Pechera is feeling rather sad. She knows its just the rain but she still feels rather sad.
She is not in the mood for this much rain.
Her hair feels like seaweed.
Her feet feel like flippers.
Her skin feels like scales.
Pechera gets very nervous when there is a lot of rain.
Pechera is a Seashellian.
Most Seashellians are very happy to be Seashellians.
Most Seashellians are very happy to be able to live on the land AND in the water.
The Seashellian life is extremely beautiful. They are the sweetest, kindest of beings.
Seashellians live in beautiful places.
The Seashellian Life is a wonderful life.
But Pechera does not think so.
She NEVER wants to go into the water.
She HATES being wet.
When the rain comes, she gets more and more miserable. Noone seems to be able to convince her that everything is OK. Her brother brushes her hair and ties it up for her. She has clothes made of sea silk and she only has to go into the water now and then. People think that things are really not that bad for Pechera – but she thinks they are.
When the rains come, Pechera plunges down the well to Nerissa. Pechera is indeed a Seashellian but she is also a MOON MAIDEN.
People think that she finds it hard being a Seashellian but the thing Pechera finds really hard is being a MOON MAIDEN.
She is a very beautiful girl.
She looks like someone who would enjoy adventure and being famous – but Pechera does NOT enjoy adventure and does not want to be at all famous.
She likes sleeping in the same warm bed every night. She likes eating the same thing for breakfast every morning. She likes going to Poppy’s Place every day and chatting.
Pechera actually likes HOUSEWORK. She has a favourite broom and a favourite duster. She likes to sit in the same chair every afternoon and she even likes knitting.
Pechera seems to have been meant to live a very ordinary life in Triflora.
Instead of that, she has to dive deep under the water to talk to Nerissa and then she has to whoosh all the way up to the Moon. That is NOT her idea of FUN.
When it rains and Pechera is called into the Water and up to the Moon, Magic takes hold of her completely.
Some Beings can almost see and hear and feel her when she is in the form of a Moon Maiden. Fishermen stop now and then to listen and look – but they don’t quite see her.
Pechera is sent on VERY important missions when the rains come.
This time, she is looking for the Lady of the Pastel People. She knows that it is a good thing to be doing – but she truly does wish that someone else could be a Seashellian Moon Maiden instead of her.
PECHERA AS A BABY.
Pechera’s mother disappeared on the very night that Pechera was born. It was a rainy night and her Mum was a Moon Maiden. She left the little Pechera in the arms of Lunestra and whooshed clear up to the Moon and hasn’t been seen since.
Lunestra is one of Nana’s Friends and has been old for a very long time. She did her best to prepare the Baby for the life ahead of her. She told her everything she needed to know about being a Seashellian and about being a Moon Maiden. She named her Looner Pechera, which means Fishgirl of the Moon.
Lunestra taught her all the Magic she knew. She also taught her housework and cooking and all the ORDINARY things of life. Nana Lunestra never once thought that Pechera would like the ordinary things better than the magic things – but she DOES!
There was a time when she was a teenager, when Pechera refused to leave the house at all. In the end, the Wizards lost the Plot and got really MAD. I think you can imagine what its like when the Wizards lose the plot and get REALLY mad.
Get yourself down into the water, Young Fish Maiden! This very instant. You have work to do!
The Nanas and the Wizards sat down with a cup of Hopeful Thinking Tea and shook all their heads at once. They had never had this happen before.
I do believe the Girl has a syndrome! said Grandpa Wizard.
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