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From the Sea


Brent Knowles




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From the Sea

Copyright © 2009 by Brent Knowles

This story was originally published in On Spec #78.

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From the Sea

"Leave it be!" Geff shouted.

Warren could barely hear his son's voice over the roar of the storm. Rain splattered down his cloak, his wide-brimmed hat keeping the water from his face. Arms trembling, Warren heaved a final time and pulled the net free of the water, dragging the mermaid aboard.

"Throw it back, old man!" The panic and uncertainty in Geff's voice had more to do with the mermaid than the violent, churning waters. Geff loved the sea and could tolerate, even enjoy, her capricious nature, but Warren knew the thought of a mermaid onboard made his son's skin shiver. They could change your luck, or so the old-timers liked to say.

Warren freed the unconscious woman from the net. Her thick brown hair was plastered against her skull and she wore a drenched black gown pulled up to reveal two very human legs. "Stop your worrying; she ain't no mermaid. Her ship's been sunk is all. Do a sweep, search for others."

"We ought to head back."

"One look," Warren insisted.

Geff did not protest a second time and they spent almost an hour searching fruitlessly before the frenzied wind sent them scurrying back to port.


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