"I’ve only been here a few hours and my key has already gone missing. Just great."
"I’m sure if you head to the headmistresses office she would be able to give you a spare!"
While her little visit back home had been enjoyable, there was this nagging feeling that she had while there of what might come when she get back. When she got back to her room after arriving at the palace again, she immediately set down her bags and walked over to her desk, picking up the letter she had received before she left. Melody kept reading over and over that damn letter that she had received the other day. She hadn’t even been rude with the girl, just asking her a simple question about the crocodile so why was she being so threatening? And what did she have to hide from? It wasn’t like Melody was going to go around the palace making fun of the girl. Still, she couldn’t shake the fear that the letter had given her.
She quickly snapped out of her trance though when she heard a few knocks at the door. Melody quickly stood up from her desk, gripping the letter in her hand. Lort. “Um just a second!” She yelled out, searching all around her desk for a place to quickly hide the letter. Melody knew that she was running out of time, not wanting to keep the person who was the door waiting and shoved it underneath one of the books that was sitting on the edge of the desk, a corner of the letter still sticking out. She ran over to her door, smoothing out her hair as she opened the door.
Ella had seemed so excited about finally meeting Sebastian that Melody wanted to get the two to meet. It was still fairly early in the morning so Melody rolled out of bed, scribbling a quick note to Ella.
I didn’t know if you were doing anything this morning and wanted to come down and hang out. I’ve got a little friend here who is dying to finally meet you. I’ll be in my room so just come down when you would like.
She folded the letter into a perfect square and handed it to Bae. “Would you mind taking this up to Ella for me? I don’t want to wake her by knocking on her door.” He made a couple chirps and took the note from her hand into his beak, quickly flitting out of the window. Melody sat back down on her bed, picking up the book she was reading getting a few pages in before Bae flew back in, landing on the pillow next to her. “Thanks!” She stated, giving him a couple light taps on the head, reaching over to the other side of her bed to grab a grape that was sitting in a small bowl near her and giving it to him.
With the light as an aid Arun was able to see and swim underwater with ease. He was able to swim further into the ocean, just for the heck of it, until he turned around to see Melody collected shells and other stuff that could be found the ocean floor. He found that he was losing air and decided to surface to catch some air. Before he dived back into the water he called for Melody with a question that barely popped into his head just a few seconds ago, “Hey Melody?”
She watched as he seemed to drift out a bit further into the ocean, keeping an eye out for him just to make sure he didn’t end up going out too far. That was the last thing that someone would need, to get carried out into the water this late at night. When Melody first began venturing into the ocean, she found it difficult to resist the tide’s pull and hoped that that wasn’t the same with Arun.She popped up quickly to regain her breath and was about to dive back under until Arun’s voice stopped her. She swam a bit closer to him so the two wouldn’t have to yell to one another, “Yeah?”
Arun found himself smiling from Melody’s gestures. He shrugged his shoulders for a response, “I didn’t get the glow sticks from a village or store, at least I don’t remember,” He waved a for a ‘forgot’ sign before dipping his hand back inside the water, “Like I said. I found them in my backpack after remembering I had them,” The desert prince explained while wanting to avoid lying. Before Melody could ask more question he took a deep breath and dived inside the water. Underwater everything surrounding him was dark, except the glow sticks Melody was using, so he turned on his water proof flashlight and started to venture inside the water. He held his breath with the limited air he could hold.
Melody nodded her head, “Oh okay. Well thanks for still letting me use them.” She stated with a smile, although a little confused as to why he had just said he had found them in his backpack. Surely he must have known where they had come from. She watched as he dove into the water, lowering her glow stick to help him see before he turned on his own light. Melody followed him by diving into the water as well, holding the other glow stick out in front of her as she scanned the ocean floor, picking up things she would have never seen with the only light coming from the moon.
Melody Triton guessed the Astrid Triton and Perseus Zeus, earning her all the letters for, C-H-I-L-D-R-E-N!
