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|A myth that I wrote in grade 8... ah those were the days when we got to write stories in school||
Once, a long time ago, before there was a moon in the sky or tides in the ocean, there lived a mermaid named Jade. Jade didn't have a certain talent her twin sister had. Allie, her twin sister, could become invisible whenever she wanted to. This was such a rare talent in the mer-village that she got to go on secret missions to the world above the water.
Naturally, Jade was jealous. She reallywanted to go to the land above the sea too. But Jade had a sneaking suspicion that Allie was using some sort of magic. One night, Jade decided to spy on her sister as she got ready to go on one of those secret missions. Maybe then she would know Allie's secret ...
She swam outside and up to Allie's window. She saw Allie take out of her closet a large bag full of something. She reached into the bag with her hand and carefully took out a handful of a whitish clear powder. Jade didn't know yet that it was salt. Allie put the salt on top of her and she suddenly disappeared.
Jade nearly scream as she saw the bag of salt float over to Allie's closet, and the faint outline of colour that was Allie. She knew it was Allie carrying it but it was still freaky that you couldn't see her unless you were looking. But Allie didn't see her, and the door opened and Jade saw a glint of green from Allie's tail, as she disappeared out the door.
Maybe I could go and take it from her, Jade thought. Maybe I should take it to the mer village and show everyone that Allie was just an ordinary mer girl.
So with that she went into Allie's room and opened the closet door. Inside there was a bag. Jade lifted it out and pulled it out the window.
She swam for many days, and faced many dangers, dragging the bag of salt with her. Just as she thought she could go no further, the bag brushed against a jagged rock and split open. Salt poured everywhere. As it started to dissolve, Jade glimpsed a girl about her age. Then the girl was gone.
It's useless, Jade thought. I'll never be able to get all that salt back into the bag. I might as well go back. They'll be wondering where I am.
This was the point Jade had been dreading. Allie was going to get mad at her and so were her parents. But the worst was that her friends would soon find out and likely not be her friend. Why did she have to go and do such a stupid thing?
She grabbed the bag and dumped the rest of the salt out. As she did, a small smooth stone fell out. Jade picked it up and looked at it. She saw a reflection in it and it wasn't her own face. It was of the same girl she had seen when the salt had first started to come out of the bag.
"Wh- Who are you?" she said, feeling very stupid talking to a rock.
Hello, I am the moon goddess. I have been stuck in this rock for such a long time and have not been allowed out of the Wishing stone for many years. If you make a wish to be sometime in the past, I will grant your wish and be free. Also I will change the moon to represent the time you have gone back in."
How far would she want to go back in time? Then she realized the perfect idea: She would go back to when she first left her sister's room and came on this mission. THen she would not get in trouble with her parents, sisters or her friends. They wouldn't suspect her!
As if she could read Jade's mind, the moon goddess swirled moonlight around her and she was when and where she had been earlier. She saw her past self - she thought it was Allie for a moment - leave. She swam quickly to her own room and pretended to be asleep.
The next day, Jade woke up and tiptoed out to Allie's room and listened outside her room.
"Where in the world is my salt!" Allie's outraged yells came from in her room, "I was supposed to go on a mission today and now I don't even have my salt!! What am I going to do??"
Suddenly she stopped and opened the door wide. Jade, who had been leaning against the door, realized she would be seen for sure. But Allie just said,
"Who's there? I can sense that somebody is there!"
Jade stood completely still, hoping that Allie wouldn't notice her. She looked down at herself and ... there was nothign there!
She had succeeded in making herself invisible! There must be enough salt in the water now that anybody could become invisible
For the rest of the day, everyone in the whole mer-village noticed something different in the water. People kept popping up everywhere and disappearing, but after a while this seemed normal. When people were invisible, you could see an aura of them. YOu could sense who was who.
One night, on a full moon, Allie came outside as Jade was talking to the moon goddess. The moon goddess was just in the middle of explaining how she made the tides on the ocean, when Allie barged in.
"Who are you?" asked Allie, then paused for a second, not recognizing Jade in the light of the moon, "Jade?" she whispered.
"Yep," answered Jade, and introduced Allie to the Moon goddess. Allie suggested that the moon goddess choose a name, and she chose Artemis.
Since then, the mermaids and mermen have lived happily under the sea. The humans have never discovered them (and a good thing too; the humans would most likely kill them for meat or make coats out of their shiny tails.) Jade, Allie and Artemis remained friends for ever after
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