Alana had said another human ship had wrecked, just a few hours' swim to the east of Atlantica!
Ariel kept a careful eye on the people around her, watching for the moment when her small self could slip out unobserved. Alana had begged off to read her books—Arista and Adella were talking with Father—Attina was chatting with some gentleman friend—Aquata and two of her dearest friends were playing a game—
Perfect. Ariel turned—
"And where do you think you're going?"
Oh. Andrina. Of course Ariel had missed one!
"I need a breath of clear water," Ariel lied.