Steve furrowed his brow confused as to why she would need water. “Um… there’s a pond in Central Park a few blocks down. Its closer than anything else really… Are you in some kind of trouble?” He asked worried as he offered her his arm and quickly started to lead the way to Central Park. “My name is Steve by the way. What’s yours?” He looked up and saw that the sun was getting closer to setting and picked up the pace. “What happens if we don’t get there in time?” He asked in case he would need to do something drastic.
Aqua’s heart was pounding as fast as a humming bird. Her eyes were scanning frantically for the pond Steve mentioned while occasionally flickering back to the sunset that seemed to happening faster then it was. Through all her panic, though, Steve had managed to reach through to her senses and Aqua managed to answer his questions as he led her to the pond.
“U-Uh… Just… I need to get there before the sun completely sets. Otherwise… O-Otherwise… Well, I hope you’re strong, because you might have to carry me,” she said, her cheeks flushing at the thought of popping a tail on dry land right in front of this man. Aqua had never missed getting to water before sunset, before. This would definitely embarrass her if she didn’t make it because of her bubble brain.
“Oh, uh, and my name is Aquamarine… Th-thank you, by the way… For helping me,” Aqua added, her eyes still searching for the pond he mentioned.
Steve quickened his pace when he heard the panic in her voice, “We’ll get you there.” He looked up at the setting sun and scooped her up and began to run easily. His long strides and military training had her by the pond within the minute. He gently sat her down, “Ok here we are, Aquamarine…” He said the name slowly not even sure he’d heard her right, “I’m Steve by the way and its not a problem at all. What did you need the pond for anyway? Are you in some kind of trouble?” He frowned glancing around for potential danger.
Before Aqua could answer Steve, she launched herself into the pond, relieved that he got her to some place safe in time. After several moments, the mermaid emerged, a smile on her face.
“Thanks so much for helping me. It would have been really strange if I suddenly had this in front of everyone…!” she giggled, lifting her tail out of the water.
“You can keep a secret, right, Steve..?” the mermaid added lightly.
“Holy-! That’s …. that’s a tail… you’re a mermaid!” He blushed and looked around to see no one was around to hear him or see her, “You’re a mermaid…” He said as the idea started to wrap around his head and he just stared at her, “That…. That is very… wow… Yes I can keep a secret. I’m sorry I’m just not used to… mermaids… Aliens and gods yes… but mermaids…. this is a first… I guess I shouldn’t be surprised… That is… Your tail is very pretty… ” He commented suddenly wishing he’d brought his sketchpad and colors so he could draw her.