My name is Nyssai and I am the mermaid princess of the Harmonptra realm of MIddle Earth. My people live beneath the earth in every aquatic realm. However, we have the ability to spread our tails into legs and walk amongst the land. For numerous years we have fought along anyone who needed our aid. We required no objects or possession like the earth walkers did. That's what we called anyone who walked on the soil. But, we did not value gold, or riches beyond one's ability to think. We fought for the purity of our waters. If blood and gunk and muck tainted our waters it would pollute the water and kill us. It was plain and simple so when there was call to war we joined. We had fought with the humans and the dwarves, but we really liked to fight with the elves. Something about their beauty intrigued us. We thought they were mermaids, but of the earth walkers like we were the mermaids of the water. But it could not be helped. We needed our waters to stay pure. Whoever threatened it would die by our hands.
I had been old enough to explore on my own now. My dark skin shined beneath the sun when I came above water. My sharp edged ears flexed when they took in all of the sudden sounds: Birds, animals, people. I then smelled dirt and bark and mud and more dirt. I looked around for a moment and swam towards the grass. With my arms alone, I crawled up onto the land. I had to be strong so my chest would not drag into the ground. When I was maturing I found out the hard way. Swimming keeps me strong. I looked around at where I was, my light blue hair was damp and I wrung it out. I looked at my matching blue tail and watched as it began to part into to mud colored legs. I smiled and slowly stood up. I liked exploring the land. It changed so much, unlike the water.
Where was I this time in Middle earth? I looked around for a moment before noticing something on the other side of the lake. I tilted my head and began to move to the other side, which some people often said were "skips". What was a "skip"? I pushed that thought away and focused on the thing on the other side of the lake. When I noticed what it was, I stopped my body tensing. It was an elf male. I just stood there noticing the red on his tunic and brown leggings. Blood. Even though it was against the rules to help an earth walker one on one, I had to see if he was alright. I moved towards him and got on my knees. I looked the elf over. He pale skin and silver hair. His eye brows were dark, and his chin was firm. I lifted my head and gently touched his skin. Suddenly his hand shot up and gripped my hand.
"Do not touch me orc scum." he was speaking in his native tongue but I knew the words. Most mermaids were of his skin tone, while others are dark skinned and were mistaken for orcs. I blinked and looked at his hair again. He had braids in them. I shook my head.
"Do not be alarmed elf. I am Princess Nyssai, of the underwater world. You are injured." I replied. He looked at me, his eyes a beautiful crystal blue. They stunned me. He was panting gently.
"I was out with a…scouting party when orcs came. I told everyone to fall back. I managed to kill the last of them." he explained now in the tongue of man. I nodded.
"I can heal your wounds." I told and he nodded slowly.
"Please." he said. I nodded and moved closer to him. I lifted his body so that his body was pressed against mine. I opened my legs so he would fit through. "I have heard that mermaids are the ultimate healers. You all can heal any wound or poison or even spell." I smiled placing my hands under his tunic. He hissed softly and I just kept my hands on him so my healing water could be absorbed into his skin.
"Yes it is true. However the royal family knows all the healing treatments. I know them and so do my brothers and parents. Lie still." I replied noticing that he was moving a bit. He looked up at me and nodded.
"I am Legolas Greenleaf, prince of the woodland realm." he told. I looked around the forest.
"Is that where I am?" I asked. He nodded.
"Yes. My father, King Thranduil, will be grateful to you for helping me. I am in your debt princess." he said. His face seemed brighter now. He was almost finished. I shook my head.
"No Prince Legolas, you owe me nothing." I replied. He suddenly took both my hands again. This time it was calm and soft. He smiled more.
"But I wish too." he said. "It is an honor to be in the presence of a mermaid. There is so much I wish to learn about your people." I was shocked now.
"You…you don't know anything about us?" I asked. You would think after my father risked his army for the earth walkers, they would know about us. Did everyone think this way? I removed my hands from his chest.
"You are healed." I told him. He sat up and began to look at his hand, and his body, and as he did, I got up and began to walk back to my side of the lake.
"Hey, wait." I heard him say. However, when I did not stop, I felt him take my hand. I turned and looked back at him. I could see the light radiating off him. Now I was curious of him. I turned back to him. He looked down at the ground as if he did not know what to say. "Come to my kingdom with me."
"What?" I asked in shock. He nodded.
"Come with me, so you may meet my father. I want him to meet the woman who saved my life." he said. He did not pull me or anything, but I couldn't.
"I can't. I can't be seen in your world unless needed for war." I told him. His eyebrows furrowed.
"On whose authority?" he asked.
"My father's authority." I replied moving back to the lake. "Wait." he said grabbing my hand again.
"Legolas, I can't." she whispered. 'Please just forget me beautiful elf male.' I thought to myself. He stared at me for a moment and looked down in thought then back up.
"When can I see you again?" he asked. I stared at him for a moment.
"Read up on your history. If there is even a book acknowledging our existence then you will why I cannot see you again." I told. And just like that the wind brushed against us and my body began to break down into small beings of water. All I could see as I disappeared were his mesmerizing eyes saddened that I was leaving.