What If?

Culture Night, County Cork, 22nd September 8-10 Years

It was the first day of my new school. I woke up and my mom said I had to go downstairs fast. 

When I went to school, I was at my locker and someone said “You must be new here. I’m Tonia”. Just then the bell rang and we had to go to class.

I didn’t know my mom had booked me in for swimming lessons, and I was walking along the edge of the swimming pool and I fell in! I quickly swam to the other side of the pool and I swam up and down. 

Nobody saw me because I was going so fast. My feet felt different to usual.

I looked back for a moment and I noticed I was going so fast because I had a mermaid tail!

Then there was a flash of light in the pool and swimming up came a mermaid and she said “Come with us! You must go to mermaid  swimming because you are a mermaid like us.”

 Then the flash of light came back again and when I opened my eyes we were underwater in the sea.

I knew I didn’t need to hold my breath because I was a mermaid and I could breathe underwater!

Then someone tapped me on the back and I looked behind me.

There was Tonia, the girl I saw at school! She said “Gotcha!” I said “What are you talking about? You are a mermaid, like me”.

 And Tonia said “Don’t go that way – the evil Fear Dorcha is that way ...”