Fantasy Drabble #271 “Nets”

The seas here were quiet, becalmed and empty of life. She swam upwards, towards the rippling light and the dark incongruity of the ship-hull. She listened before breaching, but heard nothing worrisome.

Her eyes, in the dry air, took in the looming shape. A head appeared at the railing. “Mermaid! Hey, hey, mermaid! Starboard amidships!”

She ducked under with haste, circled for a time, and then returned for another look. There were many heads now, and arms and hands and weapons. Someone tossed a net, but it missed her.

She grinned, and dove. The ocean would take them, soon enough.

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