FM 3


A few blocks down the road from us, the county sheriff lived in a rustic ranch home with his beautiful wife, Mary and young son, Thomas. Mary was a teacher at our school and Thomas was in the same grade as Madison. He would come over to our house sometimes to hang out. His dad, Kolt, was well respected and loved by all. Because of him, the crime rate in Willow Creek was at an all time low. The first time I’d met Sheriff Gallagher was the year before at a family barbecue. His most noticeable features were his warm brown eyes and his gentle smile. Also the feeling of being safe in his presence was undeniable. With such a strong protector of the people living merely feet away, no one could’ve predicted the dark shadow that was about to cast itself upon our town.


FM 2


Our mother, Sharon, was adored. Not only by her family but by anyone who’d ever met her. Everyone in town knew her or knew of her. She’d been homecoming queen of 89′ in her teens and as an adult she was a prominent member of the community. She participated in all our school bake sales and she was den mother to our girl scouts troop. She was the kind of mom that hovered over us while we were studying or doing homework. She’d tell us that we were the smartest kids she knew and that she had high expectations for us…meaning we’d be in trouble if we brought home anything lower than a B+. At the same time, she was also the kind of mom that would let us eat dessert before dinner while we reenacted our favorite stories. Madison and I both fought for her affection. She’d explained to us over and again that she loved us equally, no matter how many times we each accused her of favoritism. Now I wish we hadn’t driven her so crazy with all that nonsense back then. You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.

JW 40


A year later we moved our little family to an outpost on Sixam. It’s quiet and literally in the middle of nowhere but it’s home! Martina decided to come back with us, she wanted to be around to watch Orion grow up. And I go back my hometown of Oasis Springs at least once a month to catch up with my Dad, sister, and nephew. In the comfort of the outpost, no one uses their human disguise…they’re all free to be themselves here. And I’m still learning so much from Nolan and Martina, right now they’re teaching me how to translate their alien language. Speaking of Nolan…our love is still going strong. He means everything to me. My better half, my confidant, my lover…my best friend. Every day, I thank the stars for sending him to me. It’s been a truly “out of this world” experience. And I’m so very happy to say…wishes do come true.

The End.

JW 39


The next few years were a whirlwind of events. In the beginning, Nolan had a lot to teach me about his species and human disguises and alien powers…but luckily I was a fast learner. Our son, Orion, grew up so quickly…time sure does fly. He looks just like Nolan and Martina…in both forms. But at least he has my freckles. While we were making wedding plans, we decided we needed to have “the talk” with my Dad and sister…I figured they’d try to have me committed to an insane asylum…but to my surprise, they took it all rather well. Especially Dad…he said he always knew there was life on other planets. And eventually when the dust settled, Nolan and I finally tied the knot…on his home planet. All of our family came and took in the sights and pure wonder of Sixam. Nolan and I sealed our love with a kiss while the people who meant the most to us looked on. Our wedding was perfect…and definitely one of a kind…how many people can say they got married on alien planet?

JW 38


“Nolan…do you notice anything “odd” about our son?” I asked while rubbing my temples. “No way. He’s perfect.” Nolan grinned. “Look at him! He’s green! This can’t be normal.” I hissed, pointing towards the crib. “It must have something to do with the portal in your room…I went through it and back again…something went wrong somewhere along the way.” I began to ramble while pacing back and forth. “Wait…you went through the portal?” Nolan asked, interrupting my thoughts. “What did you see?” I stopped pacing and tried to concentrate. “You know exactly what I saw, Nolan. And you have a lot of explaining to do.” I narrowed my eyes at him. “It might be better if I show you. Close your eyes. Just for a second.” I put my hands on my hips and shut my eyes. “I’m waiting…” I said impatiently. “Okay. Open them. And don’t be afraid.” He whispered. My eyes fluttered open and I quickly put my hand over my mouth to keep from shrieking. A moment passed and I realized I wasn’t even angry. “Our son is like you.” I murmured, gazing at him. “Is your mother like you, too?” I asked curiously. He nodded his head. “Why did you come here…to Earth?” He gave me a small smile. “A long time ago, a little redheaded girl made a wish on a star. She wished for a best friend. Someone that would understand her, believe in her, and love her unconditionally. I heard her.” He took my hand and rubbed it across his cheek. “I came for you.”

JW 37


I checked the time once I was back in Nolan’s room…I wasn’t even gone for a minute. Did time stop once I crossed through the portal? How odd! I quickly got dressed and made my way over to Nolan’s house. I had so many questions for him. I knocked on his door and he called out “Who is it?” I cleared my throat. “It’s me, Jane. Can I come in? We need to talk.” I heard his bedroom door open and footsteps towards the front door. “Come on in, it’s unlocked.” I walked in and there he was…down on one knee with a ring gleaming in his hands. “Jane, I can’t live without you.” I was flattered but right at that moment my stomach began twisting into knots, then my water broke. “Nolan…” I gave him a pained expression. He jumped up from the ground. “Hospital?” He asked worriedly. “We don’t have time, the baby is coming now!” I cried out, reaching towards him. He took me by the arm and led me to the guest room…which he’d turned into a nursery. I gave him a small smile of thanks before another contraction hit. Within minutes, the baby came. “It’s a boy!” Nolan exclaimed happily. I stood up and tried to waddle towards them. “Let me see!” He brought him to me and I gazed down lovingly at the baby in my arms. “Oh!” I gasped. My son was…green?

JW 36


When I came out on the other side of the portal, I was amazed at my new surroundings. I definitely wasn’t in Kansas anymore, let alone Earth. My stomach was a bit uneasy from the trip, it was gurgling and rumbling, then suddenly I let out a huge burp. Much better. “Hang in there kiddo…we’re going on an adventure.” I said while rubbing my belly. Then I began my trek into the unknown, taking in all the sights around me. It was all so strange and mysterious. I climbed to the top of a hill and stared out into the bright blue water. I could see lights in the far distance…was it civilization? I was curious…but I wasn’t afraid. Not until I saw a figure on a hill and it was coming straight towards me. This was fun and all but it was time to head back. Of course I wanted to discover life on another planet…just not at this moment. I turned around and jogged back to the portal home. I could hear sounds from behind me…was the figure calling out to me? I didn’t want to find out though. I closed my eyes and jumped into the portal once more…

JW 35


The next morning as I was getting dressed, I heard the whispering again. The voices sounded…foreign. I walked over to the bookcase…the voices grew even louder. A green book near the bottom of the shelf caught my eye…it was faced a different way than the other backs. I tapped it and I was stunned when the bookcase popped open revealing a doorway. Nolan certainly had some explaining to do. Once inside the secret room, I noticed a large contraption in the middle of the room. The whispering was coming from inside of it! I reached my hand through and watched it disappear completely. What was this thing? A portal of some sort? Where did it lead to? I was intrigued. I noticed a suit in the corner and I have no idea what compelled me to put it on but I did… then I turned to face the portal once more. And without a second thought, I stepped inside…

LAS 68


Did I ever think I’d live to see the day where my great-granddaughter turned into one of the very creatures I hated? No. But it doesn’t change anything. Over the years, my family has endured so much. For every bad thing that happened, there was also a good thing. We fought for everything we have today and not once did we ever give up. Not on each other…and not on love. The mermaids…they are part of our family now. And we’ll learn to love and accept them as our own. All in good time. Seems to me that life is a lot like the ocean. It can be calm or still. Rough or rigid. But in the end…it’s always beautiful. This is our happily ever after.

The End.

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