Book 2: A Fairy's Tail
Chapter 1: The Heartbreak
It was a normal Autumn day, when our favorite fairies, and several other students, were doing a battle class exercise with Grizelda.
"Come on girls." said Grizelda, "Try to hit me."
"Electrical Blast! Nettle Sting!" Liona and Dalia cast together.
"Nice try, but you're going to have to do better than that."
"I knew she was tough, but this is ridiculous." said Liona, sighing.
"Perhaps we should have heeded the warnings of other students." said Aliana.
"Flame Wheel! Lunar Sphere!" Katherine and Samantha cast together.
"Grizelda Bubble! Sorry girls, but that was no good."
"My mom told me you were tough." said Katherine, "But given your age, I didn't believe her."
"Then from now on you should listen to your mother, miss Katherine. That concludes today's lesson. But before the next one I want you all to think about what happened here today."
- In the dorm
"That was tough." groaned Dalia rubbing her neck.
"You said it." said Aliana rubbing her arms.
"Is that your phone Katherine?" Liona asked.
"Yes, it is." said Katherine, "Hello? Andro, hi!"
"So as I was saying." Dalia continued, "That lesson was torture. To think we have to go through this on a daily basis."
"Humiliating." said Summer.
"My mom told me this sort of thing would happen." said Samantha, "But I thought she was just exaggerating."
"Like Grizelda said." said Aliana, "Not that I'm taking her side, but you listen to your mom. Right Katherine? Katherine?"
"Kathy are you alright?" Samantha asked.
"No, I'm not Sam." said Katherine "Your brother just broke up with me."
"WHAT?" everyone shouted.
"No!" said Summer
"Yes." said Katherine in a weak voice.
"Just now?" said Aliana, "On the phone?"
"Who the heck dumps people through the phone?" said Liona harshly.
"Lets not jump to conclusions." said Samantha, "Katherine, tell us. What did he actually say?"
"He said it's over." said Katherine, "If you're smart you'll forget I exist."
"Um,,." said Summer, "Was he in another language saying, I love you?"
"That's it!" said Samantha taking Katherine's phone.
"What are you doing?" Katherine asked.
"Blocking him from calls, texting, I don't care who you are, you do not break up with someone like that. Ever. I want to have a chat with your bro."
"After what he just did to Katherine?" Dalia asked, "I don't think you'll be speaking to him for a while."
"Then let's go down to dinner." Summer suggested, "Come on Kathy, some food might make you feel better."
"I'm not hungry." said Katherine running to her room in tears.
"What a day." Aliana sighed.
"Ditto." said everyone.
Chapter 2: Trouble on Tides
Two days passed since Katherine received the break up call from Andro. Her friends tried to cheer her up, but nothing they did would get her out of her sad mood.
"Well Katherine?" said Liona, while braiding Katherine's hair.
"Are you enjoying this?" Aliana asked while painting Katherine's nails.
"Enough girls!" Katherine said, taking her hand away from Aliana. "I know your trying to help me, but I can't stop thinking about Andro."
"Well, stop thinking about him." said Summer. "What he did to you was inexcusable."
"Cut the drama you four!" said Samantha walking into the room with Dalia, "Dali and I just printed some news off the Realm Wide Web."
"Listen to this." said Dalia, "Last night three more Tideish mermaids were reported missing. This disappearance is believed to be connected to similar disappearances, happening since several aqua criminals escaped from the Omega Dimension several years before. This is a disturbance of nature! We can't let it continue!"
"I agree." said Katherine suddenly.
"Though it's nice to hear you say that." said Dalia, "I still think you're weakened from the breakup."
"No." said Katherine. "I, like my mother, refuse to let these things happen. Besides, some action might do me some good."
"But..." Dalia tried to start but Samantha stopped her.
"Dali, trust me. It's best not to argue with her."
"Now that that's cleared." said Aliana, "How are we going to convince Ms. F to let us go?"
"I don't think she will." said Summer.
"Summer's right." said Liona, "Ms. Faragonda will never let us go, so we need to do this in secret."
"Can we all agree on that?" Samantha asked and everyone shook their heads. "Good, so over the next few days, lets each come up with a way to fight these things. We may need to do it under water."
- One week later
With a week of searching, none of the girls found anything useful. But then one night, Dalia came forth with something hopeful.
"I have an idea!" Dalia declared, throwing her arms up in glee.
"What is with the increase in volume Dali?" Summer said sleepily as the others got out of bed.
"I just came back from the library, and I think I have something."
"Let's hear it." said Aliana.
"This spell in this book I found looks like the one we need. It says it will allow someone to experience the life of a fish. I think it means it will allow us to breathe underwater." Dalia explained.
"I say we cast the spell and do this mission." said Katherine.
"Now?" said Liona surprised.
"I agree with Katherine." said Samantha, "Three more mermaids have disappeared. We can't delay any longer with this new development."
"Alright then." said Dalia showing them the book, "Here's the spell. For maximum effect, we should all say it together."
"Ok then." said Samantha, "Now."
"Htiw esu fo eht straeh tsetaerg hsiw, wolla eno ot ees eht efil fo a hsif." They all said together.
"Did it work?" Summer asked.
"WOW!" Katherine yelled as she fell backwards.
