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Tale Of The Tail Part 4
   “Shit that hurt.” Tony said rubbing the spot on his head where Henry whacked him.
   “Serves you right for kidnapping me.” Stacey said.
   Tony was startled. He momentarily forgot the events of the last few minutes. Blame it on the blow to the head.
   “Jumpy aren’t we?” Stacey taunted. “Give me one reason not to go medieval on your ass.”
   “I just wanted to prove to myself I wasn’t crazy. I wanted to let you go. Henry whacked me in the head leading to the concussion.” He stammered.
   “Why should I believe anything you say?” Stacey shot back.
   “You’re right. You have no reason to believe me. Even so, I’m sorry for all this.”
   “Bite me.”
***
   Becky caught up to Gail. “I’ll trying freezing the motor and you can attack with waves.” She said.
 
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Tale Of The Tail Part 3
“Tonight’s top story, the Coast Guard is still baffled by strange occurrences in the waters off the coast of San Diego.  Several poachers and even a ship trying to smuggle in drugs were apprehended and all of them reported that their boats were frozen in place, attacked by a variety of sea life, or even by the sea itself.  Oceanographers warn the the frozen and violent seas may be a sign of climate change and the aggressiveness of the sea life due to over fishing. Any one with any kind of boat is warned to take caution.” said a man in a cheap suit sitting behind a desk.
Becky clicked off the TV. “Gee. Who would have thought using our powers so much would attract attention?” she said sarcastically.
Stacey said “Look at the bright side. At least the thought of vigilante mermaids isn’t an idea on the table.”
“You’re not helping.” Becky said through gritted teeth.
“We need to stop all this. I told you to let
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Tale Of The Tail Part 2
“Dear Diary, It’s been almost a month since me Gail and Becky came home from Greece and began our secret lives as mermaids. Since then we’ve been in the water as much as possible. It’s an amazing feeling being able to stay underwater all day. I just can’t help like we should be doing something more with this though. Especially with the recent developments.”
***
It was another nice sunny day. Becky Gail and Stacey were again at the beach just relaxing in their secret spot behind some rocks.
Gail was staring at the waves crashing on the shore.  As she kept staring it was like her mind was concentrating on the waves. As she sat there the waves started to get bigger and bigger. Not tsunami levels but bigger than normal.
“What’s with the waves?” Becky asked. “I’ve never seen them get this big unless a storm is coming in.”
Gail snapped out of her almost trance. Immediately the waves returned to normal size. “T
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Tale Of The Tail
“And here we have a statue of Amphitrite the protector of saltwater and wife of Poseidon.” An older man in a tour guide’s uniform said in a monotone voice. Giving the same tour several times a day for 20 years will do that to you.
A young blonde haired woman raised her hand. “I thought she was the Goddess of love?”.
The tour guide sighed. Just once he wished he had a tour without someone asking a similar question. “You’re thinking of Aphrodite and yes she is the Goddess of love. Amphitrite is a demi-goddess. Moving on we have…”
The blonde stayed in front of the statue of Amphitrite. There was something about it that captivated her. The demi-goddess looked like a super thin version of Ursula from the Little Mermaid complete with tentacles.
“Come on Stacey! The museum is about to close!” yelled a woman with long red hair.
“Just relax Becky, you know how into Greek mythology Stacey is.”
“I know Gail.
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   “Shit that hurt.” Tony said rubbing the spot on his head where Henry whacked him.

   “Serves you right for kidnapping me.” Stacey said.

   Tony was startled. He momentarily forgot the events of the last few minutes. Blame it on the blow to the head.

   “Jumpy aren’t we?” Stacey taunted. “Give me one reason not to go medieval on your ass.”

   “I just wanted to prove to myself I wasn’t crazy. I wanted to let you go. Henry whacked me in the head leading to the concussion.” He stammered.

   “Why should I believe anything you say?” Stacey shot back.

   “You’re right. You have no reason to believe me. Even so, I’m sorry for all this.”

   “Bite me.”

***

   Becky caught up to Gail. “I’ll trying freezing the motor and you can attack with waves.” She said.

   “Works for me.” Gail replied.

   Becky took aim and fired.

***

   There was enough water in the cargo hold to keep Stacey in mermaid form.

   “Do mermaids really get legs when out of the water?” Tony asked.

   “No.” Stacey lied.

`    “Are there are more mermaids out there?”

   “Not that I know of.” She lied again. Gail and Becky may of abandoned her, but that was no reason to put them at risk.

   “Do you prefer land or water?” he asked.

   “Water. People annoy me.” She said harshly. “What’s with the interrogation?”

   “I just have so many questions.” He was about to ask another when the boat suddenly  stopped throwing both of them almost against the wall.

***

   “Bullseye!” Becky cheered after hitting the boat’s propeller dead center..

   “Now it’s my turn” Gail said and concentrated on making waves.

***

   “What was that!?!” Tony asked/exclaimed.

   Stacey smiled. “If it’s what I think it is, you all are screwed.”

****

   “Why did we stop?” Henry shouted out. “Status report!” he barked to the crewman in the pilothouse.

   “Something’s wrong with the motor.” A crewman called back.

   “No shit. GO FIX IT!” Henry ordered. As soon as he finished saying that the boat started rocking violently as the waves grew in size. “What’s going on?” Henry asked since there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

   “It’s the sea!” the other crewman yelled out. “She is angry with us for taking one of it’s creatures!”

   Henry facepalmed and said to himself “I’m surrounded by morons.” as the waves grew so large that the water slapped onto the deck. “One flaw in your logic Einstein. We take fish out of the sea on a daily basis and this is the first time we had any problems.”

   The other crew member came up from the engine room.“Captain!” He called. “The engines are frozen.”

   “What do you mean frozen?”

   “Frozen solid sir.”

   The waves were hitting the boat hard on the port (left) side to the point that the boat could easily capsize.

   “The sea wants us to release the mermaid!” the crewman said. Sailors were very superstitious. Angering the sea is never a good thing.

   “The mermaid.” Henry said holding on so as not the fall overboard. “That foul creature is doing this.” He slowly went towards the cargo hold trying to keep his balance against the harsh waves rocking the ship. As soon as he unlocked the hold and opened it, Tony’s fist rammed straight into his nose. Henry was knocked off guard and almost went overboard having grabbed the rails just in time.

   Tony turned to Stacey. “We got to get you outta here.” He picked her up and started to carry her up top. Maybe he was telling the truth about trying to free her earlier. Then again, one good deed does not a trustworthy person make.

   When Tony and Stacey got back on deck they saw Henry hanging onto the railing for dear life and the other two crew members had been knocked into the water and were apologizing to the ocean for their misdeeds.

   As soon as the 2 crew members hit the water Becky froze them in place. “Takes care of them. Let’s finish this.”

   Henry was still holding on to the rails as wave after wave assaulted the boat. Tony walked as best he could over to the railing. “I should have let you rot in Bangkok.” He set Stacey on the deck. “It’s only right to let you finish this.” He told her.

   “My pleasure.” she said. Turning to Henry she added “Eat some fin asshole.” and nailed him in the face with her tail.    

   Henry lost his grip and fell into the water. Tony looked at Stacey and said “Really? That is the best line you could come up with?”

   “Give me a break. I’m new to badassery.” She said before jumping back in the water.

   As soon as her friend was back in the water Gail eased up on the waves. She swam over to embrace Stacey. “Are you ok?” she asked.

   “I am now that I’m off that boat.”

   “What happened?” Gail asked.

   “Never mind that.” Becky butted in. “What are we gonna do with these four?”

   Stacey swam up to the boat again.

