The entrance gate is wide opened with an engraved design at the middle saying, “come join me”. As the withered leaves would freely and smoothly crawl through the wind blowing. Stepping down the hallway would create a tone of like a beat of music in every step, as if it is welcoming you until you get to a huge door. A voice will prompt and ask about you and what you need.
As you went to answer about your basic information, a screen will open and will verify about your personal information. And if you will answer them correctly, you may get inside the door. A robot will take off your suit for you or your hat and or your umbrella. You will be stunned by the inside of the house. It is filled with antique paintings on the wall. All was made by the same person through the time. The paintings says about what he wants to invent in the future. It was chronologically arranged and of which some that he had already invented and some he is still studying of and still to be making.
You will also see the paintings of the persons he met and has been part of his life through the years and that includes each of their stories as it was added to their description in each of the paintings. Now, a man named Willy went to get inside and to ask help for he was having trouble with his car’s engine. An old man came stepping down from the stairway as he was staring at a blank photograph frame. He has his white colored beard on and he wore an old shiny shoes as he walked by slowly. He holds like a staff with him, it looked elegant and expensive. He then looked at Willy and introduced himself to him. His name is Gem, as he explained that it means he has a treasured intellect. He invented all that Willy have seen inside his house.
Gem asked Willy why do he came in a deserted place like his. He warned him wasn’t he afraid that he might get harmed. Willy confidently answered him he is not afraid of the old man and looks definitely harmless. He pointed his cane on a blank photo frame. He added, “do you want to know why I left that blank?” Then, Willy started to feel a bit scared. He thought that this old man might really has to do in harming him but he politely answered the he has no idea at all.
So, the old man just didn’t explain anything as he went to a picture of a beautiful woman. He then exclaimed, “she is my wife”. Willy asked, “where is she now?”. Gem gave him a glance and kept quiet. He then went to the next picture and told Willy he is my best friend, we went to grow up together and shared great memories. He paused for a while and asked Willy, “do you really want to know where she is?”. Willy uttered, “yes”.
Gem told him a story. “My wife is the prettiest woman in our town, she dances gracefully and is one of a kind. I fell in love with her on the first day I saw her. She is Pearl, her name fits her so well like a genuinely planted pearl from the deepest ocean. We were married for fifty long years, until I have heard that they have been secretly dating with my best friend for quiet a long time. I went to investigate of it myself but I couldn’t find the reason of proving it right. I have invented a chip that I should be placing on her ring to know where she is going and records everything she does. It was an expensive ring that I gave her at our wedding anniversary. She was so glad to receive the ring, without knowing what is inside the ring”.
“There was a night that she went to a party and I allowed her to stay late. I will then have to fetch her upon going home. As she went there, I can see each person that she talked to and every conversation she makes. I have heard her talked to my best friend saying, “I am ready and prepared.” I was enraged with anger that I drove the car the fast that I could to be with her and talk to her. I came to the party and talked to her asking her what conversation they had with my best friend. She answered we weren’t talking about anything malicious. So, I went to see my best friend and left her alone near the beach, it was a beach party.”
“I saw my best friend on a farther place and asked him of what they have talked about. But then my best friend refused to answer me. So, I went back to see her and explain to her what I have inside her ring. But it was too late, I couldn’t find her anywhere. All that was retrieved of her is the ring that I have given her.”
“My mother once told me of a mermaid that lived down our village ocean. And I remembered about it. I asked my best friend once again of what they have talked about. Then, he told me the truth, that my wife is a mermaid and wasn’t really allowed to came here. As a violation rule, Gem must die for marrying her but their king ordered that instead of killing Gem, Pearl will become a literal pearl down at the bottom of the ocean where it will be hard of Gem to find her. So the conversation about “I am ready and prepared” meant leaving Gem to face her consequences.”
“So, the reason why I left that photograph frame blank is that I will place a picture of her as I will invent two legs just meant for her, because the legs she had when we were together already deteriorated. I have to find her first. But at my old age, I couldn’t seem to swim down the bottom of the ocean. Will you help me find her? ”
Willy, with a sympathy for the old man, answered, “I am willing to help you”. So, they planned with the equipment Gem had invented, to get down at the bottom of the ocean. They worked together for a week in finding Pearl until Willy came to the deepest level of the ocean and went inside a cave and found a heavy box inside. Gem invented a cliff that would lift the box up. A the box was lifted, it slowly opened and Gem’s wife pearl went out as a mermaid. She was floating as she was lifted. Gem revived her heart and she woke up. She was shocked that her husband knew about her being a mermaid. But then Gem explained everything and Gem’s invention of a new pair of legs fits Pearl so well. They were so happy to be together again. Willy became their heir of everything they have. He have helped them so much that Gem had thought it wasn’t enough to thank Willy.