Part of Her World

A FanFic about Prince Eric and Ariel where Eric is a merman. =)

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2. On to Atlantica

“Daddy, I’m sorry. I just forgot.”

“Sebastian has been working on this for weeks now, there is no excuse.”

“Exactly! Dere is no excuse.” Sebastian said huffily.

I sighed and rolled my eyes. “Daddy, Sebastian, there is plenty of time for more concerts and I promise I will be at the next one. But I have something much more important than that concert to tell you.” Then I called over my shoulder. “Eric! Come here, please.”  

As Eric swam gently toward me my breath caught in my throat. The sunbeams shining on him, highlighting his best parts, almost made my mouth fall open. I shook my head. I’ve never had this kind of reaction to a merman before, so why now?

Eric clearing his throat brought me back to the present.

“Ah, Daddy. This is Eric.”

My father gave Eric a onceover, then looked at me with one eyebrow raised.

“And where, exactly did you find him?” He asked.

“Uhh, on the outskirts of the city.” I said vaguely.

Eric cleared his throat again and gave me an intense look. I frowned at him. “What?” I asked.

“Ariel, why is your father on a throne?

I blinked. Oh yeah. I forgot to tell him.

“Oh. Well he’s King Triton.”

“But he’s your dad.”

“Yeah.”

“But he’s King Triton.”

I was getting confused. I sighed. “Yeah?”

“That makes you a princess. Which you didn’t tell me.” 

“So what if I’m a princess? How does that change anything?”

He looked at me like I was crazy.

“That makes you royalty, which makes you important, which means you shouldn’t be lurking around shipwrecks any time you feel like it. That’s risking your life.”

I frowned. “You sound like my father.”

“SHIPWRECKS AGAIN?!”

I flinched and glanced over at my father. His face was turning that spectacular shade of red it does when he’s really angry.

“D-daddy, nothing happened. Flounder and I were just exploring a little bit. We were perfectly safe.”

The looks on father’s and Eric’s faces were identical. Both masks disapproval. As I looked back and forth between them I couldn’t help but notice how handsome Eric was. Why can’t I get over that? I’ve seen plenty of beautiful mermen, but none of them have struck me quite like him.

“I suppose we’ll have to post a guard to follow you when you leave the palace.” My father said sternly.

I’m sure I looked stricken. “I really don’t need a guard daddy, I won’t do it again, I promise.”

“That’s what you said last time. I’ve finally reached my last straw.”

I could see the rest of my life flashing before my eyes. A life with no more privacy, always being watched and maintained, never allowed to adventure. I was about to resort to begging when Eric said,

“I could watch her for you.”

I glanced, wide eyed, at this strange boy. What made him think that my father, King Triton, would be willing to rest his youngest daughter’s life in the hands of a boy he had just met? And didn’t know anything about? I was mind boggled.

My father stared at him. Not like he was crazy, but more like he was considering him a possibility.

“Let me speak with the merman alone, Ariel.” I looked at my father like he was crazy, then shook my head and swam to the far end of the throne room.

Now that the two were discussing Poseidon only knows what about my future, I could study Eric without notice. Maybe it’s the contrast between his dark hair and light eyes that I find so enchanting. Or maybe it’s the way he laughs like a child, in a way that lights up his whole face. I don’t know what it is, but I sure need to figure it out. I won’t let these strange feelings get the best of me.

“Ariel.” My father called.

I swam to where he was waiting with Eric. “Yes, daddy?” I said timidly.

“I’ve decided that I will indeed let Eric watch you. He seems like a reasonable young man who shares the same interests regarding your safety as I do.”

I did the same thing I did earlier and glanced rapidly between my father and Eric. I was dumbstruck. Never had my father been so willing to accept an outsider, let alone a boy.

Eric smiled coolly and winked at me. I blushed and looked away. “But why daddy? You don’t even know him.”

I knew I was whining, but I couldn’t help it. With how rapidly my feelings were growing, I’d be lucky to last a week around Eric without doing something embarrassing. There was no way in hell I was going to make a fool out of myself in front of him.

“Ariel, this is for your own good. I’m sure you’ll be just fine and have just as much fun as before.”

