“Please,” the mermaid asked the Sea Witch. “Change my tail into legs like a human’s so I may walk on land.”
“Tell me, child. How many legs has a human?”
The girl concentrated. “Oh, I should know this. I think three?”
The witch smiled and presented her with a potion, along with warnings and instructions she was satisfied the girl would ignore in her haste.
When she was gone, the witch’s minion slithered out of hiding. “I thought you were going to steal her voice.”
“I was,” the witch said. “But this is going to be so much more amusing.”

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