The story of the star-crossed love affair between Garth (Aqualad / Tempest) and Tula is the stuff of legends, though it began in the style of a screwball comedy film of the 1930s. At the age of fifteen, poor Aqualad had just played a major role in a rescue, but his deeds went virtually unnoticed by the citizens of Poseidonis---except for the wide-open blue eyes of the coquettish Tula. A fellow resident of the royal palace, Tula was a ward of good King Juvor, whom Aquaman succeeded upon the king's death. Following the disheartened Garth as he sulked away from Aquaman's adoring crowds, Tula proclaimed her respect and infatuation for him and treated him to the first of many kisses to come (Aquaman 33, her debut).
Tula decided that the place for the two orphans to be was touring the great wide open, and before Aqualad had time to blink, his new rowdy friend had talked him into running away from home (though, being the well-mannered type, he advised Aquaman they were leaving). The adventure which followed turned the two runaway teens into criminals, unknowingly hypnotized into assisting in robberies! Upon their return to Poseidonis, Tula apologized for leading Garth astray and promised Aquaman she'd be better behaved. From this time on, Tula chose to take on the code name Aquagirl and joined Garth in adventures both below and above the waves, working in tandem with their friends in the Teen Titans.