"Well it seems possible then that if your mother was able to turn human then you could turn into a mermaid i suppose."
"No I suppose we wouldn’t be." Raising an eyebrow at the proposition he nodded. "It would be interesting and if you would have me I would love to go." He would prefer spending time with her and it would be interesting to see the other side of her life experience it with her.
"That it does." She said with a smile, hoping that it might happen again soon while she was here or that her grandfather himself would turn her into a mermaid. And plus, she knew that it was definitely possible. After all, it happened to Toby every time he was in the water.
A smile appeared on her face that appeared to stretch from ear to ear. Words couldn’t describe how happy she was that Ben wanted to do something like that. “Really?” She continued to smile, swimming over a bit to him to give him a hug. “Oh my goodness, that would be so much fun! I’m sure you would like it too. Maybe figure out a deal or something with them.” She said with tease, giving him a quick elbow as she pulled out of the hug.
"Of course I am," Arun popped his head face off the sand and propped his hand under his chin while his elbow was placed in the sand. He face was covered in sand; however, he manage to smile and cock his head to one side, "Why wouldn’t I be?"
Since the desert prince couldn’t hear Melody’s footsteps walking behind her, he turned away quickly and stopped right in front of her. He used his lips to express a large frown, his eyebrows were furrowed deeply, and his forehead was wrinkled, “Gurl,” Arun stick out his hip to one side and snapped his fingers still keeping up his terrible voice acting range of a female, “GURL! You have to play follow the leader with meh. Playa gon’ playa Melody.”
She shook her head at Arun, leaning down to him and pulling out her towel. Melody handed it out, “You’ve got a little something on your face there.” She pointed with her other hand towards his face,
Melody laughed even more. “I don’t even think what you just said was English.” Tears began filling up her eyes from laughing so hard and she thought that if she continued laughing that she might actually pass out. He was making her laugh so much and never expected him to say anything like that that it just threw hew off so much.
Tobias swung open the door to his sister’s room, not even bothering to knock. He wasn’t feeling like his self at all. Instead, stress from having to do everything at once and anger from nothing going ‘right’ filled the void where his personality should have been. Every thing blurred together—seconds, minutes, voices, actions—until he no longer knew what was what. He felt dizzy and put a hand on his forehead.
He met eyes with his older sister and held back a breath. Instead of doing anything else, he just sunk to the floor. “I don’t know what to do,” he said to her.
Melody had been sitting at her desk, trying to add the gem that Ben had found when they last went swimming to a pendant when she heard her door bust open. Jumping up a bit, her gaze darted over to the door relieved only knowing that it was her brother. Melody raised her hand up to her heart, letting out a small laugh, “Toby! You scared me half to death.” It was when she saw that he looked concerned, or like something was bothering him, that she realized that he was not here just to say hello. She walked over to where he sat, sitting down next to him. “Toby? What’s wrong? What happened?”
"I won’t i promise. But i’m sure he already knows. Afterall if you keep sneaking out and he’s against it wouldn’t he automatically think that you think he’s uptight?… Did that make sense? I feel like I ramble a lot more often now." She shrugged lightly patting Joker’s mane. "For sure, I’ll let Gadj know as well and maybe it will get Sebastian out of your room as well meeting even more animals. Which he may enjoy as well. Well that’s what they did for most of us here. Not that I would make Roya go through it too but I wonder how many people here don’t want to be."
Melody let out a laugh, glad to see that Ella has not changed one bit since she’s been gone. “No, that makes sense. It took every ounce of him to be able to keep it a secret when I was back home and still going out. I’m surprised he didn’t end up blabbering to my mother.” Although, she had learned that her mother had been the same way with things on land so she also figured that he was used to it at that point. “Awesome! Awe, I’m sure they will both be excited. Hopefully anyway.”
"Sure," The desert prince heaved out a breath then let his body hit the sand. Face first landing on the sand, "I figured thad makey you happy!" Arun muffled in the sand as he waved his arms in the air for a cheer.
"Gurl what’cha talking ‘bout?" Arun asked in a horribly imitated high pitch woman’s tone as he continued to shamelessly sway his hips, side to side, towards the palace. They still had ways to go.
