Once upon a time there lived a kind, charming merman named Ariello
whose mother was Queen Tritina, ruler of the sea
Ariello was fascinated with humans and longed to live on land
One day, a beautiful young woman, Princess Erica, was out sailing in a terrible storm
and fell overboard!
Luckily, Ariello was watching nearby
He was able to return Erica safely to shore
For days after doing so, Erica was all he could think about
His evil and magical uncle Ursulo saw that Ariello's mind was elsewhere
After finding out what Ariello had been thinking about,
Ursulo made a deal with him: Ariello could be human for three days
if he gave Ursulo his good looks
If Erica hadn't kissed Ariello in three days, Ariello would have to be Ursulo's slave
Ariello agreed and was given legs (along with a snaggletooth, lots of warts,
greasy hair, dirty skin, and stinky breath)
When Ariello showed up at Erica's doorstep and asked for a place to stay,
Erica couldn't help but say yes; she has a very open heart
Throughout the next three days, Ariello and Erica found out they had much in common
and found that they very much enjoyed being with each other
At 11 o' clock in the evening on the third day, Ariello knew that his time was almost up
He looked at his sweet, beautiful Erica and said, "I love you."
She looked back at him with large, bright eyes for an infinite moment...
and said, "I love you, too."
And the couple leaned in and kissed passionately
and in that moment in time all was right in the universe because two souls
that were meant to be together had found each other at last
After a kiss that was so full of love and hope and dreams and passion, Erica leaned back
and saw that a handsome, loving boy with no snaggletooth was staring back at her
And they lived happily ever after.