The waves were rowdy and the boat swayed so hard, tossing Keira and Zach out of the boat and into the open sea.
Keira let Zach held her tightly as she encircled her arms around his neck and tried her best to lighten her weight for him. She did not mind the saltiness of seawater that she had to take in every now and then, whenever the waves would crash over them.
Zach managed to grab hold of the rail at the stern of the boat, which had now been turned upside down, for support when the waves slowed down. They stayed like that overnight as they followed wherever the waves and the winds would lead them.
"Hang in there with me, we will survive this together," Zach mumbled in Keira's ear that made her chuckle. "Can't you feel how tightly I'm hanging onto you right now?" Keira joked as she clung onto Zach's neck even tighter.
They were now in open water, holding onto the capsized boat, and the wind was cold. But Keira was feeling pleasantly warm in the embrace of her husband. She soon dozed off.
She woke up, still in Zach's embrace when the sun was already up, shining brightly in the sky.
"Zach…" she murmured to Zach as she looked around the open sea. She was tied tightly to him. But it was a frustrating sight. Wherever she would look, all she could see was water. Water everywhere.
Zach murmured back, "The sea is calm now." Then he untied Keira from him and helped her up to be on top of the capsized boat. Keira should not be in the water any longer to help her preserve energy and to slow down hypothermia.
"Do you see anything?" asked Zach and Keira shook her head. Her stomach was starting to grumble. Zach cursed inwardly, they survived the rough weather but how would they survive the hunger? He only hoped there would be an island nearby where they could shelter themselves while they waited for the search and rescue team.
They stayed there for a few more hours while Zach swam to push the boat forward and Keira looked around, hoping to see something else, aside from the vast water.
"Do you think there are sharks here?" Keira mumbled trying to ignore the hunger she was feeling.
Zach grinned and replied, "If it was like in the movies, the sharks would be scared of us instead because you will be the one to attack and eat them alive."
Keira laughed heartily. Not because she found Zach's words so funny, but because she knew her husband was trying his best to crack a joke to lessen her worry. So she giggled and replied playfully, "At this rate, what about I attack you instead, my General? Because you look so yummy like a beefsteak to me, right now."
Zach smiled, feeling happy to see his wife's cheerful disposition. 'She's still in good spirits, thank God,' he thought to himself as he continued to swim and push the boat forward.
Keira continued to look around but could not help to release a sigh. 'Crap, It's all water…' she mused helplessly.
But finally, she saw something. Keira jolted up as she blinked several times to make sure that she was seeing the silhouette correctly.
"I think I saw an island… there..." Keira murmured as she pointed the direction to Zach. Zach saw it too and his face lit up. He suddenly felt fully charged to swim to the island.
"We need this boat," Zach murmured so Keira went down into the water to help him push it to the island. "This feels like a swimming marathon, my General… I'm so glad I trained well for this. Let's go and find something to eat soon!" Keira cheered happily.
Zach looked at the island from the distance. There were no boats so there was a possibility that it was an uninhabited island.
Jeru watched over Thea all throughout the night and sighed as he instructed his assistant to get some breakfast for Thea and him should she wake up. The search for Keira and Zach had already started and he only hoped that the team would find them soon.
Thea moved and opened her eyes. "You're awake… What do you want to eat? Are you hungry? My assistant will be back soon with breakfast." Jeru asked in a row, his voice was full of worries.
Thea didn't answer him, but instead asked, "Any news on Keira and Zach?"
Jeru let out a loud sigh as he shook his head. Then he added, "From now on, you must not think hard. You must avoid being stressed out. Think about our baby's safety. Your pregnancy is in a sensitive…"
"What!" Thea burst out, interrupting Jeru's words.
"Pregnant? Who's pregnant? What are you saying? Ha ha ha..." Thea snorted with an awkward laugh.
"Why would you joke like that? Okay, it's funny, but really…" she added, still laughing uncomfortably, but immediately stopped when she saw Jeru still having a serious expression on his face.
"Oh, crap…" she murmured as realization dawned upon her face. She recalled the date. They had been having very busy weeks that she had forgotten to monitor the date of her menstrual cycle. She was delayed for a week already.
Thea bit her lip because she knew who the father of the baby was. She had never had any intimate relationships with Leon because he no longer had a manhood. Leon had been castrated during his early days in the underworld as a form of punishment, and it was also the reason why he was so determined to rise to power; to take revenge on those who had humiliated him with the disgraceful punishment.
She had only ever had an intimate relationship with one person. And that person was sitting there in the room with her.
"I know I'm the father and I will take full responsibility for you and our child," Jeru declared with a serious voice. Thea was perplexed upon hearing Jeru's words. She tried to speak up her thoughts and said, "No! You don't have to… I can take care of myself and my baby..."
Jeru's face darkened as he said with a firm tone, "It's not only your baby. It's my baby too. You still have a debt to pay to me, remember? So pay me now. Marry me…"
"Huh...?" was the only thing that Thea could utter as she was rendered speechless by Jeru's proposition.