Truly life was good for both Steth the naga and, Ariel the mermaid princess of, Atlantica. Ever since she and, Steth were allowed to remain together albeit abiding by, King Triton’s rules and declarations the two were inseparable.
Day by day went by and the fun never ceased between them. Steth couldn’t believe how good his life had gotten since he and, Ariel became a couple. Even with the incident with, Aria the sea witch nothing he would do would trade anything as long as he was with, Ariel.
Ariel’s father though at first greatly displeased by the discovery that his daughter was friends with an apparent dangerous creature and even going as far as loving him he allowed their relationship since they both made each other so happy, Steth was willing to answer to his crimes that would have seen him locked away forever and saved his daughter from a possible demise proved he was of good nature unlike what his kind was known to be.
King Triton did not let his own kindness go without a price. He made them promise to respect his wishes by always informing if they wished to go out about beyond the borders. With, Steth living so far out into the sea and surrounded by creatures of danger. He actually found it in his heart to offer the naga a room to call his own within the palace through, Ariel’s begging that was. However since all that he had in his old cave home was human material the King demanded that he leave those behind as he didn’t want his kingdom tainted with surface world junk.
Though, Steth was a bit disappointed he had to leave all that he gathered over the years behind, Ariel had an idea that she kept between them. In secret they moved all the human items he had to her secret grove there she decreed that it was no longer ‘her’ collection but ‘theirs”. Steth wouldn’t have that any other way and now that he had his own room in the palace he and, Ariel would be closer than ever.
Times went on as, Steth learned more about the culture of merfolk more than what his own kind have known throughout the ages. Meanwhile he was exploring the city around the palace, Ariel made sure she was at the practice recitals with, Sebastian. Her father for once had allowed her something that if it was any different he would not even think about it.
Ariel practiced every performance with the red crab. She wanted to keep her singing well up to the best of her ability. Not only did she wish to prove to her, Father that she was trying to be better than she was before but she wanted to make a good show for her love, Steth. Since they been together she wanted to make sure he was given the best of times as he deserved having never in his life due to what he was. She would give him the performance of a lifetime with her singing and soon enough she would have that chance when it was that time of year to celebrate another year of the king’s rule.
This concert meant a lot to his majesty. Not only was it to show that his rule was just and full of joy but he would get to see the performance of his seven daughters that brought him so much joy into his life.
The Palace was greatly packed as merfolk from all corners of the kingdom were gathering around to celebrate. The Feasts were plentiful and the hallways all across the palace were filled with laughter and joy.
But the main event of the celebration was the concert at the end. All the merfolk gathered in the auditorium and, King Triton himself made a grand entrance lighting up the chandeliers above with the power of his magic trident making the audience below him applaud and cheer over the beauty that it showed.
The King took his place up in a stand where would have a great view of the stage below him as, Sebastian came in next and was greeted welcomingly by the audience. At the front of the stage sat, Steth alongside many other merfolk. His presence in the kingdom was fully known now and he was accepted by the populace but occasionally he would hear some dark whispers about him. And the ones he was sitting next to were doing just that.
He looked to see a mermaid holding her child in her arms and scooted away from him as a mermaid to his other side gave him a dark glare and swam away not wanting to be seated by such a horrid creature. Steth sighed wishing he could just be fully accepted by all the others. He hadn’t done any wrong to anyone since he was welcomed. Though this was trying on his patience it didn’t matter as long as he could be with, Ariel who was about to perform in front of the entire kingdom.
“Steth!” A voice called to the naga. He looked around to see who was calling. He looked up to see it was, King Triton who called him. He gestured the naga to come up to him and, Steth answered knowing to never test the king. If he gave an order or wanted something it was best to do what he wishes’s or risk his fury that was not something to take lightly.
“Yes, your majesty?” Steth swam up to the king and bowed before him.
King Triton noticed how he wasn’t being welcomed by the mermaids he was sitting next to at the front row of the stage. “You may stay here with me. I also want to discuss some matters with you.”
“Oh…uh…of course, King Triton.” Steth stuttered swimming into the stands and curled his tail below him as his tail would take too much space around the stand.
“There is something I wish to talk to you about.” King Triton said blankly.