"Katherine!" Samantha said shocked.
"The spell." said Liona "It it..."
"Turned me into a mermaid." said Katherine.
Once the girls reached Tides, they went through the new plan one more time and went on with the mission.
"OK." said Samantha when they reached a small island on Tides, "We all known the plan?"
"Katherine is to swim ahead and find the criminals hideout." said Liona.
"Once I find it, I am to send you the coordinates with my phone." said Katherine.
"Once we have them, we use a transportus spell to get in and take those criminals down." said Aliana.
"This plan is pretty straight forward." said Liona, "If all goes well, well be back at Alfea before anyone knows where gone."
"On the bright side." said Summer, "Katherine's going to be the best swimmer out all of us today."
"If I still had my legs, I would kick you." Katherine said, and she dived into the water a few seconds later.
- The hideout
After an hour, Katherine finally found the hideout.
"I thought I smelled something coming out of this cave." Katherine thought, "That looks like an air pocket" With that, Katherine swam up into the hideout unnoticed. "It doesn't look like they've seen me. And those girls in that cell must be the missing mermaids. Time to call in the cavalry." With that, Katherine sent the girls the signal.
"Finally!" said Samantha once she got the message, "I have the coordinates girls."
"Great." said Aliana.
"TRANSPORTUS!" declared Dalia as they transported to the cave Katherine had found.
With a great struggle, the girls managed to take the Aqua criminals down. Once they did, the let in the royal guard, freed the mermaids an let them take it from there.
"They're all yours, guys." Liona said when she had the criminals tied up
"Escape to your habitats." said Dalia, freeing the mermaids.
"With this adventure all wrapped up, we should get back to Alfea." said Samantha.
"You guys go." said Katherine, "I'm staying."
"Alright, well..." said Summer, "We'll meet you back at the starting spot and transport back."
"No, I mean I'm staying."
"Katherine you can't stay a mermaid." said Aliana.
"But as a mermaid, I feel free'er than I've ever felt in my life. I enjoyed myself while looking for this place."
"Katherine you can't stay!" said Samantha, "What ever it is you're feeling, fight it."
"I don't want to fight it. I just want to be free."
"Katherine!" Samantha yelled, but Katherine had already swam away.
Chapter 3: Saving Katherine
"Katherine!" Dalia shouted. "Come out, sweetie."
"Katherine!" echoed Samantha.
"I give up," Aliana sighed, "She's NEVER going to come back up..."
"No! We can't lose faith!" argued Summer.
"Looking for me?" said a voice and perched on a rock near them was Katherine.
"Oh, Katherine! We were so worried!" Liona said.
"You have to let us change you back, you have to!" pleaded Samantha.
"No chance. Being free beats being me." Katherine smiled.
"Stop making us wait here." Aliana shouted, "Give it up!"
"As I said, no chance!" sniggered Katherine.
"Oh you come here, you little..." but Katherine had already swam off again.
- Keeping a secret
With little to do on Tides, the 5 went back to Alfea and spent a week trying to work out a way to bring Katherine back, and keep what happened to her quiet.
"These spell books are useless." said Liona.
"We have to keep trying." said Dalia as a Katherine look-alike walked in. "Oh Ilana. Everything good?"
"Good." said Samantha snapping her fingers and changing Ilana back.
"I still don't see why we have to use a substitution spell on me." Ilana sighed.
"Because we need to keep what happened to Katherine quiet, that's why." said Samantha sternly, "This way no-one but us will know she's gone." at that moment Dalia transported into the room, soaking wet.
"Well, I've found Katherine." sighed Dalia, wringing out her off-the-shoulder tank top, "She's moved into the ocean here on Magix."
"Why didn't you bring her back?" Summer asked.
"She's too fast. If I could've brought her back, I would have."
At that moment there was a knock on the door.
"Oh No." Samantha said snapping her fingers and turning Ilana into Katherine again "Come in."
"It's me." said Grizelda opening the door "I was sent to remind all students that conferences are coming up and... Miss Dalia! Why are you all wet?"
"I um, just got out of the shower." Dalia hesitated.
"You look as if you didn't take your clothes off."
"That's because I didn't."
"You young girls are so strange. Anyway, conferences are in two weeks. I suggest you review anything you want to share with your parents." Done in the room, Grizelda left them to their thoughts.
"Phew." Samantha sighed and changing Ilana back "That was close. And that shower excuse was true enough. Good one."
"Thanks Samantha." said Dalia "But now we also have conferences to worry about."
"Forget conferences. Katherine's our number one priority." said Aliana
"I still don't see why we don't just tell the teachers." said Summer "They could help us."
"That's exactly why we can't tell them." Samantha explained "In helping us, they will also tell Katherine's mother. And what she'll do if she finds out is what worries me the most."
"Truth enlightens the mind, but wont always bring happiness to your heart." said Ilana
"Save your wisdom for Katherine, Ilana." said Liona "We really need to double our efforts in finding a way to reverse the spell."
"Is the spell that much trouble?" Aliana asked
"I took another look at the spell we used, and I have some bad news."
"We can take it." said Samantha "Tell us."
"This sort of spell strengthens over time. If we don't reverse the spell, and soon, Katherine will be a mermaid forever."
