The Mermaid Project

Hi my name is Kai.
I am 16 years old.
I was selected for the mermaid project.
It sounded exciting at first, but now...I don't know who I am.

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19. Something Strange

"You're late." Those icy lips worded each syllable as if it was the worst thing in the world. He popped the P. Jessie was looking into my eyes. It felt like he was digging through me. My thoughts...my dream.

 

"This week, numbers 1,2,4,5, and 6 will do depth training." He said. I looked over at Eve. She was number 3. She looked worried. Why hadn't he called her?

 

"Number 3 will be training with me today." He looked at me and smirked. I knew what he was doing.

 

"Begin" He said and walked over to an assistant to discuss something. I ran over to Eve.

"Be careful" I said to her softly.

 

"I know." She said "He's all yours" She laughed. I was worried and this wasn't funny.

 

"I'm serious." I said to her I must have showed how worried I was because she became serious the moment I said it.

 

"I know." She said with an understanding tone.

“You have to promise to be careful” I said.

 

 Jessie then walked over to us. He completely ignored me.

 

"Eve we must begin." He said. They both walked away and Eve looked back at me. Just before entering the room I saw her mouth the words “I promise”.

I walked over top Jake. The moment he saw me, he jumped in the pool and started swimming laps. Was he avoiding me?

When he swam back I put my hand on his head so he couldn’t swim away from me again.

He climbed out of the pool and grabbed my arm. He took me to a side room.

“We need to talk.” He said once he was sure that no one could hear.

“Yeah” I said. I was kind of relieved that he wasn’t angry.

“Not about that.” He said.

“Not about what?” I asked. He was confusing me. What happened last night was still jumbled in my head. What had happened? In the heat of the moment, what had we said?

“Not about you and the Doctor.” He said. I was happy. That was the last thing I wanted to talk about.

“There’s something going on here. Something weird.” He looked worried.

“You mean beside the fact that we can all breathe under water?” I asked jokingly.

“I’m serious. Something different than what you think.” He let go of my arm.

“What are you talking about?” I asked.

 “Why do you think they need to train us, if we can already breathe under water? I mean isn’t that enough?” He was pacing. He was very engaged as he explained all of this to me.

“I think, they’re trying to prepare us for something. Why else would we need depth training, and speed training. I mean, we are the only competitive swimmers here. The only ones who could benefit from all the training.” He explained.

“What kind of thing are we talking about?” I asked beginning to understand.

“I don’t know yet, but Kai…” He looked into my eyes.

“I…” He cut himself off. I took a step forward and looked at him.

“What Jake? You can tell me anything.” I smiled at him.

“Kai I’m scared. Scared of whatever this is.” He said. He was so honest with me. He needed me.

“Jake. I’m here for you.” I whispered.

“I need you to promise me something.” He said. He grabbed my hand.

“Anything.” I replied.

“We can’t trust Jessie. You can’t trust Jessie.” He looked serious.

“I know. What I did was stupid. I—

“What you did was NOT your fault.” He said.

 One by one we walked out of the room. Making sure no one saw us together.

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