Stave Two: An Unexpected Visitor

A cold feeling ran all over Pádme's body and suddenly she heard a song, sung by a very peculiar and familiar voice. She was in a cold and foggy place.

"While you are away, remember me.

My life's with you and so is my soul.

Please, don't leave me again alone in this darkness.

Take me with you and free me from this madness."

The voice sounded like her father's and the song... she wrote that song when she was 12.

"Dad?" called Pádme.

Nobody answered. Whoever was singing stopped. Strange sounds could be heard from afar, growls and howls. Pádme felt a bit scared, she couldn't see anything. Once again she heard the song.

"While you are away, remember me.

My life's with you and so is my soul.

Please, don't leave me again alone in this darkness

Take me with you and free me from this madness."

"Dad?" she called, but as before, nobody answered.

"Hi!" said a little kid who seemed to come from nowhere.

"Can you tell me where I am?" asked Pádme.

The kid nodded and ran away.

"Wait!" yelled Pádme. Too late, the kid was already gone.

"Hello dear." said a voice as the fog dispersed to reveal... Pádme's father, Isaac.

But, wait a minute. Wasn't he dead? Yes, indeed, he was dead. He had heavy chains on his hands, strange and unique chains.

"Dad? A... Am I dead?" asked Pádme.

"Oh, no." answered Isaac.

"Then, why am I here? And why are you here? Why do you have chains?"

"Honey, there are things that can't be explain, things that just happen and there is no logical explanation for them. Well, about the chains, I made them while I was alive. You have chains too and unfortunately yours are longer and heavier than mine. You have to free yourself and live."

"Live? I have a life."

"But you are wasting it."

"You know nothing about me... agh, never mind. I'm not going to discuss with my father's ghost. I mean if you really are my father."

"Yes, I am. Why do you doubt?"

"Because you died 5 years ago and, besides, ghosts aren't real... Oh! I got it, this is a dream. Ok, I'm here and in a second I'll wake up and all this will be forgotten."

"No, it isn't."

"But, that is the most acceptable and logical answer."

"Oh, Pádme, you remind me of myself back when I was young. This is no dream, it's a lesson. This is hard to explain, but, where should I begin? Um... well, there are some Greater Forces that take care of the world, those forces try to help people, people like you."

"Like me? I don't need anybody's help?"

"Everybody needs help."

"Well, I don't, and I'm not everybody."

"They are giving you an opportunity that they didn't give ghosts will visit you and they will help you to find your way through life."

"So, they want to change me, right? Well, let me tell you it's too late."

"It's never is too late, there's always time."

"I like me the way I am, ok?"

"If you like the way you are then, why do you cry at night when you are all alone? Why did you tried to kill yourself last year? Why do you hate yourself so much?"

Pádme sighed deeply, she knew that all those things were true.

"Look, I am the way I am and nobody can change me, understood? I have lots of things to do and I don't want to waste my time here. Can you show me the way out?"

"The only way out is located inside your heart."

"What do you mean?"

"You know what I mean."

"No, I don't."

"Life is giving you an amazing gift and you don't want it. Pádme, I love you and I want you to be happy. Please, I know that you understand. You know that all you have to do is change, be a better person, that will set you free and you'll live a better life."

"All I want is to get out of here, ok?"

Isaac sighed and disappeared in a white cloud.

"No! Come back! I want to get out of here!"

Suddenly Pádme heard another song, sang by lots of kids. She followed the song, maybe it was her way out.

"Christmas time

I want to fly

Each time it comes

I love it so

Is a great time!

In the Holidays

I want to play,

Scream and share

Go everywhere

What great day!

A lovely time

When no one cries

Lots of toys

For girls and boys

A wonderful night!

Happiness blooms

There's no more gloom

Sunny days

Explendid to play

Christmas is great!

We celebrate

Jesus birthday

With lots of gifts

And wonderful tricks

What a great time!

Is the perfect time

To help everyone

We're free from school

And everything's cool

Christmas is the perfect time!"

She walked and walked, following the sound, until she saw a white building.