What the Crescent Hides ~ OpeningPart 1: Opening
The problem with Turquoise Isle, you see, was that it had trouble living up to its name. It didn't exceed the expectations any photos, brochures or pamphlets liked to boast, either. Where were the sparkling seas? the tourists liked to ask. The sparkle on the water? The sun upon the sand? Turquoise, in these unfortunate Summer months, had been anything but turquoise at all. Navy, black and grey described it best – the clouds hung horrid and heavy in the sky, looming down upon the island and all its pretty little markets and bistros, grumbling as they waited for just the right moment to pelt the place with a squall. The locals, grumbling in their homes, were sure of it.
The problem with Turquoise Isle, you see, was that the locals were right to be sure ...These months were something fierce, and Summer brought storms in their dozens, enough to make Winter seem a green and pleasant season. Green with envy, perhaps.
Sarah strode along the promenade, clutching
What the Crescent Hides ~ StormsPart 2: StormsWhat the Crescent Hides ~ Storms2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Just another problem with living so near the water, thought Sarah with a snarl, as she struggled to unlock the keyhole, rusted by the ocean air. Mrs. Bale surely didn't need to keep the apartments' front door locked like this – the last time anything had been stolen on Turquoise Isle, it had been a letter from Maurice's sign, pinched by a schoolboy. Seventy-four or not, Maurice chased that brat down as quickly as if competing for track.
'Trouble with the lock, dear?' asked Mrs. Bale, the landlady herself, who turned the corner right as Sarah was about to throw the key to the ground.
'Ah – Yes, Janice,' she replied, smiling falsely. She really did want to be inside out this weather. 'I don't suppose... ?'
Before she finished asking, Janice Bale took out a newer key, which was surely the brightest thing she had on her person, among all those old burgundy shawls and gowns she took to wearing. Her pride in the silvery thing was probably why she didn't hav
Seastars Shine - Mermaid TransformationSeastars Shine - Mermaid Transformation2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The sea, as anyone will tell you, is a place of mystery. Of change, charm, and challenges. Change: the magnificent way in which the water's workings astound us. Charm: the way the creatures of the deep can make us smile, then lurch back in terror. And Challenge: the difficulty in exploring it all, or even attempting to. To the people of the Candlelit Coast, the seastars were all three. Like a veil of glitter across the ocean water, the seastars were countless lights, shimmering upon the surface, bright enough to rival the stars of the sky. A yearly phenomenon, and to understand it was a Challenge, certainly, and its Charm went without saying.
But, malleable as the ocean is, even its most trusted constants can Change ... And for that, today, the seastars would make all the Change in the world.
The sun's light gleamed against the cove's walls and cliffs. The little nook among the stone was like a private pool to anyone who knew about it, and to anyone who wanted peace from the
What the Crescent Hides ~ ChangesPart 4: ChangesWhat the Crescent Hides ~ Changes2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The morning began with clattering; an outright symphony of banging and thuds, like the floor to the apartment was some mess of drums. It was Sarah, reaching for her desk as she fell from bed that started it, and it was the sound of that desk, its lamp, and all its knick-knackery tumbling to the floor that followed. The clattering symphony ended with a groan, from the dozy Sarah herself. What’s wrong now? she wondered groggily, as a sickly sensation bubbled in her chest. She’d felt restless and ill all night, and she didn’t think it was due to the siren dreams, which, of course, had been there to haunt her. She felt ill, and now, as she tried to leave bed, she felt dizzy, too. Water, she thought, since her throat was too dry to say it. Water ...
Clambering to her feet, it took Sarah Trent a few minutes to gain her balance, possibly because her legs just ... didn’t seem keen to part from each other. What was tha
What the Crescent Hides ~ MessagesPart 3: MessagesWhat the Crescent Hides ~ Messages2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
They bounded about her head in shades of blue and teal and green. The water – it must have been water – swirled in spirals overhead, carrying bubbles and glimmers in its currents. It was like looking up into some impossibly colourful night sky, the way the water gleamed like a cluster of stars. She looked up at the surface. Sarah was beneath that bright surface, staring up at it curiously as she lay content and comfortable beneath the spiralling blue. And just then, someone came to join her. They appeared upon the abyssal horizon, and Sarah took pride in how clearly she could see them ... A woman, chest clad in seashells, a rich smile on her face, her dark hair streaked with as many shades of teal as the water itself, and a tailfin just as colourful. But not even the fin could gleam as brightly as those hundreds of scales, decorating her long, powerful ...
A knocking at the door!
