This is an idea I've been kicking around.

Beyond the Coral Seas

Life after H2o. This is an idea I've been kicking around. Cleo and Lewis marry and have kids and have mer babies. A new generation of merpeople.

Cleo stood on the seashore deep in thought. Life had changed much in the last three years. She stared into a tide pool, catching the sun's rays. Emma and her family had moved more inland on account of her dad getting a job transfer. Her boyfriend Ash had finished his business studies and moved there to be near her. Rikki had her own housecleaning business which was doing very well. Zane was helping his dad more these days, as he was maturing into a more responsible young man. He and Rikki often had disagreements, but at the end of the day, they were just as much in love as ever.

She gazed at her pink diamond ring on her left hand and found herself smiling as she thought of Lewis. He had taken great care in ordering this ring; it was surrounded by tiny dolphins on one side and a small red ruby on the other side. He had finally popped the marriage question, after landing a job as a coordinator at the Marine Park. He always loved anything to do with science, what made things work, how to assemble things together, why did tides change, what did the four quarters of the moon mean?

Ah, the moon. Cleo looked around her, watching, waiting. Although a few years back, she used to get upset when he tried too hard to fix everything in she and her friends' lives as mermaids, she'd come to appreciate Lewis all the more. He'd helped her by helping her dad after he'd had a fall in making a house repair, he'd put her name as a referral to work as LPN. He'd even helped her sister Kim with driving lessons.

Yes, people had come and gone and what was huge deal then was hardly worth mentioning now: Charlotte, Miriam, Nate, Tiffany, Will, and Bella. They'd all moved on with their lives going to sea, the service or acquiring jobs in Queensland. Moving away, getting married having children.

Children. Cleo with her nurturing nature and gentle disposition had been told she'd be great with children, and volunteered to work in the children's ward. It was part of growing up.

She did not hear footsteps in the sand approaching her."You're mighty quiet these days?"

"Lewis you startled me!" she exclaimed

"What are you thinking about?" he nudged her as they sat down on the sand on a small blanket she'd brought from home.

She leaned her head on his shoulder nudging him back. "Oh nothing, everything, you know, stuff."

"Only 4 more months" he breathed into her ear, putting his arms around her.

"I know," she breathed right back. squeezing the hand on her shoulder. Her friends would scoff at this scene, but they were not here, it was just she and Lewis.

"I'm thinking of the wedding preparations, so glad your mom is helping us out."

"Yeah she's good about that."

Lewis pulled out a black backpack he'd been carrying.

"So, we're in agreement about where we want to live, which townhouse did you like best?"

Oh you know the one on the east side real close to the beach. It has everything we want, 2 bedrooms for now, a large kitchen and sundeck; a small room where you can do your research on your laptop without bothering me." She smiled, playfully running her hand in his hair.

He nodded, "And let's not forget a room for all your supplies for the clinic

Lewis sighed, lay on the sand and held out his arms to her. "And where do you want to go on our honeymoon?" Oh you know the one on the east side real close to the beach. It has everything we want, 2 bedrooms for now, a large kitchen and sundeck; a small room where you can do your research on your laptop without bothering me." She smiled, playfully running her hand in his hair.

He nodded, "Enough talk for one night. Put that notebook down."He gave her an order in mocking voice indicating he was not serious.

Gleefully, she put down the notebook, and giggled and moved closer to position her head on his chest.

"Yes, right now there are just too many things to-do!"

"So where do you want to go for a honeymoon?" he gently probed, kissing her cheek.

"Lewis, let's just be quiet here. I'm getting tired now."

"Really Cleo, we should talk about this." He stroked her hair.

"Oh, maybe somewhere not far, maybe beyond these coral reefs, beyond Mako Island." I think we'll be tired and want to relax, especially between both of our jobs too, and the wedding"

"Sounds good." He closed his eyes.

"Lewis?" she murmured into his shirt.

"Mmm" was his answer.

She raised her body up and kissed him. "Life with you will be so wonderful"

"Mmm" was his response as he returned her kisses. They fell asleep smiling as the ocean rolled its waves.

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