The desert prince smiled back at her while he watched her toy with the glow stick and place it underwater, “Your welcome,” Arun replied keeping his body a float, or at least his head is over the water, and held onto his water proof flashlight, “Where I got it?” Use threw his thumb to point at his backpack that had on him, “I got it from my backpack,” He said not lying to her.
Melody rolled her eyes jokingly, letting out a small laugh, “No.” She said shaking her head, stretching out the word as she continued to laugh.”I mean where did you actually get it. Like from where, this thing is so cool and I don’t think we have anything like this back in my village. Just lamps and things like that.” Melody said holding up the glow stick out of the water, bringing it closer to her face.
Fortunately, the waters were calm, so Arun made it back to shore with no time to spare. He walked over to his bag and on his way there he stripped off his shirt then threw it down right next to his bag. The desert prince still worn his pants in means to stay covered, but wished he could be wearing swim trunks instead. Once he gripped onto his backpack’s strap he threw it over his shoulder and started searching for one of the waterproof lights he remembered using back when he was fifth teen. This wasn’t no ordinary school bag it was a backpack that held magical qualities to it that Genie gave him for his tenth birthday. Whenever he reaches his hand inside the bag and imagines the item he wants to use the item will appear in his hand. So when he reached his hand inside he quickly thought of three items that needed to appear in his hand. He pulled out his hand and out came two glow sticks and his waterproof flashlight. Before he smiled at the items he glanced over at the water and saw that Melody has taken a dive in the water. Arun took a breath in relief, “Be careful next time Arun," He reminded himself as he put on his backpack, held onto the items in his hand, and ran back in the water.
The desert prince swam back to Melody and held two of the glow sticks to her, “Here. I think these might be able to help you underwater.”
When Melody popped back out of the water, she saw Arun running back into the water, holding two glowing objects in his hands. Her eyes lit up as she saw them and has he held them out to her once he got back into the water. She took the glow sticks from his hands and looked down at them, inspecting them more, “These are so cool, thank you!” Melody smiled looking back up to him as she placed one of the sticks into the water, it lighting up the area around it, letting Melody see the ocean floor so much better. “Wow.” She whispered out, amazed that the glow stick was actually working. “Where did you get these?” She asked, turning back to Arun as she kept a hand on the glow stick under the water.
"It’s okay Melody," Arun said wanting to reassure her while complete disgust of the salt on his tongue still ride over his face. He shook his head as he listened intently to the princess, "Hmm," The desert prince sounded out in thought until he snapped his fingers, acting as if he has a solution, "I’ll be right back. I think I have something in my bag that could help with the dark water situation, so you can go on your under water search," He said before he dived back into the water and started swimming back to shore where he left his backpack.
Melody smiled and nodded her head as he reassured her, thankful that he didn’t seem upset that she had splashed him back. Her eyes widened as he suddenly snapped his fingers, “Oh, um okay.” She stated, unsure of what he could possibly be getting as he began swimming back to shore. As she waited, Melody dove a couple times under the water, picking up a shell or two putting them in her bag until she saw Arun begin to make his way back to the water.
Arun only had enough reaction time to close his eyes to block the water out of his eyes. It wasn’t enough time to close his mouth from laughing and as a result he tasted the salt water on his taste buds. He spit out the water and ran a hand through his face to clear off the dips of water on him, “Wait, so are you able to see under water in total darkness like this?” He asked only because he did take a swim and when he opened his eyes in the water he couldn’t see too much. His eyes adjusted to her bag and saw the olden material it had on, “I think I can tell. I guess it’s waterproof too?”
Melody brought her hand up to her mouth as the water cause Arun to spit it out, “Sorry!” She said, hiding back a small giggle, bringing her hand back down in the water, slowly moving her hand around. She nodded her head, “I can a bit, not completely clear, but enough that I can pick out shapes of things. It’s a bit hard sometimes though.” She looked back down to her bag, bringing it back down around her shoulder and pushing it into the water. “Yup! I don’t know how it works, but it does.” She giggled. “If it wasn’t then that would be a little tricky to say the least.”