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
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
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 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&
Just one Favor, part 14Two days have passed since Elliot agreed to let them out to shop for supplies, and the excitement was almost palpable in the lake. Marina, in particular, was eager to go as she had a bit of a hard time hiding her need to be out there in the open. She would spend most of her time swimming with a small pleased smile on. Rick noticed how much her attitude had changed in contrast of their first meeting. She had been the first one to pull her into the lake and would barely smile.Just one Favor, part 142 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Back then, she would often stay away from Rick most of the time, leaving Silvia to do the talking. Every time she looked at her, she saw her give her nothing but glares and frowns, even in her first days as a permanent mermaid, her attitude didn’t improve. Rick couldn’t help to think of her as unlikable. All she did was scowl and nag her when she tried to talk. But as time passed, after they showed her what had been of Alita and as the mermaids began to make up and, likewise, as Rick began to accept the
Just one favor, part 9Just one favor, part 9Just one favor, part 92 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Rick’s was spinning , the memories of the night before were a haze. She could remember playing cards, singing weird tavern songs about nymphs and satyrs and laughing, so much laughing.
Her eyes opened the next morning as she felt the faint sunlight on her face. “What…” she muttered, slowly opening her eyes only gave her a piercing headache. The sound of waterfall seemed to have that same effect. “What happened last night?” she grumbled sitting up, realizing she spent the night on the shore, feeling a heavy wave of dizziness hit her.
She felt herself gag and suddenly throw up into the water, much to her own revolt. “I feel like crap,” she muttered cleaning herself.
“Rick!” She heard someone call her.
“What the…” she heard another voice, Silvia’s exclaim, soon surfacing “Oh crap, you puked in the lake?” the red haired mermaid said surfacing closer to her to get a bette
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
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 23Rick’s stomach churned as the mansion grew before them as they approached it. Soon they would be facing down Elliot and his two remaining shadows in what would probably be the final battle. Her mind began to rush through all the possible outcomes. Either they prevailed over them and manage to secure the land or would be defeated and faced a deathly fate. What would they do? What could they do? They were five and Elliot and his shadows were three. But then again, they all had the mark and a simple touch of it could incapacitate them, if careless.Just one Favor, part 232 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Rick tried to figure out how they could defeat them. And having heard what Carl said about the plan. Elliot would be accompanied by Kendra in an enclosed room with civilians. Either way, the little lady, Kristel, the grandmother, Rita and her apprentice were at danger. Even if they managed to get to them in time and convince them to join on their side, Rick wasn’t sure how much help they would be against Elliot… All the
Just one Favor, part 20“It’s gonna happen now,” Rick muttered to herself over and over in exhilaration and thrill. Her mind went back to the times the girls have gathered together, planning over the events and how they were gonna board the subject. Just feeling all those ideas rush into her memory was dizzying.Just one Favor, part 202 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Rick looked over at Marina, swimming ahead of her and tried to focus “I almost kissed her. She was willing to open her heart to me, wasn't she?” She thought as they skid into the tunnels. Over the last few days now, she had imagined it was the black haired mermaid the one that was making the moves on her and had began to fantasize about it more often. Rick glanced up at her and it was then that she could appreciate her under a different light. Gone was the negativity and sternness from their first encounter, slowly opening up into this warm yet high spirited personality that just made Rick butterflies in her stomach.
“Though it should worry me that I am playing the
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 22It all came as a breath of fresh air, or water, for Rick as she felt her mind being purged of the strange thoughts of loyalty and caring for her warden. All the questions rushed back to her, now thinking clearly. The first question that ran through her head and out of her lips was “H-How did you make this?” she asked looking at Marina in her arms just as there was a muffled splashing ripple coming from above them as the red haired mermaid dived from the waterfall.Just one Favor, part 222 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Silvia will explain it to you,” Marina said, with a relieved smile on her face. “I-I can’t believe it all worked… I-I was so worried,” she said holding Rick in close embrace as she felt her body blush and a warmness feel down around her breasts.
“It is good to have you back,” Silvia said testingly, reaching over to slip the rope off Rick’s neck. “Are you all well?” she whispered.
“Yeah, I am, I think I am,” Rick muttered taking a
Just one Favor, part 24“I have to get there, and fast,” Rick reminded to herself over and over as she traversed the submerged tunnels.Just one Favor, part 242 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Her stomach was a knot and her heart was beating against her chest as she imagined what was gonna come to happen sometime soon and what she was doing. Was she crazy? Thinking she could take down Elliot on her own? Would that be possible? Something was certain though, if she was in time, this little act would definitely buy them some time to escape.
“Koronir mentioned it was a matter of minutes before it happened, my best hope is that nothing has happened yet,” Rick muttered to herself “I just have to figure out the best way to distract and stall them. Maybe pretend I’m still Rayna… no, he will never believe it nor it would accomplish anything. Maybe take my time to attack them from in the tunnel, that way I might be able to flee should things turn for the worse…”
It wasn’t long before Rick made her way over to the
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
Just one Favor, part 15“I’m gonna see a city,” Rick muttered, evidently feeling some excitement within her. She knew it wasn’t a normal city and she might as well be coming back to this sort of prison in a matter of hours, but still, it was time away. A taste of freedom was more than welcome.Just one Favor, part 152 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Yes you are,” Marina smiled as she accompanied Rick on the shore, producing a small line and carefully tying it around the custom made fishing rod Rick made. “Just stay close to me and it’ll go smoothly. I’ll show you around the city and if we do well I’ll invite you for some delicacies as both a birthday ceremony and a welcoming to the mermaid world.”
