Crystal Waters

Topaz and Sapphire are for the most part two average sisters. They lived with their Mom and Dad in a wealthy home. One day, they came home to their mom sobbing, all her belongings gone. Their father had disappeared and taken all of their money. Later that year, their mom went missing. Not because she left, but because she was killed. They want to get revenge. One more thing,

They're Mermaids.

[Cover art by TheFuzz]


18. Graystorm Bay


          The shark swam towards me at alarming speed. I should get out of the way, A small part of my brain thought. But the rest was thinking of the agonizing pain I had been in when I stupidly harassed a white-tip. It's eyes rolled into its head as it prepared to take a bite. I screamed, waiting for death to come, and squeezed my eyes shut. Once I gained to courage to look, I was shocked. Marius had escaped from his bonds, and was now floating there with a dead shark on his spear.

          "We wouldn't want that big-bad-shark to take off your pretty little tail, now would we, princess?" He asked sarcastically, the corners of his mouth twitching. I was too shaken up to think of a witty comeback, so instead, I just collapsed into his arms, breathless from my fear. I saw Topaz making gagging motions just over Marius's shoulder, and started cracking up, somewhat hysterically, as I swam to embrace her.

          "That was close." I said, barely keeping my cool.

          "Too close." Topaz replied grimly.

          Topaz and I grabbed our nets, laden with plump fish, and headed back to the camp, with Marius tailing behind us. Once we got back to camp, Topaz and I passed some fish out to the Pinkies, but then Topaz pulled me aside.

          "I want you to take the food to Marius."

          "Do you really dislike him to the point where you can't even bring him some food?" I asked.

          "He tried to kill me." Topaz replied grudgingly.

          "He saved my life," I said pointedly. "I think we at least owe him something."

          "Like what?" She asked suspiciously.

         I looked at her for a few seconds, when she realized what I was implying. "Oh, no. No, no no, no. No. We are not freeing him."

          "We won't let him loose, we'll keep an eye on him, but I think he's proved to us that he's trustworthy enough to not have to be tied." I argued.

          "Whatever, just give him some food, and we can talk later. I'm tired."

          I glided over to where Marius was sitting by himself under a coral overhang, carving something into a piece of driftwood. I couldn't tell what it was, due to the bad lighting. I cleared my throat noisily, to let him know that I was there. He looked up, then quickly hid whatever it was that he was working on.

          "I brought you some food." I said dully. "And, uh, thanks for saving my life back there."

          "Oh, thanks, and it was nothing."

          "Why did you do that, anyways. It's not every day that you put yourself in deaths way for someone who was holding you hostage and treating you horribly,"

          "It's not every day that you take in someone who tried to kill your sister."

          "Why exactly did you accept my dad's request in the first place?"

          "Well, I guess I got really desperate. I didn't have any money, and I was on the brink of starvation. Arsenal offered me a good deal that I couldn't resist."

          "Do you ever, Oh, I don't know, wish you hadn't assaulted my sister."

          "Sometimes, but then I wouldn't have ever met you." He said, then started to move forward, like an eel stalking it's prey. I felt a hand on my shoulder, then looked up to see Topaz.

          "Well, that was a lovely visit, gottagobye." She said before dragging me to the cave we were sleeping in.

          "What was that about?" She asked angrily.

          "What? I don't know..." I said. "But it was none of your business and we have a big day ahead of us, so I suggest that you get some sleep.

          "Or what?" Topaz asked, smirking.

          "Or else you face my wrath!" I called then lunged for her, starting a tickle fight.

          That night, I didn't sleep much. I was thinking about a certain merman that I may or may not have feelings for.

          I woke up to clear light wafting through the opening in the cave. Crap! It's late! I looked next to me to find that Topaz's bed was empty. When I swam outside, I found that Marius had prepared breakfast, and that everyone was awake.

          "Well, if it isn't Sleeping Beauty, finally up from her slumber!" He called, teasing me.

          "Whatever," I said, picking up the prepared tuna. "If we're gonna make it to Graystorm Bay by sundown, we better get a move on."

          The Pinkies loaded up our dolphins, and we set off. We had been traveling for some time when we finally reached the bay. There was nothing in it. Only sand and rocks, and some kelp that wasn't familiar. Looking up, we could see the bottoms of many boats. This was a port. All at once, we put our heads above the water

          "I think," Topaz said, before Marius finished, "That we're gonna need some legs to find our lead on Arsenal."



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