Okay, now similar to the thought or two above, my thoughts on keeping Jake and Sadie together. It starts at the end of the book as it was published (why mess with the art created by Mr. King anymore than necessary?). To repeat the last lines of the book:
She speaks in a voice almost too low to be overheard by the music, but I hear her-I always did, “Who are you, George”?
“Someone you knew in another life, honey.”
Then the music takes us, the music rolls away the years, and we dance. How we danced! At first slow and gentile, then with each touch, with each handhold we moved as no years existed between us, our bodies moving to the beat, slow or fast, in perfect harmony with each other, as it was always meant to be.
Then suddenly she steps back from me, stops, and stares, then whispering to herself low again she calls me “Jimla”. A chill runs up my spine, before I can fully stammer out “what the …:” she whispers, “residue resides on true loves kiss” she steps forward in one big motion, and kisses me, long, sweet, passionate, most of all, energizing. I felt the energy build, then “explode” in a pulse that caused me to open my eyes, I could not be sure but I thought I saw reality itself ripple with a wave extending out from us.
I feel Sadie start to buckle in my arms, I hold her and she struggles back to stability. “Honey, are you okay”, I ask. She looks up slowly, and her eyes look at me knowingly, I’m seeing my Sadie in those eyes, the Sadie of 1963. My heart is beating fast, and I noticed her anxiety as well. “I love you” is the first words out of her mouth, continuing “I do not remember why or how, but I am drowning with feelings and emotions. I know I love you, I know you took care of me, you protected me and nursed me, and I nursed you. Where, how, and why, I do not remember. We had a life together, didn’t we George?”
“Yes Sadie, we were engaged, and very much in love”, I say never letting my eyes leave hers. She looks down, then up again in my eyes, and asks “George, do you still love me, why are you here, how can you love this old woman standing in front of you. I feel we knew each other in our youth, or at least young adulthood? How can I not remember being engaged to you, after all I still I remember the address of the house I lived in at age 5?”
“Yes I love you Sadie, now and forever, through decades and timeline strings, old age and youth, I could never forget you” I attest, then add “what did you say before you kissed me?” Her eyes light up, a memory, I realize she now has a memory. “I remember something, something that you need to see” she says, then she follows, “this body can’t take dancing for very long, would you like to go for coffee and dessert? Do you like poundcake?” With a grin wider than the Cheshire cat I say “yes… I do”.
Not being a writer, and for the sake of brevity, time now to skip ahead after Jake and Sadie have spent more quality time together.
Sadie brings out a lock box from the bedroom into the living room where Jake is seated on the sofa. She rummages through the contents and pulls out an old letter and hands it to Jake. The letter was postmarked Lisbon Falls Maine 1958, and addressed to Jimla Jake Epping in care of Deke Simmons, Jodie, Texas. “Deke gave this to me a few years before he passed. He held it for a long time, and told he wondered if he should have tossed it years ago” Sadie said, and adds “I know you said your name is George but I know you are more, and I think this letter is for you”. Jake holds the opened envelope and pulls out a one page letter and another sealed envelope. Jake notices the envelope is addressed to “Jimla”, and the letter itself is in two parts, the first addressing Deke:
This letter is of crucial importance to two people you cared for very much in the past; and potentially, ignoring it can shake the world if you do not help. Please heed my warning and deliver this letter as instructed. A librarian named Sadie will come to work for you in the next five years. Give this letter and the sealed envelope to her. Jimla, the second and true Jimla, will find her eventually, it is destined.
I scan on down to the second half of the page which addresses and instructs Sadie.
You have no doubt read Deke’s instructions and hopefully you now understand the gravity of the situation. Reach out with your feelings and you will know my words are true. Jimla is coming for you, again. Can you feel him now as you read this letter? Know truth, residue resides on true loves kiss. Jimla must read this letter, make sure he does. He will ask you for something, please give it to him. Search your feelings; you will know it is right.