The fall was long; it was like a roller coaster plunging down to
its own death. I plunge down into the cold water and a feeling
jolts through my body like an electric wire penetrating my flesh.
My hair flows around my head turns into a seaweed green and my
legs merge together to form a sort of tail. This creature that I
have become is yet to still be unravelled. On the back of my tail
a fin forms like a dolphin. My fingers are numb and in between
them flesh grows; now I have webbed hands. At first my eyes were
blurry and they stung from the salty water, they are ok now and
everything is clear and my eyes do not hurt. I thought I was
going to drown but I never, something that did really want. First
my throat went dry, then moist and then strange, as if my throat
was on fire. I have now got gills on the side of my throat. Now I
can breathe under water. I try to swim but all I can is swim
around in circles. I finally get it right and I swim straight. I
look for some place nice and comfy, a sea reef! No that won't do,
it's all hard, rough and bumpy. Questions swirl through my head
as I search; what will happen to me? What have become? Will I die
like I wanted? And what about sharks, is what I have become, bait
for them? I finally spot a patch of sand and I lay myself down.
But before I do I wave my hand over the area looking out for
anything that is able to harm me in anyway. I 'am sure there is
nothing there so I rest my body on the soft gentle sand and drift
into a dreamless sleep.
I wake up alarmingly to something that passed me and left a trail
of bubbles behind, I get up and follow them before the disappear
. On the other side of the rock that I swim past, a huge coral
palace lays before m. 'what is this place?' I wonder to
myself. I see a kind of fish with a head of a human but the rest
of its body a fish, swim past me. I move forward and I see
creatures that look just like me. Sea horses swim so fast that
they blurred as they went by. I go past the rusted gates and
enter this enchanted place. I find someone or something that
looks kind enough to talk to me but as I approach, she leaves. I
look after her in surprisment and I knock into a young man.
"Sorry" I mumble and move on. Whoever I had bumped into was now
following me which made me feel very uncomfortable. "Hey wait up!
Wait! What's your name?" The guy stops me by putting his scaly
fingers on my bare shoulder.
"What's your name?" he asks again but softly this time.
"My name is Kaylin, now if you don't mind I'm trying to figure
this place out and find out what I have become. And I honestly do
not think talking to you for my benefit is not very safe. I do
NOT know you." I stand my ground not letting him see my real
nature. I pull up my shoulders and swim away. "Ooh, you're new.
You don't know anything. He says as he catches up to me.
"Well if that's the way you put it, then yes. " I say without
turning my head.
"My name is Urchin, I guess we started off on the wrong side of
the tail, forgive me? " He asks.
"Ok, ok, I do, now could you please tell me what is going on?"
urchin explains everything to me from the dreadful tsunami 2005
to this fateful day in the year 2013. We had made it to the end
of the coral reef at the end of the sea bed. We turn back, making
our way straight into the seaweed forest. We swim around it and
in the distance we see the palace. Urchin told me the sea kings
name is Poseidon . he also said that the kings scribe and
followers are the only ones allowed inside the palace. I'm in awe
of this whole place. My life has turned in a new direction.
The sea flashes a blinding white, and we hear a muffled rumble of
thunder. "The tide is high, we must go back." I ask Urchin what
"When it is high tide and a storm comes and we are not in
safeties arms we can be taken to shore by the current." We swim
fast and finally make it to where urchin lives in a cave. When we
were settled own urchin fell asleep immediately. I couldn't
sleep. I was terrified. Next morning I was still sitting against
the wall, my eyes unblinking.
"Kaylin, what's wrong? It looks like you have seen a shark." I
don't say anything, my mouth stays shut. Urchin pulls me towards
him and I let him do it. My head rests on his shoulder and for
some reason it felt like I had been crying. My eyes were sore. A
hand strokes my hair. I sit up.
"I don't know what came over me, I still do not understand."
Urchin pulls a strand of hair that was floating in front of my
face away and tucks it behind my ear.
"Give yourself some time. You need to sleep, we will stay in
today. I'm going to go and get something to eat for both of us."
Urchin leaves the cave entrance. I lie down and close my eyes.
It must have been a while that I was asleep for because when I
awoke everything felt dark. There is no time underwater so I had
no idea what the time really was." Wow you slept for a long time.
I only went out twice" Urchin said coming in with stuff in his
hands. My stomach starts to growl; only realising now that I'm
"There is some fish over there next to you." Urchin said
obviously hearing my stomach moan. I look around my right
shoulder and my eyes rest on a tortured, lifeless fish, its dead
eye looking right at me, as if it knew that it was going to be
"Um… I'd rather eat seaweed over fish thanks." I indicate to
Urchin hoping that he'd know what I was referring to. But instead
of knowing he cocked his head to one side, looking very, very
"Meaning, I do not eat anything that has a face." I tell him.
Urchin outs his stuff down on the cave floor and turns around to
"Ok, then I will go out and get some seaweed for you. "
"Oh! I don't mind getting some myself." Urchin shakes his head.
"Nope, don't worry, don't want you getting lost now." He says
already on his way.