   Tony said. “I am so sorry for all this. I just wanted to prove I wasn’t crazy. I never meant to hurt you. I promise I won’t reveal your secret.” Stacey could see in his eyes he was telling the truth.

   “Now you know you’re not crazy. Get out of here.”

   “Will I ever see you again?” he asked.

   “Never say never, but at this point in time I highly doubt it.” She swam off.

   “You’re just gonna let him go? Gail asked.

   “Ya. He helped me escape. One good deed deserves another.” Stacey replied.

   “But it’s his fault this all happened.” Becky added.

   “No it’s not. It’s my fault. You guys were right. I was reckless and got what I deserved.”

   “What about the other three?” Becky asked.

   “I have an idea about those two. I’m gonna play into their superstitions.” Stacey said. She swam over to the two crew members.

   “We beg for your forgiveness.” They pleaded.

   “You are forgiven just this once.” Stacey said “But know this. If you ever mention what happened today to anyone the sea will know and punish you severely.”

   “Thank you so much Miss Mermaid.”

   Since the crewmen thawed out in the warm waters, Stacey finished by saying “Now get back on your boat and leave here. Remember that you are not to ANYONE about this.”

   The two guys obeyed Stacey’s orders and soon the boat was gone.

   “And then there was 1.” She said and swam over to where Henry was trying to stay afloat.

   “What are gonna do to me?” Henry asked with a hint of fear in his voice.

  “Good question.” She turned to Gail and Becky. “Any ideas?”

   “I say we leave him here to drown.” Gail said.

   “I could freeze his ass solid and leave him that way.” Becky said.

   “Great options.” Stacey said. “But I want to show him I’m better than he is. I say we do what you two always wanted to do. Leave him on the rocks where he caught me and then alert the coast guard. Let them deal with this jerk.”

   “Works for us.” Gail and Becky said in unison.

   “I’ll still get the last laugh.” Henry said defiantly. “You do that and you expose yourselves to the Coast Guard.”

   Stacey whacked him with her tail again. “Shut up you!”

   The trio and their prisoner swam out to the rocks where this mess first started and marooned Henry there.

   As they swam off Henry yelled out “I’ll tell everyone about you! More people will be out to catch you!”

   “Empty threat.” Stacey said. “No one’s gonna believe a lone nut with no proof.”

   Later on the girls were back on shore in human form. “When should we tell the Coast Guard he’s out there?” Gail asked.

   “Give him another hour or so.” Stacey answered. The three girls laughed and went on with their day.
“Tonight’s top story, the Coast Guard is still baffled by strange occurrences in the waters off the coast of San Diego.  Several poachers and even a ship trying to smuggle in drugs were apprehended and all of them reported that their boats were frozen in place, attacked by a variety of sea life, or even by the sea itself.  Oceanographers warn the the frozen and violent seas may be a sign of climate change and the aggressiveness of the sea life due to over fishing. Any one with any kind of boat is warned to take caution.” said a man in a cheap suit sitting behind a desk.

Becky clicked off the TV. “Gee. Who would have thought using our powers so much would attract attention?” she said sarcastically.

Stacey said “Look at the bright side. At least the thought of vigilante mermaids isn’t an idea on the table.”

“You’re not helping.” Becky said through gritted teeth.

“We need to stop all this. I told you to let the Coast Guard handle all this crap.” Gail said. “The ocean isn’t safe for us anymore. They are gonna do research into why strange things are happening. If we keep this up it won’t be long before we are outed. “

“Relax. It’s a HUGE ocean and the San Diego bay is only a small part of it. We can always go further up the shore.”

“And this whole process begins again.” Becky said “We show up, use our powers, they do research, we move on. Where do you think this all will end? I’ll tell you where. With us in a government lab is where. I’m not doing it anymore.”

“I’m out too.” Gail said. “Best thing we can do is avoid the ocean until this dies down.”

“Oh come on guys. Where’s your spirit of adventure?” Stacey asked.

“There’s adventure and then there’s suicide.” Becky replied. “Promise us you’ll stay out of the water for awhile.”

“Fine. I promise.” Stacey said reluctantly.

“I want that in writing.” Gail said.

“Good idea.” Becky commented.

Within minutes Gail had wrote out a written agreement that until the heat dies down none of them will go into the ocean.  She and Becky quickly signed it. Stacey however needed some prodding but finally signed.

“So what do we do now?” Stacey asked.

“Well, classes start soon so college type stuff. Plus all the stuff we used to do before the mermaid thing happened.” Gail replied.

“That seems like a lifetime ago.” Stacey commented.

“I know. But it’s only been a couple of months.” Becky said.

The trio said goodnight and all went back to their respective homes.

A few mermaid-less days later Stacey was getting restless. She needed to get in the water ASAP. Why did she sign that stupid promise?

That night she reached her breaking point. One little swim couldn’t hurt. Especially late at night and far away from the coast. After everyone was asleep she left the house and made a beeline for the beach.

The full moon was shining bright in the sky as she dove in the water. Within seconds her orange tail and scaly bikini appeared. It was only about a week since her last swim but it felt like so much longer. She missed the feel of the water caressing every inch of her body as she sped away from the shore. She couldn’t help but laugh out of pure glee. Then she felt like singing tunes from The Little Mermaid.

***

Aboard the USS Reuben James United States Navy Seaman Tony Miller was in the middle of another boring 4 hour stint of sitting in front of the sonar panel listening for submarines but hearing nothing.

He had been on the ship for a little over a year and never once had any of the sonar techs on board heard a damn thing on this P.O.S. system. In fact they jokingly called it Helen Keller sonar. Couldn’t see or hear anything. No one ever accused sailors of have tact in their jokes.

He was trying not to doze off when he could hear a faint noise.At first he wrote it off as something from the ship itself. However it was getting louder and louder.

“Are you hearing what I’m hearing?” he asked his watch partner, Petty Officer 2nd class Roger Martin.

“Why what are you hearing?” Roger asked.

“I can’t tell. If it’s a sub it’s not one I ever heard before.”

As suddenly as the sound started, it stopped.

“I’m not hearing anything.” Roger said. “What was it you heard?”

“Sounded like a woman singing. I couldn’t make out the tune but it was definitely a female voice.” Tony replied.

“A woman singing in the middle of the ocean? I think you’ve been on watch too long if you’re hearing random shit.”

“Shhhhhh. It’s starting again. If I’m not mistaken I’d say it was Part Of Your World from The Little Mermaid.”

“What is it with you and the damn Disney movies?”

“Chief needs to hear this.” Tony said.

“Don’t wake him up for stupid shit. I tell you I hear nothing.”

Tony ignored that and got on the horn.

The chief overseeing the Sonar techs was roused out of his sleep. “This better be important Miller.” He growled.

“You need to hear this Chief.” Miller said.

As soon as the Chief put on a pair of headphones the singing stopped. “What am I supposed to be listening to?” He asked gruffly.

“I swear I heard a woman singing.” Tony replied. “Just keep listening.”

Several minutes passed. Each one made the chief more and more angry. “Miller, I think you need some sleep. I’ll get Lt. Plaster to authorize a late sleeper chit.” He stormed back to bed.

The last hour of Miller’s watch went by with no more singing. Maybe was imagining it. Wishful thinking is a very powerful thing after all.

***

After a nice long swim Stacey decided it was time to head home. She didn’t want Gail and Becky finding out she broke the promise. That promise is stupid anyway. Nothing bad happened. She zoomed back to the shore. As soon as she was dry she went back home.

Later that day the trio was just hanging out next to Stacey’s pool. Stacey was acting a little nervous. She felt that Gail and/or Becky could read her mind and know what she did.

