"That's an apt description, yeah." Isabel nodded. "Just stear clear of both of them.and you'll be fine." She wrinkled her nose.
"Something else, if you look at your phone you'll see three Steve Rogers. They're the same guy from different points in the timeline."
"Huh?" Just when she thought it couldn't get any stranger Isabel went and raised the bar. "Explain that one please."
Isabel pulled her phone out again and flipped through the contacts. "This Steve Rogers is 18. He was 5 when he got here but the he disappeared and showed up 18. This one is Steven. He's nearly 30 I think. He comes from just before Steve became Captain America. Then there's Captain America here. And this one that says Stevie, he's from an alternate timeline where he was born a super soldier." She cleared her throat. "There used to be an older one here but he got sent back to his time."
"So that's four different versions of the same person here?" Kaya felt like her head was going to explode from the impossibility of this place. "And do the older versions remember being here when they were younger?"
Isabel shook her head. "They're all from different timelines. Though the one that hot sent back to his time did remember being here, bit things were different." She sighed before putting her phone away again. "As long as I've been here and it still confuses me sometimes."
"Yeah, I guess that would be confusing." Kaya frowned, wondering how she was ever going to keep it all straight. Maybe if she just ignored it and treated the men like they were brothers instead of different versions of the same man it would make more sense.
"Anything else I should know?" She was itching to get back to her ship and get started on repairs now that she'd had some food, beginning with Arbie.
Isabel scratched above her ear. "Never say the word wish out loud unless you want to risk it coming true." She sighed. "It's happened on a few occasions. And stay out of the forest at night. There are a lot if dangerous animals. Also, not all of the animals are animals. We have shape shifters here."
"Really? I can just wish for something and it can come true?" That didn't sound so bad to her. "So if I were to do that with my ship there's a chance it could happen?"
Stay out of the forest at night? Not a problem. She wasn't likely to go into it during the day if she could help it.
"It could but it could also backfire." Isabel made a face. "You have to be ridiculously specific. And even then it could backfire. One person here wished for his daughter not to be sick anymore and now she's basically immortal." She and Rachel had had a long talk about it.
"That doesn't sound so bad to me." Kaya shrugged. Not being able to die sounded pretty good in fact.
"Would you want to outlive your children? To watch them grow old while you stay the same age?" She hated the thought of it herself and knew there were a few in the island that would have to deal with that.
"Oh." Kaya looked down at the table. She hadn't considered that, really. There were long lived species out there, some with lifespans many times that of humans, but none that would see their own children grow old and die while they stayed the same.
"There's a Chinese curse that says may you get everything you wish for. This island kind of lives by that, in the not good way." She pursed her lips. "But as long as you're careful you should be fine."
"I'll definitely be careful." Kaya nodded vigorously and stood up to leave now that she'd finished eating. "Thanks for Everything Isabel, I'd better get back to the ship."