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Heart Of The Sea

By Silverbunni

Romance / Fantasy

Chapter 1

A/N: I do not own the story of Walt Disney’s The Little Mermaid, nor do I own the character of Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon. I am however borrowing them for this.

On the open ocean birds are flying and porpoises are swimming happily. From the fog a ship appears crashing through the waves. One this ship we see the sailors about, roping things down, swabbing the deck, and some of them staring out into the endless blue of the ocean, all doing sailor type things. There was never a man without something to occupy him at this time of day. Even the prince lent a helping hand on deck. His Ocelot Diana, close by, was trying to get her claws into lunch. One of the sailors was singing, a young man with short messy blond hair and buleish-green eyes.

“I’m bringing sexy back
Them other boys don’t know how to act
I think your special whats behind your back
So turn around and ill pick up the slack.”

A platinum blond man rolled his ice blue eyes, his hair sitting just above his dove gray shirt that gapped in the front. There was a tare in the side of his black, from the lass kingdom that they visited, the resident princess was not too pleased with there arrival. Princess Keana, first tried to jump Ren then the hat came down and it all when down hill from there.

“He’s sing again, must he sing every time.” He spoke to the Doctor who was eyeing the silver haired man leaning over the side of the boat.

“Yes, if he doesn’t sing he ends up sea sick, like poor Helios. I rather deal with Jadeite tone deft singing than the other option.” He paused “Kunzite, if you like I can take those pants to my tailor, Garak is quite skilled.”

Kunzite gave the doctor a slanted look “Julian, I’ve know you quite a while, if your want to drool over your tailor-boy then take him yours pants.”

Julian turned an interesting shade of red and mumbled something about going to check up on Kukalaka, his teddy bear, someone had hid it not to long ago and now the man could go 5 minuets with out worrying over it.

Towards the front part of the boat stood the ‘Prince Ren’ a 5’5” 17 year old in black boots, loss black pants and a baggy white shirt, blond hair tucked under a navy blue hat. His Sapphires eyes dancing with amusement at the sight of his attendant, how was leaning over the edge of the boat. Helios a pail man, silver hair, pail-blue eyes, dressed all in white save for a light blue vest, was not one for sea travel, and heaven for bid the Prince go anywhere unattended.

“Isn't this great? The sea air, the wind blowing. . . a perfect day to be at sea! The water so clear and calming, with the nice rocking motion ”.

Helios still leaning over side, looking rather greenish.

“Oh yes . . . it’s wonderfully delightful . . . .”

Nephrite a few years older then the prince with hazel eyes and shoulder length auburn hair, currently in a forest green bell sleeved shirt and dark brown trouser approached the Prince.

“A fine strong wind and a following sea, King Luna must be in a friendly-type mood, wouldn’t you say luv”.

Prince Ren rolled his eyes at the ‘luv’ comment; Nephrite was for ever flirting, especially with blonds, his personally favorite was Jadeite. Ren winched at the memory that surfaced, who would have guessed that Nephrite would make out with Jadeite in the closet.

“King Luna?” he asked to distract himself from the unpleasant imagery, nothing against two guys together but they where like brothers to him.

“ Why, ruler of the merpeople, luv and here I thought every good sailor knew about him.”

Helios chooses this time to intervene “Nonsense”

“But it ain't nonsense, it's the truth! I'm tellin' you, down in the depths o' the ocean they live.” He gestures wildly, the fish dagger in his hand went flying away and lands in the ocean.

“Damn it! That was the fourth one this month.”

Jadeite come bouncing about still signing off key.

“Dirty babe
You see these shackles
Baby I’m your slave
I’ll let you whip me if I misbehave
It’s just that no one makes me feel this way “ (Timberlakes (sp?) song Sexy Back)

Helios “we need to find a better way to travel.”

The dagger went into the depths, the water getting darker and darker with the more distance that it put between itself and the ocean surface. Falling through schools of fish, seaweed and coral, only to land on the out skirts of Luntesants, a mercitiy where the Rules them self resided. The humans where right there were merpeople, but they where a matriarchy.

