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      One sunny day, Bethany Harper, age 3, of Little Rock, Arkansas, was visiting the
ocean with Angel, Theresa, and Caroline.
Bethany was in the shallow water collecting colorful seashells.  As she reached for a
bright pink shell, someone tapped her on the shoulder.  It was a beautiful mermaid!

"I'm very unhappy," wept the mermaid.  "My daddy, the king of the sea, has been
captured by the evil sea serpent, Electra!  I don't know what to do."
So Bethany said, "Please do not cry.  I know how to rescue your daddy.  Do you have
any friends who can help us?"
The little mermaid replied, "Yes, I have many friends who would love to help."

Bethany and the little mermaid swam toward the evil serpent's den.  Along the way they
met two playful dolphins.  
"We are Splish and Splash.  Would you like to play with us?" asked the giggling dolphins.
Bethany told them, "We have no time to play.  We must rescue the king of the sea.  
Come and help us!"

Bethany and her underwater friends swam a long way through the beautiful blue sea.  
Many sea animals wanted to help.  There were graceful sea horses, countless starfish
and a whole school of parrot fish.  Everyone was eager to help save the king.  Bethany
and her friends swam closer and closer to the serpent's den.

The sea became cold and dark.  Bethany was a little afraid and wished Angel,
Theresa, and Caroline
were there to help.
From a distance, they could see Electra's den.  It was a sunken pirate ship.  Guarding the
entrance were two huge sharks with big teeth as sharp as knives.  The king was trapped
with his hands chained tightly by his sides.

Bethany explained the rescue plan to the sea animals and gave the go-ahead signal.
The animals began swimming in circles like a swarm of wild bees around the serpent and
the sharks!  Bethany quickly entered the den through a porthole and unlocked the king's
chains.  The mermaid's daddy was free!

The sea animals cheered, "Hooray!  Hooray!  The king is saved!"  The overjoyed
mermaid gave her daddy a great big hug.
She said, "Oh, Daddy, "I'm so happy we are together again.  You could not have been
saved without help from Bethany.  We must find a way to thank her."

The king decided to hold a grand celebration at the palace in honor of Bethany.  Animals
from all over the ocean were invited.  Bethany Harper was crowned an honorary member
of the royal sea family.  Everyone danced and played merry music.
"Angel, Theresa, and Caroline sure would proud of me," thought Bethany.

The beautiful little mermaid presented Bethany with many brightly colored sea flowers
and seashells.
"Won't you please stay with us forever?" pleaded the little mermaid.
Bethany replied, "I must return to my home in Little Rock, Arkansas.  But I promise to
return to the sea kingdom to visit."

Bethany thanked the king and the little mermaid for the beautiful party and the wonderful
gifts.  The dolphins, Splish and Splash, gave her a ride to the seashore.
Bethany was happy to be home and could not wait to tell Angel, Theresa, and
about her wonderful adventure with the little mermaid.

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