As a merman, I longed to walk on earth. Impossible.
In assembly, Elder Merman repeated how wonderful merfolk life was. “We are nearly immortal. Life is pleasant and full of adventure. Water is everywhere. We have no predators. Our magic rules the elements.”
It was all yada, yada until a shriek of metal pained our ears, trembled our homes, panicked us and caused mermaids to squall.
Elder Merman looked up annoyed, chanted an ancient language and caused the water to swirl. The destructive man-made claw was swept uselessly to the side by hurling waters.
Respect elders; merfolk life is excellent.