Sarah woke up, jerking upright, before she breathed strenuous
Mermaid's Love Part 3It was nearly 6 pm when both Kyle and his Aunt Marie had arrived at Pier's End. Pier's End was one of the most popular destinations in the city, both by tourists and locals alike, and people where packing up all the local restaurants, bars, and various entertainment venues. Looking around, neither could identify the woman they were looking for.Mermaid's Love Part 33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Marie and Kyle met up again near the base of Pier 1, about 10 feet from the water's edge meets the sandy beach, nearly an hour after they started to look for Arianrhod.
"I don't know what to do. She called me up and said she needed me to meet her here. This whole thing is a little screwy," said Kyle, a little exasperated.
"Yes, I agree with you Kyle. This whole thing seems to be a little fishy," said a perplexed Marie.
"Psssttt," said a low toned female voice.
Both Kyle and Marie heard it and started to look around. Not s
Mermaid's Love Part 2The sun slowly made its way over the watery horizon. The sun rays beamed through the chilly morning air onto the expansive beach, signaling that the morning had begun. As the sun continued to rise a few rays hit the soft face of Arianrhod.Mermaid's Love Part 23 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Stirring, Arianrhod opened her eyes. Groggy, Arianrhod mumbled, "Moring already. It's too early to get up for work."
Abruptly, cold water rushed up to her waist, making Arianrhod sit up and look. What she saw was the tail that was created out of her legs and feet from the night before. Taken aback for a moment Arianrhod remembered the whole episode of last night. Confused and a little frightened, Arianrhod wondered what she should do next; it was not every day a person turns into a mermaid. Furthermore, the new feelings of the tail and scales were enough to send shivers up her spine.
"What will I do with my son? He is all alone and probably
Mermaid's LoveA mother and her young son lived together in a pretty big 4 bedroom 2.5 bath house. They had always been a good family unit up until the mother's husband died several years ago by a drunk driver running a red light. Since then the mother and son had struggled to keep the house and to keep themselves as a family unit. The mother, a highly successful Gynecologist, still depended on her husband's income to have more than enough income.Mermaid's Love3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Now that he was gone it did make it hard for her to keep the housing and her son in good schools; a constant worry for her. Furthermore, her friends have been trying to set her up with people that they thought she would be good with. Not to keen on going out on dates, she used the excuse that her son was too young for her to date. But he was now starting to hit those early teen years and was able to take care of himself, so that excuse was no longer valid. So finally she decided to
Mermaid's Love Part 4"How the Hell am I supposed to know that Marie. All I know is that the other night I was venting after a bad date here on the shore line and one of the waves passed over my feet and the next thing I knew I was waking up this morning with a tail," responded Arianrhod.Mermaid's Love Part 43 years ago in Settings More Like This
Continuing to drive towards their home Marie seemed to calm down slightly. "Well, it is just a lot to take in is all. It isn't every day that a person comes across a mermaid. Let alone that mermaid being your sister. Which takes me to my next question; why exactly did it take you all day before you were able to call your son to come pick you up? It seems like there could have been a window of opportunity before this past evening," stated Marie.
"Well, I have to admit that I did get taken into the actual situation. It just seemed so natural and alluring that my fear and aversion just melted away at first and I just went with
Breathing Underwater (Prologue)Breathing Underwater (Prologue)2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Vincent was completely uncomfortable. His head throbbed in pain, there was slight discomfort in his chest, and he felt numerous small cuts and bruises all along his body. He could also feel the waves of an ocean washing against his side. The salt in the water met some of the cuts in his side. Introduced to the wounds, the salt gave his body an unpleasant sting, and as he regained consciousness, he gave a sharp inhale of pain. Breathing wasn't right. There was something in his lungs. It felt like some of the salt was in his lungs...as if he'd fallen into this ocean perhaps. He was soaking wet. He could feel it. Breathing hurt. The salt coated his lungs in places, and he felt as if there was a small amount of liquid just introduced to them. Feeling this, he rolled to his side and coughed sharply as his body tried to get rid of the liquid now in his lungs.
"It's about time you're awake!" a voice said. From the sound of it, it sounded young and was female. And though to nor
Mermaid's Love Part 5Storming into the house, Arianrhod yelled, "Who is trespassing in my house!"Mermaid's Love Part 53 years ago in Settings More Like This
"Miss Roberts,' a man in a black suit walked into the foyer and showed her a badge. 'I'm Walker Reed and I am with the CIA. We have become aware of your unique abilities and we are here to bring you into protective custody".
"Don't trust him Aria," said Marie as she and Kyle came running into the house.
"Miss, this is none of your business,' stated the CIA Agent. 'This is a matter of natural security and an issue that does not concern you".
"My sister concerns me you Son of a Bitch!" spat Marie. She stormed up to the man and stared him down.
"Miss, stand down before we have you arrested for infringement on a government case," said the man.
