A WISH ????♀
“How long have you been swimming up?”
Ephyra counted her fingers
“Since I was 12”
“12 years old?”
“How did you manage to swim up that fast without being caught by the Guardians” Calista asked
“Well I don’t pass through the Sea Seal. I swim like I’m enjoying the feeling of the water on my skin and then I cast a spell when no one Is watching me..Then Puff! Off I go to the Human World!”
“Do you remember when I went missing for two days?”
“Yes” they replied
“Well I was up there -”
They raised their brows
“But you said a Nixie (Water Spirit) attacked you on your way back from Maeve home” Chantae said
“No that was a lie…My Father would have grounded me for Life if I had told him I was in the other world”
“So what were you doing in that World?” Calista asked
“I was watching Humans. That day..there was a celebration going on by the Sea -” she paused
Trying to remember what she heard while she used her hearing ability.
Calista asked anxiously
“Uhmm.. Con -” she stopped
“Try to remember” Calliope pestered
She closed her eyes
“Con – Cert..Yes!”
She reopened them
Their foreheads creased automatically.
“Con..cierti” Chantae repeated wrongly
“Concert” She corrected
“What Con – Cier – ti?”
Ephyra rolled her eyes
“Anyways Tell us about it” Calliope said
“I saw some group of girls singing and every human swaying their bodies in a good way” She paused
“Like Dancing?” Chantae asked
“And merrying?” Calliope asked
“Yes” Ephyra answered
“The concert is just like the Music Festival we do here” she added
“Okay” they chorused
“So I guess you know much about that strange world” Chantae said
“No I’m still getting to know it”
“Do you see handsome Women like the ones here?” Calista asked
Ephyra rolled her eyes again
“Calista it is Handsome Men and Beautiful women and not the other way around ” She corrected
“Do you like that world?” Chantae asked
“Yes..Human Men are handsome and classy and better than Mermen”
“Yes..but sometimes they say things I can’t.. understand.. Uhmm but with the help of my Superpowers I can translate anything they say”
“Wow! When next will you swim to the human world? I want to go!” Calista said
“Me too!” Calliope exclaimed
“I’m not interested. I don’t want to see those scary humans” Chantae said
“Don’t mind her Ephyra.. I’m in!”
“Likewise” Calliope added
“You girls can’t go with me”
And their smiles dropped
She didn’t want them to go with her to the Human world. The temporary spell to appear in the Human world was meant for only her. And taking the girls along will raise suspicion from the Guardians.
The Sea Guardian would catch and take them to the King.
“Why?” They asked in unison
“Firstly, you will lose your hair”
Their eyes widened in shock
“Secondly,you girls don’t have my powers. And my father will punish us if he finds out”
They nodded in agreement
“Do you want to lose your hair and also get punished?”
“No” they chorused
“My hair is my beauty” Calista said
“I can’t take the whips from the Sea Warrior” Calliope said fearfully
She had managed to scare them
“Perhaps do you become Human in that world?” Chantae asked
“No..I haven’t found the spell”
“So we can’t see the Human world” calliope said with a sad face
ROYAL DINNING ROOM
Everyone was present at the Royal dinning room except Ephyra. They sat at the long table laden with seafoods. Aalton and Cas reserved seats for Ephyra respectively.
But Ephyra had forgotten the Royal Dinner was to take place tonight. And it won’t begin until everyone was present and seated.
“Why is she late again?”
“I hope she is not missing again” she panicked
“My Queen calm down, Ephyra is in the palace” Oceanus said
“Are you sure?” She asked
And he gave a hard nod
Cas cleared his throat
“I will get Princess Ephyra” he stood up and bowed
“I will bring her -” Aalton stood up too
They were About leaving but Morrissey stopped them
“Sit down Princes. I will fetch my baby sister myself. And please both of you shouldn’t cause trouble tonight”
Morrissey stood up
And the princes settled back in their chairs.
They are both in love with Ephyra. And both of them are trying to impress and win her heart.
Ephyra doesn’t love them.
She is not interested in any of the princes.
IN EPHYRA’S ROOM
They heard the Royal bell.
“Ephyra… Royal Dinner!” Calista screamed
“Royal Dinner! I totally forgot about it!” She stood up quickly from the dressing chair.
“Oh my Sea! Mother would be worried and Morrissey is definitely on his way to fetch me”
She rushed to her closet to change her upper side.
Chantae helped her to polish her tail as she changes.
She heard Morrissey heartbeat. He was close.
“Ephyra are you in there?”
