Prologue

Thirsty. So thirsty. I needed water and it was nowhere near me. Instead I was stuck in my Algebra class as my teacher, Mrs. Bennett, explain to a student how to solve an equation that was written on the board.

Normally, I would be listening to her or waiting patiently for her to move on to the next step but today all I could focus on was my intense thirst. My mouth was dry except for the saliva I kept producing as a substitute for the water I needed.

I have never been so thirsty in my entire life.

My throat yearned for the refreshing liquid to run down inside it, but there wasn't a trace of it anywhere, and there was still a good forty-five minutes left until class was over.

Usually, I would just drink from my water bottle but I already emptied it before first period ended, I had to keep refilling it with water from the water fountain all day. However, Mrs. Bennett wasn't very good at noticing students with their hands raised for anything but a math question and if she did she forgot to get back to them.

I've had my hand raised for ten minutes and she has yet to call on me.

"Yes, Miss Swan?" Mrs. Bennett said.

"May I please refill my water bottle?" I asked as politely as I could, trying not to let my impatience, and my frustration with her show in my voice.

Mrs. Bennett nodded once and before she could address the next raised hand I was already halfway across the room.

I quickly grabbed the hall pass on my way out and bolted out the door to the nearest water fountain, unfortunately, I tripped over my own legs and fell down with an 'oof' on the blue tiled floor.

When I looked down, I found that I didn't have legs, anymore. I had a tail.
A large, purple, glimmering, fish tail. Oh, no, I thought. I'm a mermaid.