I struggle to calm my breathing leaning against the door of my room, my head on the door. In, out, in, out, relax… I’ve only tried to sneak out once before, I don’t want to get caught so I need to breathe as quietly as possible. There’s only one way to get past the overwhelming amount of guards that my dad’s have watching me at every second and that’s my camouflage. I let out a deep breath, my breathing pace finally quiet enough not to get heard. I open the door. The two guards at either side of the door readily move to attention and look at me.
“Your highness, why might you be leaving your chambers this early?” The guard to my left asks calmly. They are ordered to follow me if I ever leave, and I never wake up this early, my dad’s constantly changing my guards so that I don’t get too close to them like last time.
“I didn’t sleep very well and decided I wanted an early breakfast instead. Is that a problem?” I inquire to scare him a bit, questioning royals could be very bad and if these guards just started they may be more hesitant because they don’t know my limits. I honestly don’t care if he questions me, but his brief look of panic and timid glance at his partner tell me what I need to know. “Because if it is I could surely tell my father about this incident and have you removed from the palace immediately.” I say sternly, putting on an act of annoyance.
“N-no sir! No problem at all!” The left guard stutters out.
“We were ordered to accompany you if you left so that’s why he asked sir.” The right guard interects.
“Yes your highness I didn’t mean to question your authority, I swear!” The left says quickly.
“Hmm,” I glare at them for a moment pretending to think. “Fine,” I say with an exaggerated sigh, “you may escort me to the kitchen, but walk ahead of me because your tridents glow and it’s rather dark in this corridor at this time of morning.”
“Of course your highness!”
The left moves swiftly into position followed by the right doing the same, I have to bite back a smile to keep up my act. They move in synchronized silence me following behind, we pass multiple other guards, two in each hallway to be exact. If everything goes according to plan they will lead me to the main kitchen door which is right beside the back door of the palace. I can bypass all of these hall guards because I’m being led by these two. We turn down a few more passageways, both of them keeping me in their periphery, and finally make it to the hall with the kitchen at the end of it. As we near the kitchen I prepare to go invisible, dropping slightly more behind them, not so much that they would notice though and activate my royal ability of camouflage. I stop and they continue moving, with one large thrust of my tail I’m darting off to the doors. Both guards behind me just noticed I was gone, I can hear them arguing panickedly before calling for me as I reach the back doors.
Time for step two of my plan, I swim up so I’m directly above the doors as the guards I just ditched swim over to the ones guarding the door. They speak in hushed tones asking if the door guards had seen me come over here, they reply that they haven’t but decide to help my guards find me. My safety is top priority to the guard so it shouldn’t be long before they get out the thermal readers to find me. I’ll have to move quicker, the two guards at the door swim off with the two from my room, but only after locking the doors. Thankfully I guessed they would do that, I pulled a slim coral key from my waist and pushed it into the lock, unlocking the door and slipping through silently.
I move quickly through the kingdom, there are guards around most corners, the kings keep them posted so that if anyones in trouble they can just ask a kingdom guard for help. Thanks to my invisibility I can easily stay out of the way of all of them and after a few minutes of staying as quiet as possible as I weave through the streets I make it to the barrier, this is the one thing I couldn’t plan ahead for. Only people authorized by my father, King Logan can enter or exit the field and I’m the last person he wants to leave… I swim to the border marker. I reach my hand out tentatively to touch it but weirdly enough I just feel water. Confused, I swam closer, then closer, then to the other side completely… what…? Why can’t I feel… wait am I past it? I turn visible again in relief then reach out to touch it once more. This time I feel the cool glasslike texture before getting an electric shock through my system. I gasp and back away… what was that?
I hear something move behind me and involuntarily go invisible again and turn around quietly seeing a dark figure dart off to my left, I see the color of their tail in the rising morning light and gasp. The merperson whips around stopping with an anxious frown searching for the source of the sound, I clamp both hands over my mouth and try to silence my breath. I don’t move and neither does he, I trace my eyes over him trying to figure out why he looks so familiar. He’s got a slim physique, wearing some sort of clothing I’ve never seen before, it’s almost like a shirt but with the hood of a cloak, it’s got more fabric over the arms covering them as well and some sort of pocket in the center near the bottom. He’s pale and his tail is a beautiful purple that fades off into an inky black tailfin. His almost all black hair covers one of his cutting lavender eyes, his hair starts black at the roots and fades to a dark purple color at the tips. I feel drawn to him, like he’s something of a dream, something of a distant memory I have long since forgotten. I find myself swimming closer to him slowly without meaning to, I stop myself and watch as those cutting lavender eyes of his scan right past me. He turns around again and continues his quick swimming off, I follow keeping up with him staying invisible. I have to know where I’ve seen him and why I’m so relieved to see him, it’s like some part of me recognizes him but my memories anytime before the incident are so hazy I can’t remember him. Did I know him before I got hurt? Why is he outside the kingdom? What’s he doing here? Where’s he going? He stops suddenly and mumbles something. I stop as well and watch quietly as the water shimmers for a few seconds before revealing a large crashed mechanism. It’s long and looks like it’s made of some kind of metal, greenish brown coats most of it but some parts are silver as well. There are windows in a long row he glances behind himself again before swimming inside, I swim to the windows.