"Oh, and what are you going to do? Hold me for 48 hours? What are you going to tell the press and my attorney? That you are holding me because you wanted to take a mermaid into custody," spat Marie with a laugh.
"Miss, we can do a lot more than that without the
Last Voyage of the AtargatisThe Last Voyage of the AtargatisLast Voyage of the Atargatis6 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
By Tom J. Hyde
Based upon Ocean Breeze Incense by AkuOreo
Im sorry, Miss Wright, but there just isnt any money right now.
Ive worked for the Center for almost ten years, Benson! Allison protested. You cant just throw me out like this. My research into the coral reefs off Forest Cove-
Is held in the highest regard. Please Allison, dont take this personally. All of us here at the Center are feeling the budget crunch. But the economy just isnt up to supporting pure research anymore. Its just not as profitable as other areas of focus.
Profitable? Her voice spiked in volume. My research could pave the way to amazing breakthroughs in medicine, structural engineering or any number of fields. These reefs are unlike any in the world. There are signs of mutation within the cells that show incredible amounts of promise!
Just one favor, part 7Just one favor, Part 7Just one favor, part 72 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Rick’s head rested on one of the sunken pillows at the bottom of the lake. She didn't know for how long she’s been there, cowering underneath the her tail. It only served to frustrate her when she saw those fins and foils, reminding her that this might be what she was from on now.
“There’s nothing we can do. I’m sorry.” The words have been echoing in her head for the last few hours or so. The sun had slowly faded away and given room to the darkness. She forced her eyes closed trying, feeling herself sobbing for some time while keeping fists clenched and gritting her teeth.
As time passed, she grew fed of her self pity, slowly getting herself back up, looking up into the surface of the water. Even breathing brought her back the feelings of anger of being trapped in her new form as a mermaid.
“Mermaid,” she muttered to herself looking down at her body new body. “That’s the last insult,”
Just one Favor, part 21The next moments after the failed escape attempt were uncomfortable for everyone. So bizarre and strange. Rick wasn’t sure as to what to think, yet her mind kept down rushing, pumped and taking in all that had just happened. Panic was trying to claim her but she did her best to keep the feeling at bay.Just one Favor, part 212 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
All three mermaids had been cast into the lake while the table and chairs were picked up by the elves and satyrs, both of which gave Rick pitiful looks, much to her dismay. They suspected or knew that she had been given the death sentence.
And she knew why. They had seen what happened here and what would come to be of her. At times, her mind would switch the labels between Elliot and the mermaids, even for a split second, and no matter how much she tried to change it, it was how she thought in brief instances and she knew the image would only turn for the worse as time went on.
Underwater, the mermaids began to work on healing their friend. Rick had received a hoof kick straight to
Just one favor, part 1Just one favor (Part 1)Just one favor, part 15 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Dad! Over here!" says Rick as he gestures for his father to arrive to the camping spot he selected.
"Heading there, son" said his father trying to regain his breath "Wait for me Rick. I'm not the hiking type you know" he was actually an administrator in his mid 40's, sort of explaining his lack of physique.
"Ok, dad" says Rick rolling his eyes "For starters, it was your idea to stray off from the usual camping area, I don't think it is safe to have come so far from there" comments looking around, they did certainly strayed far from where they parked, hopefully they weren't lost.
"Come on son, one has to take in the hardest challenge to grow in the process. If everyone chose the easy way out, no one would discover what we did." says as he catches up with Rick. One thing he never understood all this 18 years was why his father always chose the hard way out while everyone chose the fastest.
"Dad, really was it necessary to come all the way?" complained.
"My boy, i
A Merman's Tale 1Chapter 1 : Fateful ChoicesA Merman's Tale 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I had recently been laid off from my trucking job. The two years that had passed since my longtime employer had been bought out had been enough of a bear I was almost relieved by the layoff, despite the weak economy. I quickly signed up for unemployment benefits and started looking for new work, but my heart was not yet in it. Quite frankly, I was 'burned out'. What I really needed was a vacation, I hadn't been able to take one since before the takeover. The new management had refused to give us carryovers credit for the time we had put in with our old employer, thus stiffing us out of our hard earned vacation time; some of us had never been able to fully forgive them for that.
Since my layoff had been in mid October, I decided to take a trip the first two weeks of November. That would give me time to get ready, be home well before the Thanksgiving travel crush, and hopefully line up at least a temporary job through the ho
Just one Favor, part 16“Wooohoo!” Rick cried out as she felt her body being sucked into the flux of the whirlpool. At first she screamed out of fear, but that was the initial shock, as she soon found herself swimming through a whirlpool of white and blue, feeling like coursing through a very fast river that led her through curves and spins that reminded her of a roller coaster, she found it more enjoying than she imagined, reminding her of the waterfall at the end of the river.Just one Favor, part 162 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
After spins and turns of the water siphon, soon, Rick saw the light at the end of the tunnel growing closer and closer, as she did, she began to see the stable blue ocean water coming closer, but no sign of Silvia or Marina around.
