The night was dark, the stars appeared to be hiding with the new moon. It the tenth new moon, which held a special power. It went unnoticed to most humans, as her people only lived in specific areas of this world. She emerged from the luminescent pool, cautiously. It was her first time leaving the depths of her beautiful community. She felt her body changing, as she inched her way out of the depths. The changes were unlike anything she’d felt before, and they were not without pain. She grimaced and looked at the few others who had chosen to ascend when she had. They gracefully slipped from the luminescent waters and stood on two long, perfectly shaped legs.
“You coming?” her older friend Yemaya asked, stretching as she stood on her new feet.
I inched carefully, my body continued to change to match those of my people who stood nearby. I sat, both missing my mertail and admiring shapely legs and small feet. I was told to be mindful and enjoy this process, as it was my first. I let the others emerging, and Yemaya rush me. Though I had yet to stand.
Yemaya stared down at me, leaned down extending a toned brown arm which glowed from the luminescence of the water. My darker skin took a different yet similar glow, as I clumsily rose to stand beside her. She steadied me with her hands on my hips, her eyes twinkled with mischief.
I felt grounded though I missed the water, despite it being beside me. Standing on legs and feet were similar to balancing on my arms whilst upside-down. Though as a mermaid, I still had my mertail during such a silly stance.
“Baby steps, Shuri,” a deep voice called from behind.
I felt my cheeks grow warm. I’d hoped Jayvyn would not have decided to ascend now. Yemaya rolled her eyes and helped me take a few steps.
I took my first steps on the warm sand, with the guidance of Yemaya pretending Jayvyn was not there. I was a woman now, a mermaid, no longer a girl. I was at the age where I could ascend. The warm air enveloped me, a night of adventure was just beginning. I longed for the water, but land called me onward