"Olivia?" Iago questioned in concern.
But Olivia didn't hear him and swam up to the surface. She just had to see where that shadow was coming from. What was that thing? Olivia reached up to the ocean and gasped at what she saw.
Olivia reached to the surface as she wiped beads of water dripping from her head. As she lifted her eyes to the horizon, she gasped. What she saw was a ship rowing on the sea! There were also colorful fireworks dancing in the sky! Olivia giggled, for she had never seen such a happy and giddy sight before! Mickey, Donald, and Iago popped up from the water.
"Olivia," said the parrot. "What - what are you-"
He turned his head to see what the Scottish-British girl mouse was looking at. "Jumpin' jellyfish!" he exclaimed. Although he had never seen a normal mouse ship before either, Iago had heard of them, and the stories of them were not good at all. Dying with curiosity and excitement, Olivia dived forward and swam toward the ship.
"Olivia!" cried Iago, "Olivia! Please! Come back!"
But Olivia was now too far away to hear him. She looked at the ship again; she was getting closer. Olivia dived again and finally made it to the ship! The little mouse grabbed onto some metal bars of the ship and took a peek through an opening hole that was built for rowboats. What Olivia saw fascinated her!
She saw a group of normal mouse sailors, having some kind of a jig. Some were playing live music, some were dancing. They all seemed to be having fun! There was also a certain brown Basset Hound, dancing in rhythm to the music. Toby was having so much fun until he abruptly stopped. His nose picked up a scent that seemed foreign to him, and he barked with curiosity.
Toby got down to the wooden floor and sniffed around. He tried to find the source of this new smell. Olivia saw Toby coming by and gasped in fear as she quickly hid from the opening hole. She slightly turned to see if Toby was gone, only to have Toby kiss her cheek. The brown Basset Hound would have continued if it didn't hear his master's whistle.
"Toby!" called Norman, "Here, boy!"
Toby left Olivia and gallantly trotted over to Norman. Norman peeked from behind to see where Toby ran off to. She gently held her cheek where the dog kissed her. Toby trotted over to Norman, who was near the dancing floor.
"Hey, come on, mutt, whatcha doing, huh, Toby?" asked the Old English boy mouse.
Toby barked and kissed Norman. Norman laughed, trying to put down Toby and saying, "Good boy."
Olivia's eyes widened when she laid her sights on Norman. He was tall, handsome, sturdy, and dressed in teal blue, dark red, blue, navy blue, and brown. What caught her attention were his handsome blue eyes. Olivia began to feel dizzy and breathless. She smiled as she felt her heart pounding like crazy. Olivia had fallen in love!
"Hey there, sweetie!" a voice called from the distance, interrupting her thoughts. Olivia turned to see that it was Bill the lizard from early this morning. "Quite a show, eh?" asked the lizard.
"Bill, be quiet! They'll hear you." said Olivia sharply, but quietly. She turned back to look at the handsome normal mouse.
"Oooh, I gotcha, I gotcha," said Bill, as he plopped down next to Olivia. "We're being intrepidaitious. WE'RE OUT TO DISCOVER!"
Olivia closed his mouth so he wouldn't make a scene.
"I've never seen a normal mouse this close before." she said, as she continued looking at Norman. He was now dancing and playing his clarinet to Toby.
Olivia laid her head down with her arms folded and dreamily sighed, "Oh! He's very handsome, isn't he?"
Bill shook his head as he looked at Toby, whose saliva was dripping from his mouth. "I dunno," he said. "He looks kind of hairy and slobbery to me."
But Olivia smiled and shifted Bill's gaze to the object of her affections. "Not that one," she said. "The one playing the snarfblat."
The music stopped when Basil clapped his hands announced for everyone's attention. "Silence! Silence!" he called, "It is now my honor and privilege to present our esteemed Prince Norman Frierson with a very special, very expensive, very large birthday present."
Everybody cheered and whistled as they looked at Basil's huge present which was covered by a drape.
"Ah, Basil, you old beanpole, you shouldn't have." Norman chuckled, as he gave Basil a playful hit on the back, which Basil didn't seem to like.
"I know." he said, "Happy birthday, Norman!"
As one of the sailors lifted up the drape, the crowd gasped, horrified. It was a statue of Prince Norman Frierson standing up very tall, dressed in traditional prince wardrobe (sword included), and looking very brave and determined. Norman frowned and raised an eyebrow in annoyance. Don't get me wrong, reader, Norman was grateful for Basil's thoughtfulness, but seriously? A statue? Of him? The statue made him look really pompous and silly. Toby sneered at the present and growled in annoyance. He didn't seem to like it, either.
Not wanting to hurt Basil's feelings, Norman thought of the most polite thing he could say. "Gee, Basil," he said, clearing his throat. "It's, err, it's, err - it's really somethin'. . . ."
He wondered why Basil would think of this gift. It's not like it was meant to be a wedding present or anything right? Because it looked like the type of thing that a royal would get for his wedding; not his birthday. Basil seemed oblivious to Norman's lack of enthusiasm.
"Yes," he said, as he carried a telescope. "I commissioned it myself. Of course, I had hoped it would be a wedding present, but . . ."
"Come on, Basil, don't start." Norman chuckled. He snatched the telescope from Basil as he walked over to the edge of the ship, where Olivia and Bill were located. Olivia and Bill quickly hid so Norman wouldn't see them.
"Look, you're not still sore because I didn't fall for the princess of Edinburgh, are you?" he asked, as he looked at the sea through the telescope. Then, he tossed it back to Basil, who almost dropped it.
"Oh, Norman, it isn't me alone." said Basil, "The entire kingdom wants to see you happily settled down with the right girl."
Norman sat down on the edge of the ship. "Well, she's out there somewhere." he said, "I just - I just haven't found her yet."
Olivia smiled as she glanced up at Norman. Perhaps there is a chance for them!
"Well, perhaps you haven't been looking hard enough." said Basil.
"Believe me, Basil." Norman replied, "When I find her, I'll know. Without a doubt. It'll just - Bam! - hit me! Like lightning!"
As soon as he said it, thunder roared, and lightning shot across the sky. A storm was coming, and Norman became very worried!