Olivia, Mickey, and Donald swam as fast as they could, hoping that they didn't miss the concert. (Although we know that they already had). Unbeknownst to them, they were being spied on by two bats, who were hiding underneath some boulders and plants.
One of them was a purplish-gray bat with lavender skin, a cherry-red nose, white teeth, and pink ear innards and eyes. His name was Batso the Bat.
The other is a dark gray bat with yellow eyes, a pug nose, thin black eyebrows, sharp white fangs, a peg leg in place of his right foot, a notch in his right ear, and a broken wing, wearing dark blue swimming trunks and a gray flipper on his left foot. His name was Fidget the Bat.
Anyway, Batso and Fidget had magical eyes that are connected to a magical crystal ball, which is located in a big, dark and creepy cave. In that big, dark, and creepy cave, lived an evil queen. She was a gray mouse with mean, yellow eyes, a black nose, thin, black eyebrows, white buckteeth, and a black octopus's lower abdomen, wearing a gold crown, tan opera gloves that go up to her elbows, and red lipstick. Her name was Selene the Mouse Queen.
"Yeeeeeees, hurry home, princess," said Selene, as she watched her crystal ball. "We wouldn't want to miss your father's celebration, now, would we? Huh! Celebration indeed. Oh, bah! In my day, we had fantastical feasts when I lived in the palace."
Selene took a scared shrimp from her shell and ate it very loudly.
"And now, look at me!" Selene said gloomily, "Wasted away to practically nothing! Banished, and exiled, and practically starving! While he and his flimsy fish-folk celebrate." She swam a little in the room and looked at her reflection in the mirror, then at her crystal ball again. "Well, I'll give 'em something to celebrate soon enough."
She called to Batso and Fidget, "Batso! Fidget!" The two bats hit their heads on one of the boulders as Selene told them, "I want you to keep an extra close watch on this pretty little daughter of his." she smiled very cruelly, finishing, "She may be the key to Bernard's undoing."
Mickey and Donald each rubbed their hands together as they anxiously listened to their friend's sentence just outside the throne room.
"I just don't know what we're going to do with you, young lady." Bernard said to his daughter.
Olivia shifted, head down hands behind her back, she really was sorry she had missed the concert. "Daddy, I'm sorry," she said, "I just forgot, I -"
Bernard cut her off. "As a result of your careless behavior,-" he said, waving a hand. But Iago, in turn, interrupted the king from behind his crown, shouting, "Careless and reckless behavior!"
Bernard was angry, but he still loved his adoptive daughter. And he didn't want to seem to harsh, and he called out, "The entire celebration was-"
"Well, it was ruined!" Iago yelled, popping up in front of Bernard's face, "That's all. Completely destroyed!"
Then he waved his wings in front of Olivia as he sighed, "This concert was to be the pinnacle of my distinguished career. Now thanks to you I am the laughing stock of the entire kingdom!"
Mickey and Donald understood if it was her father admonishing Olivia for her behavior but the little parrot was yelling at Olivia because his ego was hurt, and that was just wrong. So they got up in the parrot's face, as well as subsequently the gray mouse's face.
"But it wasn't her fault!" Mickey protested.
"Yeah!" added Donald. He and Mickey blushed as the gray mouse glared at him and raised a questioning eyebrow.
"Um, well, first...This Boo chased us." The duck said nervously.
"Yeah, that's right! Right! The Boo!" Mickey said, "As a matter of fact it was a big Boo."
Donald stuttered at a loss for the right words, but he quickly got caught up in his improvement story telling, saying, "And we tried to, but we couldn't, and he went, "Grrrrrrrrr!" And, and we were like, "Whoooaaaaaa!" Ah! And then we were safe. But then this lizard came, and it was this is this, and that is that, and -"
Bernard was bewildered. "Lizard?"
"Donald!" Mickey scolded, putting his hands on his hips and glaring at the duck. Donald gasped and covered his mouth. Then he and Mickey hid behind Olivia a bit.
