The Little Mermaid )
TO THE SEA
A long time ago, though not so long ago that this story is only legion
or myth. But nonetheless long enough that those with exceptional
memories may not recall the little kingdom nestled between the mountains,
and the sea. It was a magical kingdom that always seem to have extraordinary
thing happing in it. So when a Price named Eric married a mermaid named
Ariel only a few eyebrows were raised.
That small kingdom at the edge of the sea depended upon trade for its survival.
And the young bride named Ariel soon discovered that even a
Prince could be called away to help establish better trade relations with
another Principality to the west. So it was that Prince Eric sailed
off just three months after the wedding. Eric promised Ariel it would
be a short trip of just 3 months. Well has all women through
the ages have done, Ariel smiled has Eric ship set sail on the morning
tide, but her heart ached with grief. She know that many ships never
returned. The months passed slowly, and she discovered life in the
palace without Eric was tedious, and boring. Seemed their was in
fact little to do in the small sea port, and despite an invitation to the
Royal Palace she wanted to remain where she was. The sea gave her
a sense of security, and peace, and Eric ship would soon return.
her best efforts the food was hard to adjust too, and the smells, that
were common in those days, at times made her noshes. She insisted
upon bathing, something that often brought backhanded ridicule from the
more proper members of the palace. Ariel loved horse back ridding, and
despite Grimsby objection, rode like a demon through the country side.