us, totally uninhabited. It was quite beautiful and peaceful. There was an abundance of fruit trees and even recognizable vegetables growing wild. It very seldom rained and even at night the temperature was comfortable.
One day after I returned home, I came upon a sight that tugged at my heart. Alissa was upstairs sleeping , and Alana was sitting on the floor in the seating area, crying her heart out.
I didn’t approach her at first because I knew that this was the beginning of her grieving for the loss of our son. She needed this cleansing cry.
“I love you, Alana !”, I whispered into her hair.
“I love you too, David!”, she told me with a tremulous smile that caught at my heart.
From that night onward, I slowly saw the sadness retreat from her eyes. I would hear her singing around the house and being silly with Alissa. She was happy again and that made me happy. Here we were in the middle of nowhere, and yet we were a happy family.
I looked at her in surprise. “You do? Here, now?”, I questioned her.
“Yes. I have given it a lot of thought. Alissa is growing older, and I still want her to have a little brother or sister to grow up with. The circumstances may not be ideal, but this is our home now. We may be here for years. Don’t you want a larger family?”, she asked me.
“Of course I do. I just hadn’t thought of having more children here.”, I answered her.
“Well, I know you were worried about my health, but I’ve totally recovered. I should be fine now. Women have been having babies for centuries without any complications, without any doctors, and I should be fine. I’m not afraid, she said with conviction in her voice.
I considered her words carefully, remembering the fear I felt for her during the birth of our son. I knew that the unique circumstances of that birth were what led to the danger to her life and the death of our infant son. This time I could make sure that her pregnancy was stress free and that she do everything she could to remain healthy.
“Alright!”, I agreed. “I’d love to have another child with you.” I gave her my bedroom eyes and said, “There’s no time like the present to start trying.”
She looked at me, laughing at my expression, and allowed me to take her into my arms.
I built Alana a hot tub in the backyard of the house using hot springs that bubbled up from deep within the earth. She enjoyed soaking in the hot tub for hours to relieve her aching back. She also enjoyed the massages that I regularly gave her.
Alissa was steadily growing and learning. Her speech was nearly perfect now. She loved to be read to from books which I found in a trunk which washed up on shore from the submerged ship.
One evening, we were all in the living area of the house when Alana stood up and grabbed her belly in pain, saying,” David it’s time!”
Although we had prepared in advance what we needed to do, I jumped up in a panic. That was totally out of character for me. “What can I do?”, I yelled.
“David, calm down!”, she told me nodding her head at Alissa, who was looking at me shocked. Alissa’s shocked expression calmed me down.
“I’m sorry I yelled, Alissa. Everything is okay. You just keep playing.” She started back playing with her toys, and I picked Alana up and carried her to our bedroom.
“Oh David. Look at him.” she said cuddling Aidan. “Isn’t he the most beautiful baby that you have ever seen.”
I couldn’t resist teasing her. “I thought you said Alissa was the most beautiful baby in the world.”
“Well!”, she said, ” He is one of the three most beautiful babies in the world.” I gazed at her lovingly. I knew that she was including our premature son whom we had lost when we first landed on the island. We had named him David Jr.
Alana absolutely glowed with happiness. She was so patient and loving with them. I enjoyed watching her play and laugh with them.
When I would return home after gathering supplies or exploring the island, she would often surprise me with a candle lit dinner . She would make sure that the children were fed and in bed so that we could have a romantic evening together. I didn’t think it was possible, but I loved her more and more each day. Little did I know that our peaceful, idyllic life was about to come to an end.