Captain Andrew finds paradise beneath the waves of a utopian island.
My latest story, Tail of the Sea is now available at loveyoudivine.com!
The water splashed against the ship outside below the window, but the wine and the book dominated his attention and Andrew tuned out the susurrus.
Something in the sound of the splashes changed and Andrew, alert, looked to the windows, listening. The soft noises came at regular intervals, almost like a cadence, but this sound wasn’t like waves hitting the ship or breaking on the shore. Putting his book on the arm of the chair, Andrew rose and crept to the window.
What was making that strange noise, he wondered. He peeked around the window sill to avoid frightening away whatever was out there.
The full moon loomed enormous in the sky and its light reflecting off the water dazzled him. As his eyes adjusted to the dark, he saw white foam on the surface below his windows, where something had just submerged.
A tail appeared for a second above the water then dove out of sight.
A porpoise! Or maybe a dolphin, Andrew thought with a thrill. Being captain of a cruise ship in the Caribbean, he saw many wonderful and amazing creatures. It wasn’t at all unusual to see porpoises, dolphins and even whales but the excitement never wore off. Out of the corner of his eye, he caught sight of the tail as it broke the surface again, but there was something strange about it.
That movement was calculated, deliberate, Andrew thought in surprise. It wasn’t the randomness of a dolphin at play. He focused on the spot where it disappeared. For several long seconds, nothing happened. Andrew began to chastise himself for imagining things, but a flash below the surface captured his attention.
A head rose out of the water, long blond hair flowed over the broad muscular shoulders that followed, wet skin gleamed in the moonlight. A fire stirred in Andrew’s loins. He sucked in his breath as the figure looked upward to him, revealing the most handsome face he had ever seen.
With a smile and a wink, the merman leapt up and arched backward into a graceful back dive, exposing a perfectly chiseled V-shaped torso. The tail sliced through the wake left by the merman with only a whisper of sound