Nearly a week and half passed before Kemena returned to swim with Penny. Kemena’s mother hadn’t been angry about her injury: she actually praised Leigh for bringing her daughter home and offering to take her to the ER for further treatment.
Penny felt the slight fear about her from coming over, however. She’d visited Kemena wants after revealing who she was and it seemed almost as if Kemena was trying to find anything to talk about except what it happened at Penny’s pool. In a way Penny hoped Kemena would feel like talking; on the other hand, she sort of hoped things would go back to the way they were before the accident.
Just as before, Leigh was at work leaving Kemena and Penny alone. For nearly the first twenty minutes after they changed into the swimsuits the two girls sat under the patio canopy listening to music and making small talk. Penny finally decided to try and get the conversation going. “Would you like something to drink?”
Kemena shook her head. “Not really.”
Penny half-glanced towards her friend. “Is there anything you like to talk about?”
Kemena twisted around in her chair so she could see her from better. “Anything?”
Penny saw the opening and went for it. “Anything. Even that.”
Kemena fidgeted in her seat for a few seconds. “I wanted to ask you about it but I was afraid you might not want to talk.”
“Why wouldn’t I talk about what I am?”
“Okay.” Kemena looked out over the pool. “Can I see you like that again?”
Penny smiled as she got out of her chair. “Sure, why not?” She nodded toward the pool. “I can only transform where there’s a lot of water—wanna go for swim?”
Penny walked down the steps into the small shallow area. Once the water was up nearly to her chest she wiggled out of her bikini bottoms and let them drop to the floor the pool before she turned to her friend. “Give me a second to do this: I don’t want you to see me without anything on below.”
From where Kemena stood she could just make out Penny’s legs below the water, though everything was wavy into distinct. After about five seconds there was a flash of color and she could make out something larger moving around underneath the surface of the water. She gave her friend astounded look. “Did you just change?”
Penny nodded. She swept her arms forward and seem to move backwards and water faster than any normal person. “Put on your goggles and come on in.”
Seeing that Penny was already in deep water, Kemena walks along the edge of the pool and jumped in as soon as she was even with her. With her goggles on she could see underwater—which meant she could see Penny, who was only a few feet away, perfectly. She saw her hair spread out in the water as she slowly moved her arm side to side, but what caught her attention the most was the magnificent blue and gold tail that started about mid-stomach and ended in a wide, translucent aqua fin.
She flipped over on her left side and swung around in a circle, her tail propelling her effortlessly through the water. She straightened out and came directly at Penny, stopping about a foot away. Her mouth began moving, but instead of words she spoke in a series of whistles, screeches, and pops. As soon as she was done she pointed to the surface.
The moment they broke Kemena spoke. “What was that?”
Penny chuckled. “I asked, ‘Do you like what you see?’.”
“You sounded like a dolphin.”
“Mama calls it The Language. It’s how we speak underwater.” Penny came alongside her friend. “Since you can understand it, will save our speaking for above water.”
Kemena chuckled while looking slightly embarrassed. “So, can we swim around like this?”
Penny glanced upward as if she were examining her eyebrows. “I hope you don’t mind working on holding your breath longer?”
“I don’t.” Kemena adjusted her goggles. “Not one bit.”