Mermaid Story from Mermaiden Brynn
Fergus lay sleepily on me lap. I’d love to spend hours and hours playing with me beloved FinFriend and the other wee beauties that live in the Celtic Sea, but taking a nap feels good after all the recent excitement. We leave today to journey to the MerCouncil and I don’t want to leave my slippery li’l fish-loving friend behind again. I’m ready for life to go back to normal. But will it ever?
Just as I start to drift away to join Fergus in dream land, Zoey pops her head through the door and tugs me back to reality. “Brynn, it’s time to go. The rest of the crew is waiting on us.” I move my sleeping li’l seal friend gently to a nearby cushion. With a heavy sigh, he curls up in an unbreakable slumber as I lean down and give him a sweet kiss on his whiskered nose. Farewell for now, mate.
The journey to the MerCouncil passed more quickly than usual. Perhaps because I was so anxious to see Mariana finally become a Mermaiden. Or, maybe because I was a touch excited to meet Amani. I know I can come off salty, but I’m as interested in protecting our lives as the rest of the lasses. Either way, I was happy that the trip didn’t drag on. We’ve got work ta do ta catch Calisto and her dodgy gang and meeting with the MerCouncil is the first step.
The curves of the MerCouncil’s chambers and the smooth onyx doors provided some small comfort from the otherwise nerve-wracking situation that we were about ta face. Our parents may have let us off easy for our nearly deadly escapades in the Mariana Kingdom, but would our highest councilors dole out their own punishment? I hope not! Havin’ the chance to mingle with the two-legged folk is a privilege I don’t want taken away.
The intimidating MerCouncil members entered the room silently. But from the looks on their faces, they were hiding deep exuberance that set me at ease. Chancellor Darek was the first to speak, and as he began, his blue eyes flashed as bright as a blue tang.
“Welcome dear Mermaiden princesses; we are so glad that you’re here safe and sound. We know that you’ve already had quite the chastisement from your parents regarding your recent choices. So, you’ve been called here not to be scolded, but to help us in locating Damon, Calisto, and their vile little puppet Noodles before they do any further damage. Plus, we are thrilled to welcome King Caspian and his daughter Mariana as royalty in this gathering,” Darek continued.
I looked over at Mariana. She was beamin’ from ear to ear. Her da looked at her tenderly and I could sense that his heart was startin’ to heal.
“Since your next adventure awaits,” Darek said enthusiastically, “we are eager for you to begin your advanced skills training. Now I’d like you to meet Amani. Although he is only 20 years of age, he has already become the leader of King Lyron’s army. We proudly introduce you to Commander Amani…”
A small, gold encrusted door opened a short distance away. I could see a imposing figure swiftly approach the circle. With tribal swirls and crimson and navy scales, his tail was like nothing I had ever seen. Dark curls surrounded his face, which wasn’t half bad if ye ask me, and his stone brown eyes quickly took in the whole room. Stoic but friendly, he smiled in our direction.
“Your highnesses. It’s a pleasure to meet you all. I am Commander Amani and it will be my privilege to train you for the unexpected.”
“I don’t know if you’ve heard, but we handled ourselves pretty well,” Mariana blurted out before she could stop herself. Her face shone bright with excitement, but her mouth acted otherwise. Zoey rolled her eyes as Serena let out a small giggle, and Crystal looked horrified.
“You must be Mariana,” Amani replied calmly. “I’ve heard that you like to play with knives.”
Now it was Waverlee’s turn to laugh. It took every scale on my body not to crack up myself.
“I’ve spent my entire life on my own – or. well, with my sidekick swordfish, Cal,” said Mariana, wistful yet defiant at the same time. “I have real sea experience to bring to the ocean floor,” she added, looking Amani right in the eyes, even though she had to tilt her head back to do it.
“I can’t wait to see what you can teach me,” Amani said.
With that obvious flirtation, Amani bowed gracefully toward the MerCouncil, quickly said farewell to the rest of us, and swam away before Mariana could pull herself together for a response.
“Now that you’ve met Commander Amani, our next order of business is to officially appoint Mariana as the newest Mermaiden. We will have a grand ball this evening in honor of Princess Mariana and her father, King Caspian. You may all be excused to prepare for the event tonight,” said Darek.
“But what about Calisto, Damon, and Noodles? We’re not just goin’ ta let the slimy sea terrors go, are we?” Even though I trust the MerCouncil completely, I wanted to make sure they know I’m about jumpin’ out o’ my tail to see Cal’s death avenged and our home seas protected.
“Oh Brynn, we will deal with the demoness trio soon enough, my dear,” my da said with a chuckle. “Tonight, calls for celebration.”
As my fellow Mermaidens and I made our way back to our rooms to begin gussyin’ up for the big ball, my wee brain swirled with questions and concerns. Would we be able ta stop Calisto before the wicked she-witch did any more damage? Could we learn the skills we would need to defeat them> And most importantly, how had the bonny young Commander disarmed our unshakable merfriend Mariana so quickly? My curiosity piqued, I had ta make a plan – quick – if I was gonna find out whether Mariana was splashing for our new trainer.