- Bringing her back
With time running out, our girls worked tirelessly to bring Katherine back and reverse the spell. After a week of searching, our girls still found no way to reverse the spell but did find a way to bring her back.
"This is getting hopeless." said Aliana in frustration "I can't even pay attention in class anymore."
"Don't lose hope Ali." said Summer "We'll bring Katherine back if its the last thing we do."
"Girls! Girls." said Samantha "I have something."
"A way to fix this mess?" Liona asked hopefully
"More or less. I haven't found out how to change Katherine back. But this spell here should bring her right to the dorm."
"Brilliant!" Dalia exclaimed "But this is a strange spell. Where did you find it?"
"Honestly. I made it up."
"You're kidding, right?" Aliana asked skeptically
"Hey. it might not be regulatory, but it's something."
"I agree." said Liona "This might be our last chance. Ali, Dali, go set up a small pool. we'll need to keep Katherine moist until we can change her back.
- The summoning
"Alright." said Samantha "Everything ready?"
"Perfectly." said Summer
"Then lets do this." said Aliana "It's now or never."
"You sure this will work?" Dalia asked
"Positive." said Samantha confidently
"Then cast the spell already." said Liona
"Then here we go. With the power of the heart, and the wings of a dove. Bring us the mermaid we all know and love.
The spell worked at once. When Katherine was summoned to the room, she was wearing a seashell bra she clearly made herself. she was also less than thrilled about being summoned.
"HEY!" Katherine yelled "What's the big idea?"
"Lets see you get away from us now." Aliana said picking Katherine up
"I told you already. I want to stay this way."
"Too bad." said Aliana dropping her into a small pool
"You are holding me hostage."
"Yeah right." said Liona causing Katherine to splash her
"Alright! Girls, you can come out now." Dalia called "We need to discuss this."
10 seconds later
"Alright." said Aliana "Now that we have her, what are we gonna do?"
"We need to work fast." said Liona "We don't have long until the spell becomes permanent."
"What if we say the spell we used forward." Summer suggested
"Spells like that, don't work like that." said Samantha
"But we need to do something." said Dalia, hugging her knees, "But whatever we do, I don't think Katherine's going to be any more cooperative."
"Hey!" Samantha yelled spotting Katherine near the window
"Trying to crawl out of her without us noticing?" said Liona grabbing Katherine
"I had to do something to get away from here." said Katherine as Liona forced her into a chair.
"Try thinking." said Liona "There isn't a body of water for miles."
"Being a mermaid, you wouldn't last very long out there without water." said Aliana
"I sincerely agree." said a voice behind them. It was Bloom. Katherine's mother
- A new handling
"Mom?" said Katherine surprised
"Bloom, er, your majesty." Samantha stammered "We, I can explain this."
"There is no need." Bloom said calmly "We've known for some time."
"We?" Summer asked
"Me, and the original winx. Including your mother Samantha, and yours, Dalia." Bloom explained.
"But how..?" Dalia started.
"Layla told us."
"The Queen of Tides." said Liona "Of course her royal guard would've told her."
"It doesn't matter." said Katherine sternly "Nothing you say or do, is going to change my mind so don't try."
"I wasn't going to." said Bloom "How you want to live your life is your choice. But. As your mother I must ask. Why do you want to spend your life as a mermaid?"
"Because, because I like it that's why."
"Sweetie. My powers have grown along with me over the years. I can see the auras of magical creatures now. And yours tells me a different story.
"It does. But first you all should know that mermaids have colder hearts than fairies and humans. Which brings me to what your aura tells me. Your heart is still cold from your breakup with Andro. That's why the spell only affected you. Furthermore, you believe deep down, that the waves will wash away your pain.
"Mother, please." Katherine sobbed
"But they wont."
Realizing she was right, Katherine broke down into tears and Bloom hugged her daughter to comfort her. To calm her down, Bloom sang Katherine her favorite lullaby.
- The reversal and the make up
When Bloom finished singing, Katherine was calm again, and the girls were still entranced by the song.
"Feel better sweetie?" Bloom asked
"Yes mom." Katherine replied
"That was a very nice song your highness." said Summer
"Yeah, where did ya learn it?" Aliana asked
"I made it up a few years ago." Bloom explained "And please, call me Bloom."
"Mom." said Katherine
"I... I want my legs, and my life back."
"As you wish. Give me your hands."
Katherine obeyed. for a moment, both mother and daughter were glowing flame orange, then Katherine's mermaid tail turned into legs again.
"Thanks mom." said Katherine
"No problem." said Bloom releasing Katherine's hands
"Girls." Katherine said worriedly "About before. I said some things that I..."
"Don't worry about it, sweetie." Dalia said, covering Katherine in a blanket.
"You clearly weren't yourself." Liona soothed, removing her seashell bra gently.
"And besides." said Summer "What's the good of having friends if you don't forgive them?"
"I'm not sure that makes any sense." said Katherine "But thanks."
"Now just sit tight Kath." said Samantha "I'll go get you a change of clothes."
"May I come in?" said Andro who just walked in.
"Well if it isn't Mr Dump-A-Girl-Over-The-Phone." Aliana said sternly.
"I can explain."
