Selene's Pov .X.
"What?! A tail? How is that possible?" I scrambled all over the place craning my neck to see my 'tail' for myself.
"Well, look on the bright side: It might not be a tail, it might just be some weird skin virus." Charlie piped up, still gaping at my backside. I shot her an are-you-kidding-me-glare, not in the mood for stupid ideas.
"Turn me over." I grabbed onto one of Charlie's and one of Ashley's shoulders as they hoisted me up and flipped me over. I gasped at the sight before me.
My legs were completely gone, replaced by a orange mermaid tail. It was about a foot longer than my legs because of the huge fin on the end. I looked between Ashley and Charlie, they each wore equally freaked out expressions.
"Oh my gosh." I breathed, trying not to pass out. The last thing I needed was to feint and have everyone see me this way. My eyes suddenly snapped wide open, and I glanced around at the beach. The people were all going about their business, not paying attention to us at all. Oh, good. It doesn't look like anyone has seen me yet. "Guys, lower me farther into the water, I don't want anyone seeing me this way." They nodded and moved my surf board out of the way to lower me into the water." The last thing I need is some crazy person video taping me like this, then I'll end up in a freak show. Or worse." I shuddered at the thought of being poked and prodded by scientists in white lab coats.
I examined the tail more closely, skimming my hand over the smooth scales. A slight smile played on my lips as I stroked it. I flipped it up and down under the water, testing it to see if I could move it. Then a terrifying thought came to me. "What if I'm stuck like this forever? How will I do anything?" How will I ever surf again? Ashley and Charlie just stared at me, like they didn't even hear me. "Guys! Beached mermaid here!" Well, I wasn't exactly beached, but I hoped the joke would lighten the mood somewhat. It didn't.
I sighed, removing my arms from their shoulders and splashing all the way into the water. I immediately started sinking with nothing holding me up, the new found weight of my tail pulling me further into the cold water.
I struggled before two sets of hands grabbed me and hoisted me up towards the surface. As my head broke the surface of the water I smiled at my two friends who, had probably just saved my life.
"What were you thinking? You don't know how to use it yet! You could have drowned!" Ashley chastised. I rolled my eyes at her.
"I highly doubt mermaids can drown, Ash. Besides, that's what I've got you guys for, right?" I patted each of them on the back before returning my attention to my tail.
"What are we going to do now?" I looked up at Charlie seriously.
"I have no idea."
A/N: They don't know whether or not she can drown, so that's why they're acting weird about it. I know mermaids can't drown guys, I'm not that stupid.
"Well, I think a good place to start is to see if you're stuck like this permanently or not. I say we take you somewhere no one will see you and try to dry you off. Maybe whatever's going on has something to do with you touching water?" She suggested. "It makes sense to dry you off if you want to go back to legs." I nodded in consent to Ashley's plan as she and Charlie started dragging me over behind a rock out cropping to test the theory. They laid me gently down on the warm sand and began towel drying my tail.
Five minutes later my tail was still intact, but my patients were dwindling.
"Guys let's face it, I'm stuck like this." They paused in drying my tail and looked up at me. "There's no point it's not going to wor-" I cut myself off. The tingling sensation was back! I almost shouted for joy as the burning subsided and my tail melted back into my legs. I scrambled around, nearly kicking Ashley in the face, and stood. "My legs! YIPPIE!" I started dancing around, hopping from leg to leg, testing them out to make sure they still worked. "Wait a second... How are my clothes still on?" I patted my clothes. They weren't even wet! "That's definitely weird." I shrugged and started dancing again. Ashley and Charlie just stared at me, amused looks on their faces.
I stopped dancing and glomped them, knocking them onto their backs. Ashley laughed and hugged back squeezing just as hard, but Charlie just flailed around.
"S-s-elene! Can't! BREATHE!" Charlie squirmed in my grip trying to free herself. I quickly released them.
"Oh! Whoopsies. Sorry about that." I smiled sheepishly before turning serious again. "Why weren't you guys surprised that my legs came back?" Charlie and Ashley both rolled their eyes.
"Because we knew you'd get your legs back. I never once thought you'd be stuck like that." I looked at Charlie. How could that thought never have crossed her mind? Had I been freaking out about nothing? Well, considering I had just grown a tail I was pretty sure it wasn't nothing.
"How? How could you know?" Ashley laughed and smiled.
