Kail watched as Aine’s seal form slipped through the water slowly becoming smaller and smaller on the horizon. Turning his head he put his face into the wind letting his long dark brown hair sweep back off his face. Suddenly a warm hand slipped onto his sagging shoulder. He knew it was Chief Aric and did not move his eyes off Aine.
“It was not meant to be Kail.”
“It would be, if she stayed. She would learn to love me.”
“One does not learn to love.”
Pushing his hand away Kail ran down the beach letting the sand fly angrily up behind him. Memories raced through his mind. Laughing with Aine there, holding Aine’s hand here and listening to her voice nestled in the grass over there. When he made it to the end of the beach he slowed his pace as he realized he could not escape his memories. To him she would always be the beating of his heart.
Looking back towards the sea he searched for her in the water. She was gone, off to see Soriayana, which meant she was lost to him for good. The sea witch had already grieved him several months ago when she told him Aine was not meant for him. At first he did not believe her words, but when he came back to the village and asked Aine to be his, she had refused him.
Wading into the water the sand curled about his feet. He felt the pull of the water rippling under his skin urging him to shift and swim. Looking back towards the village he could see the preparations beginning. He wondered how she could leave their home. Maybe if he told her once again that he loved her, she would stay? Closing his eyes he instantly knew she would look upon him with those beautiful eyes with the love of a patient sister. Shaking his head, he knew he did not want to see that look again. Sinking downwards the water enveloped him. Shifting quickly his seal nature began taking over his senses. As the cool water surrounded him he was thankful to feel some relief from the sorrow of his human heart.
This is part of a flash fiction series I am doing for side characters in Pearl of the Sea (previously The Vanishing Island – rethinking the title) with Emperor Wei Shu and Aine the Selkie. Check my other flash stories – The Revenge of Emperor Li Long and The Escape of Wei Shu.