"You better." said Summer
"Not with us here." said Bloom
"What?" said Samantha confused
"She's right." said Katherine "Can you leave us alone for a few minutes?"
"But Kathy." said Aliana lowering her voice "You still aren't decent."
"Right at the moment Ali, I don't care."
"Come on you five young ladies." said Bloom "Let's leave these two alone."
With that, Bloom hurried them out of the room, but they still continued to listen and watch through the door.
"Katherine." said Andro
"Andro." said Katherine
"I know you must have mixed feelings about seeing me. And I know what I did to you was wrong."
"Wrong? You broke my heart."
"I know I hurt you. And that's the last thing I would ever want to do."
"Then why did you?"
"I broke up with you they way I did for selfish reasons. Selfish, selfish reasons. The guys I hang out with don't really like Sparks, and I was trying to get into their good books."
"So you broke up with me. You're right, it was selfish."
"But I've come to realize that you can't let peers effect your relationship with those you care about."
'No you can't. Anything else you'd like to say?"
"Other than I'm sorry. more sorry than I could possibly express with words. I want to ask you to be mine again. I love you Katherine Peters.
"Oh Andro." said Katherine getting up and letting her blanket fall "I love you too!"
Before either knew what they were doing, Katherine and Andro had embraced and they had their first kiss (and a long one at that)
- Behind the door
"Ah, young love." said Bloom "Reminds me of my early relationship with her father."
"I still think Katherine should have put some clothes on first." said Aliana
"Love makes people do strange things." said Bloom
"Speaking from experience?" Samantha asked
"Some confession story." said Dalia "Do you think you'll be able to talk to your brother now?"
"I'll think about it." said Samantha
"Sam!" said Liona
"I was kidding."
Chapter 4: A New Power
Less than a week passed since Katherine returned and made up with Andro. Already she was having a hard time catching up on what she missed, but the rest of the girls were there to help her. And note-fully: she hadn't gone near any water.
- A small problem
"Take a break, Kath." said Liona
"If I don't finish this, it will severely effect my grades." said Katherine
"No arguing that." said Aliana. "But you look like your going to have a stress breakdown."
"I'm back girls!" Dalia called while coming into the room "My date with Harry went spectacular."
"Good for you." said Katherine. "You get to spend all the time you want with your BF, while my time with mine is severely limited."
"Sorry, Kath." said Dalia,"Still having trouble with that homework?"
"I barely know what I'm supposed to do."
"You need a break, Katherine." said Samantha while taking her work away. "You've barely slept a wink in the last few days."
"But but but..."
"Take it easy, Sam." Liona said returning Katherine's work. "Here, if I clarify these last few problems so you can solve them, will you take a break?"
"Alright. alright. You guys win. And being the best in Tecna's class, who better to help me with this than you, Liona?"
10 minutes later
"There, you're done." said Liona. "Now go take your break."
"What am I supposed to do?" Katherine asked
"Why don't you go take a nice bath or shower?" Summer suggested "The warm water might make you feel better."
"I could use one anyway. See you in a bit."
With that Katherine left for the showers, and the others broke into conversation.
"Why did you have to be so hard on her, Sam?" Dalia asked
"She's my best friend. Can you blame me for caring about her?" Samantha replied.
"No, we can't." said Aliana. "But she's been under a lot of stress and pressure to catch up on all she missed."
"I wouldn't be surprised if she loses her confidence again." said Dalia.
"But after the talk her mother gave her." said Summer "I don't think it's likely."
"Sounds like she finally got in." said Liona hearing running water "Hopefully that warm water will loosen her up."
"Agreed." said Samantha "She's been tighter than a knot lately."
"GIRLS!" Katherine called in a scared voice "Girls, get in here!"
The girls ran into the shower room quickly. When they got there, they were shocked by what they saw. Katherine had turned into a mermaid again.
- After drying off
After drying Katherine off her tail turned into legs again. Nevertheless, they were still left with a lot of questions.
"How could this have happened?" Aliana asked angrily.
"I guess my mom didn't reverse the spell completely." Katherine said, while still checking for scales.
"I figured that out for myself. My question is, what triggered it?"
"I don't know." Katherine said, pulling on her clothes, after finishing her check for scales and finding none.
"I've got it!" said Dalia "Katherine, how long were you in the shower?"
"I don't know. Thirty seconds?"
"Dalia, where are you going with this?" Liona asked, handing Katherine her shirt.
"I think the spell has different rules now." Dalia explained. "Whenever Katherine gets wet for too long, she turns into a mermaid again."
"Brilliant." Samantha said sarcastically. "First we lose her, now this."
"I don't like this any better than you, Sammy." said Katherine "But all of you told me the library turned out to be useless. We're just going to have to put up with this for the time being."
"Maybe we can use this little issue for the time being." said Summer "You might be able to make the most of it."
"Maybe." said Katherine skeptically. "But let's not try any experiments."
- The Beach
Two days after the little discovery, the weekend began. With all of Katherine's extra work now completed, the girls decided to spend Saturday relaxing on the beach. Despite worries about Katherine's condition, all wore swimsuits for the occasion.
"What a beautiful day." sighed Liona.
"You said it." Aliana replied. "There's plenty of sunlight, a nice breeze, and all of our work is done. What could ruin this day?"