“Calliope, tell the prince I left for the Royal Dinning Room” She said shakily
Calliope motioned towards the door and before she could bow to him or say anything, Morrissey stepped in.
Ephyra was out of the room.
She left through the hidden door in her closet connecting to the Royal Hallway.
“Where is she?” He asked looking at the three girls.
“My prince didn’t you see her on your way down here?” Chantae asked
“No” he replied with a frown
“Princess Ephyra should be at the Royal Dinning Room now” Calliope added
They exchanged glances
And they bowed to Morrissey again
“My Prince we were about leaving before you came in -”
“You can go home” He said
“Thank you My Prince”
They chorused before exiting the room. They all sighed in relief. Thankful that the tough Prince didn’t scold them for Ephyra’s lateness.
Morrissey made his way back to he Royal Dinning Room.
Ephyra slipped into the large room.
She bowed and greeted everyone.
Cas outsmarted Aalton.
He went to Ephyra and dragged her to the chair beside him which was next to Fairfax.
She almost tripped off when he dragged her to the chair but Fairfax held the chair with his strength and positioned it properly. He looked at her angrily and scratched a part of her tail aggressively. And she yelp in pain.
Tears sting her eyes
She bit her lower lip to blink back tears that threatened to spill at any moment.
Tethys came to her
“Are you okay Almeta?” Tethys asked
Almeta means “Pearl” she was named Almeta by her mother when she was born.
Ephyra cried Almeta. She produces “Five Pearls” at each drop of tears.
As a result, Ephyra always try not to cry..just to avoiding Pearls.
Tethys looked down at her tail,a part of it was opened.
Fairfax nails had cut deep into her flesh.
“Who did this to you?”
She tries to touch it but Ephyra slapped her hand away
“It hurts Mother”
Morrissey came in
Fairfax grinned wickedly
“Fairfax -” Oceanus called
He looked up at his father
“Why did you hurt your sister?”
“It wasn’t intentional” he replied with a smirk on his face.
“Father just let him be” Ephyra said
“Hold on Almeta…let me heal you”
Her mother said
“Careful Mother” Azizi said
“Will it hurt Mother?” Ephyra asked
Tethys didn’t respond
Ephyra watched her Mother in silence as her hand began to glow brightly, power sparking in her palms. White sparks shot out of her fingertips into the flesh. She felt the shock wave of power. They all felt it radiating out of Ephyra’s body. The air around them shimmered unrealized force. Ephyra tail glowed and a bit of the flesh moved.
Tears streamed down her cheeks. Almeta dropping to the ground.
Azizi was by her side. He grazed her cheeks with his fingers. The flesh closed up and her tail was back to normal. Tethys hit Fairfax on his head angrily.
“Oh! Mother!” He yelped in pain touching the back of his head.
“Be careful!” She glared at him
Azizi and Tethys went back to their chairs when Ephyra calmed.
“I think you should be more careful Prince Cas” Aalton Said with an half smile. Cas clenched his fists under the table. Everything would have been fine if Fairfax hadn’t scratch Ephyra’s fragile tail.
Fairfax was not in good terms with Ephyra. He didn’t like her..like the rest of the Princes. He used to be the one receiving all attention. Everything changed at Ephyra’s arrival. They focused on her.
He was jealous of the fact that she was the special mermaid.
Fairfax was the Special Prince and he enjoyed the care and love they showered on him while he was growing up.
Everything was different now! Because of Ephyra!
And he was never friends with her.
Samudra cleared his throat
“Ephyra are you prepared for your special day?”
“Yes Samudra” she replied
“My daughter – in – Law will be 18 soon. A day to make a Wish. And be ready for Marriage”
The wine in Ephyra’s mouth sputtered out and thankfully she turned down to her tail when that happened. She spilled it on her tail. Her eyes widened showing her surprise.
Cas grabbed a cleaner on the table to wipe the liquid on Ephyra’s tail.
Aalton controlled his anger by tightening his fists. He saw that Cas was happy with his father’s word.
Cas was ahead of him!
And he hated it.
“Daughter -In – Law?!” She repeated
“Yes Almeta. Three days after your birthday you have to choose between Prince Cas and Aalton as your husband” Her father said
“No Father!” She screamed
Ephyra stood up from her chair
She exited the room
Everyone was surprised by her sudden outburst towards her father.
“Excuse me -” Azizi said
And he followed Ephyra
Azizi is Ephyra’s favorite brother. She likes the 14th Prince more than any of the princes.
He is gentle,cool and Kind.
She swims fast to her room.
Azizi knocked on her bedroom door.
She didn’t respond
“Ephyra I know you are in there..can I come in?”
