Once, in a far away ocean, lived a manatee named Arthur, and he had always dreamt of becoming a Merman. One day, he started swimming around his room, thinking about how he could do it.
"I know," Arthur said to himself,
"I'll go se Wendy- she might know how!"
Wendy was Arthur's Mermaid friend- they had been friends for a very long time.
When Arthur arrived at Wendy's home, he was sad to see that she was quite sick.
"Are you okay, Wendy?" Arthur asked his friend.
"I'm fine- I just have a cold. The ocean water has been quite chilly lately." Wendy said between coughs.
"Don't worry- I'll help you get better." Arthur said with a swish of his tail.
So, Arthur set off to find a cure for Wendy's sickness. He swam and swam, until he reached a deep dark seaweed forest.
"Turn back!" An eel hissed from behind him.
"But I need to find a cure for my friend Wendy- she's sick!" Arthur said to the eel.
"You'll be eaten by the monster!" The eel snapped.
"I'm a brave and strong manatee- I can do it!" Arthur said as he swam into the deep dark seaweed forest.
Arthur looked around- he could hear hissing, and blub blubbing, and growling and swishing. It was a very scary seaweed forest indeed.
"Who are you and how dare you intrude my home?" A loud, rumbling voice said.
"I am Arthur the manatee, and I've come to get a cure for my friend Wendy's sickness!" Arthur said, making himself look as big and tough as he could.
"Well, you'll have to get past me to get it!" The voice said again as a huge shark swam out of the shadows.
Arthur looked scared for a second, but then he put a brave look on his face.
"I don't want to hurt you." Arthur said, making the shark laugh.
"Please, you're just a little manatee- you can't hurt a great big shark like me!" The shark said with a growl.
"Okay, you asked for it." Arthur said as he swam as fast as he could towards the shark.
"Ouch, my nose!" The shark yelled as Arthur bit the big mean shark's nose really hard.
"You'll pay for that!" The shark yelled as he tried to bite Arthur.
"And now, for my final act!" Arthur said as he slapped the shark in the face with his tail
"I give up! You win…! Ow…" The shark said as he swam away from Arthur, his nose big and red.
Arthur looked around the middle of the deep dark seaweed forest, and saw a stone bowl. He slowly swam up to the bowl and looked inside of it.
"Oh my gosh," Arthur said.
"It's Magic Coral! This should help Wendy!"
Arthur took the Magic Coral back through the deep dark seaweed forest, and all the way back to Wendy's house.
"Wendy, are you still okay?" Arthur asked when he went into her room.
"Yes Arthur, I'm fine. Did you find the cure?" Wendy asked.
"I sure did- here eat this." Arthur said as he handed her the Magic Coral.
"Magic Coral? How did you get this?" Wendy asked in surprise.
"It's a long story- I'll tell you later." Arthur said with a smile.
Arthur watched as Wendy ate the Magic Coral, and in no time at all, was healthy and swimming around again.
"Arthur," Wendy began,
"Yes, Wendy?" Arthur answered.
"Is there anything I can do to repay you?" She asked.
"Well, there is one thing," Arthur said as his cheeks turned red.
Arthur told Wendy about his dream of becoming a Merman, and she smiled.
"I think I can do that," Wendy said. She swam over to her table and picked up her magic pearl.
"Here, hold this." She said handing it to Arthur. In a bright flash of light, Arthur turned into a Merman
"Wow," Arthur said as he swam in a circle,
"I feel great! Thanks, Wendy!"
"You're welcome, Arthur." Wendy said with a smile.
And that, is the story of how Arthur not only became a Merman, but how Wendy found her best friend.