Post by Storyteller on Mar 26, 2016 13:23:41 GMT -8
Ariel darted through the water, unsure of her destination. Anger and despair warred with each other to create the perfect storm within her and she had no intention of stopping until Atlantica was as far behind as possible. "You will never see that human again, not while you are under my ocean!" Her father's voice echoed in her ears even still, long after he'd unleashed his fury on his daughter and her prince.
She didn't know how he had found out. She and Eric had wanted to tell him, been planning to tell him. But, somehow, someone had done it first and the repercussions had destroyed everything. Reduced to ash, like her once magnificent collection of human objects. Triton's destruction of her grotto hurt but losing Eric had broken her heart more severely than she could have ever predicted.
Startled at the unfamiliar voice, Ariel's frenzied swim came to an abrupt halt. Four glowing eyes greeted her from the depths, slowly coming closer as their conversation continued.
"She has a very serious problem, hasn't she?"
Two large eels appeared out of the darkness of the deep water, their focus trained on the young mermaid before them. A chill ran down Ariel's spine as she realized that they were talking about her.
"If only there were something..." "...we could do."
"Who are you?"
"Dear child, we are here to help." One of the eels said, drawing close to her right side as its twin mirrored its movement on the left.
"Daddy just doesn't understand...
Her brow crinkled as she tried to face the eel on her left, "How do you-" "...but we know someone who does..." the end of the sentence came from behind her. Ariel tried to break away but the eels easily following, circling her like a shark.
"She can ease your woes," "She can help you get your prince..."
The eels seemed to share a look and one rose up to meet her gaze, "Why, the sea witch, of course."
Ariel gasped, the uneasy feeling she'd had since the beginning of the encounter starting to blossom into fear, "You can't mean Aunt Ursula. Father says that her magic is evil-"
"She knows your dreams..." "She grant your wish..."
"Please, I have to go-" But the eels persisted, resuming their slow circling. "Why the alarm? No one will care, sweet child." "No more despair..." "And after all, wasn't it your father who caused all of that pain?" "He was wrong about the humans..." "...perhaps he is wrong about other things..."
This gave her pause. If Ursula could help her...perhaps her father had been wrong. How could she know unless she found out for herself? As if sensing the break in their prey, the eels seemed to tighten their hold, "She is the only one who can reconcile you with your prince..."
Without thinking, Ariel made her choice. "Take me to her."