“Come in Azizi”
He opened the door and popped his head in first.
“Are you okay?”
She sat on her bed.
Her head down with her gaze fixed in her tail.
“I’m fine Aziz” she said shakily. Ephyra blinked back tears.
He went to her.
“I don’t want to get married. And -” Her Voice trailed
He sat close to her.
“Please don’t cry” he hugged her
“Azizi I don’t love Cas or Aalton”
“I know Almeta”
She held him tightly
“What do I do?” She asked
He pulled back slowly to look at her.
“Do you love someone else? A Nobel Merman in our kingdom”
But Ephyra heard herself say.
“Yes” she lied
She doesn’t love any Nobel Merman!
Ephyra was in love with the Human world.
She watched them for years!
How they played by the Sea,
How Human Men cuddled their women – It made her heart beat and her belly flutter.
She wanted something like that – but she couldn’t tell Azizi about her love for that world.
“Azizi talk to Father”
“Ephyra you know Father won’t take No from you”
“Are you saying I have to marry one of them?”
“Yes..three days after your birthday,you have to choose and then -”
“But Fairfax didn’t get married at 18”
“You’re right” Azizi said
He removes strands of hair from her face.
“And my friends are not married. Even though they are one year older…Azizi it doesn’t make any sense”
“It does..every Special mermaid must get married at 18”
“No I’m not getting married”
“That will cause war between the kingdoms”
“But why didn’t mother tell me about this before now?”
“You should know.. Ephyra the same thing happened us”
“I don’t want the same thing” She countered
“I will try to talk to Father…if there is another way out”
It was never a custom that every special mermaid should marry at 18. History only had it that those Mermaids married at 18. And the last special mermaid chose her husband three days after her 18th birthday.
“Thank You Azizi”
“Anything for you Almeta”
He kissed her forehead
A soft knock sounded on the door.
“It’s Cas” Ephyra said
Azizi stared at her
“Tell him I want to be alone”
Azizi stood up and went to the door. He opened it slightly and Cas was there.
“Ephyra want to be alone”
He said to Cas
“Okay just let her know I came around. And I will come tomorrow morning to check on her”
“There is no need to do that either -” Azizi replied
Cas eyes glowed signifying his anger.
“Why?” He asked
Azizi moved out of the room and closed the door. He was ready to fight Cas if he has to. Azizi folded his arms.
“I’m sure she wants to see Aalton -” he said
Aalton who was behind. He joined them
Azizi pointed fingers to them
“She doesn’t want to see the both of you” He said
“Okay” Aalton leaves quietly
“Well tell Ephyra… It either me or no one else” He gritted
Azizi leaned in
“Listen to me you won’t win Ephyra heart with this attitude. Stop being prideful Cas”
“It none of your business. Ephyra is Mine” He swims away.
“All clear Almeta”
“Thank You Azizi”
She said into his mind
Oceanus scolds Fairfax at the table for hurting Ephyra. He blamed Fairfax for ruining the dinner. And Bhupendra announced Nakendra marriage to Fairfax.
He was annoyed
Fairfax left the room
Nakendra followed him
“My Prince wait up”
He didn’t stop
“Fairfax you know -”
He stopped and turned to face her
“Who told you to come after me?!”
Nakendra was scared
A tear slid down her cheeks
“What have I done?..Fairfax if you don’t want to marry me then tell my father. So he can find a brave prince to marry me. It is only coward merman Prince that runs away from Marriage”
She was about leaving but Fairfax grabbed her wrist and pulled her to himself.
He felt remorseful for yelling at Nakendra. It wasn’t her fault that his father scolded him for hurting Ephyra or that he was balmed for ruining the dinner.
He loves Nakendra and it hurts him to watch her cry.
“I’m sorry Nakendra”
It was his fault!
He shouldn’t be jealous of his sister cause she was loved by all and receiving all the care.
Fairfax had taken out his anger on Nakendra.
And that was wrong!
“Don’t think of marrying another prince” He whispered
“But you don’t want me -”
“No..I want you Nakendra. I will marry you”
She came out of his embrace to look at him.
A smile displayed on his lips
“Are you sure Fairfax?”
“Do…do you love me?” She pouted
He wipes the tears with his fingertips
Her face brightened
And she hugged him
“I love you Nakendra”
“Then let’s get married” she said
“Are you in love with another Prince?”
Jealousy in his tone
“No Fairfax!” She coaxed
He held her tightly
“I love You.. Only you” She said
“Then let’s get married”
He placed a kiss on her forehead
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Author Ademide ✍
A WISH ????♀