When we left Jonah last week, not only had he chosen to stay on the island when the boat finally came for him, but he met Drake and Jade and learned a huge secret. Drake is his father. Jonah is half Wizard and half mortal. And now, Drake has told him he has work to do. To say the least, Jonah is overwhelmed with all the developments. I thought I would end Jonah’s story with this segment, but there will be one more. 🙂
“Work to do?” Jonah asked.
“Yes. While you are learning of our ways and practicing the magic, you will be given assignments.” Drake paused. “You see, our original mission on earth was to help mortals find their true selves and lead them into the light and knowledge that lies within each of them.”
“How am I going to do that trapped on this island?” Asked Jonah.
“I will show you. We will work together.” Drake handed Jonah a small staff with a pulsating blue Crystal attached to the end.
Jonah accepted the staff and was surprised to feel it vibrating in his hand. “What is this?”
“It is your key to passage through the portal.” Drake stood and pointed to the North.
Again, Jonah’s head swam. “Portal? I don’t understand, sir.”
“You remember how you tried to follow Tidus the first day you met him, and how the snakes blocked your way while he disappeared through a crevice in a stone?”
“This Crystal allows you passage through that portal into our world.”
Jonah stared at the glowing gem. “I still don’t understand.”
“It will all become clear,” Drake put a hand on Jonah’s shoulder. “Gather your things. Let’s go.”
It only took Jonah a few short minutes to gather his meager possessions. He stuffed everything into a small bag and threw it over his shoulder. With a quick backward glance, Jonah bid farewell to the place where only a short time ago, he’d thought he was doomed to spend the rest of his life. When he stepped away, he watched mesmerized as the hut, the beginnings of the garden, and everything surrounding it dissipated into a dark vapor. Nothing but stinging nettles and tangled brush covered the area.
The four of them, Drake, Jade, Tidus, and Jonah followed a clear and unobstructed path toward the North.
When they reached the crevice in the rock, Drake stood aside. “Go ahead, Jonah.”
Jonah hesitated. He held the staff in front of him and cautiously approached the rock. With a swoosh of air, he found himself in the most beautiful tropical paradise imaginable.
He turned around in time to see Drake, Jade, and Tidus appear in a mist. This was where Tidus lived. The enormity of the sacrifice Tidus had made to help him overwhelmed and took his breath away. And, to do it without knowing Jonah was his half-brother.
He approached Tidus with tear-filled eyes. “You gave up all of this to hang out with me in hell?” He made a flourish with his right hand.
Tidus grinned. “It was better than being here completely alone.”
“Thanks, kid,” Jonah choked. “I never imagined your world was this.”
“And, now it’s your world too, Jonah.”
Drake and Jade stood arm-in-arm and observed the two. Jade looked up at her mate. “We did well, my Lord.”
Drake lowered his head and claimed her lips. “That we did, my Lady.”
“I have one regret,” Jade said. “I wish I had been Jonah’s mother.”
Drake sighed. “Ah, my love. I could but wish I had only one regret.”
**Please join me next week for the conclusion to Jonah’s story**