Hiya guys! I've put this up quickly because everybody seemed to like it. Okay, I'm going to explain to you the story of what has happened and what hasn't. (SEASON 3 SPOILER ALERT) In this story, Emma came back after Season Three, but knows everything that has happened, they also wear the lockets for her sake and they also missed wearing them, but they also wear the crystals, just not as necklaces anymore... (P.S this is the revised explanation of how Emma came back.) Will and Bella are dating; Zane and Rikki are broken up. Sophie, Zane and Ryan did destroy the moon pool. And that's about it. You can pick up the rest without me telling you, right? Emma may seem a tad mean in this chapter, but she thinks it's for Cleo's good. And they don't keep secrets from each other, and that made Emma upset.
"Cleo! Are you alright? We heard screaming!" Sam knocked on my door. I was tangled in my blankets, sheet of sweat covering my forehead. Wait, was this all a dream?
"I'm fine, Sam. Thanks for asking." I panted slightly.
"Are you sure? Did you have a nightmare? Do you want to talk about it?" She asked, concerned for my well-being.
"I'm fine, really. Go back to sleep, I'm sorry for worrying you." I sighed heavily.
"Okay, Cleo. Make sure to wake me if you need anything."
"I will." I answered simply and soon I heard footsteps leading down the hall and a door closing. Sam didn't sleep with my dad. She liked her space, and honestly I don't blame her, dad's snoring is enough to wake the dead. And keep a certain household awake for hours on end.
That reminds me of the time Lewis was forced to share a tent with him on Mako. It was HILARIOUS. But he was so sweet; he came along to protect us from the full moon when my dad forced us to go on a camping trip. It was supposed to be Setori Family only, but Emma and Rikki insisted and Lewis wanted to keep us safe. But then Charlotte got jealous and she had to come. That reminds me...
I looked over to my desk to see if it was just a dream. No, it wasn't.
My Lewis was still gone.
I let out a wail of despair; it broke my heart every time I woke and thought that maybe, I had a horrible nightmare.
I really need to face the fact that he's gone.
But, I've made my plans. I can't tell a soul, as much as I want to. I know I can't tell dad and Sam. I wish I could tell Bella, Rikki and Emma, but they'd probably go on about how dangerous it is. Maybe not Rikki. I imagine she'd be the tiniest bit proud of me, but still.
I fingered the locket around my neck.
I loved it; it reminded me of life before the tentacle, before all of the drama of senior year.
May as well try to get some sleep.
I closed my eyes drowsily, but five seconds later, I shot up, knowing I would never get back to sleep.
Now's a good time as ever to memorise and work more on my plans.
I crawled silently over to my desk, grabbing my hair brush on my way there. I looked over my notes and plans as I ran the brush through my hair.
You're probably wondering what my plan is. Or maybe you've already guessed.
I'm going to America to save Lewis.
When I first thought about it, my brain said,
'Go, now! Leave and you can get there before he dies!'
But then it said,
'But what if you die in the process? Lewis wouldn't want the only thing that is precious to him to die just to save him.'
And then the in-love-with-Lewis part said,
'What about all the up's and down's you've had? What about 'The Charlotte Incident'? What about all you've been through together?'
But then the part that made sense said,
'What would he do if you died? What would Rikki, Emma and Bella do if you died?'
Then I thought rationally, and thought about all of the great times we've had together.
'But you can't! You'll get killed!'
'Shut up. We both know love has won this argument.'
And love really did win the argument.
So that's why I'm going to America. It'll take approximately 48 hours to get there if I went non-stop. But I'm going to stop in Hawaii and rest, and I'll get there with no complications. Hopefully.
I'm taking food with me, and money I've saved up. I'm going to leave a note for Rikki, Emma and Bella in a place I'm sure they'll find it and no one else. I just need to plan when I'm going to go.
I think tomorrow night will be best.
But, I want to spend as much time with my friends and family as I can.
Soon, I heard a timid little knock on my door. Then a louder one.
I opened it, to come face to face with Sam.
