Chapter 79

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Nana had told Eli to sit and wait at the house but five minutes later and he was already getting anxious.

"Stop pacing Eli," Fizza said. "You're making me dizzy."

Fifteen hours. Nana could be very convincing when she wanted to be but that didn't guarantee anything.

He went over to the table and pulled out a pen-like thing and some paper-looking stuff. He wasn't exactly sure what they were made of but that was a question for another time.

"What are you doing?" Zixin asked.

"Why are you writing in English?" Kaja asked.

"Because it's faster than runes." He slammed his pen down. "Stop looking over my shoulder. It's distracting me."

All five of them were trying to look over his shoulder.

"Don't tell me it's another one of your ridiculous plans?" Fizza said with a groan.

"Don't worry. I've gotten much better at this," Eli said. "How many mermaids would it take to create a sandbank?"

"If they're skilled, about three or four could create one a mile long and about half a mile wide. Why?" Amir said.

"That means that I only need about fifty. Forty at the very least," Eli said to himself.

"Stop muttering to yourself in English and tell you what you're planning," Ru said.

"You wouldn't understand even if I told you," Eli said. He didn't want to tell them anyway. They were bigger than when he last saw them, that was for certain, but it was obvious that none of them were skilled in fighting.

Ru grabbed the paper from him. Amir held him when he tried to take it back.

"You're planning something stupid again," Ru said, looking at the paper. "I learned how to read English by the way."

Fizza snatched the paper from him. "This is absolutely ridiculous," she said.

"You took it from me before I could finish," Eli said. He threw Amir off and grabbed the paper from her. "And this will work." He took up the pen and continued writing.

"It won't work," Fizza said.

"And how much do you know about fighting against ships?" Eli asked. They didn't answer. "My point exactly."

"How long can she, Hailie, I think you said her name was, how long can she hold her breath?" Kaja asked.

"I'm not sure," Eli said. "Definitely longer than five minutes."

Zixin took the pen from him. "In that case, you can make this smaller that way you'll need less mermaids."

"It cannot be smaller because of the average distance between each ship."

"What if we just sink all the other ships except for the one she's on?" Ru asked.

"We can't do that because we don't know which one of the ships she's on."

"Then why don't we--"

"Look guys, I know you're trying to help but I need some peace and quiet so I can think about this." He took the pen from Zixin and pushed him away from the desk. After a few moments, he heard them leave.

"It isn't necessary for you to think of the plan. Garan will do that."

"You're forgetting that when they go after ships, it's usually to destroy them. Not to rescue someone who's inside. His plan will most likely involve sinking the ship and then search through each one to find her and that plan will get her killed. I thought you went to see Akello," Eli said, turning around.

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