Chapter 7: King Zeus destroys the grotto/ Anna Meets Ursula/ Poor Unfortunate Souls
Meanwhile, Nemo was leading Anna to her grotto, and Anna said, "Nemo, why can't you just tell me what this is all about?"
"You'll see. It's a surprise." Nemo said.
When they got to where Anna's treasures were, Anna saw in surprise: it was the statue of Kristoff. Yes, it had fallen off the ship, and
now it was in Anna's grotto!
"Oh, Nemo- Nemo you're the best!" Anna exclaimed, hugging the clownfish. She swam up to the statue and said, "It looks just like him. It
even has his eyes." Then Anna pretended that the statue really was Kristoff, for she said, "Why, Kristoff, run away with you? This is all
so- so sudden..." And she laughed as she twirled around in happiness, but she stopped short when saw her father!
"Daddy!" Anna exclaimed in shock.
"I consider myself a reasonable merman. I set certain rules, and I expect those rules to be obeyed." King Zeus said in a stern voice.
"But, Dad!" Anna started.
"Is it true you rescued a human from drowning?" King Zeus asked.
"Daddy, I had to-" Anna said.
"Contact between the human world and the mer-world is strictly forbidden. Anna, you know that! Everyone knows that!" King Zeus reminded his
"He would've died-" Anna tried to explain.
"One less human to worry about!" the king said.
"You don't even know him." Anna argued.
"Know him? I don't have to know him. They're all the same. Spineless, savage, harpooning, fish-eaters, incapable of any feeling-" King Zeus was
"Daddy, I love him!" Anna exclaimed. But upon realizing what she said, Anna knew that she was in trouble now. She couldn't believe that she would
admit it to her dad, but it was the truth.
King Zeus coudn't believe what he was hearing, and he said, "No... Have you lost your senses comepletly? He's a human, you're a mermaid!"
"I don't care." Anna replied.
That made the king more furious than anything. He said, "So help me, Anna, I am going to get through to you. And if this is the only way, so be it."
With that said, King Zeus was using her trident, with thunderbolts shooting from the tips, to destroy everything in Anna's grotto.
"Daddy!...No... No, please- Daddy, stop!... Daddy! Nooo!!..." Anna was shouting as her father destroyed everthing.
The last object King Zeus blasted was the statue. Anna looked at the rubble, and began to cry. King Zeus looked as though he felt very guilty for
making Anna cry, and he left the grotto with his head hung low.
Squidward and Nemo approached Anna, and Squidward said, "Anna, I..."
"Just go away." Anna told him, still in tears.
Squidward and Nemo sadly left the grotto.
As Anna continued to cry, Arbok and Jafar showed up.
"Poor child." Arbok said.
"Poor, sweet child." Jafar added.
"She has a very serious problem." Arbok said.
"If only there were something we could do." Jafar said.
"But there is something." Arbok reminded him.
"Who- who are you?" Anna asked, still sad as she noticed the cobras.
"Don't be scared." said Jafar.
"We represent someone who can help you." Arbok told Anna.
"Someone who could make all your dreams come true." said Jafar.
"Just imagine-" the cobras said together.
"You and your prince-" Jafar said.
"Together, forever..." the snakes finished.
"I don't understand." Anna said warily.
"Ursula has great powers." said Jafar.
"The sea witch?" Anna gasped, "Why that's- I couldn't possibly- no! Get out of here! Leave me alone!"
"Suit yourself." Arbok said, exiting the grotto.
"It was only a suggestion." Jafar said, and on his way out, he flicked the statue's broken face towards Anna.
Anna looked at the face of the statue, and she said, "Wait."
"Yeeeeeeeeeessss?" Arbok and Jafar asked, knowing what Anna was going to say.
Squidward and Nemo were outside the grotto.
"Poor Anna." Nemo sniffled, feeling very sad for Anna.
"I didn't mean to tell, it was an accident." Squidward said. But then he saw Anna leaving with Arbok and Jafar. He swam to her and asked, "Anna- where
are you going? Anna, what are you doing with this riff-raff?"
"I'm going to see Ursula." the mermaid replied.
"Anna, no! No, she's demon, she's monster!" Squidward gasped, shocked at what Anna was doing.
"Why don't you go tell my father? You're good at that." Anna said, still mad at him for telling King Zeus about her grotto.
"But... But, I..." Squidward tried to explain. But then he turned to Nemo and said, "Come on." And they folled Anna and the cobras.
"This way." Arbok and Jafar told Anna as they entered the lair of Ursula. Anna noticed the garden of souls, and she was horrified by the sight.
Especially when one of them got a hold of her arm. Still, she got herself free.
"Come in. Come in, my child. We musn't lurk in doorways- it's rude. One MIGHT question your upbringing..." Ursula said, and Anna entered the place,
very nervous. Ursula continued, "Now, then. You're here bacause you have a thing for this human. This, er, prince fellow. Not that I blame you- he
is quite a catch, isn't he? Well, angel fish, the solution to your problem is simple. The only way to get what you want- is to become a human
"Can you DO that?" Anna asked.
