I had the most fun penning this story. I must admit I only took 5 hours to write it, including full edits which were few. I not telling you that to make myself look good, but it's more about explaining how a story can flow if you have the right frame of mind.
My fave Disney movie is The Little Mermaid, I've seen it...a lot. And at the time my 2yo had Finding Nemo playing daily. I love that too of course. I think somewhere in my mind the two mixed and certainly influenced Plenty More Fish In The Sea.
I had no idea what this story was really going to be about when I began. I just sat and typed and just over 5000 words later, it was done. I even tried to make it longer, but it was done.
I'd love to write the prequel, telling the story of Marina and Ceph's parents. Those two couples have serious history. I'd also like to write the sequel about what happens when they do tell their parents they are in love...
But for now, here is the excerpt, it's short, cos it's a short story...
Ceph knew there was more his father wasn’t telling him. “Why
not, Dad…what is so terrible about being friends? You better tell me,
or I’ll go ask Mom.” His father turned positively pale.
“Please, son, don’t mention one word of this to your mother. I’ll
be out in the cold current if you do.”
“Better start talking then.”
“Back when I was your age, three thousand tides, no maybe two
thousand and fifty, I fell in love with a young merwoman.”
“No, not your mother. This was before I met her. No, Ripple was as gorgeous as they come and the sweetest girl you could ever meet. I
was smitten, completely. But I’m afraid to say the feeling wasn’t
mutual. Oh, she liked me well enough. But love? No…” His dad had a wistful look on his face.
“I see. And…?”
“And she paired up with my best friend at the time, Sandy. I got jealous and did some stupid stuff, and Sandy cracked his shells over it
and declared he’d never to speak to me again. Then I met your mother and realized what I felt for Ripple was surface stuff. But Sandy saw
me wishing Ripple a happy life and giving her a hug and told your mother I only married her on the rebound. He almost wrecked my marriage. I moved out from Coral City to start a new colony as far away from Sandy and Ripple as I could. Luckily, there were a few others starting out, and before long, we had the huge colony that we now call Green Waters. I vowed to your mother that Ripple’s name would never come up again. That mermaid over there, she is a
daughter of Sandy and Ripple. I can tell by the ruffled tailfins.”
“Ruffled tailfins…yeah, cute aren’t they?” Ceph sighed a little and watched her teasing an electric eel from behind a rock. They
looked like friends. Turning back to his father, he said, “So, basically, over a misunderstanding between hot-headed young males and petty
jealousy that happened over forty-seven thousand tides ago, I can’t go make friends.” Ceph really thought all that stuff should be put in the past.
“It’s not that simple, Ceph.”
Ceph patted his dad on the back, “Sure it is, Dad. I’ll just pop over and introduce myself.”
“Ceph, I forbid you to do that.”
“Dad, I’m three thousand tides of age and too old to be forbidden anything. Besides, you always taught me to follow my heart and stand
up for what I believe,” Ceph pointed out.
“Now I am wondering why I did that…I told your mother all that
confidence building would backfire on us one day.” He shook his head and looked dejected.
Ceph gave his dad a hug and a few small pats on the back again before releasing him and saying, “It’ll be fine, Dad. You better go
start tickling Mom’s fins and get her in a good mood. You’ll thank me for this one day...you’ll see.” Giving his dad a wink, he swam off in
the direction of the ruffle-tailed beauty
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