It had been a month since I’d gone into the ocean with Cadeeder. When we first ventured into the ocean I was petrified of what I’d encounter. Sharks and jellyfish, even swordfish were enough to send me swimming to land. Cadeeder helped me though.
“Just keep swimming,” he told me when I got scared. “You’ll be ok, just keep going.”
Right after my transformation I swam around for a half an hour until Cadeeder was tired of watching me swim circles around him.
“Enough! Jenna, let’s go, we still have things to do.”
“Things? What things?”
“You have to go meet the rest of the mermaids. There’s a colony of mermaids and mermen about three mile from here. Do you think you’re up for it?”
“Up for it? Of course!” and just like that I picked up Cadeeder, put him on my back and was off.
We got to the village ten minutes later. There were mermaids and mermen everywhere. All different color tails and different color hair. It was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.
“This is where I leave you,” Cadeeder said to me.
“Leave me? What do you mean?”
“I can’t stay with the mermaids. I have to go back to my family. They’re waiting for me. You’ll be ok Jenna. Remember, I’m only in crabvilla, you can come and see me anytime.”
I didn’t want him to go. He was the only person who ever gave me a chance. He needed to stay. But just as I was about to beg, he turned around and crawled away.
“Was that Cadeeder?” I heard someone ask behind me.
“Yeah, that was him. He went back home though.”
“He’ll be back. He always comes back.”
I turned around and saw three mermaids standing there smiling at me.
“I’m Kate. This is Ashley and Meghan. Are you new?”
They were all beautiful. Kate had gorgeous red hair while Meghan and Ashley had blond hair. Their eyes glistened like the ocean always does.
“Yeah, I’m Jenna. Cadeeder just turned me into a mermaid this morning.”
“Well you’re a natural. Here, let me take you around,” Kate offered out her hand and I took it instinctively.
“This is mermaid village. We all live her together. Every morning half of us hunt for food while the other half try to make our part of the ocean homely. And in the afternoon, the time is ours.”
She took me around and introduced me to everyone. They were all very nice.
I found my “home” which was really just a pile of seaweed and rocks built around it. It was simple and it was fine. Besides, I wanted to spend my time with everyone else, not in my rock house.
For the next few weeks things went on greatly. I made friends and for the first time in my life I felt at peace.
Kate, Ashley, and Meghan helped me adjust to my new body. They showed me how to move around more easily and how to swim faster. They took me on excursions to other villages where fish and dolphins and other sea creatures lived. I became a part of their world. All of them accepted me and for once I was no longer worrying about what the future would hold, but instead I was living in the moment.
Still, I miss Cadeeder and today I’m going to visit him. Even though I only knew him for a short time, he was where my new life started. I want to see him as much as I can. I said goodbye to Kate, Ashley, and Meghan right after the food was gathered and I took off.
They gave me directions to where he lived, but after an hour of searching, I realized I was lost. Oh no, I’m never going to find my way back, I thought. I hope they come looking for me. For the next three hours I swam around looking for any sign of Crabvilla.
They told me to take a left at the shiny seaweed arena. That looks shiny enough. Oh but so does that one.
My eyes were beginning to fill up with tears when I ran into a sharp rock that was hiding behind a sea plant.
Ow that hurt! Ow! Everything was hurting! It couldn’t be just from this rock could it? Ow!
“Jenna!” I heard Cadeeder yell. “Jenna you can do it! Come on Jenna!”
I started to swim in the direction I thought I’d heard his voice coming from.
“Jenna!” he yelled again. I wanted to yell back to him but I couldn’t speak. I tried and I tried but nothing came out.
“Jenna! Jenna!!” a voice near to me was yelling. “Jenna fight! You can do it!”
I coughed and took several deep breaths before I was able to open my eyes and focus on my surroundings.
Where was I? Everything was so white. Was I was in the hospital?
“Welcome back Jenna!” a man in front of me yelled. He seemed more excited to see me than anyone had been in my whole life. But I didn’t know him.
“It’s ok, don’t try to talk. You’ve been out for about a week. Jenna you overdosed on heroin while you were lying on the beach. Luckily, a runner found you in time.”
Heroin? I overdosed on heroin? I barely even remember buying it let alone taking it. Oh God. So none of it was real? I’m still me? I’m still just me?
The more I looked around the more faces there were. There were three nurses standing over my bed smiling big with tears in their eyes. I realized that one of the nurses was holding my hand tightly.
“I’m Kate, Jenna. I’ve been taking care of you the last week. We all have. You have no idea how happy we are that you opened your eyes.”
I looked at the rest of the nametags. Nurse Ashley, Nurse Meghan, and Dr. Cadeeder.