They swam swiftly from the depths of the deepest oceans, from cities lost and waters unknown. They swam through waste, through oil spills, through seas that once thrived with colour and life but were now laid barren. Death littered the seabed, floated around them. The sea itself felt heavy and claustrophobic; it made breathing hard.

This angered them.

They’d remained dormant too long. Left it to humans too long, hoping they’d change their ways and choose life – not just for themselves, but for their planet. For their lands and their seas, their skies and the beautiful and wonderful creatures that inhabited them.

They’d given them far too much credit. Humans always were, and remain, self indulgent, spoiled babes. No respect for the life of anything around them. Living short lives driven by vain impulses and the desire to be on top no matter the cost.

Enough.

Now the people of the sea – merpeople, the humans called them – were intervening. But they weren’t like those in storybooks.

They were far less human. Some of them were pale, so pale their skin and eyes and hair were near translucent. These were the guardians, the ones who patrolled the waters, kept an eye on things above. These were the ones who alerted their people, their armies, further below that it was time. And so the others came, driven by an unrelenting desire to avenge their world. Angels of the ocean.

They were the stuff of nightmares.

Shades of red so dark they were nearly black, eyes like the very pits of hell. Teeth as sharp as jagged glass and claws to match, more than capable of tearing flesh from bones.

Ryn was one such “mermaid”, a Queen beneath the sea. She sent groups of her people to travel the oceans. They were to attack, commandeer and secure any ship, boat and sea vessel they found. To stir fear, and swear their oath.

Earth was dying, and they were done sitting idly by. Their message was clear:
“The choice is yours. Change your ways, take care of the problem… or we will.”

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Voice-Team (@voice-team)
19 days ago

Good description of the guardians and their swim from the sea’s floor to its surface. Wonderful juxtaposition of angels and nightmares. 

 

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
28 days ago

Wow. A very beautiful fairytale, Emily. And I love the beautiful message of the queen of the sea, “The choice is yours. Change your ways, take care of the problem… or we will “. But I don’t know what they will do if the people don’t do the right thing. It’s also worrying because that message might include a warning for the people. So, it’s necessary to let us be responsible for the well-being of nature especially the ocean. Nice story.

Fuji
Fuji (@fuji)
28 days ago

A very powerful story, Emily. I’m surprised the merpeople haven’t come for us before now.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
28 days ago

An excellent melding of fact and fiction in this story Emily. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and would love to see it extended even further. I’ll be very interested in reading the consequences if we humans don’t start to look after our little world. Very nicely done.

Julie Harris
Julie Harris (@julie-harris)
27 days ago

Whew! I wouldn’t advise messing with Ryn and her people. This story carries quite a punch, Emily, well-written and hard-hitting. I just wish it were true! In a way, it is, isn’t it?

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
24 days ago

Emily, your story has a very powerful message. I can imagine that the merpeople had enough of what was going on above them. Not to mention the way humans pollute the oceans. I agree with Carrie, I would like to read more!

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