Chapter 2: Hot Water! An angered queen speaks
Maria was back home in the Cape of Good Hope safely, although things weren't going to be sweet for her at the moment. Adia was the queen of the cape mermaids she was quite a soft person, yet she was also very strong when it comes to discipline. When Maria came into her chambers she got right to business, Adia wanted no excuses from the princess this time. Opening her eyes she expressed her anger and disappointment with her, Maria knew she was in serious trouble by the queens facial expressions.
Queen Adia: "Maria I see you went exploring the vast places of the sea, yet you fail to realized how worried I was about you. My dear you must learn the consequence of your actions, do you know what happens if you venture into the deep? I thought so you fail to see that monster live beyond the Cape of Good Hope, I don't want to hear any excuses from you lady! Now go to your room we shall discuss this later, you betrayed my trust Maria I thought I could trust you to stay in the palace. That's enough of my speech if you have any objections before you leave you may speak, yet they will not matter it wont effect your punishment." Mara looked down as she spoke to her mother about this. Yet i don't think she want to heat about this excuse she had.
Maria: "Mother please forgive me I just wanted to she the surface, I thought at dawn the monsters wouldn't dare attack me at that moment. The sun represents purity as it rises in the sky out great queen, maybe we can---" she was cut short by the queen Adia sharply. She had heard enough of this speech.
Queen Adia: "Silents to your room Maria! That speech is just another excuse for you to leave the palace princess, I already have a headache dear so be on your way now." Mara bowed softly as she left for her room. The mother was quite harsh when it comes to dealing out punishments, but it's her rules that they all must follow greatly.
Maria sat in her bed as her great white shark friend came, he rested next to her as she look down. What's so dangerous about the surface world Adia seen? Maybe she might asked one of the palace mermaids about this, she knew that Nyota has seen many things beyond the palace. Yes let me clarify something about her before I continue here, out of all the crimson(valentine) mermaids she the only one to see the surface. Normally she will visit the top to travel around a bit, yet when not doing that she traveling back into the Cape Cave. Maria entered her room as she held many items from the surface world.
Nyota: "I know that the queen is furious with you leaving, yet she's too worried about the dangers beyond our waters. So you were able to see another kingdom where mermaids live, I knew that there were mermaids that lived beyond the cave. The queen doesn't want to admit that their is no danger in open waters, yet my people fear the open oceans greatly. It's quite a shame that the queen fears the unknown, yet sometimes the unknown can be are greatest fear in our minds. So Maria you see things are beyond the cape we don't know, yet are you willing to go far beyond the cape to see? Tell you what I have a good idea for you now, you can leave the cape as long as you return at sunset. Remember that he tide lowers from the cave where we live, once the moon rises you wont be able to enter until dawn comes. So it's already noon I suggest that you get a move on very soon, for where we live night fall comes early here." Maria hugged Nyota as she swam out of the cavern.
It was five o'clock Maria was on land for the first time in her life, everything looked so beautiful in this new found world. The different smells allured her from all different directions, yet once she looked at the sky she had to get going before nightfall. It was sunset Maria jumped into the water head first quickly, already in her mermaid form she made it into the cave as the moon rose slowly. The cave's entrance was above water making it impossible to climb into, everyone in the palace was prepared to rest after the long day. Sneaking in her room she was able to get into bed without getting noticed, yet always remember the queen can see things even if you try to hide them. Adia wasn't pleased about the princess going up to land, yet this time she will let it slide for now. Things might change for Maria at the moment, yet it might be wise for to wait things out.