A/N: GOMEN minna-san! I'm SO SO SO sorry I'm late! Blame it on school and
all the homework, or my activities, junior police or even me trying out for
cheerleading! Anyway I'm SO sorry... please forgive me? This song is...
Waiting for tonight by Jennifer Lopez. I think the lyrics fit. At least I
hope so. Hope you guys like it and share your comments or critics! ^o^ Oh
yeah, Ascot finally appears! Happy Valentine's Day! I had a great one! I'm
also looking for an beta-reader or editor...
"Relax. You're going to be fine, I'll transport you to the surface
world after your transformation." a soft voice reassured her.
She breathed shakily and managed a wobbly smile. "It tickles." she
said finally. Umi laid flat on a dining table. It had sunk into the ocean
depths as far back as she remembered. True, it was rotten and not exactly
the steadiest thing in the world, but... it was better than attempting such
a task on the belly of a whale. She laughed at the absurdity of the idea;
she was being silly. 'I am actually looking forward to becoming a human!'
The mere thought marveled her.
~Waiting for tonight
Like a movie scene
In the sweetest drama
I've pictured us together~
It wasn't so far back that she would rather marry a jerk than be a
human. Yet here she was, because of him. A blush crept onto her cheeks, the
same way a bud blossoming into a flower would turn beautiful. Long raven
locks streaked with sapphire ones as Alcyone prepared herself for the
"Here goes." she muttered taking Umi's hand. She was lying next to
Umi on the damn table; a whale's belly would have been more comfortable
right now. Their hair and hands intertwined, she began chanting,
"Spirits of the Sea
Guiding the people through all trials
Set the desires free
Let her wish come real and true
Long have we forsaken
This distance race, which brings pain
Now, here lays a person
Willing to be slain.
She who wishes to change into a human, Ryuu Umi, waits for your signs.
Come forth, we wait for your guide."
Thousands if not hundreds of twinkling lights appeared above them.
Umi gasped. She squeezed Alcyone's hand tighter that the older mermaid had
to fight down an urge to yelp in pain. The lights swirled and formed
beautiful patterns, intricate ones. Then they started to form words in the
old and mysterious language, the ancient mer-tongue. As a royal she had
learnt how to read words like this. Still it felt different from this, the
words she had learnt didn't glow. She raised her hand to try and touched
one of the many lights; it darted past her fingers and landed gingerly on
~Now to feel your lips
On my fingertips
I have to say it's even better
Then I ever thought it could possibly be
It's perfect, it's passion, it's setting me free~
"They're never caught, only if they wish to be felt, then will you be
able to," Alcyone whispered. Umi smiled back. She understood now. They were
The lights dimmed, it was as if a giant spotlight had suddenly gone
out, the effect daunting. However the sole light on her hand danced around
her twinkling. Then it was gone. Umi understood the message. They had
agreed to turn her into a human, but she was never to return the sea. She
nodded, to show she agreed.
A strange weightless feeling spread from her fingertips to the rest of
body, she felt like she was floating. She suddenly felt drowsy and she
struggled to keep her eyes open. She was floating! Then, a wave of
exhaustion took her by surprise as she passed out.
By the time she woke up, she saw a pair of emerald eyes staring at
her behind brown bangs. His eyes widened. She looked down to see that she
had legs! They were beautiful as they came, sleek, fit, taunt and
tantalizingly sexy. She jumped around on the beach, promptly realizing she
didn't know how to make use of her 'legs' yet as she landed heavily on her
bum. "Ow!" she groaned.
He turned his head away; his cheeks flamed scarlet. "Aren't you going
to help me up?" He turned around at that comment, and swiftly turned back
"I would...if- if you would wear something!" But by then, he
realized, there was no answer. He glanced back, that girl shouldn't be over
17 at most, she was really pretty, with her blue eyes, 'angel eyes' he
thought, and her hair, it was like a cascading waterfall, flowing down her
"Hey... Hey! Can you say something?" He pondered and decided to sneak
another look at her face. 'She fell asleep?' he thought, incredulous.
He removed his outer layer of clothes and he used it to cover her.
Scooping her up delicately, so as not to wake her up, he brought her back
to Caldina's home. His home. She looked like she had nowhere else to go.
He attracted many curious gazes on the way back, but no one said
anything. Everyone feared him. He just understood wild beasts and were
friends with them, but the rest of the village folk saw him as a threat.
They despised him and forbade their children to go near him, he knew better
than to be saddened by this fact. Yet, secretly, he yearns to be accepted.
Caldina was one of the few people who actually understood him. For that, he
~From all of my sadness
The tears that I've cried
I have spent all my life wasting away~
"Angel..." she murmured, leaning closer towards him. He blushed, but
said nothing. He liked the way she called him 'angel', he knew he was being
shallow, yet this girl made him feel so special like no one else ever did.