"Actually, the fact that you could be stuck with a tail never even crossed my mind. I always knew we'd fix it somehow." I smiled and shook my head. My friends really were something else. I smiled to myself for a moment before standing again.
"We should probably get going." I gestured to the horizon, which was now a pretty orange color from the setting sun. "It's pretty late." Charlie suddenly gasped and started running as fast as she could to gather her things together.
"I'm totally late! I completely forgot about my date!" At this me and Ashley's eyes widened. Date? Me and Ashley shared a look before grinning sadistically at each other and following Charlie.
"Who would ask you out on a date?" I had to hold in a laugh, Ashley was using her interrogation method. She could make you spill your guts without you even realizing it. It's otherwise known as reverse psychology. Charlie stopped abruptly and slowly turned around. My smile quickly faded at the look on her face. She looked hurt. It might not have been noticeable to the untrained eye but to me she might as well have been crying. Charlie... Maybe Ashley went too far? I cast a glance at the blonde girl she wore a smug smirk and I couldn't help wondering if she even noticed the hurt look in Charlie's eyes.
"More people than you think." I blinked, that's it? That's all we get? Ashley obviously wasn't happy with the evasive answer either, she pouted and stuck her tongue out the side of her mouth.
"Seriously? That's it? Come on Charlie, you can tell us..." Charlie raised her eyebrow, clearly unconvinced.
"You're making me even more late than I already am." With that she spun on her heel and stalked away, leaving me and Ashley behind without saying goodbye. What'd you expect Selene? A hug? Gosh, you just insulted her for Pete's sake. I sighed before gathering up my things and heading away, saluting Ashley with my free hand. She smiled back and began sorting her things out too.
I arrived home at about nine thirty completely exhausted. I dumped my board down on the floor of the garage and stomped up to my room. Throwing my bag into the corner, I realized just how hungry I was. I'd never had any lunch. Or dinner. My stomach clenched uncomfortably and I squealed as I ran to the kitchen. I grabbed some ramen and started cooking it on the stove. While I was starving and ramen does take awhile to cook, it was totally worth it.
I sucked up the delicious golden noodles and sighed in contentment. This is the reason for my life... I wonder if mermaids eat ramen? I shook my head. Of course not, it's doubtful mermaids even know what ramen is, let alone eat it. I sighed and decided to take a shower.
Before I made it to the bathroom there was a knock on the door. I poked my head around the corner. Who could that be? Maybe it's a masked murderer. Or a robber! I snorted in amusement at my thoughts. I doubt if murderers or robbers would knock. I smiled to myself as I pictured a masked person knocking on my door and politely asking if they could kill me.
I sighed and opened the door, revealing a girl around my age. She had medium length blonde, wavy hair and blue eyes. She wore a black t-shirt and short camouflage shorts. I looked at her suspiciously. She rolled her eyes and sighed, forcing a smile.
"Hi, my name's Rikki." I raised my eyebrows.
"Selene." I was still unsure about this girl. There was something about her that made me feel like she was hiding something.
"Nice to meet you. We need to talk." I snorted at her curtness and started to close the door.
"It's about your tail." I froze. My tail? How could she possibly know? I opened the door back up and looked at her with wide eyes. She smiled smugly before pushing past me and heading in the direction of my room. I closed the door before running after her. How did this girl even know where my room was? That's not creepy at all.
"The living room is in the other direction." She looked up at me from her position on my bed.
"So?" I glared at her and pointed in the direction of the living room. Rikki sighed and brushed past me and headed to the living room, taking a seat on the couch. I sat across from her in my favorite chair, snuggling into the fluffy cushions. We sat in silence for a few minutes before I finally couldn't take it anymore.
"So, how do you know about my tail?"
"I saw you transform today at the beach." My eyes widened. How many other people had seen me? Rikki laughed. "Don't worry, no one else saw you." She smiled smugly at me. "I made sure of it." I sent her a questioning look but she just shrugged. "I'm sure you have lots of questions." I nodded. "So did I when I first transformed." My eyes widened. Does she mean that she's...? She laughed again and nodded her head. "That's right, I'm a mermaid too."
YAY! That's the end of chappy numbah two! WHOOT WHOOT! In case you haven't already figured it out I'm kind of hyper right now... :3 Aren't I awesome? :p Anyway I hope you liked it!