Chapter 10 (3)
It startled him and almost tipped him over.
He turned carefully and found his eyes falling on to the familiar but grief-stricken face of Jess!
Sam’s mind was not processing what his eyes were showing him. In fact, the two found themselves at odds with each other. His eyes were convinced that what they saw was true, yet his mind could not rationalize it.
So in all the circumstances, with all the other work it had to do, his mind decided to accept the eyes as they told it without question; for the time being.
“Jess” he finally said. “What are you doing here?”
“Sam, what the hell are you doing?” she asked. There was a pain in her voice.
“Jess I…” he started but couldn’t finish it.
“You promised me, Sam, you promised me that you were done acting out,” she said almost in tears.
It was good to see Jess, his heart leapt at the sight of her. But it also broke at her words and the thought of the pain he had put her through. He wanted so much to reach out to her and comfort her and tell her everything was going to be all right. But he found himself unable to leave the island.
“Sam please, at least now stop all this and come home with us. We can help you. All of us, we just want to help you.”
Sam took a step forward, towards the edge of the island and then stopped again.
Something was not right.
Something troubled him about everything.
Somewhere deep down in the recesses of his mind, the brain was still processing what the eyes were telling it. But at a slower speed. Maybe it was the hunter instincts finally finding their way back to him. But for whatever reason Sam’s brain was having trouble believing everything it was seeing.
“Sam please, don’t you want to come back with us. Don’t you want to live a normal life with us?”
“What happens if I come with you?”
“Nothing Sam, nothing will happen. Just like nothing has happened to you so far. Sam please, stop acting like this. You have nothing to worry about.”
“What about the dreams?”
“The dreams about Jesse, about me!”
“They’re just dreams, Sam,” she said, but there was no conviction in her words. There was also doubt in her mind as if she didn’t believe him. “Sam please!”
Sam looked away from her and towards the waterfall again. Then after a while, he realized what it was that was wrong.
So he turned towards Jess and then towards the water.
“All right!” He finally said and he saw Jess visibly relax.
“I’ll come with you, but first there is something I want to show you,” Sam said and confusion filled Jess’ face.
“Come on,” he said extending his hand towards her.
However, Jess didn’t move. In fact, she didn’t take even a step towards him or the water. Instead, she stared at him and then at the water, a look of terror on her face.
At first, it was just a suspicion that he had. Seeing Jess stand so far away to talk to him; having to shout just to be heard. All she needed was to come to the water’s edge and they would have had a better opportunity of talking. Now as he watched her staring down at the water, the look of fear in her eyes, he was sure.
She was afraid of the Elysium falls…or at least the water for some reason.
Maybe it wasn’t that they chose to leave the falls untouched. Maybe there was something about the falls that made it impossible for them to change; to control. And whatever that force was, Jess was afraid of it too.
“Come on Jess,” Sam said. “Don’t tell me you’re afraid of a little water. Besides, it’s nice and cool. You’ll love it. It’ll be just like our college days. Remember!”
“Sam please, stop this and just come with me. Everybody is worried sick about you.”
“I will. First come here so I can show you something.”
“You can show it to me later. Just come home with me now.”
“Why waste a second trip. It won’t take more than a few minutes. Come on Jess, how long has it been since we did something crazy; something impulsive.”
“Jess” Sam responded. “Don’t tell me, you’re suddenly afraid of water?”
“If you don’t remember Sam, I died. A lot of things have changed.”
“But I died too, remember, you told me yourself,” Sam said and Jess’ face changed. Her grey eyes turned black and a sneer appeared on her face.