Ready, Set, Goal!
Tiger Sharks Score!
SHELLY SIREN SWUNG HER WHALEBONE stick with all her might. She held her breath as she smacked the shell and it soared through the water. Poseidon Prep’s octopus goalie spread out his eight tentacles to stop her from scoring.
A split mersecond later, the shell whizzed through a tiny space between the octopus’s arms and slammed into the treasure chest behind him.
Shelly’s friend Echo Reef screamed from the sidelines, “Goal!” just as the announcer bellowed, “Trident Academy scores!”
Shelly let out a sigh of relief.
“The Trident Academy Tiger Sharks win!” yelled the referee.
Echo and the Tail Flippers gymnastics squad flipped around and around on the side of the kelp field. The entire crowd from Shelly’s school, Trident Academy, roared in excitement. Her teammates lifted her up on their shoulders. Rocky Ridge cheered, “Go Shelly!”
Shelly felt embarrassed. She usually didn’t like attention. But she was filled with excitement when Coach Barnacle swam over and told them some exciting news.
“Congrats, team! We’re going to the Shell Wars Championships!”
“Sweet seaweed!” Shelly said. The Shell Wars Championships were the biggest games in the entire ocean. Teams from all over competed for the Golden Trophy. Not only that, but the matches were held in the faraway glittering city of Atlantis. Shelly had heard it was the most fin-tastic place ever, filled with fascinating human objects.
Rocky’s father, Mayor Ridge, swam up to a podium on the field and announced, “Congratulations, Trident Academy! In commemoration of this wonderful turn of events, I declare tomorrow Trident City Shell Wars Day. Every merperson will get the morning off from work and school. We’ll have a parade in front of the Trident City Plaza Hotel to honor all the team
members of the Trident Academy Tiger Sharks.”
Echo and the rest of her gymnastics group gathered beside the Shell Wars team. One of the Tail Flippers, Pearl Swamp, tapped Mayor Ridge on the shoulder. “Mayor, can the Tail Flippers be part of the parade?”
“Of course!” Mayor Ridge said with a smile. “These championship games will be the biggest thing to ever happen to Trident City in my lifetime. A Trident Academy team hasn’t gone in over a hundred years! Let the celebration begin!”