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February 2006
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I Saw a Mermaid
by Lallindra Myer

On Christmas Day my best friend and I stayed in her beachfront holiday house for a week. On the second day I woke up around 5:30 a.m. and couldn't get back to sleep, so I left her sleeping and went onto the beach to watch the sunrise and scour the rock pools for shells.

I was concentrating on a particularly attractive shell I had found when I spotted her. A few hundred feet away from where I was crouched over was a woman sitting on a rock near the shore. I could only see the back of her, but she had waist-length black hair and pale skin. But as my eyes scanned down her body I saw she had a long fish-like tail. In fairy tales mermaids have pretty-colored tails, but this mermaid's tail was scaly and silver like a fish!

I was in severe shock by this time and tripped over backwards and made a scuffling sound. The mermaid turned around and stared at me. We held eye-contact for a few long seconds and I could see she was very beautiful with fine features and bright blue eyes which were caught with the rays of the rising sun. Then she dived into the sea and disappeared. I ran back to the house to tell my friend but she didn't believe me. I'm still waiting to see her again.

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