"Hey, I can't get to sleep, and from the sounds of it, you can't either. Do you want to go downstairs?" She asked with a smile.
"Sure." I smiled back at her. We got halfway down the stairs, when I tripped on a step. Sam grabbed me by the back of my shirt.
"Thanks." I said, relieved. I probably would've woken the whole household if it weren't for her.
"I was doing us both a favour. Nobody wants to be there when someone wakes your father up." We both shuddered at the thought. And then laughed, but quietly.
We got downstairs, and she put the kettle on for some hot-chocolate. I sat down, and she soon sat down next to me.
"So, what was your nightmare about?" She asked.
"Oh, nothing." I murmured quietly.
"You were screaming, Cleo."
"Yeah, I guess I was." I put on evasive action, determined not to answer her question.
"But, I understand if you don't want to talk about it." She added. I let out a small sigh of relief.
"I think I might go back to bed now." I stood up.
"Okay, I hope you don't have any more nightmares." She smiled at me before I retreated up the stairs. Talking to her had actually helped me a bit. She always knew how to make me smile. But sadly for me, I had left without my hot chocolate. And that made me sad.
I opened my bedroom door, walked in, and closed it behind me without a sound. Sam wasn't kidding when she said that nobody wants to be here when someone wakes dad up.
I flopped down on my bed, before my hand shot out to my bedside table, and came back with my phone.
I still want to spend as much time with my friends as possible.
Rikki, do you want to go for a midnight swim?
Ooh, has my little Cleo grown a rebellious streak?
Just shut up and meet me at the docks.
How do you know I want to go?
Are you telling me you don't?
I sent a message along the same lines to the others, and we were all gathered at the docks within five minutes.
"Why did you want us here? Do you have something to tell us, Cleo?" Bella asked, eyes gleaming in the dark, filled with curiosity.
"No, no." I bit my lip. I didn't know whether to tell them. I mean, they were my long time friends and they deserved to know, but I don't know how they'd react. Well, I know how Emma would react.
No, Cleo. You've kept it this long, you can keep going.
"Cleo?" Emma's voice snapped me out of my mental argument.
"No, no." I repeated. "Just swimming."
"Okay then. Let's swim." Rikki said before diving into the black water, reflecting the stars and the moon. Soon, we were all in the water, enjoying the cool night's breeze.
"So, shall we get to it?" Rikki asked, looking towards us.
"Mako? Or somewhere different this time?" Bella questioned.
"Mako." I said firmly. I wanted to take a last look at the place, before going off.
"Cleo, are you sure you're alright?" Rikki asked, concerned. And she usually isn't concerned. Great, she picked up something was wrong.
"I'm fine." I said, ducking under the water so I could block out all their voices. I sped to Mako, and I could sense the others were close behind me. I could also tell they were worried. We surfaced at the moon pool, and they all looked at me.
"What?" I asked, rather aggressively.
"Cleo... we know something's wrong." Rikki stated, her mouth in a firm line.
"Fine! Something's wrong! Okay? Are you happy now?" I admitted.
"Cleo, you can tell us anything." Bella assured me.
"Whatever." I ducked under the water again. But someone grabbed my shoulder. I turned around, and it was Rikki.
I sighed heavily, bubbles coming out of my nose and I returned to the moon pool.
"What was that all about?" Emma asked, hands on hips.
"What was what about?" I asked innocently.
"Cleo, don't play innocent. What's upsetting you?" Bella cut in.
"I can't tell you." I answered simply.
"Can't or won't?" Emma asked, getting frustrated. Because we were never ones to keep secrets from each other.
"Both." I answered.
"Guys..." Rikki warned.
"Whose side are you on?" Emma growled at her.
"I think we should talk about it..." Rikki trailed.
"Oh, so we should talk about Zane?" She flinched when she heard his name.
"Should we talk about how you still love him? We all see you staring, Rikki!" I yelled at her.
What am I doing? I don't yell at my friends!
"I'm sorry." I said quickly.
"No, you're right." Rikki stated.
