Mia sighed as she brought her head up above the salty seawater. The end of August was fast approaching, and she would start school soon. No more swimming with the mermaids and sirens (though they pretty much ignored her now) of the Florida beaches. As she exited the water, her long hair became short again, her gills shrank down, and Mia Aldridge, siren, morphed back into a normal girl again.
"TOWEL! TOWELLL!" She shrieked. "WHERE IS MY TOWEL?!"
Well, if that "normal girl" was a total brat with a voice that could be heard from Tokyo to Moscow, then yes.
With a scowl on her face, Mia put her glasses on, grabbed her towel and wrapped it around herself and went inside her house. She knew that she was tracking water in, but did she give a damn? No. There were maids and housekeepers to clean that up. It wasn't her job to clean up.
Ignoring her older brother sitting on his bum and playing video games, Mia went up to her room, changing into a pair of shorts and a yellow tank top with horizontal stripes.
Summer was OVER. Mia sighed again, running her fingers through her still-wet dark green hair. In one week, she'd be going to school at Lawrence Academy, up in New York, which was a far, far cry from hot, sunny Miami, Florida.
'It's not even in New York City,' the siren thought with a typical eye roll. She'd been handed everything on a silver platter so far, why couldn't Lawrence Academy move to Florida, or start a second school out there? 'Life is SO not fair.'
As she dug through her closet for her favorite pair of flip flops, Mia's hand brushed against her new green-and-white uniform. She bit her lip. The green-haired siren didn't like change without her permission-hell, she didn't like anything without her permission. Especially not change.
Mia pulled the outfit from her closet and stared at it. Okay, so maybe it wouldn't be her first choice for a uniform, but it wasn't that bad. Mia had nearly had a heart attack when she first pulled it out of the box.
Frowning slightly, Mia held the uniform up to herself and studied her figure in the mirror. She hadn't even tried it on, so she had no idea how it would fit on her.
Mia changed quickly into the uniform before modeling it in front of the mirror. Again, not bad. It didn't hang on her skinny frame, but it didn't feel tight and cling in places it wasn't supposed to. She looked more grown-up, but that was it.
'I suppose it could be worse,' she thought with a slight grimace, tugging on the skirt. 'The skirt's not too short and the overall look isn't overly dorky.'
A soft knock sounded at Mia's door. "Mia? Are you in there, sweetie?"
"Yeah, it's me, mom."
Crystal Aldridge opened the door. Even though she looked similar to her daughter with their dark green hair and yellow eyes, the similarities ended there. Crystal had long, lustrous hair that rippled and shone in the sun, whereas Mia's hair was short, layered, and somewhat choppy. And her eyes were a pale, pastel-yellow, unlike her mother's golden eyes that glittered.
Again, Mia felt jealousy bubbling up in her stomach, but she forced it down. 'This is your MOM for crying out loud.' "So, what's up, mom?"
Crystal smiled at her daughter. "I was just looking for you. Your father and I will be going out to dinner tonight and we won't be back until late." The older siren sashayed across the room and over to her daughter. "Mia, you look so grown-up in that uniform." Tears pricked at the corner of her shining eyes. "I can't believe that my little baby's all grown up and going to high school
Mia rolled her yellow eyes. "Mom, it's just high school."
"Yes, but it's all the way in New York, and you'll meet so many new people, and oh, my little girl is going away!" Crystal bent down and hugged her daughter tightly.
Mia rolled her eyes again. 'My mother is one of the most emotional sirens on the planet, I swear.' "Mom, I'll be fine. It's just high school," she repeated. Mia's mother was probably the only person who was so emotional about the youngest Aldridge going away to Lawrence Academy. Mia's father, Leonard, didn't really pay attention to what his children did; he tended to be too absorbed by himself, his business, and his wife. Samuel was actually resentful of the fact that he didn't get into Lawrence Academy (although Samuel was a human and therefore wasn't eligible to attend), and his younger sister was able to get in. Mia herself was notably less than psyched about leaving everything familiar to her in favor of attending school.
maybe this was change for the better. The human kids were stupid and rude, and the mermaids and sirens didn't like Mia. The siren was finding things were getting kind of lonely at the resort. Her father didn't pay attention to her, her mother paid too much attention to her, and her brother was always trying to show her up. Maybe at the academy, Mia would meet new friends and discover new things. Maybe
maybe it would be good to get out and explore.
Mia smiled. 'Change
.I guess it's not that bad, after all.'