Coral and Maree visit the surface.
|Beeeep! The strident sound of the horn pulled Coral’s attention away from the vibrant neon lights above her head. She didn’t jump, but she moved closer to her sister, Maree, grabbing at the older siren’s hand. Coral’s head was constantly swiveling from side to side as she tried to take in the hustle and bustle of the world around her.
She missed the calm of the ocean. The embrace of the water all around her.
But Maree had explained that Coral needed to go to the surface and see how the other half lived. So Coral had followed Maree to the shore and dressed in the clothes Maree had handed her (examining them carefully before putting them on). Then followed her into the city.
Since entering, Coral had been distracted by the hustle and bustle of a city on the move. She had thought it would quiet down as the sun fell, but in truth the opposite happened. It was as if the city came alive.
Out of the shadows came people (things) Coral had only heard stories about. Not everyone looked not-human, but… Coral’s eyes were caught and held by those that did.
Maree pulled her along, ignoring Coral’s gasps of amazement and exclamations of interest. “This isn’t the best part,” she kept insisting.
“But, Maree,” Coral protested, “the city is so alive. And there’s everything… everyone is allowed here!”
Maree stopped at that, looking around herself. Although she had visited the city many times since the first time, it had been a while since she’d looked at it with fresh eyes.
The bright, flashing lights gave everything an even more otherworldly look than the creatures already had. Beside the girls walked winged creatures, goblins, and even centaurs.
With a smile, Maree put her arm around her sister. “They are. So. How about we get some ice cream?”
“That sounds awesome!” Coral paused. “What’s ice cream?”
“That’s the best part,” Maree answered with a wink.