Hi! This is my new story, and I'm hoping that each chapter will be around 1,000 words each. I plan to update at least every week, so check back for more often! Thank you for reading - and please REVIEW!

"Hey, Pocket, it's our stop," My friend Lizzie alerted me, snapping me out of my daydream, as our bus came to a screeching halt.

"Oh!" I jumped up, and stated to get off the bus. "Thanks."

I walked towards my house, and waved to Lizzie. "See you later!"

"Bye!" She called back, jumping into her mom' s car, as I walked up to the steps of my house.

I opened the door to my house, and set my backpack down.

"Hi, mom," I greeted my mom, as I walked into the living room.

"How was your day, Pocket?" My mom asked me.

"Good," I walked into the kitchen and grabbed a cup of water. I sipped on the water, and set the empty cup in the sink. "Can I go down to the beach?"

"If your home soon," mom responded.

"Thanks!" I called, already dashing out the door to see if the water was warm yet. The warm breeze blew against my face, making me hope the water felt the same way. I reached the shore, and ran into the sand.

I pressed my bright red converse sneaks into the soggy sand of the California beaches, making a squish and squeak whenever I took another step. Watching the clear blue waves roll onto the beach made me want to jump in, and swim into the deep blue water. I had come out here to take a swim, but when the rolling water barely touched my toes, I jumped back – knowing it was still a bit too chilly.

I sighed, walking back to my house. I walked past the pier, heading closer the home. Something – and I'm still not quite sure what – made me turn back. I sprinted back to the sandy shore, and onto the beach again. I slipped off my sneakers, and replaced them with the two swimming – flippers I had been holding. I slowly approached the water, and ran right in. I felt a freezing sensation in my feet, but I kept going; pushing forward through the icy – cold water. Spreading my arms out in front of me, I took a dive into the deep water. The water rushed past my head, to my toes, making me regret jumping in from it's freezing – cold properties. Just as I was adjusting to the water's low temperature, I felt a strong tug on my foot, pulling me down deeper into the water.

I was slowly running out of air. My lungs burned, and I desperately tried to grab at the surface. The struggling only made me go faster, I looked down – too see what could be pulling my foot. I had been being pulled for a little over a full minute. By now, my vision my starting to blur – but I briefly saw an arm yanking my foot, and shimmery scales somewhere in the mix. Everything started to fade away, and I slipped into lonely darkness.

"Look, she's opening her eyes!" An unfamiliar voice called, once I started to peel open my eyelids.

I tried to stand up, but felt as if I was moving in slow – motion. I realized eventually that I must be underwater, and snapped my eyes fully open. I had a breathing tank attached to me, so I could have air.

"Finally," another thing called. "We're loosing valuable time."

"Calm down, Claire – it's under control," I heard yet another voice. Looking around I saw people – but with tails, 3 of them to be exact.

"Who are you?" I questioned, still drowsy from the earlier events.

"That's none of your concern," One thing snapped, who appeared to be "Claire", from the mermaid's earlier conversation.

"I think it is," I demanded. "What are you?"

"We may as well explain – she won't cooperate until we do," The one standing by Claire, with medium length dark blonde hair, tried to convince the others.

"Not until we do it," Claire told her.

"Do what exactly?" I nervously asked.

Claire removed my air tank – placing a shining blue stone in my hand. It seemed to burn my hand, I tried to shake it off – but it wouldn't come off my hand.

"What is this?" I shouted at them, being underwater did make me a bit harder too understand, though. Their voices seemed as clear as day underwater, which surprised me. I felt like falling asleep; a wave of tiredness washed over me. My eyes were slowly closing, without my permission. I willed to stay awake, but it was no use. I slipped away into sleep, and closed my eyes.

"Snap out of it! Wake up already!" Claire yelled at me, and I slowly awoke. The saltwater seemed to not sting my eyes anymore, and I could see clearly.

"I'm awake!" I shouted back to stop the yelling.

"Good," She responded, satisfied.

I tried to move my legs around, but they seemed not to budge. I looked down at them – and discovered that I had no legs at all. My legs were replaced with a shimmery aqua – colored tail. I screamed, and started shooting off questions.

"What have you done to me?" I demanded, surprised that my voice could now be heard clearly, just like theirs.

A mermaid with long brown hair responded, a bit more nicely than Claire would've. "My name is Audrey," and then went on with her introduction. "As you may be able to tell, we're as you people on the surface call us, "mermaids", and we've taken the opportunity of changing you into one."

"So," I looked at them suspicious. "You except me to believe that your magical creatures that just happened to drag me down here and turn me into a mermaid?"

"Do you have any other theories?" Claire asked me, leaving me with nothing much else to say.

"What now, then?" I asked the 3 mermaids. "Why am I even here?"

"I think that's enough questions for one day," The only un – introduced mermaid told me.

"Calm down, Eva," Aubrey urged Eva.

I took a moment to take it all in – only a hour or so ago, I had just been getting home from school, a normal day. Now, it was anything but normal.

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