(Today, we have a guest post from Brenda Pandos, with news you can definitely use about mermaids...)
You thought there would be a real mermaid here today in the tank? (laughs) I’m sorry to disappoint you, trapping a mermaid is nearly impossible. First, they’re only mermaids at night and second, if you manage to capture one, her merman isn’t far away.
Rule #1 in Natatoria: All mermaids must be chaperoned (all for your protection of course). An unchaperoned mermaid is a very dangerous thing, for her and for you. If caught, her merman will come to the rescue and sing your memories away. You’ll be left wondering what you where looking for in the first place.
But savvy mers live among us. If you’re wondering if your neighbor might be a mer, here are some clues:
CLUES YOU MIGHT HAVE A MER NEIGHBOR
A sparkling tattoo on their left ring finger: The tattoo is a sign of life-long promise the mermaid has given to her special merman through a kiss. They may display it, or try to hide it with something like a Band-Aid or a wide ring.
Merman skirt: Mermen who aren’t knowledgeable to current trends wear a kilt like skirt that allows for easy transformation from feet to fin.
Appearance: Mer people are strikingly beautiful and perpetually tan. Because of the essence, they don’t age. The women have long shimmering hair and wear ornate bikini tops even during winter. The older men wear beards and loose fitting shirts. When Natatorian’s speak English, their accent is a cross between English and Australian if the mer wasn’t raised speaking English as a merling.
Habits: Because sun is the secret to keeping their legs during the day, they need to be in the water before the sun sets. So if they’re living in a house, it’ll be on the shoreline/coast. They’ll most likely be jobless and appear active during the day, but when evening comes they’ll disappear.
Monsters: Hidden on seabeds across the globe are secret underwater tunnels that lead to Natatoria, the mer’s home and location of the spring of essence. Typically, in those places there’s also a monster myth. These monsters have been created to explain mer activity and put a distraction in people’s minds. Where you thought you saw the Loch Ness Monster, you might have actually witnessed a mer.
All I can say is if you suspect there’s a mer close by, be careful. They typically aren’t interested in transforming humans to be promised (life-long bond) since converted mer’s, or beta-mer’s, are looked down upon (unlike the pure-born) in Natatoria, but you never know. It’s difficult to ignore a siren or merman’s smolder. They’ll kiss you before you know it, and you’ll be changed forever.
Giveaway! One comment (picked by random.org) below will win a copy of Everblue by Brenda Pandos.
This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM (Eastern) this Saturday. Brenda is generously offering a paperback for US winners, ebook if winner is outside the US.
The Midsummer Dream Fair was brought to you today by: