I'm going to be rewriting a few of the chapters to make them better formatted, and make them have more sense, because I didn't start this story with a plot, I'm going to add plot too… XD oh, ya, and there's gonna be like, episodic parts of this story, like a book in a book you know? Anyways, yes, I hope you enjoy the chapter, and the whole story!
Book 1: Entangled Lights
Miki was sitting at the beach the warm sun soaking into her face she grinned, today had definitely been a good day so far.
She got up, and without much to really do, she decided to get ice cream… she absolutely loved the stuff. It was amazing how something so cold, and so milky could taste so good.
"Now what to do?" she wondered aloud, she was only fifteen, not yet old enough to drive… so she couldn't go to far… she decided to just wander around the streets soaking up the sights, when she saw something new.
"An arcade huh?" she commented as she walked in slowly, amazed at seeing all of the walls lined with games and various activities. Sticking her hand in her pocket, she realized she only had twelve pearls left, from her time on land.
With a slight grimace she realized she'd have to try to fetch a higher price for each pearl so she could stay longer. Going to the man at the counter of the arcade, she produced one of her shiny, milky, silvery, white pearls she then asked how many tokens she could get for such a pearl.
The man gave her many tokens, and with a slight inquiry, and bargaining, she also received two tickets for free sessions of karaoke, and food coupons. Grinning, she set about playing the games that filled the store.
She played with the claw game for a while, a desperate battle between her and the slippery claws of the machine, in the end she won a small stuffed cat that she ended up giving to a little girl that no matter how hard she tried, she couldn't seem to win a prize.
She loved the look of pure happiness on the child's face as she gave her the stuffie. After doing that, she played at a replica of a slot machine type thing, as it turned out she was quite skilled at slots, and managed to receive many game tickets for prizes at the counter.
She kept the tickets safe on her, saving them for later, she wondered what she should play with next, she had already tried pretty much everything that was within the store.
She decided, with sudden happy realization that she had the tickets for it, to play karaoke next. But as Miki went to line up for the attraction, she noticed a girl about the same age as herself who seemed to be arguing with the guy who ran one of the games.
Though the man was clearly angered, the girl's maroon eyes gleamed with a playful, but upset light, one thought crossed Miki's mind.
"Looks like she needs help,"
"Hey, I'm Miki." I announced as I walked up the two arguing people. The girl with the black hair and maroon eyes whipped around quickly, but seeing as it was only another girl, her defense seemed to lower a bit as she said
"Hey, I'm Amaya."
"Do you want some help?" I asked her, cutting straight to the point.
"Yeah, I could use it if you have it. This man," she pointed at the game runner, "won't give me the prize, even though I knocked down all the targets like I was supposed to."
"But she didn't, she missed the last one!" claimed the man pointing towards the station, it seem to me all if the targets had been hit, it frustrated me that the man would accuse the girl of lying or cheating, when he himself was clearly the one lying.
I stalked up to him and glared as I began to speak,
"Look mister, I don't know what kind of bad blood may be between you two, but lying about things, and refusing to run your station as it should be run based upon a grudge is just wrong." I closed my eyes and calmed myself a bit, "Just, please give her the prize, she won fairly, and if you don't like her then maybe after you give it to her, you'd never have to see her again."
The man grudgingly gave Amaya the prize, a pearl, a deep shade of black night that I had never seen before.
"Thank you, this pearl was mine from the beginning, but well, I was a bit upset, and took it out on this guy earlier, so when I came back to try to find my pearl, I found that he'd put it up for first prize. And, he wouldn't give it to me when I won because I'd, well, probably gotten him in trouble… anyway, yeah, thanks." She said turning back to me after putting her pearl away safely. I smiled at her.
"Don't worry, I know how bad that might have been if you hadn't got that back."
"What do you mean?" she asked, slightly confused. I pulled out my own special pearl, a iridescent glowing silver colour that sometimes flashed a deep aquamarine colour, Amaya's eyes widened as she recognized the value and importance of my own pearl, and what I was.
