2 Chapter 1
It feels like I am being picked up.
Pick up? How can someone pick me up? I am human, not an object!
I try to open my eyes. But I cannot.
"Don't fret. It's not time for you to wake up yet." Someone comforts me with a gentle voice.
Then I fall into deep sleep again.
When I regain conscious, I can finally open my eyes. But I feel weird. It feels like I'm drifting. Like I am not solid.
I look at my hands and they're transparent.
"You're still under formation. Don't worry, it's normal." The gentle voice from before. A young man appears in front of me. A handsome man with silverish hair.
My brain (if I have one now) is starting to work. Where am I? Formation? What formation? It's just a nap. I had an afternoon nap and then I became a cloud? I was just taking a nap in my dorm room! I was exhausted after the last exam, I decided to take a nap.
Right. I must be dreaming. I close my eyes and mutter to myself- wake up, wake up, wake up.
When I open my eyes, I am still in the same place.
Oh this can't be happening. It must be a dream inside a dream kind of dream. I try to make myself fall asleep again. When I wake up, I must be inside my dorm room. Right?
Sleep, sleep, fall asleep.
"It's real. Everything is real. It's not a dream." A soft voice. So soft that I nearly cannot catch that. It did not feel like I heard the words with my ears, more like the voice just appeared in my head.
I hope I am not going crazy. The voice just now was most certainly male.
I am sure I cannot fall asleep under this situation. Defeated, I first open one of my eyes to try to peek at the situation.
The young man with a gentle voice is still in front of me. He is staring at me.
"Seems like you're finally awake." He gives me a gentle smile to comfort me.
"Who are you? Where am I?" I ask timidly.
"This is my place in the castle. I am Princess Cordelia's cousin, Valentine."
Princess Cordelia? Valentine? Why do these two names sound really familiar? Where have I heard them?
My mind still feels so boggled, like I am inside a cloud. Maybe it's due to the fact that my brain has not fully formed yet.
"You're confused. That's normal. As a newly formed sea nymph should. Don't worry." He gives me yet another smile.
His gentle voice, his calm expression and comforting smile all make me fret less. But that's not normal! I am human!
"Do you remember what kind of sea creature you are a spirit of?"
No. Because I am human! Not a spirit of some sea creature.
"It's alright if you are not sure. You are the spirit of a pearl oyster. See you even have a pearl necklace."
I look at my neck and just as he said a pearl necklace hangs on my neck. It looks kind of like a pearl choker. The kind that was in the trend a few years ago.
Yes, it is all very satisfying to have unlimited supply of pearls, but just what is going on? This dream is a tad too real. A tad too long.
If I am in a dream, the colors should not be this vivid. Everything is in high definition even though I am not wearing my glasses.
Another possible reason starts to form in my mind. What if... No it can't be. Those things are just stories, product of the imaginative minds of authors.
"It may be a bit overwhelming at first, but you'll get used to it. As a newly formed nymph, you do not have a name. Let's call you Ianthe. Do you like it?"
Ianthe? This name rings a bell too.
Ianthe. I remember it has a meaning that is quite similar to my name. It means violet flower. And my name is Violet. Why do I know that?
Ianthe, Valentine, Cordelia, sea nymph...
Wait... doesn't the novel I read as distraction during my exam period have all these elements? A novel about mermaid princess Cordelia's adventure on land. Valentine, Cordelia's cousin, is the royal mage of the underwater kingdom Ocera. He is also the one who gives Cordelia a potion to change her tail to legs. As for Ianthe, she is the maid of Cordelia. She is a not very important side character.
But why do I remember her? When she first appeared in the novel, there is a line explaining the meaning of her name. And her name has literally the same meaning as mine, so it makes an impact. But most importantly it's because she died in the end. She is the only character who dies in the novel. Not even the antagonist gets to die, but she does. Why? Because she is such a loyal servant. She saves her princess from an assassination or something. But what does she get in return? The princess marries happily in the next chapter. Not even a single drop of tear from the princess for her poor deceased maid.
I don't exactly remember every single detail of the plot as it is just a short little story I sneaked in between studying. It's supposed to be fun and entertaining, but not memorable.
So I really doubt that I am having a dream because I like the story so much. It's really not very memorable. See, I don't even remember the details of the plot! But does that mean I transmigrated into a novel?
I thought my life is going to be fun after exams, but turns out life likes messing up with you.