The keeper pt 15

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: The Lighthouse Appreciation


Jack set about getting Carolyn settled in, and to the ways of the island. She seemed to love it here Jack thought. He was still wondering about the dog, and the sloop being named the Charlotte, damn strange he thought. As the months passed he and Carolyn grew very close. He loved her as a grandfather would, and she loved him just as much. Jack showed her the workings of the lighthouse, and she often helped him with his work. Carolyn planted a flower garden next to Charlotte's grave. Jack would sit out back and watch her tend the garden while he would play with Queequeg. One day Jack stood by the grave and said, my dear wife, I don't know how you arranged all of this but I think you played a part in It and I thank you for It. I needed a reason to live, and you gave me one. I love you and I know you loved me too, and this is your way of letting me know that it's time for me to move on. I know that someday we will be together again and I look forward to that day. Until then I will take care of Carolyn and Queequeg, and there will be love and happiness in this little cottage up on the hill. Later that night they sat around the large stone fireplace. Jack felt warm and content, Queequeg was in a playful mood and Carolyn was reading Jack's old worn copy of moby dick. This is a great book she said. Yes, it is, it's always been my favorite book, I'm glad you like it, responded Jack. He stood by the window smoking his favorite tobacco in his favorite pipe looking out towards the lighthouse. I have a family now, he thought, what a wonderful thing it is. To give love and be loved in return, now I know what it means to be the keeper.


Submitted: March 16, 2020

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