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The Sea Fairies

12. The Enchanted Island
All at once it grew dark around them. Neither Cap'n Bill nor Trot liked this gloom, for it
made them nervous not to be able to see their enemies.
"We must be near a sea cavern, if not within one," whispered Princess Clia, and even as
she spoke the network of scarlet arms parted before them, leaving an avenue for them to
swim out of the cage. There was brighter water ahead, too, so the queen said without
hesitation:
"Come along, dear friends; but let us clasp hands and keep close together."
They obeyed her commands and swam swiftly out of their prison and into the clear water
before them, glad to put a distance between themselves and the loathesome sea devils.
The monsters made no attempt to follow them, but they burst into a chorus of harsh
laughter which warned our friends that they had not yet accomplished their escape.
The four now found themselves in a broad, rocky passage, which was dimly lighted from
some unknown source. The walls overhead, below them and at the sides all glistened as if
made of silver, and in places were set small statues of birds, beasts and fishes, occupying
niches in the walls and seemingly made from the same glistening material.
The queen swam more slowly now that the sea devils had been left behind, and she
looked exceedingly grave and thoughtful.
"Have you ever been here before?" asked Trot.
"No, dear," said the Queen with a sigh.
"And do you know where we are?" continued the girl.
"I can guess," replied Aquareine. "There is only one place in all the sea where such a
passage as that we are in could exist without my knowledge, and that is in the hidden
dominions of Zog. If we are indeed in the power of that fearful magician, we must
summon all our courage to resist him, or we are lost!"
"Is Zog more powerful than the mermaids?" asked Trot anxiously.
"I do not know, for we have never before met to measure our strength," answered
Aquareine. "But if King Anko could defeat the magician, as he surely did, then I think I
shall be able to do so."
"I wish I was sure of it," muttered Cap'n Bill.
 
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