"No, Rikki. I was out of line. I'm sorry." I apologised again.
"Fine." She said, her mind preoccupied, and I knew she wasn't listening to me.
"What about you, Cleo? You need to tell us!" Emma ordered, turning to me, and away from Rikki, who had started muttering.
"Give me three days." If they gave me that, I would already be out of here, and they'd have a note.
"Three days? Then you'll tell us?" Rikki asked. If anyone was going to agree, it was her; she knew what it was like to keep to yourself.
"No, tell us now." Emma ordered.
"No, Emma. Give her that time. I know how it feels." Rikki put her hand on Emma's shoulder.
"Okay, three days; that's it. Then you have to tell us." She sighed.
"It's a deal." I shook her hand.
"I still can't believe they destroyed this place. It was the only place that was ours." Emma whispered, looking at the ruined cave walls, a tear sliding down her cheek and colliding with the water on her face.
"Now, what should we do?" Rikki asked, knowing we should definitely switch topics. And she would want something to get her mind off what I said about Zane.
"How about we explore Mako?" I suggested. I loved exploring Mako. And who knew how many times I'd get to do it again?
"I'm up for that." Rikki said, looking at me, but then turning to the others, "Are you guys?"
"I'm in." Emma agreed, taking her mind off our ruined moon pool.
"Me too." Bella nodded.
"Then it's settled. Let's get moving." Rikki swam out, us following close behind. We curled around in a semi-circle, and ended up on the shore of Mako, which is where we wanted to be. We pulled ourselves away from the surf, and Rikki took it upon herself to dry us off.
"Okay, there's... that way, that way, or that way." Rikki pointed out random areas of the forest.
"Hmmm, let's see, that way." I said, shrugging and pointing to one of the places she pointed.
"That way it is." Rikki walked into the forest determinedly, me following, Bella following me, and Emma at the back. We needed someone experienced with Mako at the back and someone not like Bella, because she didn't know the place the way we knew it.
"Watch out for the tree, Bella." Rikki called out, as Bella took a near miss with an opposing tree.
"Thanks, Rikki." She replied.
"No problem." Rikki laughed in return.
We kept exploring this way and that, until I heard a scream. As always, it was coming from me.
"Cleo!" Rikki turned around to see me sliding down a hole much like the one at the moon pool. I felt myself thud on the sand.
"Are you okay?" Emma asked.
"I think I've twisted my ankle, but it should be alright." I reassured her. Unfortunately for me, it wasn't that great. It didn't hurt that much, but when you're on a search for your kidnapped boyfriend, you don't want anything holding you down.
"I'm coming down for you!" Rikki called down to me. Soon she was sliding down, a cloud of dirt following her.
"Stay up there to throw a rope down or something." Rikki said in a high, prissy voice, obviously trying to imitate Emma.
"Hey!" Emma exclaimed, sounding offended. Rikki and I laughed and high-fived.
"Still, I really think we should go get some vines or something." Bella suggested, not knowing the history that came with the comment just spoken. Emma groaned. Soon we heard footsteps walking away.
"Hey! I didn't think you were really gonna leave us here!" Rikki protested at our abandonment. They couldn't hear us, and I had a feeling she knew that.
"It's like déjà-vu, isn't it?" She whispered to me.
"I was thinking the same thing." I nodded in agreement.
"Well, are we going to explore this eerily-creepy-exact-replica-of-the-moon-pool or not?" She asked, standing up, for she already knew the answer.
"Definitely." I grinned; I had come a long way from that shy, awkward and cautious girl I used to be.
"Come on then." She took my hand and helped me up. We both looked over, and it had those same uneven rocky steps as the moon pool did.
"This is so creepy." I whispered.
"It's like, exactly the same." She whispered back. We hesitated, before climbing up the steps, Rikki ahead of me.
"It's just a cavern!" She called out, a hint of disappointment lurking in her voice.
"Really?" I asked, bewildered.
"Yeah, I expected a pool of water or something. Come here and see for yourself." She looked at me and motioned for me to come forward. I did, and it was just a cavern. But a cavern with different leads.