Steth was a bit nervious. Did he do something wrong? Was the king upset with him about something? He didn’t know and that worried him but before the king could speak the band in front of, Sebastian began to play.
The Band began an uplifting beat of music as three large claims appeared on stage drawing the attention of the king, naga and the rest of the audience below.
As soon as the claims opened their shells they each revealed six of the eldest daughters of, King Triton. They sang of who they are under the great king of sea with glorious voices and songs of praise. The y each introduced themselves showcasing headwear, fans and cloths made of materials from under the sea.
King Triton nodded at the performance as their voices uplifted the auditorium and, Steth admitted to himself that, Ariel’s sisters despite having a rocky start at getting to know some of them at first were performing quite well but there was still the youngest daughter to be introduced in the play here as a one final clam rose up behind the rest.
They Mermaids swam around it and the clam opened up to reveal King Triton’s youngest daughter. A Red haired, green tail finned and purple sea shell mermaid who sang her song her voice like a bell. The Audience watched in all as all seven mermaids swim in sync with each other singing of their fathers love and glory.
Ariel during the performance spotted, Steth in the royal stand next to her father. Though she was wondering why he was up there with her, Father she didn’t let it hamper her performance as she wanted to give her love up there a show he would never forget.
Steth leaned on the stand resting his hand under his chin. He was raptured by, Ariel’s play. Her voice was beautiful as was her form and her showcasing for this concert was awe-inspiring. He watched her with dreamy eyes always counting every blessing he had in wonder how he couldn’t have ended up with someone so glorious, kind and beautiful.
King Triton held a chuckle seeing, Steth watch his daughter like so. He continued to watch as the children performed with spectacle. Their singing together all sang the wonders of the sea and how the ruler of it was someone to behold and honor.
Sebastian as he continued to orchestrate the band’s music was very proud of himself. He wrote every lyric to the song the mermaids were singing and the audience was cheering every second of it. And the best of all it was, Ariel’s shining voice that brought so enthusiasm. Her weeks of showing up for practice on time if not a little made her performance go beyond was expected. This was his moment and he was so proud as the concert was about to end with a few more beats of the band.
The Mermaids performing all took hands and swam to the front of the stage and let their voices shine in a choir letting out thankful praise to their one and only father who loved them and named them well and let his rule continue on being a beacon for all that is good of the sea and, Sebastian ended the show with one last ending of the beautiful music as all the auditorium went wild with cheer and applause.
King Triton in his stand applauded his daughter’s extraordinary performance as, Steth did as well keeping his eyes on, Ariel. The Sister’s below them all bowed modestly to the audience and sent their signs of love to their father above who praised their efforts and especially, Ariel seeing, Steth up there with him blowing him a kiss that the naga happily accepted it with a kiss of his own.
That moment of theirs was caught by, King Triton which reminded that he had to talk to, Steth. “Steth I believe now I can talk to you on what I have been meaning to say.”
Steth stammered looking the, King as, Ariel below started to talk with her sisters as the audience left as the celebration was now over and a most joyful one it was.
“Your majesty, have I done something wrong?”
Steth asked thinking that the king only would have him up there with him for something a troublesome manner.
King Triton shook his head. “No, assure yourself you are not here because of that. I have been meaning to talk to you about much that has happened.”
Though, Steth was relieved to hear he wasn’t in any trouble he was still a bit nervious. “Yes?”
“You know why I have allowed you to live here and to keep the relationship you have with, Ariel. What I have been wanting to tell you and especially given the performance we just seen. You have been a positive influence on my daughter.” King Triton praised to the surprise of, Steth.
“Really, your majesty?” Steth could hardly believe the words the king of the sea spoke. He didn’t think he was doing so much on, Ariel’s behalf.
“In earlier times, Ariel’s always been one for hardly listening. Time and time again she would miss practice or go against my direct orders against what she always looking for and that’s human materials from the surface world. But since you came she has been taking in her duties and acting more responsibly. And with that has obeyed my orders not to leave the kingdom without my permission.” King Triton explained though these kinds of words were rare on his tongue not used to saying such things.
“Really…your highness…I don’t really think I’m doing too much.” Steth replied modestly rubbing the back of his head.
