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Written by Hossana Ojoniko Isaac
???? Neptune City????
Ma’am Nina swam as fast as she could towards the city.
She stopped when she saw what it has now turned into
Ma’am Nina : oh my goodness
The city was ruined
Mer-beings looked like death sentenced creatures.
Nina gasped and couldn’t believe it.
No one even noticed her
Everyone was dull
The mer-folks were so reduced in number
The once lively city was now so dull and empty
Nina : what happened to the guards?
She asked herself looking around
She swam to the heart of the city and felt a force that made her weak
Nina: it’s this place. It has a bad aura
She looked around
She recognized some people
Ma’am Lyn swam past her
Lyn looked back and saw Nina
Lyn: oh sweet Neptune, Nina you’re alive
Nina: yes I’m alive
Lyn: everyone thought you were dead. But how did you survive
Nina: it’s a long story. Please what happened here? This isn’t the Neptune City I know
Lyn sighed and told her exactly what happened
Nina: oh no, this is not good. I have to see Kyl, take me to her
Lyn swam ahead and Nina followed her.
They got to a place where everyone was lying down except some few people who were attending to them
Nina: what is this place?
Lyn: it’s where all sick merfolks are attended to.
Nina: Kyl is here?
Lyn nodded and pointed to a pale and old mermaid at the end of row.
Nina recognized her because of her tail
She swam there and held her hand
She slowly opened her eyes and looked at Nina
Kyl : Nina, Nina is that you??
Nina: it’s me Kyl, it’s me
Kyl began to cry
Kyl : forgive me Nina. Please forgive me for being so stupid and immature. I’m sorry Nina
The two mermaids began to cry
Nina: it’s okay Kyl. Everything happened for a reason. Please don’t blame yourself
Lyn: I’m sorry for causing problems between you
She narrated her schemes and Kyl was so angry with her
She felt really furious but Nina calmed her down and told her to forgive
Kyl: but I can never see my Rainbow again. My Rainbow is still gone
Nina consoled her and told her it will be okay
Nina looked around and saw Jace too.
The queen was standing beside him
Nina : Jace is here too?
Kyl : he should be the worst case among the youths
Nina swam there and greeted the queen who was so happy to see her.
Jace opened his eyes and saw Nina
He was so happy
He sat up immediately
Nina hugged him and he asked about Blue
Nina: she’s very fine Jace
Jace: which city are you staying? Which city allowed you in?
Nina smiled and arranged his hair
Nina: you will know at the right time Jace
Jace smiled and nodded
He was so happy
Jace: I want to see Blue. I really want to. Why didn’t you come with her?
Nina: she has to take care of some things while I’m away. That’s why
She stayed there and attended to other people.
Her presence made everyone happy
The king apologized for the hatred they showed them and Nina forgave them.
Queen: we are waiting for someone to liberate us. And take us out of her
Nina: why can’t you all just leave?
Queen: it’s not possible. No one wants to receive us. And this place is killing us
Nina: what can be done
Queen : before ma’am Mabelle died, she said someone who we rejected was going to help us
Nina brought down her head and began to think
The human gave me something that made me feel dizzy
Later I woke up in a different room.
Everything was weird
My head was hurting so bad I felt like my brain would pull out.
I sat up and wondered what happened
Me: while I’m I not in Neptune City?
I looked around thinking I was kidnapped by aliens
Then I looked at what used to be my tail
Me: why do I have legs? I’m I human? Or maybe I was just dreaming?
I shook the thought off
Me: no.. I’m Rainbow. Where is Blue? What about mother and ma’am Nina? Where is Jace?
I began to cry because I felt crazy
I felt a sharp pain in my head and I screamed loudly and held my head
The pain was persistent
The door opened and humans rushed in and calmed me down.
I felt better as I laid down
I closed my eyes and it all began to flow in
How I was sucked up by the grey ditch
How I blacked out and woke up in this type of room
I remembered that I didn’t know where I was or who I was
Then my full memory worked in
Me: oh no!