"How 'bout a concerned Samantha?" Liona suggested.
"Hey!" Samantha retorted "What's that supposed to mean?"
"Well, you've had that concerned look on your face since we got here." Summer explained.
"Can I help it if I'm worried about Katherine's condition?"
"It's understandable that you care about what happens to me." said Katherine lying on her belly. "But I only turn into a mermaid when I get wet for too long. That doesn't mean I can't sunbathe. Now just calm down and enjoy yourself."
"Kathy's right." said Dalia, laying back. "Just lay back, relax, and enjoy the day."
"You know what?" said Aliana getting up. "I could use a swim. Anybody wanna come?"
"I'm game." said Dalia. "How 'bout you Summer?"
"You two go on." Summer answered "The rest of us are going to stay here and catch some rays."
"Suit yourselves." said Aliana as she walked away with Dalia.
"Ya know what." Samantha said picking up a shell. "I think I can enjoy myself today."
"That's the spirit." said Katherine, smiling at her best friend.
"Hey girls!" Andro called.
"Andro! Hi!" Katherine called back.
"Hey bro." said Samantha. "Brought someone with you I see."
"Harry wanted to spend some time with Dalia." said Andro.
"What a surprise." said Liona, rolling her eyes.
"Might I ask where Dalia is?" Harry asked.
"She's in the water with Aliana." said Summer "Why don't you go join them? I'm sure Dalia will love to have you there."
"I think I will. See you later, Andro." he walked away to join the two girls splashing at each other in the water.
"Thanks for coming, Andro." said Katherine.
"Thanks for inviting me." said Andro sitting down next to Katherine. "I was beginning to think you were trying to avoid me."
"Well, I've been busy."
"Any luck solving your 'fishy little problem'?"
"What are you..? Sam!"
"Of course I told him." said Samantha.
"Though you probably should've told Katherine, and us, that you had." said Liona.
"Indeed she should have." said a small voice
"Kristen!" said Summer "What are you doing here?"
"The other Pixies and I wanted to enjoy the day with our fairies." Kristen said pointing out the other pixies
"Who's your pixie?" Katherine asked as Ilana landed on her shoulder
"This is Kristen, the Pixie of organization." Summer introduced "We bonded while you were gone."
"I guess I missed more than school." everyone laughed at that.
- Beach trouble
Later that day, Alessandro and Andy arrived to spend some time with the girls as well. as they were packing up to get back their respective schools, trouble started out of nowhere.
"Is that everything?" Summer asked
"Looks like it." said Harry
"Well in that case, we better get back to school." said Aliana
"Whats going on over there?" Liona asked pointing out to sea
"There's a girl in the water. And she can't swim!" said Dalia.
With no time to lose, Dalia went onto a nearby dock and used her power to conjure a vine and wrapped it around the girl. The girl was pulled to the surface.
"There you go. You're safe now." Dalia smiled.
"Thank you, miss." said the little girl.
"Okay, but from now on, swim safely, okay?"
"That was great Dali." said Liona as the girls and guys joined her.
"Thanks Li-li." smiled Dali.
"You must consider a career as a life-guard." said Harry.
'Ditto that." said Samantha
At that moment, a fish-like had popped put of the water, grabbed Katherine by the ankle, and pulled her into the water.
"KATHERINE!" Samantha yelled when Katherine was gone
"What was that?!" Aliana asked concerned
"I don't know, but we can't just do nothing." said Andro pulling out a breathing mask
"Pass them round, Andro." Dalia placed her hands on her hips.
"This is the only one I have with me."
"Well, we have to help too. What are we supposed to do? Grow fins?" Dalia grumbled.
"That's it! Dali, you genius!" said Liona
Below the surface, Katherine had turned into a mermaid again and was struggling to get lose of the creatures grip, as she couldn't use magic in her new form.
"I know you." said Katherine in the creatures grip, "your one of the aqua criminals we fought on Tides."
"My name is Nauthilax. And you are my prisoner now."
"Not for long she's not." said Aliana's voice.
Before Katherine could get a clear view of what happened, the girls, aside for Samantha, and Andro had freed her and knocked Nauthilax unconscious.
Once Katherine got her head together, she was shocked by what she saw. Liona, Aliana, Summer, and Dalia were mermaids now too.
"Girls! What... How?"
"We couldn't let Andro come after you alone." said Liona "So we cast the mermaid spell again."
"Though it didn't work on Sammy for some reason." said Summer.
"Glad you brought us along now Ando?" Dalia asked but Andro didn't answer
Andro had fallen unconscious from a wound Nauthilax had given him during the squabble. Knowing they had to get to the surface, they grabbed him and swam as fast as they could.
- A Healer
Once on the surface, the boys, and Samantha, pulled them onto the dock. and Ando was still bleeding like mad.
"WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING!" Samantha yelled, "I can't lose my own brother!"
"There's no doctor around here." said Alessandro.
"Andro, wake up please." Katherine sobbed putting her hands on Andro's chest, "We can't lose you."
All of the sudden, Katherine's hands started to glow, changing her back, and healing Andro's wound extremely fast.
"Big Brother!" Samantha squealed as Andro coughed awake, "Your alive."
