“I guess you’re going to want an explanation for…this.” Jeremy had helped Michael get back in the water and was now currently staring at the new appendage.
“You’re a mermaid…”
“Why didn’t you tell me?”
“I don’t think you would have believed me if I had. That and I’m not exactly supposed to have legs…”
“Those pills, they let me walk on land and their also kind of illegal.”
“So they’re like…drugs?”
“Kind of…while there’s like no official rule against the pills, you’re not supposed to let humans see you. If anyone else knew about these I’d be in major trouble.”
“Wait, there’s others? Like towns and stuff?”
“Kind of? We’re a lot more, scattered. Like we live with our families but we don’t really settle down. We didn’t come here till a few weeks ago. I hate it, life is so boring. We do nothing all day except hide from everything. The human world is so much more interesting, that day I saved you I knew I wanted to be a part of it!” Jeremy laughed. “What’s so funny?”
“Nothing, you just sounded like the girl from The Little Mermaid for a second.” Michael groaned.
“Don’t ever say that again, that movie was awful and inaccurate!”
“So how’d you get those pills?”
“A guy, I don’t know his name but he has all kinds of things like this. These work a few hours at a time and I’m running out.”
“Well can’t you just get more? What did you pay for them anyway?”
“That’s the thing, they were free the first time but he won’t tell me what I have to do for another bottle and I don’t have anything. And I really don’t want to go back to my life before this. I’ve just found out what slushies are! Those heelies are awesome, but what’s the point of you don’t have legs to use them anymore?”
“Where did you get those anyway?”
“The trash, can believe somebody threw these out?”
“No way…” Yes. Yes he could.
“But besides all the cool food and videogames, you’re here too! And if I don’t have legs I can’t see you. I don’t want to have to go back to being in the middle of nowhere Rainbow Lake with my paranoid parents!”
“There had to be something you can do, why don’t you ask that guy about the pills? I mean whatever he wants can’t be that bad right?”
“You don’t get it, this is like some crazy magic stuff! There’s always a huge price…what are you smiling at?”
“I thought you said The Little Mermaid was terrible and inaccurate.”
“If you start calling me Ariel I will physically harm you.”
“Sure thing princess.”