Triton and Sebastian watched the group leave the room, the king of the seas sighed and slowly sat down on his throne. The little red crab watched his king for a long moment before turning toward the entrance.
"Sometimes, I think I'm being too strict on the girls...but, I'm just concerned for their safety."
"Of course, Your Majesty." Sebastian held his head high as he turned to face Triton. "But I must admit, now I'm quite curious about this Keyhole."
Triton looked at the crab and shook his head, "That need not concern you. Do you have anything to report?"
"Yes, Your Majesty, it is just as you suspected. Those creatures seem to be coming from Ursula's grotto."
"I knew it!" Triton rose from his throne and began slowly floating from side to side in a swimming pace. "That sea witch is up to no good again. "I see that exile from the palace has taught her nothing."
Sebastian nodded, "Yes, she poses a serious danger."
"And I told you to keep Ariel away from such danger, did I not?"
"Your Majesty, please. I, uh..."
"Sebastian, if anything happens I can, and will give Giles your position, is that clear?"
"Good. Now go keep an eye on the girls, and make sure those other girls stay out of trouble also."
Outside the throne room...
Tara's twin swam over to Willow, with what Tara herself would call her sexy grin, and she didn't like it one damn bit. But she was stopped from interfering by Willow's twin, who at that moment pulled her into a kiss, just as her twin pulled her Willow into one. Buffy and Faith tried to back away but didn't get too far, and soon found themselves on the receiving end of another kiss.
"Ariel, why don't you let us show our twins to their rooms?" Tara's twin smiled at her lover's sister. "You know, just so we can show them our rooms also."
"Umm, sure, but I want them conscious later. I need to show them something."
Willow's twin smirked trailing her finger over the top of Tara's shell covered breasts, and heard a soft moan escape. Even though Willow herself was in dreamland, hearing the moan snapped her out of it and caused her eyes to narrow. She's touching my Tara! It must stop!
Oh calm down, I'm touching you, aren't I?
Not your Tara, but still, anyway, why are you mad? I'm touching you, but you get mad when your twin touches your Tara. Now, for some reason I don't think that's fair, do you?
Uhh...well, hey! You shouldn't be touching me either!
"Don't worry little sis, they'll be conscious, but it won't be our fault if they can't move." The sound of her twin's voice caused Willow to turn, and glare.
"That is quite enough young ladies." Giles said as he perched on Faith's twins' shoulder. "Leave these poor girls alone, and get to class. Ariel will be showing them to their rooms."
"Oh, come on! Why can't we?" Buffy's twin almost whined.
The crab looked at the innocent expression on the twin's face and sighed. "That's why. If you girls were allowed to leave, I wouldn't see you till perhaps tomorrow! And these ladies would not get their rest for the rest of the night!"
"Okay, fine you tight shelled crab! But know this, we'll get ahold of our sexy twins, and there'll be nothing you can do about it!" Buffy's twin replied, leaned down, kissed the top of Faith's breasts, and swam off.
"Can't wait to see you tonight." Faith's twin smiled sweetly at Buffy, and ran her hands across the under sides of Buffy's breasts before following her lover.
"We can have a lot fun before you leave." Tara's twin smirked at the blush covering Willow's neck and face, and leaned down brushing her lips over Willow's, and leaving a trail of kisses down her neck.
"Yeah, and we'll get the whips out, too!" Willow's twin giggled and kissed Tara between her breasts, before she and Tara's twin followed Giles toward the study room.
Ariel watched her sister and friends leave and turned toward the flushed girls. "Please, come to my grotto, I want to show you something."
The four girls could only nod and follow Ariel towards the palace gates, with Donald and Goofy in front of them. Buffy just happened to look over her shoulder and sucked in a breath plus a small amount of water, and coughed.
Willow watched Buffy look toward the study room again and found herself following Buffy's line of vision, her jaw hit the floor as she grabbed Tara's hand and squeezed. Tara's twin, not to mention Faith's twin, were just outside the doorway, totally topless, seeing as they were holding the nipple covers in their right hands.
Tara tried to cover Willow's eyes, but dropped her hand away when Willow's twin swam out of the door, and holding a short leather whip. Tara's jaw joined Willow's on the ground as she watched Willow's twin run the end of the whip over her lovers nipples, and heard her twin let out a moan.
Faith was trying as hard as she could to get Buffy turned around and stopped when Buffy's topless twin held up a set of -what Faith could only guess could be handcuffs. She'd guessed right and watched Buffy's twin cuff her twin to the wall, and begin trailing kisses down her twin's neck.