"Big? I thought you were twins." said Aliana.
"We are, but Andro came into the world first." Samantha explained.
"I just called the authorities." said Harry, "They'll pick up that guy in an hour."
"Girls, give me your hands." Katherine ordered, and used her new healing power on them, changing them back.
"Since when can you do that?" Liona asked examining her returned legs.
"Since now, but I guess I've always known. But I'm pretty sure you girls are under the same rules as me now"
"Well, then thanks for all the first-aide over the years." said Samantha, "Like when I broke my arm when I was 7. That was real helpful. And that camping trip, when I got two fish hooks in my thumb."
"Two?" Aliana asked
"She tried to get the first one out with another fish hook." Katherine explained. and everyone laughed.
Chapter 5: The Princess Ball
A few weeks passed after the incident at the beach. The girls discovered that they too were under the same rules as Katherine with the mermaid spell. Nevertheless, they went about their daily routine. Now, it was was early December, and it was time for winter break.
"I can't believe we're going home." said Summer while packing her suitcase.
"Same here." said Katherine following Summer, "Alfea feels more like home than I thought it would."
"Samantha, what are all those filled with?" Aliana asked.
"Some, my clothes. Others, my makeup stuff." Samantha answered picking up the mess.
"I can not believe you brought all this to Alfea." said Dalia, helping to pick up.
"If you'll excuse me, I have to leave quickly." said Katherine picking up her bags.
"Why?" Liona asked.
"It's my mom's birthday, and I can't afford to miss out on the party later." Katherine answered.
"Speaking of your mom, have you told her about our problem?" asked Dalia.
"No, and I'm not going to. She and dad have enough on their plate as it is."
"Delivery." Livy called flying through the window.
"For whom?" Liona asked.
"A holo message for Katherine, from her parents. It's a good one."
Livy flew out as Katherine turned on the holo message.
"Hello Katherine." said the hologram of Sky, "Your mother and I are pleased to announce that this weekend, your princess ball will be held."
"Due to the preparations we must make, my birthday party has been cancelled, so don't worry about it." said the hologram of Bloom, "Feel free to invite anyone you wish, and please give the enclosed invitations to the appropriate people at Alfea."
The holo message ended.
"A princess ball. WOW!" Summer exclaimed.
"Alright, everyone's coming to Sparks." said Katherine.
"We are?" Liona asked.
"A princess ball only happens once in a lifetime, and I have to share it with all of you. Sam, get a hold of your brother and the guys. They're coming too."
"We best call our folks and tell them where we'll be." said Dalia.
Later that day, the other girls got permission from their parents to go to Katherine's princess ball. Samantha and Dalia's parents were going to meet them on Sparks since they were invited, along with Musa, Tecna and Layla. Once the guys arrived, the group prepared for the transport to Sparks.
"Everyone ready?" Katherine asked, and everyone nodded.
"Then let's go." said Tecna.
"TRANSPORTUS!" Musa, Tecna, and Layla cast.
Within moments, the party was on Sparks.
"Welcome to Sparks everyone." said Katherine.
"Welcome home sweetie." said Bloom.
"Mom! Daddy!" Katherine exclaimed running to greet her parents.
"Brought your friends, and ours, I see." said Sky.
"Well just head to the guest rooms and let you catch up." said Musa.
"Very well then." said Miriam, who was standing with Oritel nearby " Belby, see them to the guest rooms. Ginny, Cho, take care of the luggage."
"Now for some introductions." said Katherine "Girls, guys, you all know my parents, but these are my grandparents, Oritel and Miriam. Grandma, Grandpa, you both know Samantha, Andro and Dalia, these are Liona, and Aliana. And the boys are Alessandro, Harry, and Andy."
"Your majesties." they choursed.
"Forget majesties, just call us by name." said Oritel.
"Now that that's over with, where are grandpa Erendor and grandma Samara?" Katherine asked.
"They will be here later. And so will your parents you tgree." said Sky, eyeing Andro, Dalia and Samantha's search-full faces.
"Now that that's over." said Dalia grabbing Katherine's arm "I'm sure Sam and Andro know this place well, but for the rest of us, how bout giving us the grand tour."
"Do you guys mind?" Katherine asked her parents.
"Not at all." said Bloom "Enjoy yourselves. But remember, dinner's at 7:00."
"Come on guys."
- Later that night
"I must admit Kath, this is a pretty nice place to grow up." said Dalia, that night in Katherine's room. The girls were sleeping in Katherine's room with her, and the boys were sleeping in the guest room down the hall.
"Thanks." said Katherine "But compared to Alfea, this place is a little boring."
"I can relate to that." said Aliana.
"Andro and I used to spend our summers here." said Samantha, "You'll get used to it after a few days."
"Assuming we all stay here that long." said Liona.
"Hear hear." said Summer.
There was a knock on the door.
"Come in." said Katherine, and Bloom walked in.
"You girls settling in?" Bloom asked.
"Yes Bloom!" the girls choursed.
"Alright then. Gather round here." Bloom said sitting on Katherine's bed. Once everyone was on the bed, she pulled out an old picture. "I was going through some old things, and I thought you girls might like this. The original Winx and Specialists. This was taken a few months after we graduated from Alfea."