I said when I remembered
Me: I’m Princess Gladys
Me: no, I can’t. No it can’t be
I began to cry
I remembered everything I did
Me: I’m not a killer. No I’m not. I’m not a killer
I cried so hard and began to destroy things
The doctor came in again.
They tried to inject me but I stopped them
Me: I wanna leave this place. I need explanation. I need to stop being confused
Doctor: you’re not fit for it yet
Me: yes I am
Please let me go
I was late discharged but I knew within myself that I needed help.
I got back to the castle and wished the king didn’t die
But I went to the queen who was Princess Gladys’ mother.
Because I know I’m not Princess Gladys
I tried to forget everything about my mermaid self and be a human till I get explanation
Queen : Gladys dear, why did you leave the hospital? The doctor’s said you were acting strange and I was just getting ready to see you
Her voice was so gentle and kind but I still felt angry at my situation
Me: who I’m I?
Me: who exactly I’m I? I know I’m not Princess Gladys. You told me I lost my memory when I was younger but now I don’t understand anymore. I’m not who you say I am. I’m not your daughter
The queen’s face changed
Queen: what are you saying Gladys? Is your daddy’s death affecting you this much?
I could see pain in her eyes
Me: he’s not my daddy and you’re not my mommy either
Her face changed again
Queen : please Gladys, I don’t have time for this drama. I have a lot on my plate
Her voice was choking with tears
Me: I’m not your biology daughter right?
I asked her but she didn’t look back
Me: you said I lost my memory. But it’s back now, I remember everything now
She turned abruptly
Me: I need answers now. How did I become your daughter?
She sighed and sat down then began to cry
Sixteen year old Princess Gladys is getting ready for a picnic lunch with her father at the beach.
She loves being with him and decided they should have a good time.
She walks over to the balcony of her room.
Her room is large and has a balcony.
She was on heels and she tried to take her blankie from the closet when her mother came in.
Queen: Gladys, your dad is already at the beach
Gladys: what he didn’t wait for me?
Queen: he asked me to come with you. He’s checking some things out there
Gladys: with guards I guess
Queen: yes, quick come down
Gladys stepped on a towel and wanted to dodge the wardrobe but her feet hit the railing and she fell down the balcony
The queen screamed and ran to her
She was not talking but laying motionless and her skin had already turned red.
Servants hurried up and helped her to the hospital
She was immediately attended to but she didn’t wake up.
Her brain was damaged.
She stayed unconscious for two years
The king was contacted about his daughter’s condition and he didn’t want to believe it
He turned all his anger to the queen for being so careless
She was not to be blamed but he blamed her and threatened to divorce her
Her queenship was all she had and she cried because of her misfortune.
She knew how much Gladys meant to the king.
She went to the beach where Gladys wanted to go and cried there everyday.
Her life was becoming miserable
It was late and the sun was setting when she saw a naked girl on the shore.
She was surprised
She went to the girl and looked her over
She was alive but unconscious.
She quickly took her to the hospital with her guards.
The girl was in coma.
It was that day that Gladys died.
The news shattered the queen’s world
Since she was in the hospital, she was the first to hear about it and she immediately asked the doctor to keep it a secret.
She paid him huge amounts of money and begged him to perform a secret plastic surgery on the girl she brought.
To make her look exactly like Princess Gladys.
Since the real Princess Gladys died at eighteen, there was resemblance in the body structure of the two girls.
The doctor was paid double money and he performed the surgery
No one knew about the death of the original princess.
They thought she was still in coma.
Two months later, the girl woke up.
The queen was so happy
She wanted to pay the doctor to have her memories wiped off but therapy confirmed that she had already lost her memory.
The king was happy that his daughter was alive and the queen was happy that her problem was solved.
She however felt bad for her real daughter
That’s why she was never really close to the girl.
She always felt guilty