"What the heck is going on here!?" Rikki screamed, backing up, so she ended up bumping into me.
"What do you mean?" I asked; to me, it just looked exactly like Rikki had said, a cavern.
"I mean, those paths weren't there before!" She pointed at them and I gasped.
"It was just a dead end, but then it changed." She explained. Soon, we heard a rumble outside.
"What was that? Was that... thunder?" She whispered, looking at me.
Suddenly, the ground started shaking, and we heard a ferocious noise, it sounded like to heavy objects colliding with each other.
"What could that be?" I questioned.
"I don't know, let's find out." She shrugged and walked back in front of me. I soon heard a panicked gasp.
"Cleo!" She shrieked.
"What?" I asked, following her.
She turned to me, her face grave.
"We're sealed in."
"What!? We can't be!" I gasped. We can't be. I rushed up to the stones and started to pull at them ferociously. We heard a rumble and Rikki pulled my arms and held them behind my back.
"Cleo! What do you think you're doing? If you keep doing that, it could all collapse on us!" She hissed at me. I fell to the ground in despair.
"Cleo? Are you alright?" She asked, kneeling down beside me.
"All my plans, ruined because of rocks. Rocks!" I screamed, tears falling down my face.
"What are you talking about?" She asked, with genuine concern and also that curiosity that she just couldn't restrain.
"I can't do it. All my plans... ruined..." I mumbled. I was in a state of shock, and wasn't up for talking.
"Cleo, tell me. I can get us out if here quicker if you tell me." She insisted.
"I can't save him..."
"Save who?" She asked.
"Just leave me alone! Don't you see none of it matters now! We can't get out, I can't save him, and he's probably already dead..." I screamed at her.
"Cleo, we can get out. What about those tunnels?" She put her hand on my shoulder in comfort.
"That's it! The tunnels! Rikki, you're brilliant!" I snapped out of my state of confusion and shock, and motioned for Rikki to lead the way.
"Fine." She sighed deeply, knowing she wouldn't get a single word out of me about my 'plans' now.
"This is what happens when you explore Mako at night." She grumbled, before peeking through and gasped.
"They're not there!" She exclaimed.
"What?" I looked over her shoulder, and sure enough, they weren't there.
"What can we do now?" I asked, refusing to give hope as easily as I did about two minutes ago.
"Wait, how did they appear in the first place?" She asked, looking to me.
"Why are you looking at me? I know as much as you do." I shrugged, averting her gaze.
"Yeah, you- wait! They appeared when you came in!" She shouted in realisation.
"They did?" I asked, clueless.
"Yeah, so what did you do that was so special?" She looked towards me purposefully.
"Maybe I'm just magical." I waved my fingers at her. But I honestly didn't have a clue what I did. We both thought hard on what on earth could have triggered the tunnel activation. After about ten minutes of thinking until our brains exploded, we heard a scuffling noise coming from the rocks that were blocking the exit.
"What was that?" I questioned, turning around.
"Probably just a small animal." Rikki shrugged. We both kept on thinking.
Until we heard voices, that is.
"Rikki! Cleo! Are you alright?" A faint voice called over the debris. A faint voice that sounded like Emma.
"We're fine, just stuck here!" Rikki shouted back.
"Should we get the police, or firemen or something?" Bella called over, she must have accompanied Emma back to find that the hole had been caved in.
"NO!" Rikki and I screamed in unison. The cave was magical, we knew that for sure. What non-magical cave can randomly make tunnels appear and disappear?
"Uh, okay!" She replied back.
"We think we might have a way out!" Rikki called to them.
"We're going to check it out! You go do something else!" Rikki grinned. We couldn't see her, but we knew Emma was rolling her eyes and stomping away, Bella following behind her.
"Okay." Rikki leant in the wall and resumed thinking about what we could have possibly done.
We continued this for five more minutes, until I yelled out.
"I've got it!" I cried, and Rikki's face was screaming tell me.
"It wasn't what I said, it was what you said." I said, pointing to her.