"I recognize you and dad, and Sam and Dalia's parents." said Katherine.
"And there's my cousin Roxy." said Aliana.
"And Miss Tecna, and Musa too" said Liona, "And I think that's Layla."
"You all look so much younger." said Ariel.
"Hold on!" said Liona in surprise.
"What is it?" Bloom asked.
"It didn't hit me until just now, but Katherine has green eyes and you and King Sky both have blue. How is that possible?"
"I noticed that as well." said Katherine.
"So did we when Katherine was born. Kathy inherted her eyes from Samara rather than us." Bloom explained.
"Now that we've cleared that up, who are the boys behind them?" Dalia asked.
"The guy next to Musa is Riven. And the one next to Tecna is Timmy." Bloom explained "I'm not surprised you didn't know them."
"But who's the guy behind Layla?" Summer asked.
"Oh! That's Nabu. He died fighting the Wizards of the Black Circle less than a month after this was taken." Bloom sighed.
"Poor guy." said Samantha.
"Poor Layla. *sigh* She was so overcome with grief that she left the Winx and became our enemy for a short while. To this day she still mourns over him. But even she says that it was so long ago and she's trying to move on."
"But anyway, I guess you're the young ones now." she handed the picture to Katherine.
"You're just giving this to us?" said Katherine
"As I just said 'You're the young ones now'. Keep it and use it as inspiration."
"Now that's enough of that, into bed you all."
"Mom! We're too old for a bed time." said Katherine as everybody got off her bed.
"I know. But we have a big day tomorrow and you all need your sleep" she left and closed the door.
"She's right." said Samantha as she got into her sleeping bag "You all saw my mom earlier. Trust her to wake us up at the crack of dawn."
- The ball
Indeed, Stella did wake the the girls, and the boys, up at the crack of dawn the following morning. With no chance of getting more sleep while under the Queen of Solaria's watchful eye, they woke themselves up more with breakfast, and helped the servants and royals make last minute preparations before guests started arriving.
By noon, the main guests started arriving and all the girls had changed into their formal dresses. People from all over the dimension had come to the event, even the Earth Fairies, including now-Queen Roxy herself, were attending.
"This is it, the main event." said Samantha.
"You said it." said Aliana, "This place is filling up fast."
"The Kingdom of Sparks is a pretty popular realm." said Liona
"Have you girls seen Katherine?" asked Andro, who walked up to them with the rest of the guys.
"She left so she could make the traditional 'entrance'." said Dalia, causing the girls to giggle.
"Speaking of traditions," said Harry, "once Katherine and her father begin the ball the with the Sparks traditional Father-Daughter Dance, mind dancing with me first?"
Dalia blushed. "M-my pleasure."
"And Andro." said Samantha, "Since you can't dance with Kathy till later, mind dancing with me? I don't feel like doing it with dad."
"Alright. But isn't the guy supposed to ask the girl?" Andro asked.
"You two are siblings, so it really makes no difference." said Alessandro.
"Too true." said Liona.
"Girls, guys, they're starting!" said Summer.
Summer was right. Just as a horn sounded, Bloom and Sky started walking down the ballroom's main staircase arm-in-arm. Once they reached tho bottom, Sky was the first to speak.
"Welcome everyone, to this great day of festive joy!" Sky said, followed by applause.
"It give us, and our family, great happiness to see you all here today." said Bloom, "We see many familiar faces here, as well as some new ones. An occasion like this gives me the desire to make an announcement of great joy... but now is not the time to tell it."
"So without further ado," Sky continued, "We give you the bell of the ball. Our princess and yours, Katherine."
Right on que, Katherine appeared at the top of the stairs and began walking down. Once she reached the bottom, Bloom started speaking again.
"Now with the guest of honor present, Katherine and King Sky will begin the ball with the traditional Father-Daughter Dance. Feel free to join in whenever you wish. Please enjoy yourselves everyone."
Less then a minute after Katherine started dancing with her father, people started to join them. The girls, aside for Summer, were dancing with their boyfriends and Samantha was dancing with Andro. After several minutes, Katherine and Sky finished their dance and so did Sam and Andro so Andro could get his chance with Katherine. The dancing went on without a hitch for another half-hour, then something finally did happen. Aliana tripped on her dress knocking Katherine, Liona and herself into a large bowl of water. Since no one yet noticed anything, the rest of the girls managed to get them out if the ballroom before they changed into their mermaid forms, which they finally did after getting themselves hidden in some shrubs.
"That, was very smooth of you Ali!" Sam said angrily once they were hidden.
"It's not like you to trip over." remarked Dalia, drying Liona's tail, "What happened?"
"I'm sorry! I was distracted by Andy and wasn't watching my own feet." said Aliana as Summer dried off her tail.
"At least Summer and Dalia didn't get wet." said Liona.
"That's a little comforting, but not much." said Samantha drying off Katherine's tail "Even though I'm not under the spells influence, it would've been very difficult, maybe impossible, to get you all out of there before changing. So we should consider ourselves lucky it was only the three of you."
"Any problems back here?" Bloom asked, appearing right behind them.
"Mom!" Katherine said with a terrified look "I-I-I can explain."