“Something wrong?” Gail asked. “The way you’re fidgeting seems like something is bothering you.”

“Nothing’s wrong. Just didn’t get much sleep last night.” She replied. Technically it wasn’t a lie. “Want to take a dip in the pool?” she asked changing the subject.

“In broad daylight. Are you nuts?”  Becky answered.

“My parents are at work and it’s Bernard’s day off. No one will see us.”

“No way.” Gail said. “Point 1, Bernard has no social life. He might come back and catch us. Point 2, it would set a bad precedent. If we give in here you could argue for swimming in the ocean. I vote no.”

“Agreed.” Becky chimed in.

Stacey growled under her breath. Democracy sucks. She’ll just have to go for a swim alone again.

***

Tony was lying on his rack down in the berthing but unable to get to sleep. He couldn’t help but think about what he heard in the water. He was positive he heard a woman singing. How come when someone else was listening it stopped?

Maybe some fresh air will clear his head. He got up and walked through the maze of ladders and bulkheads to get to the the fantail of the ship.

***

As soon as her friends left, Stacey booked it to the beach. She couldn’t wait another minute. Within seconds of getting to the beach she dove in transforming into mermaid mode.

She swam several miles out to sea to what she figured would be a safe distance. The swim out this far took a lot out of her. Luckily there some rocks sticking out of the water. She climbed on them to take a rest. That’s when she noticed the nearby warship. Seeing a small figure on the back of the ship she panicked and dove back in the water.

***

Tony stood on the back of the ship staring out at the seemingly endless ocean the Reuben James was navigating. He was surprised no one else was around. This was the designated smoking area when they were underway and he was in the minority of guys who didn’t smoke.

In the distance he could make out a group of rocks. It looked like something was on the rocks but he couldn’t see exactly what.

He remembered that Lt. Plaster keeps a pair of binoculars in the sono-buoy storage room so he can see where said buoys are placed. Miller went to the storage room and grabbed the binoculars.

He searched until he saw the rocks. There was a flash of movement as if whatever was on them dove back in the water. He got a brief look at something pail orange. It look kinda like...a tail? He didn’t know of any sea creature with scales that color that would have that big of a tail.

***

“That was close!” Stacey commented to herself. “That ship was to far away to see anything.”
Becky was right, she needed to be more careful. Stacey decided to not risk it and swim back to shore.

***

"First you’re hearing things that aren’t there and now you’re seeing shit.” The chief over the sonar division said to Tony. “I want you to go to sick bay and talk to Doc about this.”

"Yes Chief.” Tony said.

“Why are you still here? Get down to Doc on the double.”

Tony left the sonar control room and made his way down to sick bay. As soon as he got there he knocked on the door.

“In!” said a gruff voice.

Tony opened the door and walked inside. The room was full of all sorts of medical supplies. Sitting in the middle of the room was A large man reading a magazine. It was Petty Officer 1st class Johnson, the ship’s doctor.

“Let me guess Miller. You’re here to talk about what you think you saw.” The Doc said.

"How’d you know about that?”

The Doc rolled his eyes. “Really? You need to ask about that? It’s a small ship. Gossip travels fast.”

“So what’s gonna happen?”

“First off you’re the butt of every joke until someone else does something stupid. We’ve been underway for 3 months without a port call. Everyone is getting a little stir crazy. We’ll be back in our home port in a couple days. Put in for some leave time and get your head clear. If you are still hearing and/or seeing weird shit afterward let me know and I’ll make you an appointment with a specialist. Now get the Hell out of here.” The doctor went back to his magazine.

Tony sighed. Maybe some downtime would do him some good.

***

A few days later, Stacey figured it was safe to take a swim again. Upon getting back to shore Stacey came face to face with Gail. “Knew we couldn’t trust you.” she said angrily.

She put on gloves to avoid getting wet and took Stacey by the arm dragging her onto the land. Once her tail disappeared Gail literally dragged Stacy off the beach and pulled out her cell phone.

“Did you find her?” Becky asked on the other end.

“Yep. She was swimming just like we thought.”

“Take her back home. I’ll be there shortly.” Becky said and hung up.

Stacey kept trying to explain her actions on the way but they fell on deaf ears.

Luckily Becky was already at Stacey’s house when they got back. They marched up to Stacey’s room and closed the door.

Becky glared at Stacey. “Why did you go back on your word? You know this is a dangerous time for us.”

“It’s not right for us to never go into the water. It’s a major part of us now. I know you both feel it too.” She said.

“But we have to ignore those feelings until the heat dies down.” Gail replied. “You’re just lucky nothing happened.”

Stacey started acting nervous.

“Something did happen didn’t it?” Gail asked.

“I’m sure they didn’t see anything.” Stacey said.

“Explain!” Becky demanded.

“There was a ship on the horizon but it looked to be too far away to see anything.” she explained.

“What kind of ship?” Gail asked.

“It looked gray so maybe a Navy ship.”

“Great! Now we have to deal with the damn Navy.” Becky said.

“I’m pretty sure they couldn’t see me.”

Becky raised an eyebrow. “Pretty sure?”

“There looked like there was someone on the deck but the ship was so far away.”

“I knew starting that damn vigilante justice crap would lead to issues.” Becky angrily said.

The more Stacey argued her point about being careful and angrier her friends got.

Finally Becky jumped up and said “Fine! If you want to go risking exposure or possibly even capture have at it! I’m done!” She stormed out of the room.

Gail looked at Stacey, sighed, and followed Becky out leaving Stacey alone. Gail was able to catch up with Becky on the stairs. “That was a little harsh wasn’t it?”

“Maybe, but if she wants to be reckless she’s not taking us down with her.”

Gail sighed again. She felt the same way but thought Becky could have been a little less blunt in the delivery.

***

His ship was back in port and his request for leave was granted so Tony had time to clear his head. He couldn’t help but remember what he heard over the sonar and the thing he saw.  Female voice and a large tail. Only thing he could think of was a mermaid. But mermaids don’t really exist. Still he knew what he heard and saw.

If he could get hold of a boat he could go investigate.

***

Stacey was devastated. How could her best friends turn their backs on her? She needed someone to talk to, but that would involve giving away her secret. Then it dawned on her. Nero! She could go talk to him. She ran out of the house and to the beach.

***

“You want to do what?” A man with a short black beard cover his grizzled face said. “You need to get your head examined Tony.”

“Come on Henry. I saved your ass. Need I bring up the Bangkok incident?” Tony said. Henry was once a shipmate of Tony’s on the Reuben James. Henry had a little trouble with the law in Bangkok Thailand while on shore leave. Tony covered for him to keep his friend out of the brig. Not long after that Henry’s obligation to the Navy was over so he went to work for a commercial fishing company.

“Dammit! Why you gotta keep bringing that up?” Henry said.

“Because every time I do you cave in to my requests.” He replied. “1 day is all I’m asking for.”

“I can’t lend out my boat to chase after a fairy tale. I got a quota to keep.” Henry said.

“Fine! I’ll do this without your help! Even if I have to take a rowboat!” Tony exclaimed.

Henry sighed. He knew Tony was stubborn. If he says he’ll take a rowboat out on the open ocean he’ll actually do it. “OK, I give. You got one day. Just one day. “

“Thanks man. I owe you one.” Tony said and hugged his friend.

“Damn right you do.” Henry said.

The next morning Tony arrived on the dock.  “About damn time you showed up.” Henry said.

“Ready to get going?” Tony asked.

“Sooner we get started, sooner we get this stupidity over with.”

Tony boarded the fishing boat and they set out. “So where are we going?” Henry asked.

“I guess the best place is where I saw her.” He navigated the boat out to the rock from the sighting.

