Chapter Six

A/N: I only own Percy and I am sorry for letting this story go so long without an update!

In palace throne room. Triton looking at flower.

"Good luck Granddad," Percy chuckled. "Dad's still trying to understand the mind of a woman in love."

"What's to understand?" Melody asked, confused. "Just do as the woman says and you'll do fine. That's what Dad told Grimsby last week."

Percy rolled his eyes at her back and held in a chuckle.

Triton: Let's see, now. . . . Oh, who could the lucky merman be? [Notices Sebastian.] Come in, Sebastian.

"Stay far away Sebastian," Percy muttered under his breath. That crab could not be trusted with any secret.

Sebastian: [Sotto] I mustn't overreact. I must remain calm. [Five octaves higher than normal] Yes - [loco] yes, Your Majesty.

"Smooth," Melody rolled her eyes.

Triton: Now, Sebastian, I'm concerned about Ariel. Have you noticed she's been acting peculiar lately?

Sebastian: Peculiar?

"That's his first sign that he's hiding something," Percy groaned. "Why couldn't he have assigned a guard to watch Ariel? They're actually good at keeping secrets!"

Triton: You know, moaning about, daydreaming, singing to herself. . . . You haven't noticed, hmm?

Sebastian: Oh - well, I –

"To be fair, daydreaming isn't something to be worried about," Melody shrugged.

Triton: Sebastian. . . .

Sebastian: Hmmm?

Triton: I know you've been keeping something from me. . . .

"Not going to end well," Percy predicted and Melody gulped.

Sebastian: Keeping . . . something?

Triton: About Ariel?

Sebastian: Ariel . . . ?

Triton: In love?

Sebastian: I tried to stop her, sir. She wouldn't listen. I told her to stay away from humans - they are bad, they are trouble, they –

"Told you," Percy said with a shrug. "Sebastian can't keep secrets without blabbing them."

Triton: Humans? WHAT ABOUT HUMANS?

Sebastian: Humans? Ho ho ho ho. . . . Who said anything about humans?

Fade to Ariel and Flounder entering cave.

Ariel: Flounder, why can't you just tell me what this is all about?

Flounder: You'll see. It's a surprise.

"Flounder seems like a good friend," Melody smiled and then sighed. She wished she had one decent friend but everyone in the kingdom thought she was weird. Well, at least she had Percy now.

Ariel: [Sees statue of Eric.] Oh, Flounder- Flounder you're the best! it looks just like him. It even has his eyes. "Why, Eric, run away with you? This is all so - so sudden. . . . [Turns around and sees Triton.] Daddy! . . .

"Uh-oh," both of the watchers gulped in unison.

Triton: I consider myself a reasonable merman. I set certain rules, and I expect those rules to be obeyed.

Ariel: But Daddy!

Triton: Is it true you rescued a human from drowning?

Ariel: Daddy, I had to

Triton: Contact between the human world and the mer-world is strictly forbidden. Ariel, you know that! Everyone knows that!

Ariel: He would have died

Triton: One less human to worry about!

"Hey!" Melody yelled in defense of the human world. "We're not all bad just like there are some bad mer-people!"

She looked over to Percy. "There are bad mer-people right?"

Ariel: You don't even know him.

Triton: Know him? I don't have to know him. They're all the same. Spineless, savage, harpooning, fish-eaters, incapable of any feeling

"Watch it Granddad," Percy growled under his breath. He liked Melody, she was a good friend. And human.

Ariel: Daddy, I love him!

Triton: No . . . Have you lost your senses completely? He's a human, you're a mermaid!

"He should have just said that she was ginger and he was raven-haired," Melody rolled her eyes.

"Mel, it is a reasonable concern," Percy pointed out. "They can't really get together now can they?"

Ariel: I don't care.

Triton: So help me Ariel, I am going to get through to you. And if this is the only way, so be it. [Begins to blast the artifacts with his trident.]

"NO!" both of the viewers shouted.

"I'll start a collection," Melody said after a few minutes. "I can go around town and collect some of the things. We can repair her grotto."

"Genius!" Percy grinned.

Ariel: Daddy!. . . No . . . No, please- Daddy, stop!. . . Daddy, Nooo!. . .

He blasts statue. Ariel begins crying and he leaves, ashamed.

Sebastian: Ariel, I . . .

Ariel: [Still crying.] Just go away. [He leaves and Flotsan and Jetsam appear.]

"Uh-oh, this doesn't look good," Percy glared at the screen/wall.

Flotsam: Poor child.

Jetsam: Poor, sweet child.

Flotsam: She has a very serious problem

Jetsam: If only there were something we could do.

Flotsam: But there is something.

Ariel: Who - who are you?

"Don't just stand there!" Percy shouted. "Eels are never to be trusted. Everyone knows that!"

Jetsam: Don't be scared.

Flotsam: We represent someone who can help you.

Jetsam: Someone who could make all your dreams come true.

Flotsam and Jetsam: Just imagine -

Jetsam: You and your prince -

Flotsam and Jetsam: Together, forever. . . .

"Tempting," Melody muttered under her breath.

Ariel: I don't understand.

Jetsam: Ursula has great powers

Ariel: The sea witch? Why, that's - I couldn't possibly - no! Get out of here! Leave me alone!

"Good," Percy grinned. At least his aunt that he never knew about had some sense.

Flotsam: Suit yourself.

Jetsam: It was only a suggestion. [Jetsam flicks the statue's broken face towards Ariel.]

Ariel: [Looking at the face] Wait.

Flotsam and Jetsam: Yeeeeeeeeeess?

Then again….

"Care to waste even more time?" Melody asked with a grin.

"Why not?" Percy asked as they turned to watch even more of the thing.