“Yeah… No offense, but I would rather not be reminded of that.” That was still a sore topic for her, “I don’t think Elliot will give us more money, he was pretty pissed,” Rick muttered as she tried to carefully mold a hook out of a thin piece of metal, which ended up ac
Just one Favor, part 25Rick’s world shook for a moment as she saw the still forming wall of ice suddenly break and the feeling of something piercing through her skin. “No please… that can’t have…” she thought as little lady, Kristel, screamed. Her gaze went down her body, where the hilt of a sword was protruding from her stomach. Her body suddenly felt weak when she saw a hint of the blade’s tip coming out from her backside, as if her power had just gotten zapped.Just one Favor, part 252 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The wall of ice shattered in an instant before her and beyond the crumbling shards, saw Elliot, grinning from ear to ear as he stared at her fall down.
“Two birds, with one stone,” Elliot muttered as he thrust his arm forth. Rick gasped and screamed as she felt the edge of the blade still pushing through her, as if trying to push her back against the wall. It wasn’t long before she realized what he was trying to do. He was trying to stab Kristel with the same sword.
Just one favor, part 6Just one favor (part 6)Just one favor, part 63 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The next morning came just as smooth as the previous one. This time, though, she wasn't as surprised as the last time, just briefly startled upon finding teal strands of hair floating around her. He pulled himself back together right after a second. Reminding himself that today was the day he was gonna be back human. 'I'm gonna be heading off today. I'll be back with my dad and back home afterwards," her face turned to the small cave the girls slept in. The pillows and bed sheets were sprawled all over their place. Glancing around the crystal clear bottom would tell her the lake was empty. Yesterday they did the same to get her some breakfast, so she trusted they would both be back. Rick's mind drifted back to the night before, where she heard the story of the land. 'It almost made me feel sorry for them,' she shook her head 'No,no just focus on your way out. This isn't your problem, just head out and don't look back,' she thought before swimming off her s
Just one Favor, part 18“Aqua Para,” Rick uttered, pointing her hands at the river. The sound of the flowing water creating a rather decent serenade was suddenly halted as the magic took effect. The teal haired mermaid opened her eyes to see the stream freeze. Fishes swam around the stale water in confusion, blowing bubbles at each other.Just one Favor, part 182 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Rick held up the note as long as she could, but as the time passed, she found control slipping from her. She managed to count a minute, almost two, before she was forced to drop the note. As she saw the water return to its flow.
She smiled with a mild sense of pride as she saw her deed, leaning back to rest she saw the large avian figure that belonged to Megan as she swept over them, probably heading to do mountain recon. She closed her eyes and reveled in her progress, she was beginning to get better at the spells Silvia had taught her. She had progressed a long way. She also imagined that thanks to this training, she would also make a rather great singer.
Just one favor, part 3Just one favor (Part 3)Just one favor, part 35 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Current time 7:00 pm, 2 hours passed since the change
Rick sighed, defeated as she nodded in agreement. Silvia smiled and started to swim around her. She swam effortlessly as she considered what to do? She already resigned to participate in this of course that wouldn't mean she would stop trying to get out
"ok, how shall we start " said Silvia as she swam underwater. Her hair waving as she dived... Marina soon followed and holding Rick's wrist she followed. As the two dived her rational fear was to avoid breathing, she forgot about the swimming she just did a couple of minutes ago. A reassuring squeeze from Marina convinced her on breathing as she said "Remember, you can now live underwater ". As a response, Rick breathed normally. Part of her was distracted when she noticed that the mermaid moved her lips while speaking underwater. Rick testing, opened and tried to speak but only bubbles and a muffled sound. How did they do it?
Just one Favor, part 19As days passed, Rick began to feel glad to see that the swelling on her hip began to subside. Going from a sickly green to a red rash and soon, it would be back into the matching skin tone.Just one Favor, part 192 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Silvia and Rick hadn’t talked to each other for a while now. Both avoiding glances and talking. Even when it came for the time of their usual magic lessons she would just hand Rick a couple of scrolls and say the bare minimum. The air was tense between them and she couldn’t help to feel like she resented her.
The incoming days were rather tense for them, looking around and expecting some reaction to Thadeus’ disappearance. But so far there was no change in the daily routine. The employers moved on an about with their daily business. Often inviting Rick to their gathering in the campfire. Invitations she was forced to decline. She had screwed this so much with Thadeus disappearance, she didn't want to risk exposing her green skin to anyone else until it fully faded off.
The man was
Just one favor, part 8Just one favor, part 8Just one favor, part 82 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The first days of the job turned out to be quite plain. After the trip with Luke, there was nothing to do. The girls sought this moment as an opportunity of getting closer with Rick. but the new mermaid was still reluctant to talk to them.
After the trip, she dove into her small ‘alcove’ by the lake wall. It was quite clear for her room-lake mates that would be her place, for when she dove in, she found the blankets, already folded down along with a large pillow weighed down by a stone so it wouldnt float away. “I wonder how exactly do they clean those things underwater,” thought Rick “Probably like they get rid of waists, strong currents.” Right next to them, she was surprised to find a large robe laid down on the stone floor. The color was teal, probably matching her hair, and it seemed to be of a light fabric. On top of it sat a simple white leather bra, just like the one the two mermaids wore.
Rick only scoffed and brushed