“Hi guys, sorry I’m late,” I heard and turned to see Eva sitting down. Our meeting place was a table with three chairs at the far end of the library. “What’s up? What’s with the quiet atmosphere?” she asked looking at me.
“Nothing. Why you are late?” I asked changing the topic.
“Yeah, I’m sorry about that, something happened on my way here.”
“What happened?” I asked.
“Let’s go the canteen, I’m hungry, I will tell you when I have eaten.”
“Okay,” Gabriel said and we all stood up to go.
We got to the canteen and got ourselves some plates of food and sat down to eat.
“So, what happened?” Gabriel asked bringing up the topic.
“Okay, I witnessed the breakup of Mike and Franca.”
“What?!” Gabriel and I said at the same time with my food half way to my mouth.
“What happened? Those two are the coolest couples in school,” I said, placing the food in my mouth.
“Yeah, I agree with you, but not anymore,” Eva said eating freely. “I don’t really know,” she replied in between mouthfuls. “They were talking about lying to each other and not being able to trust each other again.”
“Hmmm… but they should have sorted it out without breaking up,” I said feeling sad for them.
“It looks like you don’t get it,” Eva said, sitting up. “The foundation of every relationship is trust and the moment one betrays that trust, the relationship is heading for the rocks and no matter how you try to save it, it will never remain the same.”
I simply nodded to her explanation.
I couldn’t sleep that night because I was disturbed. What if my friends later find out that I’m a mermaid, won’t they get angry with me, were they ever going to trust me again?
Okay they won’t find out. But even if they don’t find out, it is not right to keep secrets from them after all they told theirs.
Should I trust them? Is it safe to tell them? After all they are humans not mermaids, what if they desert me after I told them, what if they get scared?
A part of me probed me to tell them but the other part said otherwise.
Ah! What am I going to do? I drew my pillow close to my chest, begging sleep to come and take me away from my thoughts.
“Good morning,” I greeted, entering the black car in which Gabriel and Eva were in.
“What took you so long?” Eva asked immediately I sat down.
“Sorry, I woke up late,” I replied.
“Okay,” Eva replied and started the the car.
“Gabriel, what’s up with you?” I asked, looking at Gabriel who seemed to be engrossed in his phone, barely acknowledging me.
“Nothing. Good morning,” he replied without lifting his face.
“Just ignore him Prianca, he has been chatting with this new girl he met yesterday. I don’t think he will ever look up from that phone,” Eva said frowning. “Where do you want us to go? You said you have something to tell us.”
I gave her the address, and few minutes later, the car stopped by a seashore, which I carefully picked out because people rarely came here.
“Okay we are here now, what’s next?” Eva asked immediately we got to the shore. “And can you please stop chatting for now, it’s annoying,” she barked at Gabriel and I let out a chuckle, reliving myself a bit.
“Do you guys remember the discussion we had yesterday about the breakup?”
“Yeah,” Gabriel replied while Eva simply nodded.
“Well I thought about it and I concluded that I have to trust you with a little secret.”
“I don’t get you, have you been hiding anything from us?” Gabriel asked.
“Yeah, and since you guys have opened your hearts to me, I have decided to come clean.”
I noticed both of them exchange a knowing glance.
“Okay what is it?” Eva asked.
“Before I tell you, please promise me you won’t freak out,” I said, getting nervous.
“Okay we promise, what’s going on?” Eva asked obviously curious.
Prianca let out a deep breath and blurted out: “I’m a mermaid.”
She opened her eyes slowly to see her friends’ shocked faces and the next minutes it turned.
“Wait a minute. Are you trying to tell us you have a tail like a fish and magical powers?” Gabriel asked really curious now.
“Yes,” Prianca replied.
“Prove it,” Eva demanded folding her arms. “Prove that you are a mermaid.”
“How can I prove it to you?” she asked ready to do anything.
“Anything, turn into a mermaid, use your powers, anything that differentiate you from us humans.”
“Okay,” Prianca said calmly. “But I can’t turn into a mermaid where there is no water,” she said and clapped her hands.
The ground under her gave way to water while Gabriel and Eva panicked and and took some steps backwards.
She snapped her fingers and slowly her body gave way to a mermaid’s body with pink top and a golden tail. Her silvery hair, now cleansed from dye, rested gracefully on her shoulders as she sat in the water.
“Wow!” Eva and Gabriel said as if planned.
They were shocked and amazed at the beautiful creature in front of them.