The sounds of the bustling beach crowd echoed off in the distance as the sun continued to lower on the horizon. The sky tinted everything orange.
Rose sat on a rock , dipping her fins back into the water. Mellany sat beside her, although her feet did not touch the water.
“Aaaaah! It feels so nice to dip my fins back into water!” Rose smiled. “Wow, what a day, don’t you think?”
Mellany glanced at her.
Rose flinched. She curiously put her hand to her mouth. “Wait, do humans usually have events like that happen to them?”
Mellany sighed. Her lips curled up as she looked out at the orange-tinted glistening water. “Nah, we don’t. I’m surprised I even had that.”
“I hope we don’t ever have to see a guy like Daltoneo again.”
“Yeah,” agreed Mellany.
The sea breeze lightly tossed their hair around.
Rose’s smile shrunk and her eyes lowered. “Do you think we will meet up again?”
Rose let out a laugh. “No, silly, you!”
Mellany put out her hand, looking as if she was about to burst out laughing. “I was gonna say ––!”
Rose took Mellany’s hands into hers. “It was so great meeting you! I really hope we can see each other again.”
Mellany shrugged. “Only if you want to come out this far. You’re farther out at see, right?”
Then Rose’s gaze turned to Mellany’s shoulder.
Mellany turned her head to see where Rose’s gaze had landed. Her eyes shifted between the two of them. She raised her eyebrow. “Don’t tell me it’s the fairies.”
Rose giggled. “Yes, of course it is! Why else would I be staring over your shoulders, silly!”
“What are they saying?”
“They’re saying for me to come back when Shooting Star is back.”
“Why Shooting Star…?”
Rose turned her gaze back to Mellany’s shoulder. Mellany turned her own at the same spot. She shivered – was there REALLY something there? And if there was, did she really want to see it?
Rose’s usual playful demenor shifted. Her smile was devoid of laughter, but instead of wisdom.
“They’re saying it’s almost time for you to know your family’s legacy.”
Mellany raised her eyebrow. “I don’t care about that!” Her brow then furrowed. “…whatever that is.”
Her body shivered once more, the sensation moving towards the staff still in her hands. The staff seemed to glint at the top. Mellany and Rose exchanged looks.
Mellany swallowed. She knew, somewhere deep down, what Rose was saying was true.
“I guess…I will then.”
Mellany turned her head towards the sunset, looking out at what appeared to be an endless sea.
A large, pleased grin spread across Rose’s face as she turned her own head towards the setting sun.
His vision came to as well as it could in the dark. He groaned as slightly moved his body and looked around.
The only places of light seemed to be a sunlit, tall-stained glass window that was just several shades bright blue that the rest of the darkness around it. He could make out the grayscale designs of the window from a distance.
Dalteoneo sprawled himself out on the floor and huffed.
He closed his eyes once more.
And then he opened his mouth.
“WHERE AM I?!”
Despite his aching body, he sat up and slammed his fist on the ground. “CURSE that girl and that mermaid!”
He jumped up, continuing to ignore his aches. He ran towards the only illuminated area in the room. “If I knew where I was, I would go out,, and show them what I can really do.. I am the GREAT DALTONEO, after all! How DARE they!”
“I could say the same for you.”
Daltoneo’s hairs stood up and his body ran cold. His head twitched like a glitchign robot as he turned towards the voice.
Out from the shadows, he saw a gleaming green eye and long, wavy ginger hair. He gasped in horror.
The older woman emerged, standing underneath the same illuminated area as Daltoneo. “Now that I have you here, should I curse you too?”
Daltoneo stumbled backwards, holding out his hands. “No, no, please!”
“Oh, what, Daltoneo? You can curse others, but your teacher can’t place a curse on you?”
“Please, please don’t! I…I’m sorry!”
The woman reached out to his chin and wrapped her hands with long, tapering painted fingers nails underneath it. Her nails gently carrassed his face.
Daltoneo shivered. “Uh, um, hey! Madam, we could, uh, work to get out of here! And then I could serve you once again?”
“And have you betray me again?” she asked. Her voice became seductively low. “I don’t think so.”
She then forcisibly grabbed Daltoneo’s neck and lifted him off the ground.
Daltoneo managed one final scream before he couldn’t make any more than grunting sounds.
***** THE END *****
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