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The Mermaid


The Mariner

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2011

by Jody Studdard

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This eBook is a work of fiction. Any similarities to actual persons, living or dead, are purely coincidental.

Cover design by Jody Studdard, copyright 2011.

For my niece, Emma


Christopher Cooke stood on the deck of the S.S. Minnow, staring out at the endless miles of ocean all around him. He thought about adventure, and excitement, and all of the good things mariners fantasize about when they are at sea. Unfortunately, his fantasies were short lived.

“Get back to work, Mr. Cooke,” the ship’s captain called from above. He was a tall, gaunt man with a narrow face and a white beard. His name was Stephen Jensen. Like always, he was in a bad mood.

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