“So what exactly will you do if we run into this mermaid of yours?”

Tony stopped dead in his tracks. He hadn’t thought about that. “Get some kind of proof to show I’m not nuts.”

Upon getting to the rocks Henry had his 2 man crew throw the fishing net into the water.

“What are you doing?” Tony asked.

“You may be on a wild goose chase, but I’ve got a job to do.” Henry answered. “Besides if you do somehow find this mermaid how else are you gonna be able to get proof?”

Tony sighed. This is not how he expected this day to go.

***

“So they just turned their backs on me. I can’t help it. The water is a huge part of who I am now.” Stacey said.

“I know how you feel. I’d do the same thing as you if I was told to avoid the water. But look at it this way. If they didn’t care so much they wouldn’t worry about your safety.” Nero the dolphin said back.

“I guess you’re right.” she said “I need to set things right.”

Suddenly a noise could be heard. Something was coming at them full speed. As it got closer Stacey could see it was another dolphin. “NERO! NERO!” It was shouting.

“What’s wrong?” Nero asked when the dolphin came up to him.

“It’s your wife Coral. She’s ...She’s…” The dolphin said clearly out of breath.

“She’s what?” Nero asked.

“There is a fishing boat in an area where there’s not supposed to be any fishing. She’s caught in the net.”

“TAKE ME TO HER!” Nero exclaimed. He and the other dolphin took off. Stacey’s problems can wait. Nero needs some help. She followed them quickly.

When they arrived they could see Nero’s wife Coral struggling for her life in a fishing net.

“Don’t worry Honey. We’ll get you out.” He said trying to calm her down.

“Hurry!” she screamed.

Stacey took control of the situation. “Nero keep talking to keep her calm.” She pointed to the other dolphin. “Go get me something sharp to cut the net with.” The other dolphin took off. Until he came back she tried unraveling the net.

After several tense minutes, Stacey was able to free Coral, but got herself tangled up in the process. Now she was the one struggling.

The other dolphin came back with a sharp piece of coral. “Hurry up. We need to get her out of there!” Nero ordered.

The other dolphin held the coral in it’s mouth and started trying to saw the ropes of the net. Suddenly the net tightened and started rising upwards.

***

“We got something big!” shouted one of Henry’s crew.

“What are you waiting for? Pull it in!” Henry ordered.

“Aye.” said the crew member as he started the winch to pull the net back on deck.

Stacey started to panic. How could she be so stupid as to get herself caught in a fishing net? Nero, Coral, and the other dolphin frantically tried to pull the net apart to allow Stacey to escape but couldn’t before her head breached the surface. “Find a way to get a message to Gail and Becky!” She told Nero. He was off like a shot.

“Skipper. You need to see this.” The crew member said.

Henry went over to see what they had caught. As the net rose some yellow seaweed appeared. The more it came out of the water Henry could see it wasn’t seaweed but blonde hair. “We got a person! Get her out of there!” he ordered the crew member. “Get some blankets and towels!” he commanded to the other crew member.

Tony ran over to see what was going on. As the net rose he could see more and more of the woman.  Her hair was golden blonde and her skin was silky smooth. She looked to be wearing an orange bikini. “Grab my hand and I’ll pull you on board.” He said to her.

“Don’t touch me!” Stacey screamed. She tried to fight it off, but Tony was able to take her hand and hoist her on board.

“Oh my God!” he exclaimed.

“Holy shit!” Henry yelled. On the deck of his boat was a blonde woman with a bright orange tail. It was a mermaid.

***

Nero had no idea how he was gonna get a message to Gail and/or Becky. First off he couldn’t walk on the land. Secondly neither one of them spoke dolphin. He saw some seagulls scavenging for food along the shore. “Hey!” he called to them.

One of the gulls came up to him with a stupid look on it’s face. No one ever accused seagulls of being the brightest light bulbs in the fixture.

“Listen to me carefully.” Nero said very slowly. “I need you to find someone.” He described Becky and Gail in as much detail as he could. “Find them and bring them here.”

The gull jerked its head in what seemed to be a nod and flew off.

“Please don’t let him screw this up.” Nero begged.

The seagull was trying to keep all the things the dolphin told him straight. Then out of the corner of his eye he spotted a discarded hot dog and swooped down to eat it.

The hot dog tasted great but the gull felt like he he was forgetting something. But what was it? It had to with a dolphin he was thinking, but what would a dolphin want a seagull to do? When a brunette woman walked by it sparked his memory. He was supposed to find somebody. He took off into the sky once more.

Gail and Becky were chilling at Becky’s house. “I just can’t stop thinking about the look on Stacey’s face when you stormed out.” Gail said “I think we should go over and apologize.”

“Now that I’ve had time to cool down I think you’re right.” She agreed. “Let’s go.”

As soon as they walked out the door a seagull swooped out of the sky. They both dove out of the way causing the gull to slam into the door. It quickly regain its composure and tried to get the girls to follow it.

“Stupid seagull.” Becky said while trying to shoo it away. “Go back to the beach where you belong.”

Something didn’t seem right. What would a seagull be doing this far from the water? “I think it wants us to follow it.” Gail said.

“It’s just a stupid seagull. It has a brain the size of a pea. It just wants food.” Becky said.

“That’s the thing. Gulls stick around the beach or landfills or stuff like that where food is plentiful This one seems to be dead set on finding us.”

“Great! Whatever insanity took over Stacey has got to you too.” Becky complained

Gail said. “Say what you will but I’m gonna follow it.”.

Becky sighed. “I’m not letting you go alone. Let’s get out of here before I change my mind.”

The seagull took back to the sky with Gail and Becky following on the ground.

***

“I KNEW I wasn’t crazy!” Tony exclaimed.

Stacey didn’t want to know what he was talking about and tried to jump overboard. “Don’t let it escape!” Henry ordered. One of the crew members caught her by the tail and dragged her back onto the deck.”Put it down in the hold before it tries to escape again.” Henry told the crew members. They took her down to the hold while Stacey screamed and struggled the whole way.

Henry turned to Tony. “So what do we do now Mermaid Man?”

“I don’t know. I never thought we’d get this far.” Tony said. “I guess I’ll get my proof and then we let her go.”

Henry started laughing. “We just made the biggest discovery since Columbus landed in the New World and you want to let it go?”

“One, don’t call her ‘it’. Two she doesn't belong to us. She belongs back in the ocean.”

“Not gonna happen.” Henry replied.

“If you won’t let her go, I will.” He went down to get the mermaid. As soon as he turned around, Henry nailed him in the back of the head with a large piece of metal. He threw Tony down into the hold with Stacey and locked it. “Set course for home.” He ordered.

***

Gail and Becky followed the gull all the way to the beach. It landed near the water where a dolphin was waiting.  Gail instantly recognized it as Stacey’s friend Nero. She couldn’t tell what he was saying with all those squeaks but the tone didn’t sound good. “Stacey’s in trouble!” Gail shouted and dove in the water.

“Am I the only sane one left?” Becky asked and dove in.

Nero was swimming full speed. It was all Gail could do to keep up. Nero lead the duo to the rocks where Stacey was caught.  Gail stuck her head out of the water and saw a boat rapidly leaving the area. By the time Becky caught up, Gail was chasing the fleeing boat.
“Dear Diary, It’s been almost a month since me Gail and Becky came home from Greece and began our secret lives as mermaids. Since then we’ve been in the water as much as possible. It’s an amazing feeling being able to stay underwater all day. I just can’t help like we should be doing something more with this though. Especially with the recent developments.”

***

It was another nice sunny day. Becky Gail and Stacey were again at the beach just relaxing in their secret spot behind some rocks.

