Okay so here's the final chapter. It's not as exciting as the previous few but a chapter all the same.
Chapter 12- A happy ending?
I stared blankly at where Morgana had been moments before.
'Huh? Yes Daddy?'
'Are you okay?'
But I wasn't. Had that really just happened? I killed someone and now their sister was out for my life. When I was younger I had never thought that when I grew up I would be a murderer. I'm only sixteen years old and already I've had enough drama in my life to last a lifetime. And by the looks of things Morgana wasn't going to make it any easier.
'Eric' I breathed. He had suddenly just appeared in my head. Had Sebastian got to him in time? Was he lying dead when he got to him?
'What?' My father interrupted, 'is that the human's name?'
'Yes.' I looked down at my tail, suddenly embarrassed.
'You should find him.'
'You obviously care a great deal for this boy; you risked your life for him.'
'Yeah, Ariel. Its true love,' Aquata suddenly interrupted.
'You gotta go to him,' Arista piped in.
'You really think I should Daddy? But what about all the things you said about humans?'
'Obviously they're not all as bad as I originally presumed-'
'Your Majesty! You're okay! Dat is such a relief!'
'Where's Eric?' I cried.
'I don't know who you're talking about Arielle?'
'Sebastian its okay, Daddy knows.'
'Oh in dat case, he's right up dere, he's worried about you. But he felt so helpless being unable to come down here and help you fight. Speaking of where are Ursula and Morgana?'
'Ariel killed Ursula. Morgana swam off.' Attina answered.
''She was very brave.' My father said putting a hand around my shoulder, 'Go to him.'
I lightly kissed his cheek and prepared to go and explain to Eric the whole situation/ He would probably turn his nose at the fact I was a mermaid but it was worth a shot.
I went up to the surface. It was not far off in the distance. I saw Eric leaning over the side repeating, 'Please let her be okay. Please let her be okay.'
He did care about me! It was now or never. I slowly swam towards his boat.
'Ariel! You're okay! I was so worried about you but wait- Your face?'
I could see his eyes filling with what humans called tears. They were a symbol of sadness.
'I'll kill her! Where is she? This Ursula?'
'I killed her.' I said in a voice I barely could hear myself.
'You- killed her?'
'Yes and I feel terrible about it.'
'Why? Because I took her life. I'm a murderer'
'But Ariel look at yourself. Thoroughly take a look at yourself, there's your reflection in the water.'
'Please.' He pleaded.
I did as I was told and looked at my reflection in the water.
'You see that? That's not the beautiful Ariel I was talking to just yesterday is it? No that's the face of a girl who was badly beaten, so badly beaten. She's barely recognizable, is she? Ariel, Ursula deserved what was coming to her. I mean, how could someone hurt a soul as pure as yours? She did in badness, jealousy of the girl who turned heads wherever she walked. The girl with the voice that even the angels couldn't live up to? No Ariel, you may have killed her but definitely doesn't make you a murderer.'
He broke off and turned away from me before bringing a hand to his face.
'Ariel I love you.'
'Yes more than words can even tell.'
'But I'm a-'
'Mermaid. I know.'
'And you don't care?'
'Well I may need a few more swimming lessons,' he giggled
I couldn't help but smile along with him.
We talked to each other for hours. Telling each other the real stories of our lives.
Soon Eric decided it was time we both got a little rest. He began to row back to land. I followed him of course.
When we did reach the shoreline I pulled myself up onto a rock leaving me at eye level with him. He gently put a hand to my face, trying not to aggravate the various cuts and bruises that covered it.
'You're so beautiful. And don't worry those will clear up soon.'
He leaned in and kissed me.
A brilliant spark came over my body. Eric pulled away. What was happening? I had a strange sensation all over my body.
'What? What is happening?' I was scared. I could barely see beyond the brilliance of the light.
Finally it stopped. I looked at my arms. The scratches that had been there only seconds ago had vanished. I reached for my face. It was smooth. The cuts had gone from the too.
'Oh my Poseidon!'
'Uh Ariel?' Eric smiled.
He pointed to my body. I looked down to see that I was wearing a brilliant blue stylit. And I had feet! Before He could react I jumped at him screaming with laughter.
'I'm Human! I'm human!'
'Yes you are,' a familiar voice came from behind me.
'Daddy? You did this?'
'I love you Ariel, of course I did.'
I lunged myself at him too.
'Oh thank you. Thank you! But why?'
'Well it came to me how much I loved your mother and well, true love should never be taken away from you, ever. I also thought you'd be safer here on land. Morgana can't harm your sisters or me within the palace walls. And let's face it she'd have a tough time catching you up here too.'
'Oh daddy, I love you.'
'I love you too.'
'Well I guess there's only one thing left to do,' Eric chipped in.
'What's that?' I smiled
'Ariel, will you marry me?'
Okay so there's my story. I hoped you enjoyed reading it as much as i enjoyed writing it. The sequel will be up later today so give that a wee read or PM me if you want to find it. But for now leave me a review about the ending to this one. See you soon.