Do you guys honestly think you can keep me away from the sea?" I said angrily from the bathtub.
"Pandora, you are staying in that bathtub until we find a spell to give you legs again," my mom said irritably.
"Bad news, Aunt Paige," said my cousin Chris. "The only way to turn her human is for her to find love."
"Ha!" I laughed from the tub. "That's the reason I became a mermaid in the first place. I'm cold-hearted now…and I'll never love again!"
"Let me see," Mom read the book silently. "We can turn her human for three weeks. If she doesn't find love then she'll turn back."
"Come on! Land for three whole weeks?" I exclaimed.
I was so annoyed the next day. I was at school, and on two legs again. The bell rang.
I got up from my seat and walked right into the guy in front of me. It was the same boy I was trying to avoid because I thought he was cute. He fell forward and dropped his books.
"Oh shoot!" I exclaimed. "I'm sorry."
I leaned over and picked up some of his books but he was already almost out the door. I ran over and grabbed his wrist. Immediately I got a premonition.
I saw him being pushed off a roof by Marco, my ex.
"N-No!" I yelled and threw the books against the wall.
"Are you okay?" the boy had turned when I grabbed his wrist, so he must have seen the look on my face when I saw the premonition.
"I'm fine," I said, gathering the books and handing them to him. "I'm new here. My name is Pandora."
"I'm Daisuke," he replied.
"Well, I'm sorry for my outburst," I said. "Oh and don't go on any rooftops."
Chapter 2: Roof
I made pains to never see Daisuke again. I wasn't going to let myself fall in love and lose my immortality. Unfortunately, however, I kept seeing him in the hallways. Every time I saw him, his eyes were sad. I wondered if he was always like that, or if something bad had happened to him.
We may have never become friends, however, if it hadn't been for my ex-boyfriend Marco.
I was cutting class on the roof, and Daisuke was sent to get me to come back to class. I guess the teachers thought I would listen to him since he was the only person I had spoken to since I had started school there.
"Pandora," he said, coming up the stairs. "The teacher wants you to come back downstairs."
"Tell her to call my parents," I said in a sarcastic tone.
"Why are you running away?" he asked me.
"I already ran away," I replied. "They found me. This is just a temporary escape."
That's when Marco showed up.
"Pandora!" he exclaimed. "I heard you were back. Took me a while to find you."
I considered my options at this point. My ex was coming towards me and was probably going to either punch me or kiss me, depending on his mood. I could use my powers, but Daisuke was there and he was an innocent. And there was that premonition I had had.
I stood, preparing to grab Daisuke and orb us both somewhere safe, but my ex grabbed me by the wrists.
"What are you doing?" Daisuke said, surprisingly coming forward to stop Marco.
Unfortunatly, Marco made a motion and Daisuke fell backwards. He would have fallen off the roof, but he caught himself. I breathed easier, but I wasn't out of trouble.
"Come back to me, Pandora," Marco said. I avoided eye contact with him. "I still love you."
"That's not love," I replied. "You controlled me. You forced me to love you. And I'll never forgive you!"
"Why don't you just orb away from me, like usual?" he whispered. "You can't. It's because of that innocent over there isn't it?"
He released me, but pushed me to the ground, so it took me a moment to get up. And in that moment, he pushed Daisuke off the roof.
Without thinking, I orbed myself to Daisuke's location, which was in freefall. Once I caught hold of him, I orbed us both to the ground.
He had passed out.
I sat down on the ground next to him. "Come on, wake up! Please wake up…"
Unfortunatly, it was right then that the sky decided to open. It poured rain.
When you are a mermaid in human form, water is a bad thing. I immediately turned back. That's when Daisuke's eyes opened.
"Pandora?" he said. "Why am I still alive?"
"Because you weren't meant to die yet," I found myself saying. "I have to go. But I'll see you at school tomorrow, okay? You're going to be alright."
I orbed home.
Chapter 3: Family Discussions
Daisuke had a severe headache that afternoon. He went over it all in his mind, and it still didn't make sense.
He remembered being pushed off a roof, then being in freefall, then he remembered being grabbed out of the air and then…darkness, he must have passed out…and he woke up on the ground. Pandora was with him then. She must have somehow caught him or something.
He shook his head. He couldn't make any sense of it.
He arrived at home. He went in and was met by his mother. Everyone had been so nice to him since the Harada twins had moved away, but he knew they were disappointed a little bit that he hadn't recovered yet.
