Chapter 1: The Hideout

Akio ran over to the edge of the boat and leaned way over. The sound of a very sea-sick sailor could be heard. I backed up in disgust.

"Lettuce?" Dad yelled. I ran across my father's fishing boat until I came upon dad; the captain of the S.S. Mew Mew.

"Dad!" I leapt into his arms. I kissed him on the cheek. "What's going on? Anything wrong?"

"Everything's fine. But I do bear good news!"

"What is it?"

"We're going back to shore!"

"For good?" I asked hopeful.

"No, silly!" He rumpled my hair. "For another Fish Market!"

"Oh..."

"Don't worry, Lettuce, we'll settle down some day."

"Yeah, some day. If mom was still alive we'd still be living on land." I ran to my room as fast as I could before dad could say anything in reply.

I curled up in a ball in my hammock and began to cry. "How I miss you, Mother..." I gripped on tightly to a large aqua stone that hung on a brown leather chain around my neck. Mom had given that necklace to me when she was on her death bed. She told me to hang onto it for all of eternity and never put it in the hands of anyone else. If I did, I would have bad luck for the rest of my life, or until I got it back. And since it was now in my pocession, it the stone was destroyed then I would be along with it. "Don't worry, Mom. I'll never lose it." I kissed the stone quickly before falling into a deep sleep.

The Next Morning With Captain Midorikawa

"Captain Rika Midorikawa!" Akio saluted my father.

"Yes?"

"We are ready to dock. You'll have to get Lettuce up and ready and I'll ready the crew." Dad nodded and headed towards my room.

I heard a soft knock at me door. "Come in..." The door creaked open loudly.

"Lettuce? It's me." He came over and kneeled by my hammock. "We're about to land. You need to get ready." I nodded and stood up.

At The Fish Market

I breathed in the fishy smell of the all-too familiar land. I waved my hand in front of my nose to get rid of the stench. "Dad, the smell of the fish is making me sick." I clutched my stomach in pain.

"Well...wait on the ship. I'll be back in a couple hours. Do you want me to send Akio to keep you company?"

"No! I'll be fine." I turned and made my way to the beach.

A nice ocean breeze flew through the air. I inhaled the salty scent. Instead of making my way onto the boat, I sat down in the sand and took my sandals off. "Ahhh..."

Suddenly I heard the sound of feet running through the sand. I turned around and saw a man dart from behind a small hut and then duck behind a large rock. "H-hello?" He slowly made his way towards me. I was just able to make out blonde hair and beautiful blue eyes. Our eyes got caught in each other's gaze.

A loud bell rang over and over and over again. I gasped as my dad came running out of nowhere and dragged me onto the ship; followed by Akio and the rest of the crew. "Dad! What's going on?!"

"Someone brought a gun and was threatening to shoot!" Dad grabbed me and pulled me down to the floor. We crawled towards the door that led to the lower deck and climbed down. The men got the boat ready and we began to sail down shore. "We're going to stay at our cottage in the next town over."

"Wait a second. Why are we going to the hideout?"