Bernard stood up. His amused face at the mouse and duck's stuttering story quickly changed to one of anger. "What? Oh! You went up to the surface again, didn't you? DIDN'T YOU?"
Olivia grimaced and shrugged trying to calm down her father while Mickey and Donald were still hiding behind her. "Nothing... happened." she stammered.
Bernard threw his hands up in exasperation rolling his eyes, saying, "Oh, Olivia. How many times must we go through this? You could've been seen by one of those barbarians. By... by one of those normal mice!"
"Daddy, they're not barbarians!" Olivia frowned at her father's choice of words towards the creatures she loved.
"They're dangerous!" said Bernard, glaring right back at his daughter. She hadn't seen the things Bernard had. She hadn't seen the nets or the fishing grounds that killed hundreds of innocent fish every day. Bernard was the king of the sea. And everything in it was his to watch and care for didn't she understand that?
Then Bernard tilted up her chin so maybe she might see the sad truth in his eyes, saying, "Do you think I want to see my youngest daughter snared by some Crash-eater's hook?"
But Olivia turned her head away at her father's gesture. He was treating her like an infant! She knew the dangerous of normal animals, especially mice, and their hooks. She went to explore shipwrecks, not fishing grounds. And did he think she was a fool?
"I'm a big girl;" said Olivia angrily. "I'm not a baby anymore!"
"Don't you take that tone of voice with me, young lady." Bernard shouted, pointing his finger at his daughter.
Unable to put her word in edge-wise, Olivia spoke rapidly as her father paused, desperate to get him to understand, explaining, "Well,-"
"As long as you live under my ocean,-"
"You'll obey my rules!"
"But if you would just listen!" she protested.
"Not another word!" Bernard yelled, as he turned away from her, "And I am never, NEVER to hear of you going to the surface again. Is that clear?"
Olivia swam off, crying a bit with Mickey and Donald following her.
Bernard slumped back on his throne, the anger he had felt early quickly disappeared as he watched his daughter flee the throne room crying.
"Hmph! Little children!" Iago said, trying to console the gray mouse, "They think they know everything. You give them an inch, they swim all over you."
Bernard lifted his head off his hand and looked hesitantly over at the parrot. "Do you...think I...I was too hard on her?" he asked.
Iago shook his head. "Oh no, Your Majesty." Then, with determined conviction, he said, "Why, if Olivia was my daughter, I'd show her who was boss. None of this "flitting to the surface" and other such nonsense. No, sir! I'd keep her under tight control.'
Bernard straightened up, and you could practically see the light bulb over his head. "You're absolutely right, Iago!" he exclaimed.
"Of course." Iago smirked, crossing his arms.
"Olivia needs constant supervision." said Bernard.
"Constant supervision." Iago repeated, nodding in consent.
"Someone to watch over her." Bernard said, "To keep her out of trouble."
Iago crossed his wings behind his back. "All the time." he said.
"And YOU are just the bird to do it." Bernard said, poking Iago in the chest, and the parrot's face fell. He gasped then swam away.
He grudgingly accepted his charge and the king dismissed him.
"How do I get myself into these situations?" Iago said to himself, "I should be writing symphonies, not tagging along after some headstrong child."
He threw his wings up in despair and shook his head. He rounded the corner, and his self-pity quickly changed into curiosity as he saw Olivia, Mickey, and Donald looking around suspiciously before quickly swimming off.
"Hmm? What is that girl up to?" asked the little parrot, as he struggled to follow the three of them, collapsing on a rock and panting heavily when they finally reached their destination that was far away from the busy city.
The three looked around again before Olivia pulled a large stone back revealing a small cave dug into the rock.
Iago hopped up and scurried quickly to follow them, barely making it through the door as the rock slid back into place over his tail.
He gasped, trying to free himself as quietly as possible. Pulling on a small plant growing in the sand, he managed to pull himself out from under the rock, his momentum sending him flying where he came to a stop, hitting a strange object.
It was an hourglass. Iago groaned and rubbed his head. Before he gasped, the pain was quickly forgotten as he gazed at the cave that lay before him. "Huh?" gasped the parrot in wonder.