Friday morning showed up bright and sunny, I was taking the amazing weather as a good sign. I stood in front of my closet staring at all of my clothes, what did one wear to meet royalty? What did someone wear when they were begging to be allowed to be their Queen? I had no clue.
“See! I told you guys she wouldn’t be dressed.” I peeked around my closet door and saw Renee, Lily, Scarlet and Ellie come into my room.
“What are you guys doing here?” I asked them.
“You think we would let you get ready for one of the biggest days of your life without us? Ha!” Lily said.
“And by the looks of it, you need our help. Have you even brushed your teeth yet?” Ellie leaned in and sniffed “Nope you haven’t!”
“What about my dad? He will wonder why you guys are all here to help me get ready for school.” I said panicked. I hadn’t spoken to my dad since Wednesday and the last thing I needed was for him to get suspicious.
“Relax, I had talked to Aunt Susan yesterday about us helping you get ready and she said she would get your dad out of the house early so we could come over undetected.” Renee said. She leaned in and sniffed like Ellie had just done, “Seriously, go brush your teeth and pull yourself together. We don’t have much time before Trout will be here.”
I gave her a look and stuck my tongue out, “I’ll be right back” and I went and brushed my teeth. When I came back into the room my bed was covered with clothes, as I got closer I noticed that none of the clothes were mine and a few even still had the price tag on them.
“What is all of this?” I gestured to the bed.
“We didn’t know what you would want to wear so we all raided our closets for our best clothes and brought them over for you to pick from. We are all roughly the same size so we will be able to make anything work!” Scarlet explained “It was all Renee’s idea.”
I looked at my best friend who was digging in my closet, I went up behind her and hugged her. “Thank you, you are seriously the best friend a girl could ask for.”
“Just don’t forget us little people when you are Queen.” She said returning my hug. “Now let’s get you ready. Lily you are in charge of makeup, Ellie her hair, Scarlet and I will find you something to wear! Let’s get to moving people!!”
Thirty minutes later I was ready, and I looked good! Ellie had swept my hair up into an elegant chiffon with a few loose curled strands to frame my face. Lily surprisingly had kept my makeup light, she was known to have a heavier hand when it came to applying makeup but she kept it light and natural for me. Scarlet and Renee had chosen a dark blue sundress with cap sleeves and sparkly silver flats to match.
I turned and looked at all of them, “Thank you guys for all of this, I don’t know what I would do without you all.”
“Don’t you dare start crying and ruin my master piece!” Lily scolded me. I heard a truck pull up in the drive way, I looked out my window and saw that it was Troy.
“I’ll go let him in.” Ellie said and she headed down stairs.
“I’m getting nervous.” I confided in the girls. “What if they say no? What if they don’t like me?”
“Then they’re a bunch of stupid squids. This whole pack knows how lucky they will be to have you as their Luna, the mer people would be foolish to not want you as their queen.” Renee pulled me into a hug.
“Ugh! There come the tears again, seriously you better not mess up your makeup!” Lily gave me a stern look then smiled “She’s right though, I will be honored to have you as my Luna.”
“So will I.” Scarlet added in.
“Are you going to hide my mate up there forever?” I heard Troy shout from downstairs.
“Oh calm your gills Trout, we are coming.” Renee hollered back. I couldn’t help but laugh at the way those two bantered with each other. “Let’s go knock his socks off.” Renee winked at me and we all headed downstairs.
When I got to the top of the stairs I stopped in my tracks. Troy always looked handsome, but this? Holy frosted flakes. He had on grey dress pants, a light blue shirt, and a dark blue tie that matched my dress perfectly.
“Are you sure we need to go to this thing? I think we should take him and mark him now. Like, right now.” For once I wasn’t in disagreement with Nan.
“You’re both drooling…. If it wasn’t so gross it would be cute.” Ellie said snapping me out of my stare. Troy had also been staring at me which made me feel even better.
“Little fish you look…. Wow.” Troy’s jaw was still dropped which put a little bounce in my step as I came down the stairs. “Just… wow.” He said when I had stopped in front of him. I could feel myself blushing as Troy leaned down to kiss me. Once his lips touched mine I forget everything else and leaned in for more which he gave me willing.
“Seriously, I gave you one job and that was to not mess your makeup up!” Lily’s voice jerked us out of our bubble. I pulled away from Troy embarrassed that we had done that in front of my friends, I looked at them and they were all smiling. Well except Lily, she looked more annoyed that I would destroy her masterpiece.
“You two are seriously the cutest things!” Ellie gushed.
“Eh he’s not bad for a Trout.” Renee said.
“Right back at you mutt.” Troy said with a smile as he pulled me to his side. “Are you ready to go?”
I took a deep breath, “Yes.”
As we headed for the door I told Troy to head to the truck and I would meet him out there. He kissed my forehead and then headed out the door. I turned to the girls, “I just want to thank you guys again for everything you’ve done for me. Not just today but for everything over the years and the last month especially. You guys never turned on me, or judged me, or told me I was crazy to want a Merman as a mate. You all are my rocks, and I want you to know that no matter what happens I will always need you in my life. I love you guys.” They all rushed me at that point and we group hugged it out.
“We love you too, now get out there to your man.” Scarlet said. I waved to them and walked down the stairs to my mate.
As we pulled up to Troy’s house I could feel the butterflies in my stomach start to swarm. This wouldn’t solve all our problems but it would solve a huge part of it.
“Where is everyone vehicles?” I asked as I looked around the parking space, there wasn’t a car in sight.
“Most mer’s swam here and entered the house thru the underground tunnel, those that drove parked in the garage over there.” He pointed to a three story structure that I had not noticed the first time that I was here. I thought back to my first and only visit here, when Troy’s father asked me to reject Troy. I was worried how he would react to our request, goddess, I was worried how everyone would react.
“You’ve got that line little fish.” Troy leaned over the center counsel to get closer to me. “I’m nervous to if that makes you feel any better.”
“It does a little.” I said as I leaned over and gave him a quick peck on the lips.
“Are you ready for this?” He asked me.
“As ready as I’ll ever be.” I said.
Time to face the Kings.