I awoke this morning feeling energized. There's nothing like a good night's sleep to start your day off. I stretched and got out of the shell bed that was now a mess from my tossing and turning. Dawson was very nice for sharing his food and letting me stay the night, and it would be very disrespectful to just leave the guestroom a mess for him to clean up later.
"My mother didn't raise no sea pig," a voice said as I made the bed. I didn't even notice Dawson enter the room. He knocked on the cave wall to get my attention because I was so engrossed in what I was doing that I didn't even hear him. Noticing this, he touched my shoulder, causing me to jump. "Sorry, miss. I didn't mean to scare you. Breakfast is ready," he said, cheerfully handing me a platter of sea weed and seal jerky.
"Thank you," I replied back, accepting the food from him. "Thanks for letting me stay in your home for the night. I really appreciate it," I said.
Dawson just brushed it aside. "There's no need to thank me. It was an honor having you as a guest," he replied back.
I blushed. No one really liked having me around, especially because of the 'incident'. "Thank you. You are very kind," I replied back.
He chuckled. "You're welcome, little lady. Oh, and by the way, you're even cuter when you blush," he commented. I was flattered, but then a little worried. He was nice, but hopefully he wasn't trying to sweet talk me into mating. "Don't worry, miss. I really mean it. I'm not being a gentleman to satisfy my own desires. Besides, my mama taught me better than that. I don't force anyone into mating with me. No matter how bad the urges get, I just go home and sleep it off," he said, catching me completely off guard.
I blushed again. "You know, you're sweet, and the first guy to ever, you know, show some respect to me, and to women in general. Not a lot of mermen do that, you know, especially in these days. It's always, you know, 'mate or die', and a lot of mermaids end up dead or injured or with unwanted children."
He nodded his head in agreement. "It's a shame, really, but there's nothing we can do about it. You just stay safe out there, okay?" Dawson replied.
I smiled and nodded. "I will. Thanks again," I said, leaving out. Looking both ways, I made sure the coast was clear. Seeing no one around, thankfully no male mersharks, either, I swam off to return to my home.
20 minutes later, I arrived at my home, only to find a young mermaid sleeping soundly inside my cave. She looked a bit young, and if I had to guess, she was either 12 years old or younger. You have got to be kidding me. Yesterday, I'm nearly violated, and now there's a child sleeping in my house. I sighed. Now, what was I going to do? I can't just kick her out. She probably was homeless. There also had to be a reason for her entering another person's home. No one in their right mind would break and enter somebody's home unless they were fully sure the cave was either abandoned, or the owner was deceased. Still, whatever her reason was, it wasn't safe because not only was it mating season, children got ate up like a watermelon on a hot summers day from all the vicious older and stronger male mermaids who didn't take the word no lightly.
The young girl started to wake up snapping me out of my thoughts. She tossed and turned for a bit before getting up and stretching. She was a beautiful mermaid, I had to admit. She had beautiful strawberry blonde hair, hazel eyes, petite, and her tail was a peachish pink color. Whoever she was, she had to belong to someone or somewhere important. Usually, mermaids this pretty were treated like goddesses. The prettier you are, the better you're treated. That is, unless you committed some type of crime, then everything goes downhill for you. I ought to know. The girl rubbed her eyes, trying to get the sleep out her eyes. When she finally noticed my presence, she jumped, frightened like a child being caught doing something naughty. I raised my hands up, showing that I wasn't gonna hurt her. "No, no. Don't be scared. I'm not going to hurt you," I promised moving a bit forward. The mergirl begged to differ, hiding underneath my blanket. The poor thing started to shake, obviously scared. Poor thing something bad must have, or almost have, happened to her. I couldn't even fathom the horrors she had to endure while being all along out there. Even I had to admit the ocean is a scary place. No matter how beautiful it is, death lurks around every corner.
The young girl trembled, making me feel bad. She obviously wasn't cold. She's scared, and when I took another look at her, I could tell she hadn't been eating in a few days. Her stomach growled, proving my guess correct. I offered her some sea fruit that was growing nearby that I had picked up on my way home, and I offered it to her. At first, she was hesitant at first, but her stomach growled again, making her decide quickly. Shyly looking at me, she took the fruit from my hand. I hear her mutter a thank you before greedily eating it. "Hey. I know it isn't much, but I'll go hunting and get us both some food, okay? Can you tell me your name, sweetheart?" I asked.
The young girl looked up at me, discarding the sea fruit core and the seeds. The girl then fiddled with her fingers. "Claudia…." She said softly.
"You're mumbling, sweetheart. You've got to speak up. What was it?" I asked again.
The girl looked up at me. "Claudia. My name is Claudia," she spoke again, but louder this time.
I smiled. "That's a very beautiful name, Claudia. My name is Malenda. Do you know where your parents are? Are you lost?" I asked.
Claudia looked down. "Mom died, and dad… dad said that I should wait by the coral reefs while he searches for food, but dad never came back. He told me to close my eyes and count to ten, but when I did, daddy was gone… Some mershark approached me with his friends. They were all men. At first, I thought they were nice people who wanted to help me. They even greeted me with a smile, but then they started to get creepy they asked would I come home with them they wanted to show me something cool, but I knew they were just trying to take advantage of me, so I swam off and they chased me. I hid in this cave and stayed here overnight. I'm a fast swimmer, so they couldn't find me," Claudia replied.