"What?" Her eyes widened with disbelief.
"It's true. I know what you said."
"Well, tell me! Or do you want to be stuck here forever?" She screamed, but she looked as if she were about to start jumping up and down at any moment.
I leant over and whispered it in her ear. Her eyes widened again, but this time, in realisation of truth.
"Pool of water." She spoke clearly, and two very long tunnels appeared.
"Yes!" We both shouted in triumph.
"Uh, now the question is... which one should we go through?" She asked, looking at me for an answer.
Rikki just let out a loud huff.
"Eeniee, meenie, minie, mo, catch a mermaid by the fin, if she burns you, let her go, eeniee, meenie, minie, mo." She ended up pointing to the right tunnel.
"You know, that doesn't even rhyme. And it's about you, instead of about mermaids in general." I crossed my arms over my chest and glared at her.
"I know, it's brilliant, isn't it." She grinned. "Now, come on!" She tugged at my arm and led me into the haunting darkness of the left tunnel.
"But we were supposed to go into the right one!" I argued against her twisted logic.
"That's not the way my version goes." I could see her smile, even though it was pitch black.
"How long is this going to take?" I asked, as if she would have any clue.
"How am I supposed to know?"
"You're not. I just thought you could throw a little light on the situation."
"Unless I light fire to everything, I don't see how I can do that."
"It's a metaphor! I still wonder how you passed high school." I groaned.
"Nah, you know you love me." She grinned. Well, I couldn't see it, but I knew it was there. After that, we stayed silent; the only sound we could hear was our footsteps.
"Look, there's light!" I shrieked.
"Come on!" Rikki tugged on my arm again and led me through the shining thing that I thought was light.
"What is this?" I asked, looking around. All I could see was white.
"Maybe it- Ahhh!" She screamed as she fell down something. Finally, she was the one to slip up, not me. I slid gracefully after her.
"What was that?" She grumbled, rubbing her ankle.
"I'd say you just fell down a hole." I laughed.
"But I might have an idea of what that cave-thingy was." I replied, trying to hide traces of laughter that were still lingering on my face.
"Well, what was it?" She asked.
"Back before Bella came, me and Lewis..." My voice trembled when I said his name.
"What's wrong?" She asked.
"Nothing. We were doing this project on caves, and we found one that looks completely white. But in reality, it just has pure white walls and has dangerous holes that can lead to treacherous places. No one knew much about it. And people who have been in what they thought was it, say it felt magical." I explained, while she actually sat there and listened.
"That sounds about right." Rikki agreed.
"But I'm pretty sure that this isn't just any dangerous hole." I said, and it's true.
"Because no matter where we go, a pool of water has to be somewhere at the end of this. How else do you explain the tunnels appearing when you said it, unless they led to water?" I asked, putting my hands on my hips.
"I guess so." She shrugged and I helped her up.
"Let's get moving." I looked around, and in the bleak darkness, I saw that there was yet another tunnel. I tugged on her hand, trying to motivate her. Because honestly, we had both had enough of this charade.
"Okay..." Rikki complied with my insistence. We walked through the tunnel, watching our step, because it was getting darker by the second and we hand to hold onto each other's hands or else we would probably lose one another in the pitch black darkness.
(A/N: And I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, 'Why can't Rikki just light up the walls with her power?' It's because her power is the hardest to control and if she just lit a spark, who knows what it could do?)
"How long have we been down here? Emma and Bella must be worried." Rikki stated, and we both imagined the panic Emma must be going through with her two best friends trapped underground.
"Probably a few hours." I answered simply.
"Ugh." She groaned.
"More light." I pointed out.
"Ooh!" She gave a little squeal and started tugging me towards it.
"Okay, what is this- Ahhh!" I screamed as if fell down a hole. It seemed as though fate was making us take turns.
"Ooh, water!" Rikki slid in after me, hearing the splash. She soon fell in as well and saw me with my bright orange tail. Ten seconds later she had one too.