"No need. I knew from the start. That, and it's pretty difficult to hide anything from me."
"Geez. I'm 16 years old, and still I get no privacy."
"I said that it's difficult to hide things from me, I didn't say that I pry on private things."
"Anyway," Liona interrupted "as you can see, we have a problem here. Aside for Sam, we turn into mermaids when we get wet for too long."
"What do you think I've been doing these last few weeks? Lying on my butt? I knew my powers wouldn't be enough to fix the problem, so I've been searching for a spell that would. And I finally managed to find one late last night while I was going through those things I found that photo in. Give me your hands." Kathy, Liona, Aliana, Dalia and Summer, obeyed "Power of one, and unity as a whole, put this power, under these youths control."
The spell worked at once. Kathy, Liona, and Aliana's tails reverted to legs. Nevertheless, they still had questions.
"Our legs are back to normal, but what did you just do?" Aliana asked.
"I can't take away your mermaid forms, so I just put them under your control." Bloom explained, "Now you can change at will when you come into contact with water."
"Sweet! Maybe we can find a use for them in the future." said Summer.
"Thanks Mom!" said Katherine, hugging her mother, "What would I do without you?"
"You'd be surprised what you can do by relying on your friends instead of me." said Bloom, "Now let's get back to the dance girls. I think Andro wants to tell you something Kathy."
"Forward march girls." said Samantha.
- The Following Night
That night in Katherine's room, the girls were going over the days events.
"Aside for those few tense moments, that was a really good party." yawned Dalia contentedly.
"You said it. I won't forget this for a long time." said Aliana.
"Hey Kath, your awfully quiet. What's the matter?" Samantha asked.
"It's... about what Andro said to me earlier." Katherine responded.
"What did he tell you?" Liona asked.
"Yeah it can't be that bad." said Summer.
"It was kinda... sudden." said Katherine.
"Don't worry, sweetie." Dalia soothed, "You can talk to us."
"Well...." The girls made weird smiles at Katherine, "Alright already! Just stop smiling like that! OK. *sigh* Andro asked me to marry him."
This aroused squeals from the rest of the girls.
"Katherine, that's wonderful!" Dalia declared.
"You two are finally getting serious!" Samantha squealed.
"GIRLS!" Katherine yelled at the top if her lungs to silence them, "I said 'no'."
"WHAT!" the girls chorused.
"Don't get the wrong idea. I love him, I really do. It's just...."
- In the guy's room
Meanwhile, the guys were having a conversation on the same subject.
"I can't believe how stupid I am!" Andro said distressed "I mean, what was I thinking? Asking her to marry me when we're still just high-school freshman? Why didn't I just ask her out on another date? She would've said yes to that. Stupid!"
"I admit, you were really jumping the gun there." said Harry.
"I don't see what the problem is." said Alessandro "Just get her father's blessing and prepare for the wedding."
"What blessing? What wedding?" Andro asked "Kath told me 'no'. And I can't blame her. And, man, Sam's gonna hate me once Katherine tells her."
"Knowing her, most likely." said Andy.
There was a knock on the door.
"Come in." said Harry. Samantha entered.
"Don't hit me!" Andro said at once.
"Why would I do that? No, listen." Samantha said before they could interrupt her, "Katherine told us what happened. I have no objections to what you did, but the girls and I agree that you did it waaaaay too soon. Katherine doesn't hate you for it, she just isn't ready for something like that. And you should know, she still loves you. Goodnight." she closed the door behind her.
"Girls." Alessandro said sarcastically.
- In the Royal's room
In the room where Katherine and Sam's parents were staying, they were having a small argument about the future of their children, as they too heard Andro propose to Katherine.
"It makes no sense not to tell them Bloom." Stella argued, "They have a right to know."
"What's the point of telling them when they're already madly in love with each other?" Bloom asked, "And even if we did, how are we supposed to explain to them that we already prearranged their engagement when your kids were born?"
"You heard what our son said to your daughter." said Brandon.
"We also heard her say 'no'." said Sky, "And if Andro's proposed, and been turned down, once already, chances are he'll try again before long."
"Sky's right." said Bloom, "Kathy just wasn't ready this time. Therefore, I believe that we should call off the arrangement forthwith, and let them do this on their own."
"I guess you're right, Bloom." said Stella.
- Back in Katherine's room
"How did it go?" Aliana asked when Samantha got back.
"I didn't stick around for an answer. But from the look on his face, I'd say he was satisfied." said Samantha sitting on Katherine's bed.
"I still can't believe it! He's so romantic!" giggled Dalia.
"A guy like that is bound to propose sooner or later." said Summer.
"Lets get off that subject, please?" Katherine asked, "I'm already really embarrassed."
"Kathy's right. We got a new power today." said Liona.
"Turning into mermaids at will." said Aliana, "It'll take some getting used too, but I'm sure we'll find uses for it in the future."
"Speak for yourself." said Samantha "I wasn't effected by the spell remember? And to be honest, I'm glad I don't grow scales."
"All the same, we may find a use for it. Like helping the people of the aquatic world." said Summer.
"Helping people, and sticking up for each other. That's what we do." said Katherine.
"It's what the New Winx does!" said Dalia.
"NEW WINX!" the girls cheered
End of Book 2