You know, I know murder was wrong, but people that force themselves or even attempt to on others, especially on a child, deserve to die. I can't believe this! (She had to be at least 14! Those sick bastards!) I thought to myself. The girl then started to cry. "Oh, no, sweetheart. Don't cry. Everything is going to be okay," I said reassuringly. The girl clung to my side. Holding her close, I gently rubbed her back. "Shhh. Don't cry. I'll help you look for your daddy, and if we can't find him, you can come live with me, okay?" I said, giving her arm a gentle squeeze.
The girl wiped her face and looked up at me. "Really?" She asked.
"Really, really. I promise," I assured her again.
That calmed her down, and she smiled happily. "Thank you. You're a very nice lady," she replied back.
I smiled and ruffled her hair. "You're welcome, sweetheart," I replied back. Taking her hand, I led her out. "Come on. It's time to go hunting. I could go for some seal meat right now. How about you?" I asked. Claudia nodded yes cheerfully.
Swimming out the cave, Claudia followed me happily with the biggest smile on her face. I sighed, but smiled. She is just so precious. I just hope I can keep her safe.
*On Captain Tyler Larcen's ship *
I awoke to the sounds of loud human talking, yelling, and arguing. I sighed, and yesterday's affairs returned back to me. This man may seem nice, but humans couldn't be trusted. Well, some of them couldn't. Just like mermaids, humans can be bad or good, too. I just need to find way back to the ocean before I become dinner or something. They threw salt water on me and fed me, though. (That was nice of them, but they could have just been fattening me up for their supper,) I thought to myself, sighing.
I was glad Yuuya was safe, but now, I had to figure out how to protect myself. "Now, think. What would my father Trident do?" I asked myself.
Suddenly, the door swung open, startling me and interrupting my thoughts. The sunlight was so bright out, I couldn't tell who it was, but whoever it was, I hissed at him to make sure they knew I was dangerous. "Woah. Calm down, girl. It's just me. I'm not going to hurt you," The human from yesterday that spared me said.
I raised an eyebrow, finally seeing him come up as my eyes adjusted. He had a knife in his hand, and a plate. At first, I thought he was trying to hurt me, so when he got close, I showed off my fangs. That didn't scare him away, though. Removing the lid off the plate, I smelled something strange but wonderful. Sitting on the plate was a weird slice of meat. It smelled heavenly. Next to the weird pink meat, there was a pile of yellow fluffy stuff which also smelled pretty good.
The human offered it to me, and I politely took it away this time instead of snatching it just like I did last time. First, I started with the pink meat. It was glazed in something sweet, and I greedily gulped it down. The human watched me, amused. "Wow. I never saw anyone eat ham that fast," he said cheerfully.
Of course, I couldn't understand the young pirate, but whatever he said didn't matter. Right now, the only thing that mattered was this delicious human food. After I finished eating the fluffy stuff, the human took the plate away. We sat together awkwardly for a few minutes before he cleared his throat and spoke up. "Name. What is your name?" He asked. Pointing to himself he looked at me. ''My name is Larcen Tyler," he said.
I understood him now. Larcen was his name, but he had two names. I liked the name Tyler, but to be professional, I decided to just call him Larcen. I didn't really learn to speak any human languages, but I did learn a little of the humans' language from my grandmother Pearl.
I cleared my throat, trying to speak as human as possible instead of the usual ancient Atlantean language that my people have spoken for thousands of years. My voice came out in a series of singsong clicks and watery-sounding words. "Larcen," I managed to say.
The human's eyes widened happily. "You did it! You spoke. This is amazing!" He said excitedly.
I resisted the urge to Us mermaids are intelligent yet emotional creatures. Even though we cannot feel the pain of others physically, we can feel it mentally in a way that's almost spiritual. That's just a part of our supernatural abilities, I guess. Seeing him happy made me happy. I smiled. "Larcen Tyler," I repeated fully. He nodded his head yes and excitedly took my hands in his and held them lovingly. I don't know why, but I blushed. "My name is Yuka." I said.
He smiled. "Yuka. What a beautiful name," he replied back.
I understood what he said, and I smiled. Taking my hand, he kissed it. I blushed again. "Now, now. Bug off. You're cute, but I still don't know you yet," I said in my language. He didn't understand me, but he got the hint and let go, causing me to giggle.
Picking me up, he took me outside and placed me in another bin filled with salt water. "Stay here. I'll be right back," He promised. At that, he left.
I waited patiently for him to return when suddenly, one of the crewmen approached me. A foul smell of urine, alcohol, and must wafted from him, causing me to gag. I could tell he was drunk by how he was walking. He smiled drunkenly, staring at my breasts. He reached down, trying to touch me. Out of self-defense I bit him hard, causing him to scream in agony, and drawing blood. Blood dripped from my mouth, and I spat it out. He tasted horrible! Larcen ran out, and a crewmate told him what happened. Suddenly, the eyes of all the humans fell on me… What have I gotten myself into?
To be continued.…