"Oh! They're at it again!" Ariel giggled swimming up beside the girls, "I hope Giles is alright, last time they did this, he'd been tied up and gagged. I found him asleep a couple of hours later, and was he mad!"
"They...uh, they do this a lot?" Tara asked keeping her eyes glued to the scene, and wishing she was alone with Willow for the moment.
"Yeah, but you know, sometimes they do stay inside their rooms. But not a lot, Will told me they liked the thrill."
"That's nice..." Willow turned and stared at Tara. "Baby? I need to talk to you...in private! Like now!"
"No! No way! We've got work to do, besides it's your fault for watching them..." Donald trailed off with his back turned.
"Hurry back." Tara's twin called and smiled as she cuffed Willow's twin to the wall. "Then, it'll be your girls' turn."
"Now, we're leaving now!" Donald quacked grabbed Willow's hand and pulled her toward the palace gates.
Ariel giggled shaking her head. "If you stay the night, I hope you know that no one will get any sleep."
Tara blushed bright red and turned to catch up with Willow, who at that moment was struggling to get away from Donald. Faith and Buffy hurriedly followed, especially after they'd saw Buffy's twin grab her whip.
The group stopped outside the gates and once again was on guard. The area looked safe enough, but the girls knew that things sometimes weren't as they seemed. "This way." Ariel nodded toward a small mushroom. "There's a secret entrance leading to my grotto. Follow me."
The young mermaid led the girls through two tunnels and to the bottom of the ocean floor about what Willow thought was a mile from the palace. After the first fight with the Heartless the girls were relieved that they weren't attacked. Ariel stopped and pointed to a large boulder, "There it is. Can you help me push the rock away?"
Willow nodded, as she and Faith helped the mermaid push the boulder to the right, reveiling a small entrance into a cave. Once everyone was inside they were surprised to find seven shelves in the circular room, all were filled with different man made things. Music boxes, forks, spoons, knives, statues, books, mirrors, and anything and everything that you could think of was there.
"Flounder and I've collected these wonderful things. I think it's all from the outside world, and someday I'm going to see what's out there. I want to see other worlds...does that sound strange?"
"No." Buffy spoke shaking her head. "It's wonderful, I used to feel that way too."
"Ah, well I still do." Buffy giggled scratching the back of her head.
Ariel smiled and looked around her secret place, "Hey, why don't we try looking for that Keyhole you were talking about?"
"But your father said..." Tara trailed off seeing the look in the young mermaid's eyes.
"Oh, he treats me like a little girl, just like my sister Willow. He never wants to let either of us to do anything. He just... He just doesn't understand."
Willow glanced around the group, Buffy and Faith both shrugged, not caring either way. Tara smiled slightly, Goofy nodded, and Donald sighed.
"If we let you come with us, you've got to promise the first sign of trouble you'll hide, okay?" Donald said just knowing even if they told Ariel to stay behind, she'd follow anyway.
"I promise. There's an old shipwreak just beyond where we first met, I know a shortcut. Come on." Ariel swam outside with the others following, no one noticed Sebastian step out of his hiding place, and head for the palace.
What the little crab didn't know was he was also being watched by two gray eels, Jetsam and Flotsam had also been watching, and smiled as they heard their mistress in their heads. Follow them
Ursula was watching everything through a cauldron an evil smile crossed her face as she watched the going ons.
"Those impudent fools will never find the Keyhole. But the girl could prove useful. And I've got the Heartless on my side... Triton, my old friend, your day is coming." The sea witch's laugh echoed across the room.
Back with the others...
Ariel had shown the group to a small but safe tunnel, and led them through. When Willow poked her head from the hole, she saw an old shipwreak ahead of her and saw from the tunnel. Flounder scared the girls when he shouted and bolted for the sunken ship. "Huh?" Turning around Willow shrieked, grabbed Tara's hand and swam after Flounder, who now had Ariel at his back.
"What in the hellfire are you guys worried about?" Buffy asked before turning, and letting out her own scream and bolting after the others, as she held on to Faith's right hand.
Donald turned, grabbed Goofy and followed. "Shark!"
The duck made it into the ship just before the shark rammed into the side, he chomped down just barely missing Donald's tentacles, and continued trying to force his way inside. The group swam down to the lower deck, and heard the shark crash into the ship twice more, causing some of the wood to fall and break through the floor. Tara pulled Willow back when a set of stairs cracked and fell leaving a large hole in the floor, where something shined.
