Hi, I’m Lily. I’m one of the Adventure Girls. I’m
fourteen years old. This story is how I met the other girls. At least
how I remembered it!
I was on an airplane, The Toadstool. The stewardess walked by with some
drinks. I bought a bottle of Sprite. Then Angela walked by; she’s
thirteen years old. She said “Hi, is this seat free?
I said “Yes,” and she sat down beside me. I told her my name was Lily.
Then Emily, who is twelve, came and we moved over.
We talked and laughed, then I asked where they were headed, and guess
what? They all said “Africa!” We would all be staying in the same hotel.
I thought we could all be friends, but I didn’t tell them, not just yet.
When the airplane landed we all rushed out and went to find the hotel!
When I woke up Sunday morning I went into the living room to see if the
other girls were up yet. Angela was, so we chatted a bit. When Emily
finally got up, she yawned and we all went to get some tea. Then I told
them, excitedly, that we should have an adventurer’s club. We all agreed
it was a fabulous idea. We would travel around the world together,
always on the Toadstool plane, or by the cruise ship, Cat Leap.
On Monday, we all decided to go to the beach. We brought Emily’s canoe,
Angela’s paddle, and my life boat, just in case we wanted to go out deep
into the ocean. By the way, since I live in Hawaii I spend a lot of time
on the beach. Here is a secret that I already told my new best friends.
I’m a mermaid!
When we got to the beach, we threw in the canoe, and stepped into it. I
leapt to the attached life boat. When my feet touched the water,
immediately, I turned into a mermaid! I dove into the water, and with my
friends watching, I did three back flips, then leapt into the life boat,
splashing the two girls.
“That’s some tail you got there,” Emily joked.
“Cool tail, Lilly!” Angela said, as she started row again.
We swam for about two hours and we went out for dinner. We packed up all
our bags. Then we went to a Chinese restaurant. There were lots of
Christmas decorations, lots of yellow and red lights.
We sat down at a three person table, and drank from three silver
goblets. Our table had a bright red silk table cloth, and stood on
sturdy legs. We enjoyed some delicious wonton soup, and dumplings.
After, we went home and watched two TV shows. When I went to bed I
thought about what we would do tomorrow.
On Tuesday, Angela told us she wanted to some new shirts, and dresses.
We all agreed to go shopping. On the way there we passed three people,
in bright emerald green cloaks! They were huddling near a stop sign.
They all wore Aquarium name tags, but none of us noticed that.
“That’s strange, its not every day you see people in cloaks like that,”
said Emily curiously.
“Especially since it is hot out,” Angela added. As we walked farther up
the path I tried to make out the words they were saying.
“Mermaids are not real!” bellowed a tall man with a British accent.
“But kind sir,” a woman protested, “my daughter saw one on the beach
just yesterday! She was with two other teenage girls.”
“Little girls are a disgrace, they don’t know what they see!” replied
the man evilly.
Frozen to the spot I shot a worried look toward my friends! Nobody was
supposed to know my secret. I told my friends, “I’ve heard of people in
Africa who wear green cloaks and work in an aquarium!”
By Wednesday we had forgotten all about the people in green cloaks. We
were ready for another adventure, this time to Smugglers Cove! We packed
our picnic towels and sunscreen. We called a cab to drive us there. We
thanked the driver and set off.
We found a picnic table, and took out our lunch; I had a ham and cheese
sandwich. When we finished, we headed toward the opening of the cave.
Inside it had cool damp walls and seaweed everywhere.
Just then, a group of teens rushed past us. They shouted “look out for
the ti...’, but we couldn’t catch the last word. The sound of the waves
drowned it out. But Angela seemed to know what they had said. Quicker
than a flash she was gone, leaving Emily and I stuck in the cave!
When the water touched my feet I again turned into a mermaid! The waves
washed against the walls of the cave. We could hear faint voices coming
nearer. Suddenly, a net tumbled down on us! “I told you, mermaids are so
real!” someone shouted.
“Dodge!” Emily shouted, over the crashing of the waves. But it was too
late; the net fell over both of us!
Then every thing went dark! When I could finally see, I was in a shining
blue pool with Emily! I closed my eyes. I was in an aquarium. I brought
Emily up to the surface so she could breathe again. She gasped for air
and said, “Where are we?!”
We were still in the aquarium on Thursday, the day the woman was going
to show us to the tall British man, her manager. We were nervous. Then
suddenly I had an idea, “Emily? I said, do you think if I went on that
rock, over there, I would turn into a human?
“I don’t know, but it worth a shot,” she answered. I quickly jumped out
of the water, and the instant my feet touched the rock I was a human
When the manager of the aquarium came he bellowed, “That is not a
mermaid that is a human! Can’t you tell the difference?!” He ran and
grabbed his net.
Using the net, he threw us back into the ocean. Emily and I both got out
of the sea. We walked all the way home, where Angela was waiting for us.
We told her all about what had happened to us.
And so that’s the story of how the Adventure Girls met!