"My dear, sweet child. That's what I do- it's wat I live for. To help unfortunate merfolk- like yourself. Poor souls with no one else to turn to."
Ursula said, and then she began to sing.
I admit that in the past I've been a nasty
They weren't kidding when they call me, well, a witch
Arbok and Jafar kind of snickered after that line.
But you'll find that nowadays
I've mended all my ways
Repented, seen the light and made a switch
And I fortunately know a little magic
It's a talent that I always have possessed
And here lately, please don't laugh
I use it on behalf
Of the miserable, lonely and depressed
Ursula went over to something and showed holograms of an overweight mermaid, and a skinny merman.
Poor unfortunate souls
This one longing to be thinner
That one wants to get the girl
And do I help them?
After that, the mermaid was skinny, and the merman was strong. The merpeople hugged each other.
Those poor unfortunate souls
The come flocking to my cauldron
Crying, "Spells, Ursula please!"
And I help them?
Yes, I do
By now, Nemo and Squidward arrived, and Nemo was very scared.
Now it's happened once or twice
Someone couldn't pay the price
And I'm afraid I had to rake 'em 'cross the coals
Yes, I've had the odd complaint
But on the whol I've been a saint
To those poor unfortunate souls
During that part of the song, the holographic merpeople realized that they couldn't pay, and Ursula turned them into what Anna saw upon
"Now, here's the deal. I will make you a potion that will turn into a human for three days. Got that? Three days. Now listen, this is important.
Before the sun sets on the third day, you've got to get dear ol' princey to fall in love with you. That is, he's got to kiss you. Not just any
kiss- the kiss of true love. If he does kiss you before the sun sets on the third day, you'll remain human, permenantly, but- if he doesn't, you
turn into a mermaid, and- you belong to me." Ursula explained to Anna.
"No Anna!" Squidward cried, but he and Nemo were both silenced by Arbok and Jafar.
"Have we got a deal?" Ursula asked Anna.
"If I become human, I'll never be with my father or my sisters again." Anna realized.
"That's right... But- you'll have your man. Life's full of tough choices, innit? Oh- and there is one more thing. We haven't discussed the subject
of payment. You can't something for nothing you know." Ursula rememebered.
"But I don't have any-" Anna began.
"I'm not asking much. Just a token, really, a trifle. You'll never miss it. What I want from you is... your voice." Ursula said.
"My voice?" Anna asked.
"You got it sweetcakes. No more talking, singing... ZIP!" Ursula said.
"But without my voice, how can I-" Anna started to ask.
"You'll have looks! A pretty face! and don't underestimate the importance of body language! Ha!" Ursula said, and then she went back to her song.
The men up there don't like a lot of blabber
They think a girl who gossips is a bore
Yes, on land it's much preferred
For ladies not to say a word
And after all, dear, what is idle prattle for?
During that verse, Ursula was going through some stuff to throw into the potion that would turn Anna into a human.
Come on, they're not all that impressed with conversation
True gentleman avoid it when they can
But they dote and swoon and fawn
On a lady who's withdrawn
It's she who holds her toungues who gets her man
Ursula had thrown quite a few things into the potion by now.
Come on, you poor unfortunate soul
Make your choice!
I'm a very busy woman
And I haven't got all day
It won't cost much
Just your voice!
You poor unfortunate soul
If you want to cross a bridge, my sweet
You've got to pay the toll
Take a gulp take a breath
And go ahead and sign the scroll!
By now, Ursula made a contract, and it read, "I Hereby Grant unto Ursula the Witch of the Sea, One Voice, for All Eternity. Signed,
Arbok, Jafar, now I've got her, boys
The boss is on a roll
This poor unfortunate soul.
Anna wasn't really sure about this, but this seemed pretty easy, so she mustered up her courage and her name on the contract.
Ursula smiled evilly, and began to chant.
Beluga, Sevruga, come winds of the Caspian Sea
Larynxis, glossistis, et max laryngitis,
La voce to me!
The two hands made of green smoke appeared, and Ursula said to Anna, "Now... sing!"
Anna began vocalizing, and a light was showing where her voice was.
"Keeping singing!" Ursula ordered, and Anna kept as it the hands went over and removed the light from Anna, and that light was her voice.
Her voice was put into a seashell locket that Ursula wore.
Then Ursula laughed evilly as Anna was trapped in a huge orange bubble, and in the bubble, Anna was being turned into a human.
When the bubble was gone, Anna couldn't breathe and she didn't know how to to swim with legs. So Nemo and Squidward hurried Anna and rushed her
to the surface.
Finally, Anna came up and took her first breath of air, and then Nemo and Squiward helped her get to shore.