Faith reached into the hole and pulled out a trident made of crystal and looked it over before giving it to Willow. "Wow, this is beautiful." Willow whispered as the room lit up with a rainbow light covering the walls, ceiliing, and floor.
"That reminds me of something..." Ariel trailed off as a bright smile lit up her face. "In my grotto, there is a trident shaped slot, maybe it fits inside."
"Can't hurt to try." Buffy said and looked through a broken window, only to see the shark swimming around the ship. "But that's gonna be a problem." she pointed to the shark.
The group was silent for a moment, Willow watched the shark trying to form a plan, and looked to Faith, who caught on to what she was thinking and nodded.
"Me and Faith will distract him while the rest of you head for the shortcut."
"No!" Both Tara and Buffy shouted worriedly.
"Don't worry, we'll be fine. You just get inside the tunnel and we'll be right behind you." Willow placed a reassuring kiss on Tara's lips. "Come on, Faith."
The two girls swam out a small opening and swam for the shark, Willow cast a Firaga spell to get the shark's attention, and waited as it made a beeline toward her. Faith watched and just as the shark passed overhead she thrust her blade up, and left a eight-inch long wound on the shark's belly. The shark turned and snapped at Faith narrowly missing her tail, and was knocked away by a Flare spell.
"Come on!" Donald shouted from the tunnel entrance and ducked inside.
"Go!" Willow shouted to Faith and cast a Thundaga spell before she followed with the shark right behind her.
Faith entered the tunnel just a few seconds before Willow plowed through with the shark right on her tail, and heard a loud snap. Turning she saw the shark snap again, and smirked when she realized the shark was stuck and couldn't move closer.
"It can't break through, can it?" Goofy asked with his head inside his shell.
"I don't think he can. It would take a lot of strength to break the stone." Ariel said and turned to lead the group back to her grotto. Once the group was out of site the shark gave up and backed out of the hole Damn, and I wanted a snack!
With the crystal trident in hand the girls easily made their way inside the grotto and waited for Ariel to remember where she saw the trident shape. She moved a few things around near the floor and nodded when a trident marker was uncovered.
"There it is. Try it."
Willow nodded and raised the crystal trident, she only fit it halfway into the slot when she turned at the sound of an angry voice and lowered her head. This sucks.
"Ariel, you've disobeyed me again!" Triton said angrily swimming into the room. "I told you not to leave the palace!" A rainbow colored light caught his attention causing him to look passed Willow and see the crystal trident. A wave of anger rushed over his body, and he raised his trident.
Ariel looked from Triton to the crystal trident and her eyes went wide, "Daddy, no!" she shouted.
A bolt of lightning shot from Triton's trident shattering the crystal trident in the slot.
"How could you..." Ariel shouted and sawm away upset as tears welled up in her eyes.
Triton watched his daughter go before turning back to the group, "Young lady, you're not from another ocean. You're from another world. Aren't you?"
"Yes, sir." Willow answered staring at the floor, and not meeting the king's eyes.
"Then you must be the key bearer."
Willow's head snapped up and she looked at Triton surprised, "How did you know we're the ones who hold the keys?"
Triton shook his head. "You may fool Ariel, but you can't fool me. You don't know your dorsal fin from your tail." Willow grinned and heard a light giggle from Buffy. "As the ones who hold the keys, you must already know this, but one must not meddle in the affairs of other worlds."
"Of course we know that, but..." Faith started but was cut off.
"You have violated this principle. The key bearers shatters peace and brings ruin."
Goofy's head poked out from his shell as he looked at the sea king, "The girls are not like that."
"Look, I thank you for saving my daughter. But there is no room in my ocean for you or your keys." Triton turned to leave and stopped at the entrance. "You'd best leave before you cause more trouble. Trouble that will be the doom to us all." He said and sawm outside leaving the group behind.
"I don't care who he is, we've got a job to do, and he's not gonna run me off that easily." Willow mostly growled.
"If we don't find this keyhole, this world will be taken over by the Heartless...and as much as I want to escape our twin's grasp, doesn't mean we can leave yet." Tara said and saw everyone nod.
"I wonder where Ariel went?" Buffy asked and saw Faith staring at the trident slot. "What's wrong?"
Faith shrugged, "Nothing really, I was just thinking. Why did Triton destroy that crystal trident?"
"Well right now I think we should look for Ariel, she might get into trouble." Donald said worried for the young mermaid, and saw the others nod in agreement.