King Triton smiled. “Don’t get me wrong, Steth. I will admit I still had my doubts about you but I took a chance and seeing you create such change for the sake of my daughter and you respecting the laws of my kingdom and my decree’s has proven a lot to me.”
“Wow…I don’t know what to say?” Steth sputtered.
“You don’t have to say anything.” King Triton assured putting a hand on the naga’s shoulder. “All I ask of you is continue what have been doing and to look out for my daughter. You have been a great influence on her and I wish to see it continued.”
“I will, King Triton.” Steth nodded putting a hand over his heart and bowed his head. “You have my word.”
“Very good.” King Triton nodded grabbing his trident. “Come now. The Celebration is at an end and the night is late. I’m sure you would wish to say your praise to, Ariel before you retire to your quarters, yes?”
“Of course!” Steth smiled and quickly swam out of the stage and embraced, Ariel below telling her how wonderfully her performance was as the rest of the mermaids awed and smiled at the scene as the King above smiled as well glad to know things are changing for the better.
However what, King Triton didn’t know over the weeks before the performance and after it is that, Steth and Ariel had been disregarding his wish’s of not leaving the kingdom without his say so. They both had their hearts set for adventure and understood that the king would not allow it and even if he did they would no doubt be under watch and would not be able to do what their hearts intended on.
They frequently visited the cave that held all the treasures of humans from their past adventures. They admired over them as they did each other. Sometimes they would go and look over some of wreaks they found in their past exploits and if they were lucky they would find more to add to their collection.
Though these were the greatest for the two lovers, Ariel however wished there was some way she could ever truly experience the human world. Though part of her longed for the world above the other part of her was filled with the love and adoration she had for the naga that had been the best to have ever have happened to her.
One day they went up to the surface and laid upon a small piece of land that was made up of rock. Ariel wanted to give, Steth a private performance of her singing. As the warm sun bathed on their skin, Ariel sung loud and proud for her love.
“That was beautiful.” Steth praised as, Ariel finished her song for him giggling as he applauded her.
“Thank you, Steth. I’m glad I can do these for you.” Ariel replied.
“It means a lot, Ariel.” Steth smiled putting his hand on her shoulder and held her close. Ariel greatly enjoyed her times with, Steth but being here on top of the sea sitting upon the small piece of land they were on made her heart long for something else. It was only worse when nearby in the distance there was a large island with a human settlement.
She and, Steth would gaze upon a great castle that stood tall and proud next to the sea. Beyond some walls there was a village as the humans there went about their business never knowing there were eyes upon their homes from dwellers of the sea.
Ariel sighed as she desperately wanted to visit such a wonderfully looking place and it would be so much better if she and, Steth could go together. “I wish we could visit the humans and their homes there.”
“I know, Ariel.” Steth rubbed her shoulders comfortably but her sad eyes remained. She longed to see what she had been dreaming on long before she met the naga. Though she would never leave him for he has been there for her more times than she could count and they became what they are now she still had that lifelong dream in her heart and mind.
Hoping to cheer her up, Steth slowly moved his tail till it wrapped around her waist to, Ariel’s surprise as his cold tail made her shutter.
“Oh…” Ariel shivered as his tail sent chills down her body as her mid section disappeared with a few coils around it and began to move in a small rhythm relaxing her. “…I love it when you do that.” Ariel admitted glad to feel his coils and were helping to relax her.
“I thought you love it more when I do this?” Steth turned her head to his way and planted a soft kiss on her lips.
“Perhaps that may be better but I still love it when you do both those things.” Ariel smiled as she leaned in and kissed him back and soon enough the two engaged in a show of love.
Soon they broke apart their kiss for a moment to catch their breaths. “I’m glad, Ariel my lovely little mermaid.” Steth chortled as the naga and the mermaids foreheads touched as their company always made them happy.
“Hey Brother!” A Loud voice exclaimed making the two jump apart in fright, Steth releasing, Ariel from his coils and turn to the sea and looked down at the water to see the head and partial upper body of a someone and he couldn’t believe it. It was a Naga with the same grey skin and white hair as he has but it was a female! Steth could not believe his eyes. It was his sister!