Various types of fish swimming where swimming about. Merpeople converge on a great undersea palace, filling the concert hall inside. They all were going to see a concert that was put together by the royal family themselves in the golden palace. The princess’s would be singing together, and mermen and mermaids from all over the ocean were going to see it.

A seahorse enter onto the stage.

“Ahem presenting. . . Her royal Majesty, Queen Luna!” The crowd cheered at this and did a standing ovation when she entered the room through an entrance in the ceiling, riding on a giant shell that was being carted around by two dolphins. Her hair in two round buns on either side faming her golden crown, the rest of waist length curly midnight blue hair floating freely. Her bangs fell into her cinnamon red eyes, her tail a magnificent gold that matched her seashells perfectly. She masterfully steered them around the dome like room before pulling out her trident and using its power to shut out the lights. Leaving only enough for the audience to clearly see the stage.

They oohed and aahhed at the sight of her power at work. It wasn’t all that often that any normal merman would have the opportunity to see it, and it amazed them. Her trident had the power to control the ocean, only it wasn’t showed off all that often. She steered her dolphins on over to the private balcony where she would view the perform, before sending the dolphins out of the room. Nodded in the direction of the seahorse it was ok for them to start. This would be her Haruka’s first public show ,most likely only, and to do something like this would allow all their subjects to see that the royal family is interested in what the people think and will work hard for them.

“And presenting the distinguished court composer, Artemis!” then left the stage as the band began to set up and tune.

“I'm really looking forward to this performance, Artemis.” The queen said to the crab on her left.

“Oh, Your Majesty, this will be the finest concert I have ever conducted. Your daughters - they will be spectacular!” he smiled up to the queen, you could practically see the hearts in his eyes.

“Yes, and especially my Haruka, even if she wont admit it.”

“Yes, yes, she has the most beautiful voice. . . .” under his breath he adds “If only she'd show up for rehearsals once in a while. . . .Or not scar off the band members“. He proceeds to podium and begins to direct orchestra. Artemis tapped on his board and the band started up with something slow. The curtains opened to show three couch size clams on stage. A harmony of voices where heard.

“Ah, we are the daughters of Luna.

Great Mother who loves us and named us well”

The First shell opend revile three teens, each swam out as they presented them self singing a short solo.

Setsuna- the oldest Dark Green, pulled in to a have bun with the rest sweeping down to her knees, her tail black highlighting her dark red eyes and grant shells.

Makoto- Eyes the colors of emeralds, dark brown hair pulled back with a rose clip, dark green tail and past pink shells.

Reista- Firy red eyes with matching shells, her long hair fell to mid-tail framing her in black.

The Second shell opened exposing three more of the princesses leaving only the center shell closed.

Mina- Sunny blond hair half pulled back with in an orange bow matching her orange tail and off setting her light yellow shells.

Amida- A reflector of the shads of the sea, crystal blue tail, dark blue hair and light blue eyes and her white shells.

Hotaru- The youngest with sholder length black hair violet eyes her tail a dark purple almost black making her periwinkle shells all the more catching.

“And then there is the stubbornness in her musical debut,

Our seventh sister, we're presenting her to you,

To sing a song Aretmis wrote, her voice is like a bell,

She's our sister, Ha-r . . . “

Shell opens to reveal that Haruka was …. absent

Luna pissed off “HARUKA”

Across the ocean far from Luntesants where there are no mermaids or other fish around, we find one mermaid and one black fish, in the darker part of the ocean where few creatures still roamed. The fish was acting all nervous and afraid, but the mermaid was excited. For she had just found another shipwreck and was going to explore it. She poked her head above the large rocks she was resting on and looked at her prize with excitement. Her short dusty bland hair fell into her navy blue eyes. Her tail was of the darkest parts of the ocean sparkled in the light whenever she went near the surface.

