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The Sea Fairies

20. The Home Of The Ocean Monarch
Trot sobbed quietly with her head on Cap'n Bill's shoulder. She had been a brave little
girl during the trying times they had experienced and never once had she given way to
tears, however desperate their fate had seemed to be. But now that the one enemy in all
the sea to be dreaded was utterly destroyed and all dangers were past, the reaction was so
great that she could not help having "just one good cry," as she naively expressed it.
Cap'n Bill was a big sailor man hardened by age and many adventures, but even he felt a
"Lump in his throat" that he could not swallow, try as hard as he might. Cap'n Bill was
glad. He was mostly glad on Trot's account, for he loved his sweet, childish companion
very dearly, and did not want any harm to befall her.
They were now in the wide, open sea, with liberty to go wherever they wished, and if
Cap'n Bill could have "had his way," he would have gone straight home and carried Trot
to her mother. But the mermaids must be considered. Aquareine and Clia had been true
and faithful friends to their earth guests while dangers were threatening, and it would not
be very gracious to leave them at once. Moreover, King Anko was now with them, his
big head keeping pace with the mermaids as they swam, and this mighty preserver had a
distinct claim upon Trot and Cap'n Bill. The sailor felt that it would not be polite to ask to
go home so soon.
"If you people had come to visit me as I invited you to do," said the Sea Serpent, "all this
bother and trouble would have been saved. I had my palace put in order to receive the
earth dwellers and sat in my den waiting patiently to receive you. Yet you never came at
all."
"That reminds me," said Trot, drying her eyes, "you never told us about that third pain
you once had."
"Finally," continued Anko, "I sent to inquire as to what had become of you, and Merla
said you had been gone from the palace a long time and she was getting anxious about
you. Then I made inquiries. Everyone in the sea loves to serve me--except those sea
devils and their cousins, the octopi--and it wasn't long before I heard you had been
captured by Zog."
"Was the third pain as bad as the other two?" asked Trot.
"Naturally this news disturbed me and made me unhappy," said Anko, "for I well knew,
my Aquareine, that the magician's evil powers were greater than your own fairy
accomplishments. But I had never been able to find Zog's enchanted castle, and so I was
at a loss to know how to save you from your dreadful fate. After I had wasted a good deal
of time thinking it over, I decided that if the sea devils were slaves of Zog, the prince of
the sea devils must know where the enchanted castle was located.
 
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