Note- This takes place right after season 4 of Mako and 7 years after H2O. The Mako gang has just graduated High School. The H2O gang graduated 7 years ago, and they are now in their mid 20s. The idea for this story was to come up with the backstory that brought both worlds together. What if Rita lied when she said Harry died? Just a little warning, not all relationships are going to be the same. A lot can happen in just one moon cycle.
One Moon Cycle
Zane sat on the patio chair, staring over the canal into the ocean. The moon was rising over the water. It felt strange and familiar being back on the Gold Coast at his childhood home. He was lost in thought about the past, and future, when the gate closing brought his attention back to the present.
"Oh hey Nate. Haven't seen you in years. What's up Mate?" He asked.
"I knew I'd find you here. Whenever anything is bugging you, you always go to the water." Nate walked over and stood next to Zane at the railing facing the ocean. He added, "I heard about your dad's heart attack. I'm really sorry man. Can I do anything?"
"No, I'm okay." Zane continued, "Dad is stable now. So, the nurses sent me home. They said to rest and eat."
"Yeah? We both know that's not going to happen. What's next?" Nate asked.
Zane answered him, "He is scheduled for a bypass in two days. We were lucky. He could have died." He was quiet for a moment, then asked, "What did you mean about the water?"
"Back when we were kids, if you ever got upset, then I could always find you by the water. I could find you by the ocean, or pool, or canal, or any source of water really."
"Hmmm. You're right. I never noticed that about myself. Wow Nate that's deep for you."
"Ha ha Zane," Nate smirked. "Guess that's one thing you had in common with that fishy chicky back in the day. Hey, Rikki the fishy chicky. I crack myself up."
Zane's heart flipped and stopped, "What are you talking about?"
"You're both drawn to the ocean. That weird chicky you dated has been all over the news for her ocean adventures." Nate told him.
Zane looked slightly panicked and ill, "Is she okay? what happened?"
Surprised that Zane still cared so much after all these years, Nate told him, "Calm down, mate. It's all over the news that a local girl is now a major treasure hunter. She goes and finds all kinds of treasures in the oceans around the world. She is seriously famous and wealthy."
Zane visibly relaxed, "That's good to hear."
"She was here a few weeks ago for a book signing and showcase. She's in Sydney now. I guess you just missed her. Although, I think she's supposed to be back soon with a large exhibit."
"I just flew in this morning from Sydney."
"Really? Wow, what do you do these days?" Nate asked, while pulling up another chair. He stretched out for a long visit.
"I'm actually a bank manager now. I finished my MBA and went into banking. What about you?"
"I have two part time jobs now. I work for my dad at the dealership. I actually make a fair amount selling cars. I'm also an instructor at the Dojo. I'm working on my 5th degree black belt. I'd like to open my own school, but my dad wants me to take over his business. Man it's difficult."
"I get that," Zane replied. "My dad has been trying to make me his financial advisor for his business. Even after I moved away, he keeps sending me stuff. He is always asking for my opinion. He keeps giving me advice about leaving Sydney and working for him. He's my dad. I don't want to work for him."
"Parents, hey. What are you going to do?" Nate laughed somewhat sardonically.
"Well, tomorrow, I have to meet with dad and the lawyer to go over things. I guess dad wants to get his affairs in order," Zane told him.
"That's heavy mate. This calls for a drink or three."
"Sorry man, where are my manners? What can I get you? Beer, scotch, water?"
Nate grinned, "No problem. I'll have whatever you're having, but make it a double..."
The next day Rikki Chadwick walked into her foundation office and started reorganizing her schedule. She had felt disconnected for so long. She decided to take some time off from researching and touring, and visit Mako, and the mermaids there. She knew she could feel more connected and grounded. For the first time in a long time, she started feeling happy.
She decided to group email the girls and let them know what she had learned.
Hey Cleo, Emma, and Bella,
I know it's been a couple of years since my last email. Sorry about that guys. I just wanted to let everyone know that the MI Club is way bigger than we ever dreamed. There are both male and female members. The males wear blue uniforms. I haven't actually seen one yet, but I'm looking forward to it. Also, they are able to do some amazing and awesome things. We have so much to learn.
For the first time in a long time, I'm excited. I think we should all meet at the club house if possible? I'm heading there in a week. I hope we are all able to meet in person. I have so much to tell you guys.
As she finished up, Mr. Singh walked into her office. He said, "Oh good, You're here Miss Chadwick. Miss Chadwick, I have some-"
She interrupted him, "Listen, I have to take care of some family business back in the Gold Coast."
"Miss Chadwick, I really must tell you."
"Don't worry. I'll stay for the opening and first book signing. I'll leave in 6 days."
He tried to say, "But , Miss Chadwick, I really must say..."
"Seriously?! I haven't taken time off in years. I'm sure you can handle a few weeks without me Mr. Singh." She told him.
"Miss Chadwick, listen we have a problem!" By now Mr. Singh was huffy and flustered. He straightened his tie.
"Okay, calm down! Tell me what is going on here." She looked concerned.
"Oh Miss Chadwick, it's terrible. The Jiao Long Bracelet is missing," he replied.
"What? That's my favorite find. It's priceless! When did it disappear?" She asked.
"I'm not sure. When it arrived here, the box was empty. Oh Miss Chadwick, we've looked everywhere. I've personally looked in all of the boxes." He told her.
"Did you file reports with the police and insurance?" She asked.
"Yes Miss Chadwick."
She said, "I can't believe you didn't hear an alarms or anything." They both thought of the car alarm.
Mr. Singh just looked ill and replied, "I'm so sorry. We are doing a full inventory now. We've replaced our security firm, and are beefing up our systems. I will send you all the details."
Rikki sighed, "What's done is done. Please be careful with our remaining artifacts."
"Of Course, now what is this about time off?" He asked.
"I'll be headed back to the Gold Coast for a while. I'm not sure how much time I will be taking. I will send you all my travel information."
He replied, "Very good. Thank you Miss Chadwick." He gave a little nod and left as she went back to work on her computer.
She smiled to herself.