Once upon a time, there was a mermaid named Samantha who lived in the deep bed of the Indian Ocean. Laying on a rock of sea crust every day, she used to stare at the merman she loved and gathered up courage to talk to her. Every day, she would encourage herself, every day she would fail. Then one day, along came an old Jellyfish called Vanaessa. This jellyfish was famous in the entire ocean as a witch from the Bay of Bengal, whereupon she learned her dark arts and practiced them. His Majesty King Julian, first of his name, of the Great Whalarian Royal Family, had outlawed Vanessa and there were severe punishments for those who practiced magic in the ocean. Rumour had it, there was a secret society of people who practiced dark arts and they had regular customers. When Samantha saw Vanessa, she wanted to scream, but her vocal cords blocked and she heard a voice resonate within her head.
“Tell me what you want, child, tell me.” The voice repeated twice.
Samantha felt her paralysis let loose and sighed.
“My worries are mine and mine alone.” Samantha replied, “you are but a wanted criminal, jelly”
“Alas, my dear. Alas.” Said Vanessa, “Those who do not watch closely, do not see at all.”
With this, Vanessa cast a spell on Samantha and Samantha started to dream. In her dream, she was out with her merman, swimming along unexplored territories in the vast ocean and racing each other on the tides to new places. She felt complete and whole, united with the man she loved. Under the spell of a strong charm in her dream, it all felt so real her blood and bones heated up in excitement.
The next moment however, Vanessa removed her spell and brought Samantha back to the black stone of silica, far away from her lover, farther from her dreams.
“There you go child,” Vanessa exclaimed, “you know now what you want the most, just wish for it, and you shall have it”
“No.” Samantha protested, “you’re a criminal. What do you want?”
“Only safe passage, my dear” Vanessa explained, “and in return, I shall grant you your heart’s deepest desire”
“But.” Said Samantha “even if you get us both to love each other, how will I know if he truly wants me or if he’s just under your spell?”
“My dear” Vanessa begged “let me go. I shall reward you with fortunes unheard of”
But Samantha shouted at the top of her voice and the Shark Knights close by heard her scream for help. They rushed there to help her. Upon seeing the jellyfish witch they all froze in terror, for Vanaessa was transforming into a woman with sharp black teeth and pointy nails on long bony fingers.
“You” she pointed at Samantha “you shall repay for your crime” with this she disappeared in a flash.
Samantha, however, felt her body start to change. The rock beneath her started folding around her, enclosing her in sheaths and sheaths of white cloth, entrapping her, closing and before it could completely close, she saw her merman glance at her. The next moment, she was surrounded by darkness, inside the belly of a seashell, where she wept and wept, and sang for the love she lost in her life.
Legend has it, if you place a seashell near your ear, and listen closely, you can hear the heartfelt melodies of her remorse as she continues to shed tears for him in her unbreakable prison.