"Let's see if this leads anywhere." She ducked under, and I copied her. It seemed there was a hole, and it was just big enough for us to fit through if we went one at a time. I squeezed through, and Rikki went through after me.
We looked around, and it seemed we were in yet another tunnel. But this time it was underwater, and I had a feeling it would lead somewhere other than holes.
We rapidly swam down in single file.
I soon bumped into something. I signalled for Rikki to stop, and I felt a wall in front of me. I ran my fingers across it, and found cracks across it, as if it were made out of single rocks tightly woven together. I pulled some rocks away, then more, and more, until the whole thing fell and if was big enough for me to fit through. And Rikki, of course. I got myself through, and motioned for Rikki to resume following me.
We continued swimming, and I soon bumped into something else. Another rock wall. Hmmm. I pulled it apart as I did the last one, and continued on my way.
I swam a little bit more cautiously this time, and saw a shadow before me. Yet another rock wall. But this one was different. It was completely solid, like a cavern wall, instead of a makeshift wall made up of tightly held rocks. I tried pushing at it, and it didn't cave in. That was when I noticed the lighter water above me, which was in contrast to the deep blue water we had been swimming in.
Wait, pale water meant that there was a way out. I darted around and pointed up. Rikki got the message.
There was indeed an air pocket above us, and we were soon taking deep gulps of air, even though we truly didn't need it.
"So, going back down now?" She smiled at me.
"Yep. I think our adventure is coming to a close." I grinned back at her.
"Aww, but I really liked exploring dank, dark, creepy underground tunnels." She pouted playfully.
"Sounds like you." I ducked under again before she could respond. I traced around the cave, to find it was somewhat circular.
As I was going around, I found that there was an opening. I pointed upward to Rikki, and we both got to the air pocket.
"There's an opening, I think it's big enough to fit through, so we should be good."
She nodded and ducked under and I followed. I managed to barely get myself through the hole, the rock scraping against my tail slightly. It hurt a little bit, but I wanted to get out of here so I didn't really care.
I got out and gasped in relief, bubbles coming out of my mouth doing so. I looked down to my tail, to see if it had suffered any damage. It looked alright.
I looked over to the opening and saw Rikki trying to get out, and decided to help her a little bit. I seized her arms and pulled, her tail finally becoming free.
Now, onto the matter that was plaguing my brain.
Where in the world are we?
I pointed upwards after Rikki had finished examining her tail.
"Yeah?" She asked, after her blond head popped up from the water.
"Do you know where we are?" I questioned.
"I never thought about it..." She trailed and began looking around. Luckily, in the darkness of night, we saw a certain Mako Island in the distance.
"Well, that's settled. Now, I want to do some swimming. Relaxing swimming." She ducked under the water, knowing I silently agreed.
Rikki speed-swam, while I swam in loops and looked at colourful fish while tracing my hand across beautiful coral. It really was relaxing. I mentally sighed with satisfaction. But, maybe we should be getting back. They must be pretty worried.
Where is that girl?
Ah, there she is. I saw Rikki spiralling in the water about twenty metres away. I speed-swam to her, bubbles enveloping my body as I smiled. When I got to her, I pointed up and she nodded.
"Yes, Cleo?" She asked with a content smile on her face.
"I think we should be heading back. They must be worried." I answered. After having thought about it for a minute, Rikki said,
"Good." I replied. We both looked to the right and we could see Mako in the distance.
"It should take us about ten to fifteen minutes to get there if we speed-swim." Rikki explained. I just nodded simply and we both headed in the direction of our familiar island. We soon got there, and were greeted by the sight of Bella and Emma sitting in the beach looking lonely. Rikki managed to discreetly dry us before they noticed.
"Honey, I'm home!" Rikki joked, running up to them.
"Rikki! Cleo!" Emma dashed to us, and enveloped us in hugs.
"Where were you?" She asked when we pulled away.
Nothing like a good adventure with your best friends before leaving them, not knowing if you'll ever return.
Sooo, did you like it? I hope you did. Please review, you don't know how much it means to me. You guys are awesome!