Sara in Atlantis

Entering another world of magical mysticism, it was just like Alice going down the rabbit hole.

Sara fell head-first into land of Atlantis that was under the cruel reign of Poseidon. She was a girl on a mission, a simple mission in a world she knew nothing about and didn't know who she could trust. Stumbling through the world of water-fairies, mermaids and pirate ghosts, she discovers magic isn't all she thought it'd be...


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9. A Little Bit Quixotic

Chapter Nine


Sara looked around for the queen the moment she arrived in the palace gardens but couldn't find her anywhere. Now she was scared, her heart beat fast in her throat. Has something happened to her, has Poseidon captured her? After searching around for several long minutes, she slumped to the ground. She wished for someone or something to show up and tell her something that could help.

"Looking for something are we?" a loud obnoxious voice asked.

"Who are you?" Sara inquired rudely, jumping up and looking around.

"I am the Quixotic Crab," bellowed a large king crab that stepped out from behind a silver tree, "You smell funny. Why are your arms so skinny? And your tail so forked and weak, that's dreadful for swimming! What are YOU?" the Quixotic Crab exclaimed in a fit of laughter.

The saying of 'be careful what you wish for' popped into her head as she stared at the great king crab. She had wished for magic and gotten more than she had hoped for, she had wished for someone to show up and suddenly a large crab does. Are crabs herbivores or carnivorous? Sara wondered, gulping.

"I'm a girl, you crazy crab! Where exactly are we?" Sara asked as she realized she didn't recognize this area of the garden at all.

"34° 28' 56" N, 25° 34' 30" E°," the Quixotic crab replied snapping his claws.

"How can you expect me to know coordinates by heart?!" asked Sara incredulously.

The crab laughed, "Everybody in the sea knows their coordinates by heart. I'll help you, you want to go home? Go look where the mermaids comb their hair," and with that the crab vanished.

"So much for quixotic," Sara mumbled, puzzling over his odd advice, "Where do mermaids comb their hair?"

Suddenly, something black and sticky obscured her vision and tackled her to the ground. She felt multiple limbs and what seemed like suction cups hold her down and realized it was a giant octopus. She screamed for help.

"Help! Get off me, who are you?"

"Who are you, thief and committer of great treason to his majesty King Poseidon of Atlantis?" the octopus holding her down yelled.

"I didn't do anything! I'm no thief!" Sara protested.

"That watch-cuff says otherwise, you stole the pocket-watch that changes time and you set the witch free, we have an eye witness. That is grand treason. You will appear before the royal court where the final verdict shall be made. My guess, it's off with your head."

After that was said, Sara was bound with seaweed and her lips were shut by a starfish before being tossed onto a large horse-like creature.

"Go up to the palace, you stupid hippocamp," the octopus roared. The hippocamp bobbed off at a high speed towards the palace.

Sara had never felt so scared in her life than when she was taken to the magnificent palace she had so desperately wanted to visit not so long ago.

Once in the castle, she was dragged off the hippocamp who gave her an odd look before she was taken to a room and locked inside with two scary shark guards. Sara whimpered under the tight starfish gag.

A sea lion swam in and took the starfish off her mouth.

"Have you ever heard a sea lion roar?" the mammal asked.

Sara shook her head in confusion, unable to utter a single word.

"Then you don't know what horrors await you if you disobey," the animal said with a malevolent grin.

Then, out of nowhere the Quixotic Crab jumped in the room with three hippocamps and pulled Sara out. The hippocamp neighed in rage and attacked the sharks and sea lion. Sara saw out of the corner of her eyes that a shark had been kicked in the head and was now incapacitated. The crab rolled his eyes and clipped through the seaweed bindings. A hippocamp approached Sara and motioned for her to ride him, it was the same one who had brought her to the castle. She jumped on reluctantly.

They hurried away before the castle guards noticed anything was amiss. The moment they were out of the castle and it's grounds, they stopped running (or rather galloping and scuttling).

"Do I have to do all the work around here?" the crab mumbled.

Sara raised an eyebrow but didn't say anything, maybe the crab was right. She could never do anything right. How am I going to save a kingdom from its king?

"Come on, I'll take you to the mermaids, they'll help disguise you so you can attend the ball. The queen will meet you by the grand statue at the centre of the ballroom, hurry now!" the Quixotic Crab scuttled along, vanishing from sight every few metres making Sara blink and squint.

The hippocamps left Sara and the crab to continue travelling. The crab led her through underwater traffic and finally, after waiting for a few whales to cross, bumping into sea turtles who were on a high (Sara could have sworn she saw Wirsly the water fairy on the back of one), and getting lost between long seaweed, they reached an underwater town.

It was ethereal to Sara. Mermaids swam around giggling and singing with baskets of shells around their wrists and starfish in their long hair. The young girl stood staring awhile before realizing the Quixotic Crab was way ahead. She swam fast to catch up, bumping into a dark-haired merman on the way who stared at her as though she were an alien.

"Peculiar tail..." he muttered, shaking his head.

The Quixotic Crab had stopped in front of a pink sea-glass cottage that had a vine-plant with purple flowers crawling around the roof.

"Go in, you're expected. It was an honour meeting you! Until next time. The always ready, Quixotic Crab," the Crab attempted a bow that looked awkward and painful before scuttling off.

Sara pushed the front door open and found herself in a cosy little room decorated with armchairs and beaded art on the walls. A large rug of yellow coral covered most of the floor.

"Don't step on that!' an angelic voice called.

Sara looked around and saw a mermaid with dark skin and an amber tail swim in from another room.

"That is fire coral, imported from the Great Barrier Reef! Harmful to humans or so I'm told."

"Oh, it is. I didn't recognize it."

"I'll move it to the other room, I'm Aviana and my friend, Cora is in the next room getting your disguise ready. I can't believe I'm meeting a human girl!" Aviana beamed prettily as she dragged the rug to the other room.

"That felt good, fire coral is so massaging to us!"

"I prefer eel slippers," another beautiful mermaid appeared. She had lovely black hair that was decorated with red and gold, her tail was a fiery colour and her black eyes were slanted.

"Those are good too; I'm just too ticklish for that! Anyways, let's get started, I can't wait to turn this girl into a pretty little mermaid," Aviana grinned, grabbing something from Cora's hands. It was a silver tail.

In half an hour, Sara had on a stunning pearl bodice and a shiny tail to match the silver and pearl hair pin in her hair; she had refused a starfish after having one used to close her mouth when she was arrested. She shuddered to think of it.

"We're ready to destroy a royal ball!" Cora giggled evilly as the three swam with many other well-dressed mermaids and mermen to the royal palace where bubbles and music filled the water. The energy was palpable and the tension was on. 

 

A/N:

Very nearly there! 

Oh, and it is supposed to be that confusing, weird and fast paced. If quirky isn't for you, sorry! After all, Sara half believes it's in her head.

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