Gail was staring at the waves crashing on the shore.  As she kept staring it was like her mind was concentrating on the waves. As she sat there the waves started to get bigger and bigger. Not tsunami levels but bigger than normal.

“What’s with the waves?” Becky asked. “I’ve never seen them get this big unless a storm is coming in.”

Gail snapped out of her almost trance. Immediately the waves returned to normal size. “That was weird.” Gail said. It was almost like she was the one causing the big waves. She concentrated again. Again the waves increased in size.

“There it goes again. I wonder what’s going on?” Stacey asked.

Gail’s concentration was broken causing the waves to again change to normal. “Guys, I think I’m the one causing the waves to change size.” Gail said skeptical of the words that just came out of her mouth.

“Come again?” Stacey said.

“I think I caused the bigger waves. Whenever I was concentrating on them that’s when they grew.”

“That’s not possible.” Becky replied.

“This coming from a woman who is a real live mermaid.” Stacey told her.

“Touche.” she replied.

Gail concentrated one more time. Sure enough the waves grew again. “Ya. I’m doing it.”

“Cool” Stacey said. “I wonder if it has anything to do with us being mermaids?”

“I have no idea.” Gail replied.

***

It was another bright and sunny day. The three girls found themselves again at the beach. Gail was working on getting the hang of her new power. Bigger and bigger the waves got.

“Getting really big there Gail. Maybe you should back off a bit.” Stacey said.

It went in one ear and out the other. Bigger and bigger the waves got as they crashed violently on the shore.  Suddenly an almost tsunami size wave came in.

Instinctively Becky closed her eyes and held her hands up as if trying to block the water. Upon holding her hand out the frozen immediately became frozen solid. Not being splashed she opened her eyes and saw what happened.

“Holy crap! Did I do that!?!” Becky exclaimed.

“My guess is yes.” Stacey said.

“I wanna try that again!”

Over the course of the next hour or so Gail would make waves and Becky would flash freeze them. The more she practiced the better she got.

“You’re the one who keeps telling us to be careful and now you’re the one showing off her new freezing power just because she can.” Stacey bitched.

Becky ignored that and kept right on insta-freezing things.

***

Becky and Gail were almost impossible to deal with now that have new powers. Stacey went for a swim by herself to get away.

“I can’t believe those show offs.” she said. “I grant you controlling waves and freezing things is cool but it doesn’t make them better than me.”

The water was crystal clear and extremely colorful as always but Stacey just couldn’t enjoy it like usual. It was as if the dolphins could sense her sadness as one swam over as if to comfort her.

She petted the dolphin and continued. “Why did they get extra powers and I didn’t. It’s not fair.” She kept talking about her problems to the dolphin for about an hour. “Thanks for listening to me gripe.” she told the dolphin.

“You’re very welcome.”

“I guess I better go.” she said. Then it dawned on her. The dolphin talked! “What did you say?”

The dolphin said “I said you’re welcome. Very rarely do I get this much attention.”

“You can speak English!?!”

“You mean the language of the humans? Of course not. You’re speaking dolphin.”

She needed a minute to process things. She’s not only talking to a dolphin but it’s talking back! “I didn’t know dolphins had their own language.”

“Of course we do! Every creature needs a way to communicate. I never met anyone who I could talk to other than dolphins.”

“I never knew I could speak dolphin.” she said. “My name’s Stacey. What’s yours?”

The dolphin replied “I’m called Nero.”

Stacey and Nero kept talking for what seemed like hours. She told him about being able to live on land and in the water and he told what life is like for a dolphin.

“I enjoyed getting to know you but it’s getting late and I need to head home.” Stacey said.

“Will I be able to see you again?”

“Of course! I’m always here. I look forward to seeing you again.” Nero said.

“I do too.” Stacey said and swam off. Along the way back to shore she discovered not only could she talk to dolphins, but all manner of sea life. This had to be her special mermaid power. “Great. Gail and Becky get awesome abilities and I get the lame Aquaman power.” she complained.

***

“I’m telling you guys that we need to be doing with these extra powers instead of just showing off to each other.” Stacey said.

“Here she goes again.” Gail said rolling her eyes.

“I’m just  saying this all happened for a reason. It’s not an accident we became mermaids and then developed extra powers.” Stacey replied. Then she added “If it was the statue that changed us just remember that Amphitrite was considered the protector of saltwater.”

“We’re mermaids, not superheros. Besides trying to save the world will only get us discovered. Not a single one of us wants that to happen.

“I’m not saying we go full Captain Planet on people. Just that with your freezing powers, Gail’s ability to control water, and my ability to talk with sea creatures, we could do a ton of good while still being careful.”

“Why does the ocean need us to protect it?” Gail asked “ That’s what the Coast Guard is for.”

Stacey could see she was fighting a losing battle so she changed up her strategy. “Valid point, but what else can we do with the powers? Might as well have some fun with it.”

“She’s never gonna drop this.” Gail said to Becky.

Finally Becky caved and said “Fine. But only if we stumble across something. No way am I gonna actively seek out ways to possibly expose ourselves.”

Stacey smiled “I’ll take it.”

A couple days later an opportunity to do a good deed presented itself. The mer-trio were enjoying a nice swim about a mile off the coast when a dolphin came swimming up full speed. It was Stacey’s friend Nero and he seemed to be upset.

“Stacey! I’m glad I found you.” he said.

“What’s wrong? You look upset.” She asked.

“What’s going on?” Gail asked after hearing her friend talking in squeaks to a dolphin.

Stacey explained “This is my friend Nero. He’s the first sea creature I ever talked to.”

“You’ve got to help!” Nero pleaded.

“What’s the problem?”

“There’s a problem?” Becky asked

Stacey replied “SHH. I’m trying to find out.”

“Sharks! Close to the beach!!” Nero yelled.

“Shark attack.” Stacey told Gail and Becky and swam off full speed after Nero.

“I don’t want to deal with sharks.” Becky said.

“Me neither, but we can’t let her go alone.” Gail replied. They both took off after Stacey.

Just as Nero said a great white shark was not too far from where people were known to swim.

“OK. We need a game-plan.” Becky  announced.

“I think if I just explain to him that there is nothing to eat here he’ll go away.” Stacey said.

Gail replied “But there is something to eat around here. Namely us.”

“I think we can reason with him.” Stacey insisted and swam off.

“This is NOT going to end well.” Nancy said.

Stacey approached one of the sharks. “Excuse me sir. “ she said “There are no fish in this area. You’ll be better off hunting somewhere else.”

The shark just looked at her. Was a stupid mermaid telling him what to do? “On the contrary, there is something to eat. I heard mermaid meat is the sweetest of all.” The shark opened his mouth and swam toward Stacey. She took off as fast as she could but the shark was closing in fast.

Seeing diplomacy wasn’t working Nancy concentrated. She put her arms out. She never actually tried this while under the water. No telling what will happen.

A beam of ice shot out of her hands and encased the shark in solid ice leaving only his head free.

No longer in danger, Stacey stopped and turned around to the frozen great white. “Tell all your friends that the coastline is off limits or this will happen to all of them as well.

The water was warm causing the ice to start melting. Gail used her power to make the waves carry the shark away.

“Thank God that worked.” Nancy said in relief. “See how dangerous this is? You were almost shark chow.”

“But I wasn’t and the coastline is safe.”

“For now.” Gail said. “This was only one shark. I don’t think we could have took on a whole school of them. What did you say to it?”

“I told him the coastline was off limits or we would do this again.”

“You were shit talking and 12 foot long shark with enough teeth to turn you into mincemeat in 3 seconds? THAT was a great idea.” Becky said sarcastically.

