It had been a long journey full of danger and near misses, but always being chased as they finally made it to the abandoned cabin in the woods. The cabin sat surrounded with thick forest on top of a steep hill overlooking the back of a large estate with a lonely pond.
The twin boy-girl siblings had brought the girl into this cabin to hide and catch their breath. It was only by accident that they had freed the mermaid from the marked stone. Even the man who had added the stone to his collection didn't know that she was in there, but now wanted her even more. Until a tank could be built the mermaid was stored in the fountain, where the twins listened to her story.
How, many centuries ago her family lived in a huge lake connected to the ocean. It was a good, peaceful life until the drought; like the world was shifting and trying to wash out their home. Since lake mermaids were territorial there was no change of relocating. Instead they performed a ritual to seal everyone in stone un