“Haruka, wait for me . . .I can’t swim that fast” the fish complained.

“Mamoru, hurry up!” Haruka called while motioning with her free hand. The other hand carried a sack made out of seaweed to collect whatever unusual objects they may find.

“You know I can't swim that fast.”

Haruka smirk at the fish then redirected her gaze.

“There it is. Isn't it fantastic?”

“Yeah . . . sure . . . it - it's great. You came you saw, now let's get outta here.” He said while trying to swim away, only to be grabbed by the tail pulling him back.

“You wouldn’t happen to be AFRAID now would you?” She asked in a teasing tone before releasing him and swimming on down to the ghost ship with bubbles trailing behind.

“I’m not afraid!” Mamoru called after not fully realizing that he was following her down to the ship. “It’s just that it’s all covered in dirt and mould, and you know how bad my allergies get.”

“Sense when have you had allergies form anything other then good taste?”

“HEY!” The fish yelled offended.

“All right. I'm going inside. You can just stay here and - watch for sharks.” She moves inside the sunken ship unconcerned about Mamoru, she had nothing against him really.

“ O.K. Yeah - you go. I'll stay and - what? Sharks! HARUKA!” he tries to slip though a hole in the ship. “Haruka. . . I can't . . . I mean - Haruka help!” He called out in fear. Haruka turned around from across the ship and laughed at the sight that met her before swimming on down.

Haruka laughs but helps him through. “You need to go on a diet.” grabbing his fins she started to pull until he after a few good tugs he came through.

“Haruka, do you really think there might be sharks around here?” He whispered in a shaking voice, unaware of the giant shadow that just passed him on the other side.

“ Mamoru, don't be such a guppy.”

They searched around the dark wreck, going through rotting cabins and other areas of the ship for anything of interest. They didn’t find too much. Just broken drawers, rotted pieces of wood and shattered glass. The tide must’ve washed most of the human things away. After about ten minutes or so and still coming up with nothing, Haruka started to grumble to herself about the uselessness of the place while Mamoru continued grumble about being called a guppy.

“ I'm not a guppy. This is great - I mean, I really love this. Excitement, adventure, danger lurking around every corn- NYAAAAAAAAAA! HARUKA!” He screams at the sight of a skull, crashes into pillar causing cave in, and swims frantically away, knocking into the merteen.

“Oh, are you okay?”

“Yeah sure, no problem, I'm okay . . .”

“Scream a little louder next time I don’t think the merpeople the next sea over heard you. Come on we’re almost done.” Mamoru nodded his head. As long as they were going to leave soon then he didn’t really care. He had a bad feeling that something terrible was about to happen and didn’t want to be around for when it did.

They finally made it to the last room in the ship by swim in through a hole in the floor. It was on the top floor and was the largest room of them all. It had a giant window in the back that was cracked up but amazingly not shattered. Haruka looked around. This room was her last hope to get something good. Never before had a ship contained so few things in it in all the times she went out to collect.

Collecting human objects had been a hobby ever sense that faithful day a small sharp dragger fell from one of the passing ships. She used to almost always go exploring in hope of finding a new wreck. She would always take the findings to Umino the seagull. He would tell them what the objects that they had collected were, then they would take their finds on down to their secret hiding spot. It was so cool having all those human things piled up in one spot. Kinda like their own secret treasure room that nobody else knew about. Not even her mother.

It was getting harder to get Mamoru to come along to some of the ship wrecks with her, but he always gave in, in the end. So it didn’t matter. He really needed these trips to loosen up anyway. Mamoru was always so stressed out, especially when that Fiore came around.

Suddenly a sparkling something caught her eye way off in the corner. She sucked in her breath and excitedly swam up to it as fast as possible. It looked like a silver stick with small dull spikes coming out the end.

“Wow Oh my goddess! Oh my goddess! Have you ever seen anything so wonderful in your entire life?” Haruka asked as she held up a short jewel incrusted sword.

“Wow, cool! But, err, what is it?”