Melody herself almost fell over in laughter as Arun hit the sand. Clutching her stomach from laughing so hard, Melody tried to calm herself down so she was actually able to speak out. “Oh my goodness Arun are you okay?” She chuckled out, bending over to him to see if he needed a hand back up.
Clutching her stomach once more, she broke into a fit of laughter. “Arun, you have to stop!” She struggled to breathe out, not being able to handle his voice and the way that he was walking. “I can’t do this!” She continued to laugh, taking a moment to stop walking so that she could actually catch her breath.
"That’s unfortunate. I haven’t seen him since he left the first time. It wasn’t all that much different but I’m doing much better here than there."
"Yeah, I’m hoping to run into him sooner or later, it’s been a while since I’ve seen him as well. Well I’m glad that you are doing better here. Oh! You never mentioned why you were looking for my brother! I hope he didn’t do something to upset you, I know he can be a little quiet an dmoody sometimes."
Arun felt his adrenaline shoot up and shake his body like an earthquake that stirred. His palms were shaky, he was taking breathes, trying to tame a calming mind set, and felt considerate enough that waves were still passing through because he could have sworn he might be sweating. He personally never encountered a shark nor did he ever want to. When he heard Melody’s voice, his ears were ringing, and he gave a breath of relief as he looked up at her. He heard every useful bits of information she had said, “Melody have you ever thought of being a Marine biologist or something close to that nature?” He tried to ask her coolly.
After retrieving out of the water, it felt refreshing to have the soft breeze of the ocean weaver around. He could definitely taste the salt in the air, but that was considerably the same thing with deserts, but with sand, “Sure, we’ll play follow the leader,” Arun said as he picked up his dry shirt and put it on. The desert prince placed his backpack over his shoulder and paused for a moment. Nothing was said until he directed his body where the palace was then said, “Let’s play follow the leader then, milady,” Another paused lingered and sustained like the salty air until Arun took his steps forward swaying his hips side to side while still moving towards the palace.
Melody let out a small laugh, “Breathe Arun, breathe.” She said, placing a hand on his back to try and calm him down a bit. If she knew that tapping him on the shoulder would have scared him this much she would not have done it. A marine biolgist? "I guess I never thought of it, it definitely would be an amazing spot for me to be in." After all, Melody wasn’t the one taking the throne, so what was she to do? Maybe it was something to consider if other things fell through.
She watched as he picked up all of his stuff and began heading towards the palace. Laughing as he suggested a game that she hadn’t played since she was a young girl, she quickly followed in step, enjoying feeling like a kid again. “I haven’t done something like this since I was probably 6 years old.” She spoke out behind him, the hint of laughter coming through her words.
Although Arun didn’t see her coming, he felt a certain presence coming near him. He concluded that it was a shark and quickly snapped his head to one direction at the same time Melody had tapped his shoulder. He screamed in the water and hurriedly swam to shore. Once he was out of the water he gasped then called out, “I thought you were a shark Melody!”
"Pssh." The desert prince sounded as his tongue accidentally spat out of his mouth from that sound affect. He smiled shamefully then placed his tongue back in place, "I wouldn’t mind going now," Arun threw the suggestion out to her, "Start researching. What do you think?"
When Arun screamed and darted towards shore Melody couldn’t help but laugh. Although she seemed to remember something similar happening to her so she felt bad for startling him so much. “I’m sorry!” She yelled out as she swam to shore. “But you don’t have to worry about them this close, they usually are much further out.” Melody stepped out of the water, bending down to grab her towel as she dried off, trying to calm Arun’s nerves a bit.
Melody nodded. “Yeah that’s fine!” She began squeezing her hair with the towel, not wanting to drip onto the floor of the palace when they went back inside. After she was done doing that, she placed the towel into her bag, slipping on the rest of her clothes .”You lead the way.” She giggled out, gesturing back into the direction of the palace.”
"I was recently sent back after Tobias returned. I was actually looking for him but he could wait for now. He can’t get into too much trouble this soon. How have you been?"
"Oh alright! You know what’s funny, I actually heard he got back, but I haven’t found him either so I don’t know how much help I would have been. I’ve been well, how about you? I hope you enjoyed your time home."