A/N : Hi guys- just wanted to let you know that this is the penultimate chapter >.<
Thanks for all your support =) Also... this chapter really didn't turn out how Iwas planning it. But Iguess Igot carried away- so it should be quite unepected. Well I hope so
anway =) Thanks for reading!
The island was sinking at a more speedy rate now, and my flicker of hope was fading slightly as everyone realised that we didn’t really have much of a chance of fighting in the water. Though many
of us were strong swimmers, obviously we could not out-swim hungry sharks and merpeople who spent their lives swimming.
We needed to fly, or build an unbreakable boat, or hitch a lift. A lift.
An idea shot through me like a lightning bolt, making me jump. I lifted my arms and,turning to the sea, I let out a long cry, turning it into a series of clicks and squeaks. The Atlanteans stared
at me in shock, but I ignored them for the time being. For now, they could think I hadgone mad, I was just praying that it would work. The other spirits on the island caught on, and joined me,
until, united,the sound rose up into the air, ear shatteringly loud.
And then they came. Dolphins. They swam in a pyramid formation, and there must have been at least fifty- for it seemed never ending as they swerved to a halt just before us.
I clapped with joy, and immediately told them what was the problem. They were soexcited at the prospect of an adventure that they offered us all a lift immeadiately. Several turned loops and
flipped in the air.
I instructed everyone to climb on, and they did- some with frightened reluctance, others with desperate enthusiasm. The dolphinsoff away straight away, heading to the right of the group of sharks.
Shouts from the merpeople signified that they had noticed and were heading after us. I hurried everybody onto the dolphins, children and their mothers first, then the teenagers. I tried to make
Solo get on, but he put an arm around my waist and shook his head.
I had no time to argue so I shrugged and let him stay. It was nice having him hold me, anyway.
The sharks had come and mingled with the dolphins now. I saw it happening before it did. Somebody too eager, a man named Fengari, mistook the shining back of a sharkfora dolphin, and climbed on.
The water around him turned red as he was devoured.
I felt sick, but I had no time to mourn him, not yet. More and more people were packed onto dolphins, and we sent them off, an army of them. It seemed to be working. Finally, it was only Solo and I
left, and one dolphin. We climbed on, and he swam powerfully away, his tail slamming down into the water. The sharks had followed us, as had the merpeople. I saw them surrounding the others, but
the brave dolphins carried on. The Atlanteans were hitting and kicking at them too, and I saw at least one dead shark float past, as well as the body of Zander, Zeth’s brother who had laughed at me
when I was locked up.
Solo trembled, and I felt the same. This was suddenly very real. A dolphin fell, and with it an elderly woman, who was torn apart before she hit the water. People were losing limbs to the snapping
teeth, and screams filled the air.
Our dolphin was lagging behind with two of us to carry, and I saw a shark powerfully thrashing up behind us.
“Tuck in your legs!” I shouted to Solo, and he did, terror in his wide eyes.
I reached into myself, to that spot I had found when I had destroyed the wall, and pushed hard fury at the shark. With a moan, it fell, and doing this wrenched at my gut.
“Ouch!” I cried, feeling drained as I was forced to destroy another shark. Each shot of power caused my insides to wrench with pain, and my body to become weaker and weaker. Two more sharks were
dead. A mermaid, her eyes full of hungry evil, I had to kill as she tried to pull a baby from its mothers arms. This was the stuff of nightmares.
I felt as if I would faint, and Solo gripping onto me was the only reason I was still moving with the dolphin. The creature we rode suddenly wailed in pain, and glancing back, I saw a shark biting
fiercely down on it’s tail. I attempted a bolt, but all that came out was a feeble, wobbly streak.
Someone broke the water, and I saw Solo’s feet kick out at it.
No.Zeth had returned to watch me die.
I raised my hazy eyes and looked at him. I must have been hallucinating, for his eyes were full of guilt and sadness. He swam alongside us, and then, reaching for the shark, he ordered it off, and
pulled the dolphin to a stop. He was going to finish us off himself. The dolphin was still squeaking in pain, and Zeth pulled a knife out from his side.
I watched him, not feeling anything. We were going to die.
“Sorry, Solo, I’m so sorry.” I forced out, weakly.
“No! Don’t apologise, oreoss,” he replied, soothingly. Oreoss? Beautiful?
Zeth curved his tail up in the air, and with a swiping of his knife… cut it off?
His face wrenched in pain as I stared in disbelief. Black blood poured from the tail, as he pressed it down over the mutilated tail of the dolphin. Shimmering water covered it, and the tails merged
together. Okay, I was definitely hallucinating.
“What?” I gasped.
“I’m sorry, Airla. I’m sorry we did this to you, and to your island.” Zeth couldn’t speak properly though the pain. He patted the dolphin to make it swim away, and it powered off, going even faster
with Zeth's tail. Glancing back, I saw the glint of a silver knife as Zeth plunged it into his chest.
My head spun, and I fainted into Solo’s arms.
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