They are not loose threads, the matter just hasn't been explained yet. ><; I blame my poor update-rate, but if I told myself to make all pages at once so the comic made sense... it would be a LOOOONG wait. xD
But yeah: Ursule took Ariel's voice, Ariel just hasn't had the make-you-human potion. It's for the sake of saving time... it will be explained soon. ^^;
:/ Ariel hasn't drunk the potion because he only has three days to win Eric's heart. The longer he waits to drink it, the longer he postpones the three days and thus has longer to win Eric's heart, am I right? uwu;
I don't get the "rise houses" thing though. owo "Race horses"? =w=;
It takes talent to make what Ariel says come just from his facial expressions.
Also, my siblings and I did the generic thing too, breakfast in bed and all, although, I didn't really help in anyway, but I did draw a card that took me two or three hours to do with a nice little poem inside.