"My name is Ariel," dicho Ariel. "Ever since I remembered, I've always been alone. I don't know whether my parents are still alive. When I was a little mermaid, my mistress Eris took me in. She also took many other sirenas into her service. They aren't orphans. Their parents are proud to have their daughters serving Eris. But I don't know why, I never trusted Eris. And I never feel at ease with any of the mermaids. They jeered at me and mocked me because I have different interests. So mostly I spend my time alone in the Misty Falls."
"Now you've got me, because I'm alone too," dicho Thomas. "I know I've done tu a great wrong, but if I can atone for it, I'd do anything for you. Not that I expect tu to trust me, after what I've done."
Ariel looked into his face. He was very remorseful and miserable -- but still so handsome. Ariel felt her corazón beating fast within her. She didn't know why, but it hurt her to see him in pain.
"I trust you," she smiled. "And I forgive you. I know tu didn't mean it, and I don't want to see tu miserable, sir..."
"Just Thomas, not sir," dicho Thomas, smiling. "My name's Thomas."
They gazed at each other, a feeling of understanding growing inside them. Ariel's corazón beat so fast that she breathed deeply and closed her eyes again. Thomas felt the same way. He rose and held on to a árbol nearby.
When he returned, he thought Ariel was sleeping. So he walked around and watched the blue ocean. He wondered how the water was calm and beautiful, yet deadly. He turned and looked at Ariel once again. He was surprised por himself. He barely knew her but he felt he could not stay away from her. He sat por her and sighed, but it was a joyful sigh.
"The sea has taken what is very dear to me -- but it also gives me the most precious acquaintance I've made," he thought. "What any más secrets would it reveal?"
The siguiente few days were the most beautiful days in both Thomas and Ariel's life. She began to enjoy her life as a human. At first, she could not walk all por herself, because she had never been on land before. She learned to walk with Thomas, and when she stumbled, how he caught her! Once he accidentally pressed her into his chest, and she was secretly pleased. Thomas, who was very polite, apologized for the closeness, but she of course forgave him readily. Ariel also learned that she would be a mermaid when she was in the seawater, but would turn into a human when she was on land.
How he caught her!
"Very interesting," smiled Thomas. "You're one lucky girl. You'd survive in both worlds, Ariel."
Ariel stared at him. His words gave her new ideas. Yes, she thought. I would survive in both worlds. But she turned playfully to him.
"I like the sea better," she teased. "You dicho when I got well you'd return me to your home. Now I'm well. Take me back to the Misty Falls."
"But I thought... well, tu said... tu had no friend in the sea," stammered Thomas, surprised she was going so soon.
Ariel laughed. It was a beautiful laugh. There was pleasure and pain for Thomas in hearing it. Pleasure, since she could laugh at his side. Pain, since she was leaving him.
"Don't look so sad," she said. "I would still meet you, Thomas. Do tu think I will leave forever the only friend I have?"
Thomas was overjoyed. His face beamed. "Yeah, I was silly, but I thought you'd vanish as in a beautiful dream. Come, I will take tu to the Misty Falls."
The Misty Falls was not far off from the apuntalar, costa where Thomas took care of Ariel. Soon, they were there. But Thomas was reluctant to leave. Ariel, too, did not want to part from him so quickly.
"Could tu stay for a while? There is a place I want to mostrar you," she said.
"Could I? tu know I could, and I would," smiled Thomas, holding out his hand.
Hesitantly, Ariel grabbed his palm. It felt warm. He smiled at her, and she smiled back. She led him into the entrance of her Mermaid Cove. They could see the lagoon from behind the waterfalls. Ariel sat and dipped her feet into the water. She changed back into a mermaid, but she did not care. Thomas sat beside her.
"It is beautiful here," dicho Thomas.
"It is my secret cove. Not exactly secret, actually, but nobody ever comes here. Every time I feel troubled, I come here to calm myself," she told him.
"Ariel, I -- I know it isn't possible -- but I amor you," whispered Thomas.
Once again Ariel's corazón beat so fast she could hardly breathe. She felt his breath in her ear. He went on, telling her how he hoped to stay with her forever.
"With you, I am whole again -- I'm not alone and broken. Ariel, would tu promise to stay with me forever?"
"Thomas, I - I..."
Thomas swept her into his arms and pressed his lips into hers. She relented, letting herself be kissed. Their eyes closed. It was a magical moment. They both wished if only it could last forever! But they knew it could not. link
They share their first kiss