The second she got out of the spiraling portal, she felt her body decelerate back to her normal swim speed. “Girls?!” Rick called, turning to look as the whirlpool began to slow its pace and soon the foam began to dissipate until, in a matter of seconds, it was as if nothing ha
Maria and John: A Mermaid TransformationMaria and John: A Mermaid Transformation1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
Maria’s long brown hair was blown across her face by the wind. By the cool sea breeze.
She didn’t bother brushing it aside.
No, she had far too much on her mind. Too much, and so she had thought the beach would be a quiet, calming place to be. But if the shouting, screaming, laughing voices of the beach-goers were any indication, she was wrong. She thought the voices were as irritating as the cold gale. Why are there people here at all, on a day as windy as this? Just because summer was on its way didn’t mean people had to be down on the beach, rain or shine.
She walked across the sand, tugging her orange jacket tight around her. She didn’t plan to go swimming. Not today.
I wonder how I did. The last of her exams were done, and she would receive her results soon. Why can’t I stop thinking about them? It’s a good thing I’ll get them soon – the suspense would kill me over summer – but . . . what if I failed? What if I
Just one Favor, part 27“Over here,” The nurse said leading them down the white hallway.Just one Favor, part 271 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Are you sure everything is in order here?” asked one of the women following her, looking around at the padded corridor. They walked with the nurse way ahead of her, at a slow pace as she kept on looking down at the piece of paper they brought in.
“Yes, everything is meant as its supposed to be, Rylia,” Silvia corrected as she brushed her red hair. “Remember, stay into character,” she whispered dusting off her dress, enjoying the breezy cotton of the clothes out of the water “As far as the people around here are concerned, we are here to present a permit to free your dad, the nurse and hospital staff has no affiliation with the alternate. And act natural,” she reminded.
“Hey, I grew up as a human,” Rylai snorted. “I know how to act natural.”
“That last piece of advice was mostly for…” Silvia was about to say when Marina&
Sails and ScalesEver since I can remember my sisters have been seducing men with their songs. Just one simple note, I have been told, and any male will fall under their spell. I, however, have never been one to join in on their frivolous charades. While my sisters go off to cause a shipwreck and kiss the sailors until they die, I prefer more mundane hobbies - such as collecting the portraits of their wives and daughters and queens to gaze upon.Sails and Scales9 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
I have been told that I am the only mermaid in all the seven seas who cannot stand the thought of a human man being anywhere near me.
My name is Nerissa. I am exactly two hundred and forty years old, though I suppose in human years I would look to be about twenty. My sisters are as numerous as the waves in the ocean and range from all ages and are all the same: petty and vain, wanting nothing more than for a man to write poetry about their otherworldly beauty before they are dragged into the black depths of the sea. On the days where they come together to terro
Just one Favor, part 26Rick wasn’t sure for how long she had been out, nor where she was. Time became uncertain as she felt herself drifting back to reality. But almost like waking up from a dream, her consciousness slowly began to return with every passing second. Her senses began to capture and react one by one. The first thing they told her was that she was resting somewhere soft, and soon, that she felt dry, something she hadn’t felt in a while. As soon as she became aware she was alive and waking up, she realized someone was looking at her.Just one Favor, part 261 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
She opened her eyes just to see little Kristel sitting before her, she double blinked a couple of times as her focus returned and the images before her cleared up. The little girl’s expression illuminated as she saw the mermaid safe and sound, immediately lunging at her, trying to wrap her arms around her. “Rick! Thank goodness! You are alive,” she said gleefully. Her voice ringing on Rick’s finned ears.
Startled by the sudden wake
Just one favor, part 2Just one favor (Part 2)Just one favor, part 25 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Rick, don't stray too far " says his dad as he finished arming the tent.
Rick blinked a couple of times "what just happened?" he thought. Last thing he remembered was that he was deeper in the forest by the big lake and strange flashes passed through his eyes, a flying creature soaring through the woods, a pair of arms dragging him, mermaids, the last one was of him taking a look at herself.
"Are you ok, son?" Rick felt his father's warm hand on his shoulder, realizing he was panting and sweating, but what was that
"Nothing just a bad dream" he says looking around worried as he felt his father's grasp vanish. He was entirely alone now, the camp suddenly became deserted and only the whistle of the wind was heard. "Dad?... where are you ?" Rick asked as he saw the trees wither and lose their foliage.
"What's going on?!" he yelled as the landscape changed, now a dead forest, cold winds started blowing and frost covered the