I made a frustrated noise and swam off as fast as I could.

Finally I reached my grotto. The only place I really felt like myself.

“Flounder, I just don’t see things the way he does. Maybe he’s right, maybe there is something wrong with me. I just don’t see how a world that makes such wonderful things could be bad…”

“You collect this stuff?”

Eric’s voice from behind me startled me so I almost dropped the dinglehopper I’d been holding. I frowned and gently set it down.

“Yes, I collect it. So you followed me to the only place that was completely my own. It’s so nice of you to be my father’s little minion.” I said meanly. I was so mad at my father and Eric right now, I could spit fire.

Eric looked on calmly, which just made me madder.

“Who do you think you are, volunteering to be my little watchfish? Like I can’t take care of myself or something, like I need to be monitored all the time and be protected.” I stormed around the grotto, my anger rising every minute. “I don’t want to live in the sea anymore. I want to be part of their world, the human’s world. I want to see what they see, do what they do, and know what they know.”

By this point, I had tears in my eyes and a sob building in my chest. But I just couldn’t stop.

“Is it so hard to see how I see? I just want to know. I want to know and be a part of that world. I’m so tired of swimming an--”

Suddenly Eric was in front of me, holding my face gently in his hands like I could break at any moment. The look in his eyes said everything and nothing, that one look held a thousand answers I just needed the right question for. I could see the sky in those eyes, I felt like I was flying and falling at the same time. There was electricity between us that could span all the oceans and those mysterious human lands I have never been to.

“Who am I?” He asked, his eyes twinkling. He put his face close to my ear and whispered, “I am but your humble servant; I will do whatever you ask.”

Without rational thought I replied, “Kiss me.”

He slowly brought his face back in front of mine, searching my eyes for something. He moved in closer, our lips so close I could feel their energy. One of his hands slid down to my waist, the other staying on my face. My breath sped and my heart was pounding like nothing I’d ever known. Closer still…

“Ariel?”

I pushed him away, suddenly remembering that Flounder was still there.

“Oh Flounder! What’s wrong?” I said breathlessly.

He gave me a reproachful look and said, “We should probably go. Your father might get worried and send armed guards after you.”

I smiled sheepishly. “You’re probably right, Flounder.” I couldn’t look at Eric so when I left the grotto, I hoped he was following.

As we made our way back to the palace, an awkward silence ensued. I wasn’t sure what to say after what happened back there, after what I said…

“Kiss me.”

I blushed from my head to my toes. Now, why did I day that? I’ll tell you why I said that, clearly because I wanted to be kissed. But why? Geez, I’m confused.

“Hey, Ariel.”

The sound of his voice pulls me back from myself. “Yes, Eric?”

“We need to talk.”

I gulped. “Flounder, you go on ahead. I need to talk to Eric.” I hoped neither of them could hear my voice shaking.

As Flounder swam away, I turned to face Eric but he wouldn’t look at me. “I’m sorry about what happened in the grotto, that wasn’t really me. It must have been the emotion.”

There was a pause then Eric said quietly,

“I’m not.”

I frowned. What did he mean?

“You’re not what?” I asked stupidly.

“I’m not sorry.” He looked me then, with the full force of his bright blue eyes. “I’m not sorry because I wanted to kiss you too, almost since the first moment I saw you.”

He swam closer, enchanting me with his eyes, daring me to break eye contact.

“Before I say anything else, I have a few things to tell you, Ariel.”

I just nodded, completely at a loss for words.

“I am Prince Eric, and I lived on the land you so desperately long for until an evil witch cast a spell on me, making me a merman until true love’s first kiss.”

I stared. And stared. And then stared some more. He’s a prince? And he got mad when I didn’t tell him I was a princess? Talk about hypocrisy. But more importantly, he was HUMAN? Something I’ve dreamt about my entire life?

“Why are you telling me this now?” My voice was definitely shaking now.

“Because you’re my true love.”

My heart stopped then took up again at the speed of light. I’m his true love? Me? His eyes were saying things that only the soul can hear, and mine heard them loud and clear.

“Do you want to be human, Ariel? Do you want to be with me forever?”

All it took was one word, and my life changed forever.

“Yes.” 

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