There is a storm on the horizon. Less than a day away. I stand on the deck watching my crew feed out the nets. Hoping for a good haul before the storm breaks.
A glint of colour catches my eye, right where the men are about to feed the lines. It flashes again. I yell for them to stop, while I cut the ropes. They obey but the look I receive says, clearly, they don’t want to.
For the storm has stirred the fish and we need a good catch. I have seen that more than fish are stirring though. A myth, a legend, a wonder of the deep. A Mermaid!
They do not see her, floating just below the waves. Her tail alone wouldn’t fit in the longboat, with scales of every hue. It is a good day to see a creature this beautiful.
She looks up and sees me. With a secretive smile and a wave of her hand, she dives back down to the mysteries of the sea. As her shimmering tail breaks the surface a rainbow crosses the bow of my ship. The storm is gone.
My crew still wonders why I won’t drop the nets in those waters, but they do not complain. For I am their captain and where ever I go my nets are full and the skies are clear. I know it is the luck of the mermaid. I will keep her secret.
I was blessed by a smile and a glimpse of a rainbow swimming in the sea.
This piece was inspired by Vestque’ s The Enchanted Mermaid