“There…I’ve used all my words up! I get lots of points for that don’t I?” Tom declared, sitting up proudly.

“All your letters? Yes you do darling.” Drawn back to the scrabble board from her ironing Louise peered down at the child friendly squares. “But only if the word is right. You don’t spell fishing with two s’s honey.”

“You don’t?” Tom looked down baffled. “But that isn’t fishing, that’s fishsing.”

“There is no such word as fishsing sweety.” Louise smiled. “You can’t use made up words.”

“But it’s not made up!”

“Sweety…fishsing isn’t … .”

“Yes there is! Daddy said. It’s that place he goes. His fishsing place!”

Louise sighed, watching her young son’s face crumple into a scowl of determination. She knew that look. It meant that Tom had put his stubborn hat on.

“He took me there once, …but it was boring! They didn’t even do Teddy Bear’s Picnic or Nellie! And all he did was sit, and stare…for hours…listening to that wailing…it was boring.”

There were times that Louise adored David for his imagination that inspired Tom, delighting him with adventures and fairy worlds. But other times, when she had to return him to the real world, to improve practical things like spelling, she dreaded the new ideas he had instilled in the young mind.

“Alright. We’ll leave it.” She was too tired to argue, resting her hand on the bulge of his forthcoming baby sister. “Let me see what I can do…”

Several hours away, David eased himself down on to the springy grass. He knew he shouldn’t be here, knew that returning, that these moments were always a risk. Lying on his front, he crawled forward slowly, ever cautious of the delicate ground beneath him.

As his chin breached the cliff edge, he heard their song echoing up the steep cliffs surrounding their inlet. Peering down, he watched entranced as they hauled themselves onto the rocks, draping their tails, glittering with water and sunlight, over their worn seats. The merwomen smiled as they reached up to brush their hair and sing for him.



Beccles, United Kingdom

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(Yes I do challenge you to say the title three times fast!)

My entry for the Start Twister 76- fishing prompt.

Hopefully an interesting twist of subject and interesting twist to end…Had to fight this one again not to leave it open ended!

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