Stacey ignored that. “That was a major rush. Let’s go save something else.” She swam off.
Becky and Gail turned to each other and said in unison “I think we created a monster.” Then they swam off after her.
“And here we have a statue of Amphitrite the protector of saltwater and wife of Poseidon.” An older man in a tour guide’s uniform said in a monotone voice. Giving the same tour several times a day for 20 years will do that to you.

A young blonde haired woman raised her hand. “I thought she was the Goddess of love?”.
The tour guide sighed. Just once he wished he had a tour without someone asking a similar question. “You’re thinking of Aphrodite and yes she is the Goddess of love. Amphitrite is a demi-goddess. Moving on we have…”

The blonde stayed in front of the statue of Amphitrite. There was something about it that captivated her. The demi-goddess looked like a super thin version of Ursula from the Little Mermaid complete with tentacles.

“Come on Stacey! The museum is about to close!” yelled a woman with long red hair.

“Just relax Becky, you know how into Greek mythology Stacey is.”

“I know Gail.” Becky whined. “That’s why she dragged us here to Athens. This is NOT how I wanted to spend my vacation.”

“I didn’t hear you complaining about getting a free trip thanks to Stacey’s dad. He paid for this trip because he knew how into all this she is.” Gail snapped back.

Becky grumbled under her breath. She hated the fact that Gail made a good point.

Becky Gail and Stacey had been good friends all throughout High School. They even got accepted to the same college. University of California San Diego.Stacey’s family was loaded. Her dad owned a chain some kind of payday loan places or something like that.

As a graduation gift Stacey was given a trip to anywhere she wanted and she could bring her besties along. She chose Greece.

Stacey still stood there transfixed. Her friends couldn’t get her to move. The museum was about to close for the night. They needed to get moving.

The full moon was hanging in the sky giving off a pale glow through the glass skylight. When it reached the statue suddenly Amphitrite's eyes lit up. Some sort of mist came out of the open mouth of said statute and surrounded the 3 women. They found themselves unable to move to talk as a tingling sensation started. As quickly as it began it ended.

“Excuse me ladies. We need to go now. Museums closed.” said a young man wearing a similar outfit to the tour guide. Apparently he didn’t see the strange occurrence that just happened. It all happened so quickly the girls didn’t know if it really happened themselves.

Stacey was snapped out of her trance. “What just happened?” she asked.

“Probably just our imaginations. This place is kinda creepy at night.” Gail replied.

Still confused, Stacey followed her friends outside and into a waiting cab to go back to the hotel.

The next morning Stacey was awoken by the bright Grecian sun shining through the window. She groaned. Felt like she was hit by a truck. She looked at the clock. She was still in that loopy place between being asleep and being fully awake. It took a while for her to register the time. Today was the day they were flying back to the states and they overslept.

Coming to her senses she called out “GET UP! WE’RE GONNA MISS OUR FLIGHT!” Gail and Becky slowly came out of hibernation. “What’s going on?” Gail asked.

“We need to get moving right now if we wanna make our flight. Becky and Gail were suddenly jolted awake.

Gail jumped up. They didn’t have time to shower so she pulled a white tank top over the same colored bra covering her D cups. She quickly threw everything in her suitcase.

Becky had a low cut blue top with her Cs squeezed together to looked bigger. Stacey haphazardly threw on a T shirt completely hiding her tiny chest.

Within minutes they were down in the lobby checking out. Unfortunately it wasn’t easy to get a cab, but soon enough the trio were on there way to the airport. Customs was the real bitch. The inspectors seemed to be taking their sweet time causing the girls to start panicking. They were going over the girls’ suitcases with a fine toothed comb.

The 3 ended up getting to the gate with only minutes to spare. As they presented their boarding passes, the lady taking the passes commented “Cutting it rather close aren’t we?”

“Overslept”. Stacey grunted out as they boarded the plane.

They almost 19 hour flight was uneventful other than the fact that Gail just felt so dirty not being able to shower that morning.  

8 hours into the flight Becky was getting restless. She unbuckled her seat belt to stretch her legs. She decided while she was up she might as well use the lavatory. She walked in the tiny room. Once she was done she washed her hands in the tiny sink and then went back to her seat.

Once she sat down her leg began to itch. She reached down to scratch it but it skin felt weird. It felt almost scaley. “O great. My skin is drying out.” she bitched.

After what seemed like forever, the plane landed and the girls were back home. They went their separate ways promising to meet up again in a day or two.

“How was your trip honey?” Stacey’s mother asked as Stacey returned home.

“The trip was awesome! Learned so much about Greek mythology. The flight home was exhausting though. I just want to have a nice relaxing soak in the hot tub.” Stacey said. Quickly changing into a pink 2 piece swimsuit. She turned on the jets and gently sunk in. Shortly after getting in the water she felt a strange feeling in her legs. She shrugged it off as soreness from the flight.

Meanwhile back at her house Gail jumped in the shower. She just felt so dirty being on a plane that long and not being able to take a shower beforehand. After being in the shower for about a minute, she suddenly fell to the floor. Looking down at her feet she saw that they weren’t there anymore. Instead there was a large pale orange fin. Her legs were fused together and replaced with a tail covered in dark blue scales. There were more scales of the same color on her chest that looked like a bikini. She looked a mermaid. But that’s impossible.

Gail started to scream but quickly covered her mouth. There was a knock on the bathroom door. “Gail? Is everything alright in there?” asked a female voice.

“Fine mom. I just slipped on the wet floor.” She lied. She had no idea what was going on but her gut told her it was best to not say anything.

This isn’t happening. This isn’t happening. This isn’t happening.” She repeated to herself.

She reached up and turned off the water followed by crawling out of the shower stall.

She was hoping it was just a dream. She’d wake up still on the plane or better yet, in bed. She pinched her arm since it was still skin. Unfortunately it hurt meaning this was no dream. She started to have a panic attack. Maybe if she dried off this would go away. But what if it didn’t? She be a research subject for government nerds the rest of her life. She reached for a towel and started to dry off her … tail?

After 5 minutes of patting and a quick round with a hair dryer she was dry. Slowly the scales disappeared and her skin returned. Then her legs split apart from each other. Quickly getting dressed she ran out of the bathroom.

Not thinking straight, Gail grabbed her phone and called Becky. She had to know about this.

The phone rang twice. “Hey Gail. This isn’t really a good time.” Becky said.

“But I gotta tell you what happened while I was in the shower.”

“Let me guess. Your legs turned into a green tail.”

“Blue actually.” Gale replied. “How’d you know?”

“Just a guess.” Becky said looking down at her own green tail filling up the bathtub.

“Meet me ASAP at Stacey’s.” Gail said.

“That’s assuming that the…” Becky almost choked on the next word.”...tail goes away.”

“If it is like mine it will disappear when you get dry.”

“Hope you’re right. If you are I’ll be there.” Becky said and ended the call.

Next Gail found Stacey’s number on her phone and pressed call.

“Gail. I was just about to call you. You me and Becky need to have a conference right now.” Stacey said while trying to keep her orange colored tail hidden.

“I was about to say the same thing. Becky and I  will be there as soon as we can.”

Stacey put down the phone and sighed. This was take some major explaining. To bad she had no idea what was going on.

About 20 minutes later Gail and Becky (whose legs returned) walked up to giant house Stacey lived in and rang the bell.

A man in a tuxedo who worked as Stacey’s family butler answered. “Ah yes. Miss Gail and Miss Becky. Miss Stacey is waiting for you by the pool.” he said and bowed as they entered.

The two all but ran to the pool area. “Stacey! Where are you?” Gail called out.

