'Swallow me, little mermaid and you shall receive my gift' the voice urged. Alone in the dark waters, a little mermaid transformed. "Aaaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!!" Thump... Thump! THUMP!! The cold mermaid blood that circulated throughout her body was replaced with fresh warm blood. Her transformation continued and split her tail into two. The gills on her neck sealed shut and she desperately grasped them with both hands. 'breathe! I can't breathe!' Eriel cried as she dug her nails into her skin in an attempt to bring her gills back. red blood dyed the sea. As the poor girl was drowning, she asked the voice "Is this a gift or a curse?"