New Mermaid Story from Mermaiden Waverlee
“Order! I demand order!” I yelled vivaciously. A few giggles met my cry, but mostly the girls around me kept up their noisiness. I huffed and collapsed back down into my seat, feigning exasperation. We’d all been in an “ambassador meeting” for a couple hours now, which actually consisted of loud, hour-long conversations that had to do with anything but what we were supposed to be discussing.
“What are ye raving about, ya loon? My spirit fish would NOT be a puffer fish!” Brynn pounded the stone table with her fist and glared across it to where Serena and Destiny sat laughing. I giggled at the mental image that popped into my head of a red faced Brynn ballooning up like a puffer.
Obsidian slid his chair closer to me from where he sat to my right. “Well, I say we’ve made serious progress this time,” he nodded as he leaned back and put his hands on the back of his head, stretching. “Destiny wishes her tail was blue, Crystal wonders what it would be like to be a starfish, Scarlet’s favorite place in the ocean is the coast of Madagascar, Brynn’s spirit animal is a puffer fish, and Serena is still annoyingly without flaws.”
“Impressive memory,” I turned to him and felt my heart leap into my throat like it always did when he looked at me. “What about you? What are some fun facts about Sid?”
He smiled and thought for a moment before leaning forward to respond. “I’ve always wondered what having legs would be like.”
I gasped exaggeratedly. Sid nodded and continued, “I’ve always wanted to be a human, just for a day. To see how fast I could run, or how high I could kick one of those round things they play with. I want to feel gravity and see what’s in those little dwellings beyond the sand. Oh, and I want to find out what those contraptions are that fly through the air above the water.”
I watched him as he continued, motioning with his hands and his eyes dancing with excitement. I felt a thrill just hearing him talk about all the things he wanted to see and do among the humans on dry land. Obsidian was so animated, so hopeful, and yet I knew he was content to live the life he was living now just as happily. When finally he had wound down, the others were still chattering away. He sighed serenely and then leaned on the stone with one elbow, head in hand while he studied my face. “So what about you, Waverlee? Tell me something about yourself that you’ve never told a soul.”
My smile held nearly enough sass to be a smirk as I scoffed. “Never told anyone? Well, that is a challenge. As you may know I’ve talked my way through most of my life. Hmm…how about this,” I leaned forward over my tail so we sat closer together and I lowered my voice, smiling coyly. “About two years ago, I saw a very handsome human boy on the beach. I was watching him talking and laughing with a pretty human girl and then all of a sudden a crazy wave came crashing down on them. It soaked her and dragged him nearly halfway out to meet me!”
Sid arched his eyebrow as he chuckled. “A rogue wave, hmm?” I shrugged one shoulder with a innocent look. “Maybe, maybe not.”
Suddenly I was very aware that the whole room had gone silent. I glanced to the side to find a pair of wide brown eyes alarmingly close to my face, flicking back and forth between Obsidian and I. Destiny’s head was propped up by her hands on her cheeks and her elbows on the table as she lay on her belly on the table facing us. She was grinning and as my gaze traveled above her mess of black curls, I could see the other six mermaids peeking out of random gaps and holes in her jungle of hair. “Whatcha doin’?” Destiny sang through a wide-eyed smirk.
“Talking,” I ventured.
The girls all giggled. “What about?” Crystal asked.
Obsidian rewarded them all with his lovely grin as he said, “Well ladies, it’s a good thing you all butted in when you did because we were just having a discussion concerning you all, weren’t we, Waverlee?”
“Yep!” I said without missing a beat. He flashed me a wink before continuing. “We were just getting into a spirited debate over who would win in a fight between an angler fish and a box jellyfish. Waverlee is in favor of the jelly, but I say no way. The angler is so much more powerful, it would eat the jellyfish in one bite.”
I jumped in, “And then the box jellyfish would sting it from inside and kill it instantly! The angler would not only have to kill the box jellyfish, but avoid touching it while it did! There’s no possible way, the angler fish are so dumb.”
“Now that may be true but angler fish have the advantage of seeing in the dark, so obviously—“
“But what if the fight doesn’t take place somewhere dark?” Brynn pointed out.
“Or what if it does?” Serena wondered.
Half an hour later, Zoey entered the room to see our little group split into two, with one side cheering on Obsidian, Brynn’s light suspended in front of him to make him a more realistic angler fish, and the other side rooting for Jia, who was uncharacteristically animated as she held out her arms like tentacles. As soon as the Australian Princess stepped inside, everyone froze.
“Well…erm…I must say this is one of the odder things I’ve caught the lot of ya doing. What’s happening?”
I spoke up. “Obsidian and Jia are demonstrating a fight between an angler fish and a box jellyfish to see who would win…”
There was a brief pause while Zoey thought through the predicament with mock seriousness. Then suddenly she motioned to continue, yelling, “What’re the lot of you thinking? Of course the jelly would win!” And the chaos resumed.