Flying in a sapphire sky was an eagle. It’s soft, feathery body drifting over a timeless sea. In that sea lay a massive castle, doused in ghostly light. This is where out story begins and perhaps, where it may end.
A mermaid of voting age, with lengthy copper hair, her emerald eyes dreamy sat swooning over her handsome love. He, on the other hand, kept flashing his dashing smile and talking about himself. It was not hard to see why she liked him, being smart, charming, handsome and all,but one could also see how it was not hard to dislike such a pretentious fellow. They’d met only weeks before and she’d fallen deeply in love.
“You know what Ariella?the merman asked.
“Hmm?”she replied, still wistful.
“You better be off now. Your father might notice your absence soon.
You know what will happen if he finds you gone, and of all places here…”
“Well then he mustn’t Lance, my love.” Ariella replied, cutting him off.
“Besides, “he continued, pretending not to have noticed that she had cut him off.
“Calypos and I need to talk, so…”
“CALYPSO! Why? I don’t want you talking to her, the little temptress!”
Hold your seahorses! I said talk, doll. Don’t give it another thought. Now off with you!” he informed her, flashing his dashing smile. So she left his quarters, tail flapping happily, her heart full of love, her head full of trust, to her family’s rooms in the castle. When she arrived, all was right. The lights were a bit dim, two open doors to the left showed off large, lavishly decorated bedrooms. The center room, decor similar, had a table strewn with papers. She swam to a crimson divan and lay down softy.
“ARIELLA!” a booming voice called, shaking her out of the haze. That would be her father, the Duke of Poseidon’s Castle, a powerful man under king. He swam into the room with great purpose, and looking cross, demanded, “Ariella, come here. “He motioned toward the table.
“Father? She replied sweetly, flowing to the table. “Is something wrong?”
“I promise to keep my head about this until I learn the truth! I hear you have been spending your time with that wretched merchant’s son, what’s his name…”
“Yes, that’s his name. Wait a minute, you know exactly what I am talking about, don’t you!?!”
“Why father, I don’t have the faintest idea hat you’re talking about!” she said, rather offended.
“I’ll bet you don’t! I don’t know what I am going to do with you. Roaming around with that swindler. You’re a lady. When I die you’ll be a duchess. You need to choose a husband who will make a suitable duke. I want you to be happy. I want you to have love. Love for a decent man! I don’t know what to do with you. Just get our of my sight.”
The duke knew that he had to separate them in order for their love to be lost. The following day, arrangements were made for Ariella to be sent far across the sea to stay with her father’s brother, the Baron of Paradise Bay. Ariella mourned her loss of freedom and forbidden to leave the quarters, she sent a message to her love by way of a courier. In that message, she swore she’d love only him and no other. She left that evening in a chariot pulled by dolphins, across the sea, to an unknown palace and to the care of an uncle she’d never met.
The Baron was a kindly old man,but he was too busy or her and left her in the care of his adviser’s son. He was old enough to drink and spent his spare time working in the kitchens. When he saw her, he became quite smitten.
“Why hello miss. I’m Corwin, and you must be the Duke’s daughter, Ariella, “ he proposed, a twinkle in his eye.
“I am. I suppose I should be charmed?” she replied, with a tongue that bit. When she saw he was not going to reply, she spoke again. “Where are my rooms?” He didn’t reply, but gestured to the right. Her verbal lashing had been one he world remember. So he decided he would leave her be. Ariella took this as mockery of her pain and disliked the fellow. She spent her days hopelessly looking out her window at all the beautiful fish that swam and flapped in the splendor of their freedom. When Corwin spoke more than he usually did to her.
“Todday is the sixth month anniversary of your arrival.” A frail, and hollow frame of the girl he had so long ago found pretty, turned to him.
Oh, was all she replied, Thinking to herself, she realized that mourning was not longer a pastime she enjoyed. She got up, ate all the food that had been left and really looked inside herself. She decided that she had gone from a silly love sick girl to a bitter bitch, then into a pathetic sorrow. None of those people were who she wanted to be. She slowly let more and more feeling show on his daily visits, a “thankyou” here, smile there. The time came when she could not wait for his daily trips to her room. He took note in the change and began to enjoy himself with her as well.
The days that passed let the two be joined as friends. They shared meals, laughter, and time together. On one such day a joke was passed over a light breakfast. “A guy walked into a bar, “Corwin told between laughs, “And said… OUCH!” The pair could not contain themselves and giant laughs erupted from their throats. “Oh that was a good one, “ he paused in thought, “Did you hear about the ball next week?” She nodded. “I was just wondering , if well if you’re going? He smiled sheepishly.
“I don’t really like dances, Why?”she teased him with the question.
“Well, some important people are going to be there and I am on waiter duty and I thought it would be nice for you to join me, perhaps if you have no other plans…”
“Of course.” Ariella touched his hand softly and he smiled.
