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Our eyes have met.

He's under my spell. That means he doesn't realize I'm a mermaid. Atleast not yet. I quickly dive back into the water as he runs after me.

"Wait!" He shouts.

I swim back to the kingdom as fast as I can. This is not good. I can't marry a human! Maybe..maybe nobody saw us. Usually, once my father knows I'm gone, he sends out a few dolphins to search. If anything happens, they tell my father right away. I make my way into the castle and up to my room. I sigh in relief as I look out my window. Everyone is preparing for the ritual.

"Katniss!" Prim shouts anxiously.

"What?" I reply.

"They saw you! With the human! They told father!" She pants.

"I made sure nobody followed me!" I yell.

"Father is very angry!" She sighs.

"Great! Now I have to go find that human boy, explain to him he has to become a mermaid or be cursed for life! How wonderful!" I shout, throwing the nearest item in reach at my wall.

"Katniss Everdeen!" Effie shrieks as she swims into the room.

"It wasn't my fault!" I scream, pulling at my hair.

"Stop that now! You're going to ruin your beautiful hair! What were you doing at the shore anyway?" I can almost see the steam coming out of her nostrils.

"I was looking..for something." I lie.

"Looking for trouble no doubt!" She growled.

"Just go away!" I plead.

"Your father wants to speak to you. Now." She mumbled under her breath.

"Katniss Athena Everdeen! I am so disappointed in you." My father shakes his tired head.

"I'm sorry father." I choke out.

"Sorry isn't good enough Katniss! Now you have to go convince this boy to become a merman! He roared.

"I understand father." I say as I nod my head.

"Ivory." He calls for my mother.

"Yes?" She smiles as she swims into the large open room.

"Do you have anything to say to Katniss?" He asks her.

She turns to face me with a frown. It's funny how she looks like Prim. Same color hair, eyes and tail. I look like my father. I have my mother's strong willed personality. Prim is protective like my father.

She simply replys, "No."

"Effie!" He shouts from his throne.

"Yes your highness?" She asks with a smile.

"Escort Katniss and a few guards to the shore. Now please." He orders her.

"Yes. Of course your highness." She bows.

"Thank you." He swims away with his grey eyes and light red tail.

"Come along Katniss." She smiles.

"Sing!" Effie tells me as we sit on the shore.

"Are you, are you
Coming to the sea
Where they sailed out a man who murdered three
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight by the raging sea."

As I finish the first verse, Effie hops back into the water with the guards.

"Are you, are you
Coming to the sea
Where the dead man called out for his love to flee.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight by the raging sea."

"You came back." I hear the same kind voice from this morning.

I gulp as I look back at the blonde boy, "Yes."

"You are..a fish?" He sits a few feet away from me.

"Mermaid." I retort calmly.

"I always hear stories Didn't think you actually were...real." He laughs.

"You aren't grossed out or terrified?" I ask.

"Not at all. There are alot of strange things around my District." He smiles.

"You have districts too?" I asked with a surprised look on my face.

"Yeah. You do too?" He replys.

"Yeah. They guard the castle." I sigh.

"A castle huh?" He grins.

"What's your name?" I ask him.

"Peeta. Peeta Mellark. I am 16 years old." He smiles warmly.

"I'm Katniss Athena Everdeen. Princess of the sea." I tell him proudly.

"So you're a princess?" He questions me.

"Yes and well, today is my 16th birthday and-" I explain everything to him. He sighs and doesn't say a word.

"So you're saying that I have to marry you...and become a mermaid or be cursed the rest of my life?" He asks.

"That is cor-" He cuts me off.


"Okay?" I repeat.

"I'll marry you." He chuckles.

"You will?" I gasp.

"It's better than being abused by my own mother and scolded by my older brothers." He sighs again.

"I can't believe you would give up your life as a human to become..a stupid mermaid." I whisper.

"I would do anythingto escape from here." He replys.

"Thank you. For this. If you had chosen to be cursed ... my father would have...sent me to live in a poor district. To live there for the rest of my life." I exclaim.

"No problem. Yeah, I'm really shocked and all. But getting away from here would probably be the best thing that has ever happened to me." He starts to stand up from where he was sitting.

"No problem." That sounds so familiar. Like I have heard it from him before. This boy...he seems familiar. But where would I know him from?

"I fee like a terrible person though. Making you marry me. We don't even know anything about each other." A tear slips from my eye.

"What's your favorite color?" He asks as he looks down at me.

"Green. Like those trees over there." I tell him as I point to a forest a few miles to my left.

"I like the color orange." He says.

"Like the coral reefs by my kingdom?" I ask with a smile.

"No. Like the sunset." He replys.

"I watch the sunset sometimes. Usually when it hits the water, it makes my dark hair glow." I slighlty smile.

"I'm sure it looks pretty." He smiles at me.

I blush. "We should get going then."

"I should go make up a lie to my parents. Maybe I'll tell them I'm taking a trip to another district. They could care less if I made it home or not." He laughs.

So familiar. Why is this happening to me now?

"I'll wait here." I tell him.

"Good. I'll be right back." He smiles as he walks up the beach.

I'll be right back. Why is this so familiar! It need to-

Then it hits me like a ton of bricks.

Hmmm. Where do you think she knows him from? Take a guess? :O Review! Please! :)

Sneak Peek! :D

"So that was you? I guess I was too young and naive to notice what I was doing!" He laughs as his arm brushes against mine.