Author: Kat Lee
Fandom: The Little Mermaid
Challenge/Prompt: drabble_weekly 92: Underwater
Word Count: 200
Date Written: 6 June 2018
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to Disney, not the author, and are used without permission.
She tells her daughters every day they can be whatever they want to be while dreaming of a world where those words can be made truth. Ever since she was a little girl, Ariel has tried to swim against the current, but now as an adult, she sees far too much pain and suffering. She sees far too often that that is not the truth, that girls, even Princesses, can not be whatever they choose.
She sees women who sleep with men or tolerate being hit by them simply to have enough coins to rub together for their next meal. She sees children who are mistreated, who rarely know a decent meal or a kind hand. She sees suffering everywhere and tries so hard to help. Women are precious creatures to be treasured.
Yet she never feels treasured herself. She only feels at home when she’s underwater, but even there she’s no longer truly welcomed. Scuttle and Flounder are her only friends from her old life. She’s a fish out of water and a human in the ocean. She’s a woman always but never is she who she truly wants to be, a person of both worlds helping both kingdoms.