Hi. My names Cristina Anderson, full name Cristina Christian Anderson. I'm named after my great-great-a lot of greats grandpa, Hans Christian Anderson. Now, the Brothers Grimm get all the credit, but you should know that Hans wrote The Little Mermaid. That's right, THE Little Mermaid. Of course, there's a lot of facts you probably don't know about the REAL story, in which there is no happily ever after. Looks like it's time for:
Story Time With Cristina Anderson
Once, there was a beautiful mermaid princess named-You got it, Ariel. Ariel had 5 sisters of which she was the youngest. On each sisters 15th birthday they were allowed to rise up out of the sea and gaze upon the human world. Now, there are a lot of details about what each sister saw, but I'll just skip to Ariel. When Ariel rose up it was twilight. She saw a ship and upon it was-as I'm sure you guessed-Prince Eric. Ariel fell in love with Eric but a terrible storm arose, tossing the ship this way and that. The sailors and the prince fell, but Ariel saved the prince and laid him on the shore. Some people saved him, but the little mermaid was sad, for he did not know her. Her love slowly overtook her common sense, until she visited the sea witch . The witch knew why she came, and offered her a potion that would make her tail into legs. She would still be graceful but every step she took would feel like she was walking on knives and her feet would bleed. She would be beautiful, but she would have no voice. She could never be a mermaid again. She finished with this:
"and if you do not win the love of the prince, so that he is willing to forget his father and mother for your sake, and to love you with his whole soul, and allow the priest to join your hands that you may be man and wife, then you will never have an immortal soul. The first morning after he marries another your heart will break, and you will become foam on the crest of the waves.”
" I will do it."Said the little mermaid. She took the potion and rose up to the surface. her tail became legs and standing before her was the prince. He took her to the palace, for she was very beautiful. He gave her permission to sleep outside of his door on a velvet cushion. Now, to me this seems a little stuck up. Just saying. So, anyway, they went on rides together through the countryside and did stuff like that. She loved the prince, but he loved her like a child. He never thought of marrying her. His parents told him to visit the beautiful princess of a neighboring kingdom. The prince saw her and thought that she was the one that saved him! He married the princess, and the little mermaid's sisters tell her to kill him before morning and she would once again be a mermaid, but she can't, for she still loves the prince.The little mermaid becomes a spirit of the air.