She nestled in his embrace and he found himself holding her closer to him.
His already flaming cheeks, turned even redder than possible.
~Tender words you say
Take my breath away~
"My, my! Look what you've got there, Ascot! Have you been naughty?"
greeted Caldina winking conspiringly.
"I... I.. But, I met her today, noth- nothing happened!" he
spluttered helplessly. She giggled. "I know that, ya too innocent, I think
you better place her on the bed first, she looks exhausted." she added as
an after thought.
He took her advice. Somewhere, several meters off, a bewildered Clef
awoke to meet two pair of golden brown eyes.
"Am I seeing double?" he muttered, rubbing his eyes. He attempted to
sit up; two pairs of hands helped him up. 'Guess my eyes are working fine.'
"Where am I?" he asked as soon as his vision grew clearer. His head
still ached and the constant pain posed some distraction. "You're in the
Mist village." two voices replied in unison. They were twins!
His mind vaguely registered these facts as he remembered the drowning
incident and something to do with angels and alluring sapphire eyes. They
were truly a brilliant blue, like the sea and sky.
"Do you know the way back to the capital? The Cephiro Castle?" his
heart sank as they both looked rather lost. "We have no need to go to the
Castle, only important people stay there, simple folk like us are contented
"I forgot to introduce myself, call me Clef. And both of you are...?"
his voice trailed on. "Presea." she answered simply. "I'm a weapon smith."
"I'm Sierra. I'm a healor." she followed suit. Great, he was now weak
and lost. He was grateful for being alive and he also badly wanted to know
the owner of those mysterious eyes, but he has to find the 'Prince' first.
That Prince of theirs wasn't even known until an ancient scroll tucked in
the hilt of an broken sword in their armory. Princess Emaurade had gone on
this wild goose chase ever since she found out. She wanted to find her
brother but also because she wanted to give up her throne to him. She was a
benevolent ruler, but not a wise one. But the main point was, she wished to
marry Zagato, and she knew very well that she could only choose the country
or her love.
~Love me now and leave me never
Found a sacred place
Lost in your embrace
I want to stay like this forever~
"Thanks for everything, Presea, Sierra. I would like to have a drink
of water, is that okay?" The one named Sierra, or so he thought, left to
bring the water.
He stared steely into Presea's eyes. "I have another request."
~I think of the days where the sun used to set
On my empty heart, all alone in bed
Tossing and turning~
"Speak your mind." she replied smiling. "She won't be for long..." he
thought briefly as he moved in and, kissed her.
~Emotions were strong
I knew I had to hold on~
Ascot held her hand tight, next to his heart. She smelt so good, like
the ocean spray. Her hair was really as soft and silky as it looked. His
finger weaved in and out of her glorious hair; he combed it gently, lifting
her fringe off her face. She sighed contently.
He smiled at her. He didn't know why, but being next to her, gave him
this special feeling that he never wanted to lose.
~Waiting for tonight
When you would be in my arms
Waiting for tonight
I've dreamt of this love so long
Waiting for tonight...~
A/N: Oh, oh, it looks like our couple here has a sticky situation to go
through, right? Why did Clef kiss Presea? Is Ascot ever going to let Umi
go? Will Clef remember who Umi is? Will Umi ever find him?
All this in Chapter four! Watch out!
My thank-you list:
Cutie Eskimo-Yep! I didn't forget you; your fics are really sweet! And I'm
from S'pore too! Um...I can't tell you if Clef dies... spoil the plot!
Anyway, it's something like your fic, the plot of Fruits Basket. I love
Aranami-koi-Oki! Thank-u for the nami explanation! Hmm... My Japanese isn't
too fantastic *sweatdrops*, I know, thanks for the compliment!
T.L.Y.Y-Thanks for your compliments! By the way, the ending is not for at
least another 3 chapters? This is one of my shorter fics.
Vanilla Fox-Um- Are u still going to Fushigi Finale? And I'm studying in
the MOELC on Monday and Wednesday, how about you? Thanks for all the
midnightoasis-You're pretty close though! I mean your guess; I'm not
exactly going to follow the plot of Disney's Little Mermaid. Thanks for
saying the fic is interesting, it means a lot to me.
Firiel11-Oh goody! At least I have one supporter no matter whatever
direction it goes, Clemi or Asmi! Thanks!
a n g e l. w 1 n g: Gomen I'm late again!!!! I'm so sorry! And u can go
ahead and exclaim all you want! Here's the update u wanted! Hope you like
Yume no Kokoro- Thanks for following this ficcy! I'm glad that u have
updated! I love that ficcy, especially Shimuzu, wait, haven't I said this