TITLE: The Princess's Treasure Hunt
GENRE: MG Fantasy Adventure
Princess Cassandra let out a loud whoop as she thundered ahead the green path on horseback. Glancing behind her, she saw her commoner friends falling behind, so she stopped her horse. "Come on, Kylie, Vance! You're too slow!"
"It's not fair," Vance grumbled. "Our horse has to carry two of us. There's no way we could ever beat you in a race."
Cassandra giggled. "Excuses, excuses."
She weaved through the trees and pulled back on the reins once she reached her destination. Even though she had seen the Falls countless times, the sight always stole her breath away. The sapphire blue water was so peaceful at the top, yet so desperate and churning at the bottom of the cliff. The jagged rocks carved by their ancestors eons ago were covered with symbols that the water tried to erode away. The fish that leaped and danced and—
A large tail broke the surface of the water at the bottom of the Falls. It flickered toward her, as if waving, before disappearing beneath the waves again.
Cassandra gasped. Could it be? A mermaid?
Without thinking about the danger, she guided her horse down the rocky terrain. It would be a steep descent to reach the bottom, but she was determined to see the mermaid up close. Many small rocks scattered away from her horse's hooves.
"Where are you going?" Kylie called.
"There's a mermaid!"
"Mermaids aren't real," Vance scoffed, but there was a hint of excitement in his voice.
"I've always wanted to see one," Kylie exclaimed.