“I don't know. But I bet Umino will, damn know it all.”

“That’s a good Idea how about we go see him now, like right NOW?” She puts sword in the bag she brought with her, as a shark swims by outside.

“What was that? Did you hear something?”

Haruka distracted by dagger with a naked woman on it. “Hmm, I wonder what this one is?”

“Haruka . ..”

“Mamoru, will you relax. Nothing is going to happen, and if you keep this up maybe I’ll find a nice shark to feed you to.” She said while examining an old pipe.

“Harukaaaaa.” Mamoru whined. He was turned around so he didn’t see the giant great white shark through the window behind him, eyeing him like he was appetizer

“Will you relax already?” She said lazily, not looking up at him in time to see the shark open it’s jaws. “Nothing is going to happen.”

A thundering, crash sound behind Mamoru alerted both him and Haruka to the shark. Mamoru sees the shark looming behind him he screams “AAHHHH! SWIMM! SWIMM! WE’RE ALL GANNA DIE!” the shark chases them all around. Haruka's threw her things inside of the sack she was carrying and swam off after her friend. The shark twisted and turned in the vast room that was suddenly too small for the three of them, quickly and gracefully in the water with the grace and professionalism of a true hunter. Haruka did the same, knowing fully well that her friend was doomed if she didn’t get out of the way soon.

The shark snapped his jaws open and closed in a very threatening manner as he gained on his prey. Mamoru continued his hysterics, while Haruka swam faster in order to get to him before jaws did. Then the enviable happened the shark had him corner and was about to come in for the kill when Haruka dived in, grabbed him and swam away as fast as her fins would take her, which was pretty damn fast. The shark crashed loudly into the rotted wood and sharp splinters floated everywhere.

They swam as fast as they could for the window in which they came in, with appetizer in the lead. The great white behind them and looking completely pissed off. “Oh, No!” Mamoru cried out as he crashed into the window and got stuck again. Haruka charged up behind him and didn’t stop, so she ended up roughly pushing him through the hole and getting herself through just in time but the bag gets caught on a broken piece of wood. She goes back for it. The shark almost right in front of her when she make a quite U turn and swims for porthole before the shark smashed his way through the ships outer wall.

They ended up swimming circles upwards, around the ship, trying to get away from the very angry, very HUNGRY shark. Around and round they go where the stop no one knows. Mamoru ended up going so fast that he smashed his face into one of the ships sail poles. He was knocked completely out, and descended to the ocean floor slowly. The shark saw this and followed the prey that was easier to catch. “DAMN IT!” Haruka screamed out in fear as she dove to get him.

When she got close enough she reached out and grabbed him. Looking around she noticed that he had reached through an anchor hole. She held Mamoru protectively close to her as the shark drew nearer at amazing speeds. Grabbing the side of the anchor and pushing herself out in the other direction just in time as the shark sped through the hole. Mamoru woke up a bit dazed. They were about to try and make a break for it again when Haruka whirled around and started to laugh hysterically. Mamoru looked at her as if she were insane.

“What’s so funny? We need to get out of here right now!” He yelled. Haruka stopped laughing enough to explain things to him. “Look down there.” She said with a smirk while pointing in the direction of the shark. He looked down and was pretty amazed to see the shark stuck in the anchor hole!

“H-he’s stuck!” Mamoru exclaimed happily. They both grinned at each other for their get-a-way and swam on down for a better look at the thing. They had never seen a shark up close before, and now that they could the idea intrigued them.

“Awww. Is the poor widdle shark stuck?” Haruka asked it in a mocking tone. It just glared daggers at her. Mamoru also found some courage and swam a little closer to it.

“You big bully!” He said. Then he stuck his tongue out at it. He was so close that as the shark snapped his teeth at him, he could practically feel the water current change in his direction. His eyes immediately went wide in both surprise and fear as he hid behind Haruka.

Haruka laughing “Mamoru, you really are a guppy.”

Mamoru “I am not.”

