Weeks passed, and the two would play together all the time. Anywhere from Mermaids, to cars, from butterflies, to coloring, they did it all. However, Ala began to notice a group that was always off to the side of them. She felt eyes on the back of her head, which would swivel around every time she felt a shiver down her spine, but they would always have their heads bent down over their coloring, be dancing to music, or be over at the science table studying leaves.
"Do you ever feel that Tiana, Laura, and Ria are watching us?" Ala asked Henry, as they placed the last block on their tower.
Henry shrugged, seeming unconcerned, "I haven't really noticed anything." His eyes widened, "Have you?"
Ala sighed, "It's probably nothing, I haven't caught them looking at me, but I just, feel something..."
"Maybe it's your mermaid senses kicking in!" Henry said, jumping to his feet.
Ala brightened, "Yeah, maybe!" She said, and they went back to building their city.
The next day, Henry left early for his sisters birthday party. As Henry and Ala waved goodbye, and he walked through the door, Ala felt a tap on her shoulder.
"You can't play with Henry anymore."
Ala whirled around, "What, why?"
Tiana, and five others, stood in front of her, Tiana had her hands on her hips. She was wearing a dress with beautiful pink flowers, and she had large hooped earrings that made her look all grown up. Ala fingered her skirt that she'd been wearing for the past year. Her stomach began to throb.
"Because." Tiana said, lifting her chin high "You play with him too much." And with that, her and her friends turned and walked away, leaving Ala shocked, confused, and upset.