I’d met Dale not long after our move to Queenstown. I wasn’t looking for a new man to father my next children. I had just been busy making sure that my family was happy and settled. I’m sure the town didn’t know what had hit them. Having seventy-one new residents (soon to be seventy-three) in town must have been a bit of a shock. We had all moved in shortly before Adan and Siendre had been born.
Dale had been one of the first residents to welcome me to town. To be honest he didn’t believe the rumour at first, you know, the whole one hundred baby destiny deal. He hadn’t believed it even when I had told him that the rumours were true.
“No one woman can have one hundred babies”, he had told me.
I had just shrugged, “My Grandmother did, and I have seventy-two. It can be done.” I informed him with what I am sure was a smug expression.
“You don’t look old enough to have over seventy children”, he told me, still not believing what I had told him.
“I’m older than I look”, I shrugged “It’s the truth, it doesn’t really matter if you believe me or not”
Dale became an almost constant visitor. He found it easy to believe that I had five children, but if they didn’t live with me, to him they didn’t exist. He didn’t believe it was possible. He also soon realised that there was no way that all of those five children had the same father.
It was only when he was giving me a tour of one of them most beautiful spots in Queenstown that he started to believe. I have one of my sons to thank for that.
“Mum, I didn’t expect to see you up here?”
“Dale was kind enough to give me a tour” I had replied, “How did you know this was up here? Its pretty remote.”
“Ishara found it weeks ago. She couldn’t wait to show us” Souran had told us.
“Joal, this is Dale” I said gesturing, “Dale, this is my son Joal”. As I introduced the two I watched Dale to gauge his reaction.
“Your son?”, he stated.
Dale looked at Joal, “And where do you fit in the family exactly?” he finally asked.
“I’m Mum’s 57th child”, he informed Dale happily.
Dale just stood still not responding, a stunned expression on his face. Without warning he suddenly turned and started walking away.
After a quick goodbye to Joal, I started to follow him.
“You did tell me” he said when I finally caught up.
“Yes” I paused waiting for him to give me some more clues to what he was thinking.
Suddenly he smiled, “‘Want to try some Ice-skating?”
“Sure, lets go.”
I had never skated before and it showed.
Finally he pulled me to a stop in the middle of the ice. “I’m sorry I didn’t believe you.”
“That’s okay, it’s not exactly normal”, I replied.
He pulled me into his arms. “Just so you know I really like you.”
“I really like you too. But this is a bad idea”
“Why”, he asked.
“Because it’s too early, I can’t get too attached. Not yet.”
“I can wait, I just have a couple of ideas.” He leaned over and whispered in my ear, his ideas on both us getting what we wanted the most.
When he told me his idea I froze for a second. “I really think that might work”, I whispered back.
I slipped off my coat and stepped into one of the spas that were scattered around the hilltop. I looked at Dale “So are you going to join me in here or not?”
Bonus Pics: Because I took way too many and I love both of them. ❤