Chapter 81 Resolution
Time passes and Dreama still is not interested in Thomas. She will let him cry for hours before tending to his needs and then it’s only the basics. She hasn’t voluntarily picked him up just to hold him, not once. I have to be there or she would let him starve, it’s like she doesn’t even notice the crying. I pick Thomas up and take him for a walk, “Teddy, where are you going? May I come with you?”, she asks sweetly. “No, just stay here. Thomas and I need some fresh air.”, I reply. I haven’t touched Dreama since the baby was born, it’s not from her lack of trying. I just don’t feel the same about her. I don’t understand how she can resist this sweet child. I walk to the park and run into Chris, Ariel and their children. Ariel rushes over and scoops the baby out of my arms. She snuggled and kisses his little face. “Oh, Teddy. He is so sweet!”, Ariel says.
She takes the baby and walks him around, showing him to Christina and Christian. I walk over to Chris, “Man, I don’t know what I’m doing anymore.”, I complain. Chris puts his hand on my shoulder, “What’s going on?”. “Dreama! She won’t hold Thomas, she lets him cry. She doesn’t want him. I have to be there to make sure that he is feed and changed. I’m not sure how much longer I can do this. She’s constantly trying to throw herself at me, but…. I just can’t now. It makes me sick to think how she treats our child.”, I explain
“Wow, that’s tough. I can’t imagine a woman not loving her own child. I mean, it’s not like you can get a divorce. We could build her a separate hut, I guess but it won’t really change anything would it.”, he asks. Suddenly, I remember something that Dreama had said to me shortly after she came here. “She told me once, that she can go back anytime. I can send her back!”, I exclaim. “What? Are you sure? Can you do that? I mean, could you… ya know, let her go?”, he asks. “I don’t know. I think we need to have an island meeting. Tell everyone to gather at the Well. I think I know what needs to be done. Ariel, keep an eye on Thomas for me. I need to take care of something!”, I say as I take off running home.
Dreama is lounging on the couch. “Dreama, you told me once that at any point that I can send you back. That if I didn’t think it was working out that you can go away.”, I say to her quietly.
She jumps up from the couch, “No! Teddy, you can’t do that. Please. Why would you send me away?”, she asks. ” I don’t know you, Dreama. You aren’t the person I thought you were. I don’t understand how you can reject our child. You refuse to take care of him. I thought you loved me, but you don’t, not really. I made a mistake bringing you here, I’ve ruined everything. I’m glad that I have my son, so it’s not a complete waste. I know what I have to do now. I’m sorry.”, I say.
Dreama tries to run away from me. I quickly grab her arm and hug her close.”I’m sorry, Dreama!” I kiss her forehead, “Thank you for my son. I won’t be alone any more.”, I tell her honestly. I keep a tight grip on her arm and lead her to the Well.
Everyone is gathered around as we walk in. Callie and Alonzo even showed up. The children are all off playing in a field close by. I walk in front of the Well and pull Dreama to me. “I brought Dreama here, not really knowing what would happen. Even though I knew it was off-limits, I did it anyway, I was selfish. I am here to take full responsibility for this. Dreama and I share a child and out of what’s best for Thomas, it’s time for Dreama to return to where she came.”, I say loudly for everyone to hear.
I hear shocked gasps from my friends and family. Dreama really has no friends, she never even tried to talk to anyone here. “Dreama, it’s time.”, I say to her quietly. “No, Teddy, please don’t make me go. I’ll never be able to come back. I’ll forget all about you and go to someone else.”, she pleads.
A moment of pain flashes through my mind as I think of someone else with Dreama, but I know it’s for the best. It’s the only way we can move on and all of us be a family again. I shake my head slightly, she can see that I’m not going to change my mind. She takes my hand and steps into the well. Tears run down her face, she reaches her hand out to me as I pull away gently.
My heart is breaking because I thought we could be happy and be a family. The water begins to swirl around her legs and mist begins to roll. She slowly begins to sink into the water and then disappears.
I bow my head and let the tears flow. Ariel comes walking over and hands Thomas to me. She wraps her arms around us, slowly everyone come over and hugs or touches my arm. Slowly, everyone filters away and heads home. Callie walks over to me, “I’m sorry, Teddy. I know we’ve had our differences, but the sacrifice you’ve made for you son… it’s touching. When you’re ready, let me know and I’ll not stop you from seeing Cassie. I was wrong to keep her from you, I was just hurt.”, she hugs me gently and touches Thomas’ head.
She smiles at me as she walks back to her husband. I feel lighter and better than I have in a long time, the guilt that I’ve felt since bringing Dreama here is gone. I snuggle my son, “It’s not going to be easy kiddo, but we will be fine.”, I say to him. He giggles as we walk back home.