On the shores of the mysterious Loch Ness, lived a family of limited resources that fished for a living. The youngest of three sisters, Melanie, was a curious twelve-year-old girl who loved to play in the lake.
One cold Sunday morning, she grabbed her fishing hook, and her coat and boots. She sneaked out of the house and went to explore the waters that fascinated her so. However, once she arrived at the dock, she noticed that the waters were awfully calm. Hours passed and no fish had come near the hook. Suddenly, something unusual entangled in the fishing rod’s string and pulled her into the dark waters! She let go of her fishing rod, when suddenly something hit her in the back of her head. She started to feel dizzy and saw how the cristaline water started to turn black and blurry. Finally she lost concious.
Melanie woke up with a terrible headache not knowing what had happened or where she was. When she opened her eyes, she noticed she was in a room made of a silver- like stone. In it, there was nothing more than a vanity and the bed she was laying on. She was admiring this room when suddenly a strange lady with pale skin and flaming hair broke into the room. She was tall and elegant like a fairy tale creature; Melanie started to bombard her with questions. Where am I? Who are you? How did I got here?
She gently smiled and asked her to lie down. “You, my young Melanie, are in Grundvatten, the city of Poseidon, where people and creatures lived in harmony.” The lady replied. “My name is Shirley, and you are here by accident. You see, while you were fishing, the guardian of the city accidentally tangled his tail in your fishing rod and pulled you into the depths of Lonch Ness. The vindunder, how we call the one you know as monster, started panicking and accidentally hit you in the head with his fin while trying to escape without being noticed. Seeing you were drowning, he brought you here and asked me to take care of you. I happily accepted since I love to help people.”
“How long had I’ve been unconscious?” Melanie asked.
“Three days sweetheart,” she replied. “Now lie down. You still need to rest.”
After a week of rest, Shirley allowed Melanie to go outside and explore the city. When she first opened the door, she could see an ancient city built of the same stone as her room. The people were so strange!, Melanie had discovered they were all water nymphs and mermaids in their human form. The legend says that as soon as they touched the water that surrounded the city outside the air bubble they wouldtransform into their original form. In the lake above, Melanie could see the vindunder circulating the air bubble guarding the city of Grundvatten.
Shirley then showed her the main plaza where in the center there was a silver statue of the legendary Poseidon ruler of the seas. While traveling the city Melanie noticed how lonely the guardian looked and decided to go talk to him. As she approached the mysterious waters, the vindunder notice her and approached the city. As he touched the dry land, he transformed from a scaly dark blue monster to a pale, blue eyed boy. Melanie was shocked at the sight of this scene because she never seen this kind of transformation before. Caspian, the boy, then decided to go talk to Melanie. “Hi my name is Caspian,” the boy said. “I’m the guardian of this ancestral city. I’m sorry of what happened the other day. I did not mean to hurt you.”
“ Don’t worry it wasn’t your fault,” she replied after a while. “ I’m actually thankful for bringing to this ancient and unique city.”
“If you like the city you will love the outside. Let me show you”, he answered; he gave Melanie a necklace made of turquoise pearls. “This will allow you to breathe underwater.” He grabbed her hand and pulled her to the deep waters of Loch Ness. As soon as both touched the water, Caspian became the scaly deep blue monster Melanie met before while Melanie transformed into a beautiful mermaid. She was surprised when she saw her self with a scaly purple fish tail instead of her feet. Melanie grasped onto one of Caspian’s fins, and together they sailed the crystal waters.
After a month of adventures, Melanie became a really good friend of Caspian. However, even though she wanted to stay, she asked Caspian to take her home since her parents would be worried. After saying goodbye to Shirley, she held her breath and hopped onto Caspian’s back. They raced together to the surface where Melanie said goodbye to her new friend. As soon as Melanie arrived home, her mother asked her where had she been for the passed hour. Melanie, puzzled, told her she has been gone for a whole month. Her mother looked at her and laughed. “Oh Melanie, you sure have an incredible imagination!”
- Photos: 80th Anniversary of the First Photo of Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster (abcnews.go.com)
- Review: The Loch Ness Legacy (cheapthrillsbookblog.wordpress.com)
- More to Loch Ness than monster, says tourism film (scotsman.com)
- New cycling event for Loch Ness (bbc.co.uk)