On the day of the ball, Ariella left her room, carefully closing the heavy door.She hummed romantic tune while swimming down the pillared corridor.The high vaulted ceilings and many large windows overlooking the fish below reminded her of home. Turning left she came to a push-door. With a round porthole,she shoved it open with her hip ad glided in. Bumping into Corwin.
“Oh Gosh! I’m sorry!” She bumped him again, playfully, “Oh sorry again, complete accident”He shoved her gently, by this time they we both giggling.
“Very sorry! He said.
“You two knock it off and get moving with those plates! The female ogre-looking chef shouted. Corwin winked at her. Ariella giggled as they neared the ball, and sounds of Bach flowed toward them. They put on news-anchor smiles and carried heir plates away to the hungry guests.
The room was packed with snobby mermaids and rich mermen. She smelled rich Seaweed cakes and coral flowers. Corwin picked up the empty plates and gestured for her to do the same. She stopped and studied him, tracing with her memory his angular features and moppy straw hair.
“Ahem.” The woman whose empty plate she was taking way cleared her throat, looking irritated.Ariella noticed she had paused directly in front o the woman’s face while gazing at Corwin.
“Sorry madam,” she stuttered. Corwin raised an eyebrow at her, and motioned for her to follow him. They entered t hallway together with Ariella yammering away. She turned to him suddenly, but as she did her elbow crashed into his rib, making him drop plate. She bent quickly down, just as he did, to brake is fall, but instead he bumped heads.
“Ow!” They echoed. They sat, both hands reached up to comfort bruised foreheads.
“Sorry…..I was going to make some sly comment,but after that performance I’ll keep my mouth shut,” she promised. Then she reached out in order to help pick up the broken glass, the same piece he had just reached for, and their hand touched.
She pulled away, only to be stopped by his…
He pulled closer ad she leaned in, staring into his deep brown eyes, she watched as he closed the, and followed suit. They kissed briefly and as they did,thoughts of Lance and the litter and the promise of true love whizzed through her mind. Suddenly, she jerked back. “I can’t, this is a mistake.” She stood up and too down the, mad at herself and crying the same time.
“Arielllaaa…wait!” She heard somewhere behind.She didn’t stop,but began running straight for the castle’s entrance. She burst outside and swam into an empty carriage.
Take me to Poseidon’s Castle!” she ordered and was swept away. She pulled in front of the castle and fled inside. Memories kicked I and she followed it to Lance room, she opened the door, shouting,”Honey I’m home…!” She stopped dead in her tracks. His toned arm was wrapped around a lengthy blonde. The blonde turned her head slightly and Ariella identified her immediately.
“CALYPSO?More importantly, hat are you doing Lance?” She shut up then. She thought back to the night before she left. “Calypso and I need to talk so..” he’d said.
“Wow, I must be stupid,you’ve been running around with her since we started dating,haven’t you? I just ran off a perfectly loving guy because I felt guilty about cheating on you, and all I did was kiss him!”
“Ariella, I never promised monogamy,I mean…” He explained, s h flashed his dashing smile.
“Don’t play that smile on me. I hope you two live happily ever after before rotting I hell.”
She was smiling sweetly, but her voice was venom. She left, slamming the door.
A sense of bewilderment swept over her, and she longed for Corwin. I hope I haven’t messed things up with him, she thought. She returned to Paradise Bay, passed solemnly down the corridor and pushed opened the kitchen door. Here as, stacking dishes alone.
Tentatively, she swam to him. And touched his shoulder.
“Corwin.”she said. Looked at her and his eyes were distressed. Her own eyes were teary pleading. He moved away from her touch. She was weeping now.
“I’m so sorry, let me explain.”
“No. I loved you, and when I told you, you pushed me awaywant to talk to you, I’m busy” he turned to leave, but his voice was strained with confliction.
“I love you,” she confessed,”I knew that, but I was sent here because I thought I loved Lance. I didn’t want to hurt him. So when we kissed, I , I panicked I went him but I guess h’s been with another girl all along, since before I came here. I never loved him.
I see that now. Don’t leave…” she begged, thinking his pivot was an escape plan.
“I’m not, I’m kissing you.”He lifted her chin n a large hand and pressed forgivingly warm lips to hers. She felt the understanding and comforts that love lend. They left the kitchen both beaming.
Everything was right in the world. Sometimes, she figured things work in peculiar ways and life takes on a will of its own.
And so our story ends in a magical castle under the sea, with two lovebirds wed in a merry gathering. Mermaids and Mermen showered
them with blessings, and an eagle soared into the sky. Light beams danced on its back.
By Teresa Lucas
I hope you will Enjoy this post. I found this one last year, but it was mess-up with all the stuff that happened in the first of January of 2014. So I thought I would re-submitted this beautiful poem by Teresa Lucas . I have always love this one and I hope you all will Enjoy the Mermaid Heart too. loveyou all my dear friends and followers!
Your Wendy -ooo)