I looked around, it was way too crowded here to explain everything properly, I needed a good place to go, and somewhere close by. Then I remembered why I had gone to this part of the arcade in the first place.
"Would you like to do karaoke with me?" I asked her, she looked at me puzzled at first, but the idea soon sunk in. We rushed over to the station, whose line had gone down considerably.
"So you're one to?" she asked in a hushed whisper, while we waited in line.
"I didn't think I'd meet another quite so fast." I agreed.
"Yeah really, I mean they're only seven mermaid princesses, well, eight actually, but no one usually ever counts my kingdom." She commented.
"Oh, I know your kingdom, it's located in the deepest part of the sea, in the pacific." I replied as we were waved through with the passes I held.
"Eh? How do you know it?" she asked startled that someone would know more about her kingdom other than it might not really exist.
"Oh, uh, I had to study all the kingdoms of the sea once." I told her a mild embarrassed blush on my face, I couldn't tell her that I'd been training to be the next Aqua Regina, especially since I couldn't remember too much more of my past.
"They make you do that in your kingdom?" she said shocked,
"Well, only sometimes," I admitted, "it's not really something I can talk much about, I'm sorry."
"It's okay," she told me, "we all have our own secrets."
"So, shall we actually do a song?" I teased, she grinned,
We sung for a while, but our songs were always mixed with laughter and questions, and teasing.
"Oh come on you know it's true!" She said triumphantly.
"Please, get real!" I told her teasingly, "it's obvious whose the better singer!"
"Uh-huh, sure, keep telling yourself that, miss off-tune."
"Hey! At least I can hit all the notes!"
"That's cause I'm an alto, we aren't meant to be all over the place, we're more stable than you sopranos!"
"Aww, that's just cruel!" I replied grinning. I hadn't ever hung out with anyone like her before, or had I? I vaguely remember having good times with others, long ago. But it was muddled by the fog that covered the rest of my mind. I let it go so I could focus on the future instead, what was past was past.
"Cruel, but true!" she teased
"Yeah well-" an automated voice cut me off announcing that our time for the karaoke room was over, and that we had to leave.
"So, which sea are you from?" Amaya asked me as we walked out of the arcade together.
"Actually, I'm not sure. I just woke up a few days ago to find myself being carried onto the beach near here by the tide. I can't remember too much from my past, I'm trying to remember though." I told her,
"Ah, that must suck, not remembering anything, although, sometimes that'd be nice, wouldn't it?" she said, hinting that maybe something bad had happened to her in her own past.
"Do you want to get some food?" I asked her, to try to take both our minds off the past.
She nodded and I passed her one of my coupons that I have received from the man at the counter earlier that day.
"Where are you getting all these different coupons from?" Amaya asked I grinned and said in a seductive way
"I've got my ways."
"Um… what?" she looked caught off guard by my reply, I smirked teasingly
"I got them when I got my game tokens earlier, miss dirty minded."
"You set that up!" she protested,
"I set no such thing up! Your mind made it what it was." I replied
"You said it weird!"
"I could say anything weird if I wanted to, wouldn't change the meaning of what I meant!"
"You're horrible, you know that?"
"But I'm buying you food."
"I know this great place where we could go," I told her
"Really?" she asked, "Where?"
"It's not too far from here, let's go." I took off running, and she followed me. As we were running by I noticed a beautiful girl with eyes that looked like when a thin layer of ice was clouding up dark blue water, her hair was black, no wait dark, dark periwinkle.
She was slim and fairly tall, maybe five-five, or five-six, she had that aura of composure and maturity around her as well as something that seemed to trouble her, though she was fighting it, I wanted to go there and tear down that wall she'd made between herself and everyone, make her laugh. And help her with her problem.
But, I had to get food first. Besides, I had that feeling that I would meet her again sometime very soon.
This is my rewrite for chapter one! See, it is much more legible, and, it's been infused with plot! XD I hope you all liked it… and you know… actually read it… ^-^'