“Over here.” Stacey’s voice replied from inside the small shack where the pool cleaner kept his supplies.

Gail and Becky walked over to the shack. They were about to enter when Stacey warned them “Brace yourselves. What I’m about to show you is a little…”she paused to find the right word “...strange. “

“Couldn’t be any stranger then what we have to say.” replied Becky. She opened the door and they both walked in.

The shack was about the size of a walk in closet and smelled strongly of chlorine. Stacey poked her head out from a stack of uninflated pool toys. “Hey guys. Promise me you won’t freak out at what I’m about to show you.” she said and crawled out into the open revealing a scaley bikini and a long orange tail.” “While I was in the hot tub this.” she pointed at her tail “...appeared. “

To her amazement neither of her friends so much as batted an eye . “You got one too?” Becky asked.

“You mean both of you have orange tails?” Stacey asked.

“Mine’s green.” said Becky.

“Blue.” replied Gail.

“Where are they?” She asked.

Gail answered “When we got dry they disappeared.”

“So this will go away too?”

“If it’s like ours it will.” Becky said.

They set out to get Stacey dry. As the time ticked by and the tail was still there, Stacey got very worried very fast. Finally after what seemed like an eternity to her, Stacey was dry. Sure enough her scales turned back into skin. Her bathing suit also reappeared.

“Thank God that’s over.” Stacey said as she jumped back on her feet.

Gail raised an eyebrow. “Really? You honestly think this won’t happen again next time we get wet.”

“I was hoping it was a one time thing, yes.” Stacey replied.

“Pretty sure it’s not a one and done.” Becky said. “Question is how and why we turn into …” she whispered the next word “mermaids.”

“Technically that’s 2 questions.” Gail replied.

“Is this a game to you!?!.” Becky snapped back.

“Just trying to relieve some of the tension.”  Gail explained.

“Let’s continue this up in my room. This chlorine smell is making me sick.” Stacey suggested.

“Sure we won’t be overheard?” Gail asked.

“I guarantee it.” Stacey replied.

So the three girls left the pool shack and walked inside the huge house. They went up the stairs and walked into Stacey’s room closing the door behind them.

“So what are we gonna do about this?” Becky asked.

“Until we figure out what’s going on we need to stay away from the water.” Gail said.

“That’s a given.” Stacey said “But we can’t avoid water forever.”

“Very true. I guess we’ll have to deal with that when those moments come up.” Becky said. Then she added “I guess what we should focus in on how this happened. If we figure out how maybe then we can figure out a way to undo it.”

Gail spoke up and said “First question is when did this happen. That will help us figure out how. We all the when the first time we changed was. When was the last time we were in the water before that?”

Stacey replied “ We were in a hurry to shower off the day we left Greece so maybe the day before that.”

“What did we do on that day?” Gail asked.
Becky chimed in “We went to that stupid museum. We  were looking of statues of Greek gods and Goddess. After that the next thing I remember is being back at the hotel.”

“I’m having trouble remembering what exactly happened there too.” Gail said

“Last statue I remember seeing was the statue of Amphitrite.”

“Same here.” Becky said followed by “But who the hell was Amphitrite? I don’t remember hearing her name when we studied all this Greek crap in history class.”

“TO GOOGLE!” Stacey shouted.  She pulled out her phone and opened a web browser. She typed in Amphitrite and press search. Top result was a Wikipedia page.

“Married to Poseidon, blah blah blah , embodiment of saltwater, blah blah blah, considered to be the protector of saltwater.” Stacey read off.

“OK but what does that have to do with us?” Becky asked.

“That’s what I’m trying to figure out.” Stacey said.

The hours went by with no progress. Stacey cross referenced mermaids in Greek mythology. She only found 2 things and neither helped at all. One was the sirens who would sing and lure sailors to their deaths by causing them to crash on the rocks. The other was a legend about half human half fish creatures inadvertently drowning young sailors by dragging them down to see the creatures’ homes. Nothing at all about humans transforming into mermaids.

“Aaaaaaaaand we have nothing.” Stacey announced.

“What do we do now?” Gail asked.

“I only see 1 option left. Embrace it.” Stacey said.

“What!?!” Gail and Becky said in unison.

“Hear me out. We don’t know how or why we were turned into mermaids but there was a reason. We are supposed to be mermaids.”

“I think all the chlorine fumes in that shack got to your head.” Becky said.

“What we need to do is avoid water until we can figure this out. “ Gail said. “Especially you.” She pointed to Stacey. “All it takes is for the wrong person to see us with tails to be science experiments for life.”

“I agree. “ Becky said before adding “ I say we all need a good night’s sleep. We’ll try to figure this out again in the morning.”

Gail and Becky went back to their respective homes. Stacey tried to get some sleep but she had way too much going on in her mind. She had a strong urge to get in the water. It was as if the water was calling her. Finally she decided to give in.

She walked through the house as quietly as she could and out to the Olympic size pool and quietly sunk down into the water. About 15 seconds later her legs turned back into her long brightly colored orange tail with orange scales forming a bikini.

It was still a shock but not quite as big a shock as the first time. She gave her tail a test drive by lowering her head into the water and swimming laps around the pool. She swam around for what felt like hours and never once had to come up for air.

It was such a wonderful feeling to be underwater. Once she learned how to control her flipper she was swimming faster than anyone she’s ever seen.

The sun was starting to peek up from the horizon. The pool cleaner would be by soon. Much to her dismay she had to get out and dry off. If it was this fun being a mermaid in a swimming pool what would it be like in the open ocean? After drying off her tail unfortunately turned back into legs.

She just HAD to share this with someone. She ran up to her room, picked up her phone, and called Gail.

“Eeelloohh?” Said the voice on the other end of the line, obviously just waking up.

“Gail it’s Stacey.”

Gail looked at the time. “It’s 6 in the morning. The point of summer is to sleep in.” Gail said not yet fully awake..

“I got in the water last night! You’ve got to try it! It’s AMAZING!”

Suddenly Gail was fully awake. “You did what !?! Are you insane. We need to stay OUT of the water. What if somebody saw you with a tail?”

“Relax. It was in the middle of the night. Everyone was asleep. I wanna try it in the ocean.”

“No. In fact hell no. That is the most dangerous thing to do. What made you wanna go swimming in the middle of the night?”

“The water was calling to me.” Stacey said. “I’m sure it’s calling to you and Becky too.”

“Great. Now we have to deal with this insanity too. As if we didn’t have enough to deal with.”

“Think whatever you want. I’m going down to the beach. I know a very secluded place to go swimming. I want you to come with me.”

“No your not! I’ll be at your place as soon as I can to make sure you don’t go near the ocean.” Gail snapped and hung up.

Gail got up and dressed as fast as she could. Leaving her house she booked it as fast as she could to Stacey’s house.She rung the bell and waited.

The butler answered and said. “Good morning Miss Gail. It is rather early isn’t it?

“Sorry if I woke you Bernard.” Gail apologized. “Is Stacey here? It’s urgent.”

“Miss Stacey was expecting you. She left a message to meet her at the beach.” Bernard replied.

“How long ago did she leave?”

“Just a few minutes ago Ma'am .”

“Thanks Bernard.” Gail said and turned to run down to the beach.

Luckily the beach wasn’t very far away. As soon as Gail got there she started calling for Stacey.

“Over here!” Stacey called out from behind some large rocks.

Gail ran over. Hopefully she wasn’t too late.

Luckily Stacey was still in human form. “What are you doing!?!” Gail asked.

“Going swimming.” Stacey said as if the answer was obvious.

“The hell you are. Come on. I’m taking you home.” Gail said trying to get Stacey on her feet.