"Hey Honey!" exclaimed his mom. "Anything interesting happen at school?"
Daisuke smiled a little bit. "Yeah, Mom."
"I…made a friend. Her name is Pandora."
"That's great!" his mom said. "Have you felt Dark at all?"
Daisuke looked down. That was another thing. Since the twins had moved, he could hear Dark in his thoughts but couldn't become him anymore.
"You orbed him?" Mom exclaimed. "You are only fifteen! He's not your charge, and you're not his Whitelighter!"
"But Mom…" I trailed off. I couldn't explain what really happened without explaining about Marco, and I didn't want Mom to know that I had been stupid enough to date a warlock.
"But this is good, you're finding love," she said.
"No, Mom," I protested stubbornly. "We're just friends, and I saved him from dying. That doesn't mean I'm in love with him. I'm not giving up my life underwater for some guy I just met."
"I brought your aunt to talk to you," replied my mother.
"Hey, Pandora, still in the bathtub, huh?" Aunt Pheobe smiled at me. "I did the same thing when I was younger. Tried becoming a mermaid to run away. My problems found me, and your problems will find you."
She tapped my nose.
"Quit that," I said irritably.
"How did he fall off the roof, anyway?" Mom asked.
"He's…just clumsy I guess," I replied.
Chapter 4: Charge
I was back in my human form again, and sleeping that night. Suddenly I woke up.
I was in a dark room, in…the museum?
I got up, and attempted to orb back home, but I returned to the same spot.
"What's keeping me here?" I wondered aloud.
I turned and looked at the piece of artwork displayed in its glass case. I wanted to see if maybe it had any magical properties that were drawing me to it. But no, it was just the Chalice of Sorrows.
I heard someone coming. Security? This late? No orbing, so I'd have to hide. I hid randomly behind the display case.
Someone came in, but he wasn't security. He was dressed all in black. It was a guy, I could tell. He proceeded to disarm all the alarms on the Chalice and take it out. He was stealing it.
I felt my orbing come back. I tried to go home, but ended up on the roof instead.
The same guy came running onto the roof a few seconds later, but this time he had black wings. I stood in his way.
"Who are you?" I asked him.
"I'm Phantom Thief Dark," he replied.
"Oh, well fine then, you can go," I said, sighing.
"What? Wait a second! Who are you?" he asked me.
"I'm…trying to figure out why I can't go anywhere," I replied, not really answering his question. "You're a magical being, I assume, have you ever heard of a Whitelighter that keeps orbing to the wrong place?"
"You're a Whitelighter?" Dark asked. "I got stuck with a newbie, didn't I?"
"Oh no," I said. "You're my charge."
Chapter 5: Fear of Water
Ugh…well then hopefully I'll be allowed to leave now," I said. "If you need me, then just call."
"Why would I need a Whitelighter?" Dark replied. "I never asked the Elders for any help, and besides, I thought they hated me."
"They hate me too," I said. "That must be why I'm stuck with you. Anyway, if you're ever hurt, or being attacked, or something, I'm supposed to help you. Unfortunately, however, since I'm human, I can still be hurt. But I do have Whitelighter and witch magic on my side. Anyway, in two weeks I'll be gone so don't worry about it."
And with that I orbed home.
Daisuke's head was spinning. Definitely.
Dark had tried to explain about Whitelighters and witches last night, but it had only confused him more.
Pandora was apparently supposed to protect Dark from any kind of trouble, and heal him when he was injured. But, what did she mean by, 'in two weeks I'll be gone'?
Daisuke was so lost in his thoughts that he almost tripped over Pandora, who was sitting in the hallway reading…something.
"What are you reading?" he asked her.
She jumped a little. "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I love the final chapter…it scares me to death." She smiled. "One of the few things I'll miss."
"Where are you going?"
"I'm going back home," she looked happy at the mention of it.
"When? Why? You just…got here…"
A kid tripped over Pandora and spilled water all over her feet. She jumped up immediately, narrowly missing hitting Daisuke in the head with her elbow, and ran off.
Daisuke stood and ran after her. But she was gone.
She probably orbed herself home.
You're right…what does orbing mean again?
Teleporting. Sort of.
Should I follow her? She seemed really upset, maybe she's afraid of water…?
That's not what it looked like to me. You need to find out what she meant when she said 'I'm going back home