Curiosity #fridayflash #mermaid #fantasy #flashfiction

Rocky Beach near Minard East.
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There is a serious lack of Merman pictures out there so this flash did not get posted in Wayback Wednesday.

Curiosity

     The young merman hung back in the shadows, clinging to the rocks beyond the shore. The Elders had sent Daron to spy on Nola. At the time he had agreed to willingly, but now that Daron was here he felt like an intruder. She looked peaceful in this forgotten land of rubble. It was almost as if she belonged here.

     Daron had heard the stories about this place. In hushed whispers the Merfolk talked of it being haunted with spirits that never found their way to the Underworld. For everyone, including Nola, it was forbidden to come here, but for some reason the Elders overlooked her breaking the rule. He watched Nola laze about the shore. Her tail flipped and her voice sang songs only the mermaids could sing. What was it about this place that made Nola look so happy? 

    Daron swam to the other side of the rock, hoping to get a better view. As he surfaced a tail off in the distance caught his attention. The Elders had warned him not to be seen so he ducked under a bed of seaweed. After a few minutes he surfaced. The tail he had seen was gone. He skimmed backward to his previous hiding spot and bumped against someone.

     When he turned around Nola’s mother, Rubine, was staring down at him.

She narrowed her eyes. “What are you doing here Daron?”

“Uh….I was just swimming by.”

 Rubine pursed her lips. It was obvious she didn’t believe him. “The Elders sent you here, didn’t they?”

      Daron shrugged his shoulders, but remained silent. The Elders had told him to tell no one, especially Rubine.

 “Don’t worry. I won’t tell. It was inevitable Nola would come here.”

      Inevitable? Daron gazed upon Rubine with fresh eyes. Did she know something about this place he did not?

“Don’t look at me that way. I know you’ve heard the stories.”

 Daron pressed his fingers into the rock, tightening his grip. “I’ve heard that the spirits that live here won’t rest.”

Rubine scoffed at him. “Are you that naive? There is more to this place than restless spirits. The Elders can’t cover everything up.”

“What do you mean?” Daron touched Rubine’s arm, she flinched.

Rubine remained silent. Her eyes never left her daughter. “Maybe the Elders are right. Maybe some things are better left unsaid.” With that she curled into the water and swam away.

     Over the years Rubine never spoke out of turn and when she did speak people listened. There was something about her that demanded their attention and respect, but Daron could never put a fin on it. As he watched Rubine slip away he wondered if she was testing him. If the Elders were keeping secrets he wanted to find out and maybe Nola would help him.

Mini Flash Mermaid Saga

Entrapment

Revenge

Remorse

Remembering

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Helen says:

    Oh I wonder if Daron will ever find out what it is really about.

    1. Lara Dunning says:

      I have a hankering they both might and it won’t be pretty.

  2. ~Tim says:

    You know what the merpeople say, “Curiosity killed the catfish.”

    [Sorry, but after you wrote, “…Daron could never put a fin on it,” I couldn’t resist.]

    1. Lara Dunning says:

      @mbwilliams Thank you.

      @ramblingsfromtheleft Funny, I never really thought about writing a Mertale before this. Thanks for stopping by.

      @TimVanSant Hahaha…good one. 🙂

  3. Laura, as always you have me “hooked” 🙂 Love the tone of this beginning. The lore of the mere is a strong one, and I await your next installment.

  4. mbwilliams says:

    Really enjoyed how you jump straight into your characters here, and introduce them with such economy and vividness.

  5. Hi there Lara — “put a fin on it”. lol. I like the feel of this story — it’s relaxing and interesting to read. Rabine turning up was good, and Nola (nice name by the way) mooching around the rubble means something’s gonna change, and now Daron turning up. All looking good.

    No Merman pics? I always thought the ‘tinterweb was rather Merman-ist…

    St.

  6. Chuck Allen says:

    I’m doing some catch up reading. Loving the mermaid series, Lara!

    1. Lara Dunning says:

      Thanks Chuck. I need to get back to that. Marianne’s and Randall’s story have been my focus the past few weeks. Need more time to write.

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