“Just one little swim?” Stacey asked like a child asking something from a parent.

“No.”

“Please.”

“No.” Gail started to pull Stacey away from the water.

Stacey broke Gail’s grip and dove into the ocean causing her tail to appear almost instantly.

“Just great.” Gail said under her breath. “Stacey you get back on dry land this instant. Wait. When did I become your mother?”

“You gotta come get me” Stacey teased and moved out to deeper waters.
Gail sighed. As much as she wanted to do this, Stacey was forcing her hand. She dove in the water causing her legs to morph into a sapphire colored tail.  She started to swim towards Stacey but didn’t have full control of her fins yet.

“Can’t catch me!” Stacey taunted as she swam away from Gail.

It took some time, but Gail was able to control her movement. She swam towards the orange tailed, blonde haired mermaid.

Stacey swam away quickly. She was gonna draw this out as long as she could.

Gail swam as fast as she could. As much as she wanted to get back on land, she had to admit this was fun. And the colorful fish and other sea life was breathtaking.

Finally after almost a half hour of playing keep away Gail was able to catch Stacey by the fin. “Gottcha! Now let’s go back on land.”

“Fine” Stacey said with a pout.

Back on land, the two girls were waiting for their respective tails to disappear.

“Do you realize how dangerous that was?” Gail asked.

“There’s no one here this early in the day.” Stacey replied. “Plus, you gotta admit that was fun.”

“But reckless.”

“Just admit you had fun.” Stacey said.

“Fine. I did have fun, but we have to be careful. What if someone saw us?”

“But no one did.” Stacey replied. Then she added “We have to get Becky into the water. She’d love it.”

“Maybe.” Gail replied.

Back at her house, Becky’s phone rang waking her up for the day. “Hey Gail. You’re never gonna believe the crazy dream I had last night. You me and Stacey had all been turned into mermaids.”

“Yaaaaaaaaa. Not a dream.” Gail said.

Suddenly Becky was wide awake “What!?!”

“That all really happened. And speaking of which, Stacey and I are inviting you to join us on the beach.”

She had to process things for a minute. They were really mermaids while in the water. Stacey and Gail are on the beach near the water. Finally she was able to yell “ARE YOU 2 INSANE!?! THAT IS THE LAST PLACE WE SHOULD BE!”

“Don’t be such a spoilsport.” Gail replied. “You gotta swim in the ocean. It’s the most amazing thing ever!”

“Also the most dangerous. What if you were seen?”

“But we weren’t. Just come on down to the beach.”

“Oh I’m coming to the beach. Only it’s to knock some sense into you two.” Becky said and hung up.

What’s the verdict?” Stacey asked.

“She’s on her way.” Gail announced. “Next trick is to get her in the water.”
It wasn’t long at all until Becky arrived.

Stacey and Gail were laying on the beach with the sun reflecting off their tails.

“What the hell is wrong with you two!?!” she said while trying to keep her voice low to avoid drawing any attention.

“We’re just enjoying a nice day.” Stacey replied.

“By possibly getting us all exposed?”

“Just relax. We’re not just out in the open. We are hidden by these rocks.” Gail said. “Just get in the water and see what it’s like under the waves.”

“No way. I’m not risking been caught. As soon as you two dry off I’m dragging you out of here.”

The next few minutes saw Becky waiting impatiently for her two friends to change back. Finally the tails disappeared and their legs came back.

“About time. Let’s get out of here.” Becky barked.

“We have other plans.” Gail and Stacey said in unison. They grabbed Becky by the arms and dragged her kicking and screaming down to the water and tossed her in.

Instantly her emerald green tail appeared. “I’m gonna kill you both!” Becky yelled.
Gail and Stacey smiled and dove in themselves. They dragged Becky out into the deep water.

“Since you’re already out here just take a quick swim. “Stacey said.

“If I do will you two promise to leave once we’re all dry?”

“We promise.” The other two mermaids said in unison.

“Fine” Becky said with a sigh and dove under the waves.

Immediately she was overwhelmed with all the brightly colored fish and coral the ocean had to offer. All her worries disappeared as she swam with her two friends. At one point a dolphin even joined in on the fun.

Finally after seemed like hours, the trio of mermaids found themselves back on land.

“Told you it was amazing.” Gail said.

“I will admit it was fun. Especially playing Follow The Leader with a dolphin but we still have to be careful.” Becky replied.

The father out to sea we go the less likely we are to been seen. We’ll fine once in the water. Only risk we have is drying off.” Stacey said.

“I agree. We need to do this more often.” Becky said finally accepting the fact she was now a mermaid.
Tale Of The Tail
Best friends Stacey, Gail, and Becky are vacationing in Greece when something happened that changes their lives forever. Don't worry. This story isn't over by a long shot.

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Finally the election is over and we have a new president. Donald Trump.

I really don't know how to feel. Watching the early coverage I was angry when he took the lead. Then something else happened. As more and more states reported in I became something 10 times worse than angry. Disappointed.

Not because the person I voted for lost, but for every red state. How could we as a nation allow the most under qualified man lead us? Was this a joke that just went to far? Don't you realize that Trump will be the representative of the United States to the rest of the world?

I don't know if this is a world I want to live in anymore.

Enjoy the calm before the storm. Come January 20th this country will be royally screwed. 
  • Listening to: The Star Spangled Banner
  • Reading: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  • Watching: Election coverage
  • Playing: Canasta
  • Eating: oreos
  • Drinking: Wild Cherry Pepsi

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:iconreinhard-heydrich:
Reinhard-Heydrich Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the favorite Nikki! Hope the pic maybe brightened your day :)
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blunose2772 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
sure did :)
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11buddy14 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
Can we/I have another hint to your cryptogram?
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blunose2772 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
there are only 2 one letter words in the English language. A and I
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11buddy14 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
I've already figured that out.
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blunose2772 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
The jobs half done right there
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Ih8Prozac Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017
Not that great, but it is Disney...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz7LQG…

(Warning: cliffhanger. And I have no idea how often new episodes of this are released.)
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Ih8Prozac Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017
    The next episode was released on Friday...but the shrunken characters are hardly in it, just a brief shot of the genie's lamp with them calling for help.
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blunose2772 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Went and saw that the other day. That was the only scene I enjoyed. Thanks
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Ih8Prozac Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016
    Also, Despicable Me 3 (coming in June) has a new villain who uses bubble gum to trap people in bubbles. Maybe you'll be lucky and he'll do it to Kristen Wiig's character.
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blunose2772 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I hope
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Bluemohawkdude Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Do You Rp?
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blunose2772 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
depends on the rp partner
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Bluemohawkdude Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Could we Rp?
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blunose2772 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I don't have any kind of instant messenger. If we could work around that I'm willing to give it a try
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skyfirenet Featured By Owner Edited Oct 14, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
You may find the product images here to be "interesting."

www.balloons-united.com/en/bal…
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blunose2772 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
funny you should show that one. I was at the shoot that picture and the others involving her in the balloon was taken. That was a good day :)
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skyfirenet Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
It occurs to me that I should ask if you were there in a photography support role or there to provide expertise on escape resistant inflatable spheres? Mind you, from what I heard about how it ended, hopefully it was expertise on how *not* to get trapped in an unpoppable balloon =P
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blunose2772 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
lol I was there to help her in the process of getting in.
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skyfirenet Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I can imagine. :)
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blunose2772 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
thanks
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Ih8Prozac Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016
Last year I discovered the blog eroticmadscience.com, which has some artwork that would be of interest to you. But there is nudity in some of it, so I didn't know whether it was okay to post all of it in the "Comments" section. Here's one of the tamer images:

eroticmadscience.com/2014/01/1…
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