Out in the sun, sitting on a rock humming to himself, while looking through his telescope was a large seagull wearing glasses. He turned a little to get a better look at a Dove, soaking up the hot rays of the sun when suddenly he heard his name being called.

“Hey Umino”

Umino so surprise he loss hold over the telescope and ends up looking through it the wrong way. He saw what looked like Haruka and Mamoru several yards away, when in fact they weren’t even two full feet away.

“Mermaid off the port bow! Haruka, how you doing?” Mamoru smiled at the display while Haruka rolled his eyes at the crazy old bird as Umino put down the telescope to get a better look, only to see them no even a wing span away in the water.

“Whoa, what a swim!” He said with amazement. Haruka didn’t bother to correct him as she pulled her bag out of the water and handed it over to him.

“Look at all the cool stuff we found” She said excitedly while dumping the contents onto the rock for him to see.

Mamoru “Yeah - we were in this sunken ship - it was really creepy.”

It wasn’t the most stuff she’d managed to get in all the times that she and Mamoru went out to collect, but she didn’t have anything like them in her whole collection, most of it looked like sissy stuff. And the idea that there were more human things out there still waiting to be collected excited her to no end, ‘specially if there where this cool’.

Umino looked down at the back before happily beginning to snoop through it. “Alrighty, lets see what we got today.” he said to himself. He suddenly gasped with his head still in the bag as he pulled out the fork that some got stuffed in there never mind the naked women dagger. “Well would you look at this! My, this is special! This is very, very unusual!”

“What! What is it?” Haruka asked getting all excited at Umino’s mumbling’s.

“It’s a dinglehopper!” He said with awe.

“What’s a dinglehopper?” Haruka and Mamoru asked at the same time. Umino just smiled at them. “This is something you could use, Haruka. Mamoru won’t be able to though.”

“Why not?” Haruka asked wondering why her friend wouldn’t be able to use the extra special item that they found.

“Well you see, a dinglehopper is what the humans use to make there hair attractive to others! See - just a little twirl here an' a yank there and - voiolay! You got an aesthetically pleasing configuration of hair that humans go gaga over!”

“Wow.” Mamoru said in an impressed tone while looking it over.

“What about the other one?” Haruka asked as she pulled out the pipe from the bag.

“Well, well, well. What do we have here?” He said while taking the pipe from Haruka’s outstretched hand.

“You certainly have been getting lucky with your finds lately, y’know that?” Did you get anything else from that shipwreck?” He asked curiously.

“Yes. But we already know what those are” Haruka said with regret in her voice while “This was all the new stuff we could find. The current must’ve destroyed the rest of it, or washed it all away, either way that’s it.”

“That ship did look rather old” Mamoru added. She just nodded her head in agreement.

“Do you know what it is, Umino?” Haruka asked, bringing her attention back to the scruffy old bird while leaning up against the rock.

“Yes. Ah - this I haven't seen in years. This is wonderful! A banded, bulbous - snarfblat..”

They just looked at him in confusion, so he continued. “The snork flat has been a very popular item amongst the humans for hundreds of years it dates back to prehistorically times. Even know you can see many of them with one of these. You just blow into the smaller end here, and it will produce fine music. Allow me.” He took a huge breath of air and then blew hard into the pipe, just to have seaweed and mud come out the other end and a little down his throat.

“M-music?” Haruka paled said with remembrance while Umino choked on what came out of his end of the pipe. “Oh no! The concert!” she said frantically while snatching the pipe and stuffing it back into the bag.

“My Mum’s going to KILL me!”

“The concert was today?” Mamoru asked with an equal amount of fear in his voice.

“Haruka, you may want to clean that out before use--”

“I’m sorry but I have to go!” She said while swimming off a bit and waving. “Thank you!” She called out before she and Mamoru dove back into the depths.

“Any time!” Umino called, waving back. “Any time.” He took up his telescope again and went back to sunning himself and watching the Dove that frequent the area.
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