Lunch bell rings. I swim outside our school to the surface. I sit on a rock again, sniffing. I see a woman in my mind's eye, who is beautiful. I remember her teaching me a few songs, but I can't recall them. Except one. I sing it.
"One day not so far away
The night won't seem so lonely
One day in every way
That someone will care for me
And it warms my heart
To know that I'll be loved
But for now it's just one day.
There's a place I sometimes go
When I need a little hope.
In my dreams I always see beyond the strife!
There nobody sheds a tear
There nobody has a fear!
And it makes me smile
If for a little while
For I know
That someday my dream will come to life!"
I smile. That song is really nice. I contemplate the dream I had earlier.
"Let's see, it was the dream Dad's birthday. He gave us lockets, which I can remember having our names, he told me to never stop singing. Then I swim with my sisters, getting nervous, then getting attacked, by... Who? Who attacked us?"
I feel my arm, then notice a cut on my arm. I don't remember it! It's only a few days old. I can't have gotten it. Unless...
I look up. It's Robert, my brother. His brown hair waves in the wind.
"What are you doing out here?" He asks me.
I ask, "Where did I get this wound, Robert?"
I can see he get's nervous.
"Where did I get it?" I repeat.
Robert replies, "Uh... I think you bumped it when waking up?"
I frown, "I didn't. I remember every wound from waking up, from swimming down to my room, from swimming away from sharks, every wound! You know something I don't, Robert. Where did I get it?"
Robert sighs, "I don't know, Scarlett. Okay? I don't know!"
He tries to swim away, but I grab his arm.
"Yes, you do. Your eyes betray you. You know something about me. What is it?"
He pulls his arm away from me.
"Scarlett, I don't know! Okay?"
I whisper, "I'm not your sister, am I?"
He sighs, "What did you say, Scarlett? You know I hate mumbling."
I say louder, "I'm not your sister! Am I?"
"Did I mumble, Brother? Or should I even call you that?" I growl.
He sighs, "You've been having dreams making you question everything, aren't you?"
I growl, "The dreams have nothing to do with it! I don't look anything like Crystal, or you, or Mum and Dad! The only thing we have in common is we go to the same school. Mum and Dad abuse me, but they love you!"
He rolls his eyes, "Scarlett, stop it. You are just having a bad day. Come back to school. We'll sort this out when we get home."
I grab his arm and say, "Get Crystal next time you try to find me."
He pulls his arm away and swims away. I swim to the lunchroom and see Elia and Mal. With everyone angrily staring at them. And now they are glaring at me. I swim toward them. I notice them with the lockets from my dream.
I whisper to them, "Can we meet at the surface after school?"
Mal replies, "We'll think about it."
I nod and swim away to get some food. I sit at a rock, alone, and close my eyes.
I'm Fighting the mergaurds. I finished the vortex and notice another mermaid. One I don't know. She quickly swims away. I shrug and pick up a flashlight I kept in my waterproof bag. I turn on the light and shine it in one of the guards eyes. He shields his eyes. I laugh and someone grabs me. I don't have legs, so I just hit the guard in the belly and nose. I swim away and a guard punches me and I fall. I get my arm cut on a shell.
"OW! Being a mermaid is hard." I groan.
"Elia! HELP!" Mal yells.
"Mal! Ahhh! Let me go! Scarlett! Help!" Elia yells.
I gasp and swim to my sisters to save them. All my sisters are being held by guards.
"Leave my sisters alone!" I scream.
Then someone grabs me. I see a young mermaid with the name Crystal on her uniform. She hits me in the head and I black out.
I open my eyes. More flashes. Crystal hit me? My own sister? She can't have! Unless she's not my sister. I growl and swim away quickly. I swim to my next class. No one's here yet.
"In, out. In. Out. In. Out." I breathe.
I feel my blood temperature rise. I scream as loud as my lungs allow.
"Scarlett!" the teacher exclaims.
I growl, "I've had the worst day ever, and a horrid time with classes, and have been super stressed, and you have all been piling work on me!"
He says, "Scarlett! You are slacking off! You need all that work."
I say fake sweetly, "Slacking off?" Then get really angry. "SLACKING OFF?! YOU TRY HAVING A MOTHER AND FATHER WHO ARE MAKING YOU THEIR SLAVE, NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP, AND HAVING ALL THIS HOMEWORK! So I'm sorry if I'm slacking off while my parents are basically torturing me!"
I swim as fast as I can out of the school. I see an old shipwreck. I was near there in my dream. I swim into the ship. I see a smiling family picture. Two boys, three girls, and two adults I can safely assume are the parents. I sniff. Something else I don't have. A big, happy family. I then notice a bag. It's my bag in my dream. I open the bag and grab a picture out of the bag. I see six girls, including myself, Elia, and Mal, plus the Dad from my dream and a woman. And all of us are humans. How is this possible? The woman must be the Mum he was talking about. I hug the picture. It's the closest thing I can have to a real family. I start crying. I've never had a fair go in the sea.
"The universe hates me. Universe, show me you don't hate me! Give me a sign!"