The Shores

It seems to Pearl that nothing she ever does it right. She is made fun of at school. But Pearl's world turns upside down and sideways when she meets a strange girl. The girl helps Pearl discover her past, present and destiny. Can Pearl discover what she was born to do--in time to save her kingdom?

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16. Same Old Gossip--You Know, People Trying to Kill Us, the Usual.

"Same time tomorrow, okay, guys?" Abitha asked after we got tired of dress
shopping.

"Oh, Abitha, I liked the one that I had on today." I said, thinking I would never
want to go dress shopping again.

"Okay, see you later," Abitha agreed.

I swam down the narrow and brightly lighted hallway. Since I had my fish tail on, I swam up. Then, I came to double doors. I took a deep breath and opened them, wondering if my uncle was busy.

Knights lined up the walls, all in their mer form. At the end of the hallway, my uncle sat on a throne in furred robes. Gwolf, his general for the army, stood talking to my uncle.

"Your Highness, they are lining up already. They are gathering at the shore."

"All of the army?" The King asked in concern.

"Yes, my king. I say either evacuate, or fight." Gwolf said. My uncle's green eyes were sad.

"I thought we had longer." He murmured. Then he looked up at Gwolf,

"We must train the girl. And fast. The water might hold them up, but, not for long."

"You Highness, the girl-" They both stopped their conversation, because they noticed me.

"Miss Morlinda," Gwolf bowed to me, then to my uncle, "I shall go now, my king"

Acting as if I hadn't heard hear a thing, I talked to my uncle.

"Uncle, why is Amilia your daughter but not the heir to the throne?" I asked.

"I'm very busy at the moment, " My uncle frowned. But seeing the Corus look on my face he said, "But I'll tell you. When your mother went looking for the magic, and she was lost, your father was king at the time. When he went looking for your mother, he gave the crown to me, saying he would come back. So really, your father is king, witch makes you a daughter of a king, a princess. Amilia is of royal blood,yes, but is not next in line."

"Oh," I said. But I was still thinking of what I had heard. What army? Who is 'they'? And which 'girl' are they talking about?

Reading my mind, the king said, "How much did you hear?" His lightning blue tail swished, "Tell the truth."

"I-I-I...Oh please, tell me what this is about? I only heard from, 'They are waiting at the shore' to 'the girl." I said weakly.

My uncle forced a smile. "You have heard too much. But yes, you are correct. Kior, The Evil Lord, has been working hard to create a army of his evil minions."

"His minions...meaning...his suckshi?" I asked.

"Yes and no. There will be all sorts of creatures. Maybe even the Shore People who has sworn loyalty to him."

The King had a far away look to his eye. I gasped. "The Shores would
do that?"

The King smiled wryly. "Yes. If they were threatened with their lives."

Okay. This was worse than I thought. 'What is the purpose of this war?" I asked. My uncle looked up at me sadly from his throne.

"To kill."
"Who?"
"You, Abitha, Dorie, everyone in this castle, me." he said as if it was no big deal. That's it. This meant war.
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