The Merman, My Man by Black Velvet Chapter 101
Suddenly, I heard banging against the cabin door. At the same time, the sound of a gunshot reached my ears, followed by a large splash of water behind Dicken.
“Quickly! The merman has appeared again, and he’s in Linda’s cabin. Prepare some tranquilizing darts! We can’t let him get away again! “
It was the commanding voice of a woman Laura. A voice that I hadn’t heard in a long time.
At that instant, I was surprised that I was worried for Dicken.
“Linda! Are you alright?! “ Gary was banging on the door repeatedly as he shouted my name.
Dicken jumped up, and his expression changed into a dark one. Ticked off, he glanced at me, then swept his eyes to the torrent of bullets raining onto the sea. He must have known that he would be done for if he didn’t leave soon.
Dicken released a deep and threatening growl and leaped out of the window. I could only see a dark curved blade resembling a sickle right before he plunged into the water. The splashes of water caused by the bullets intensified. By the time I got to the window to look, Dicken had vanished without a trace.
Then, I heard a crash from behind me. Gary had broken through the door of the cabin. Panicked, I sat up, but I didn’t have enough time to hide the clothes that Dicken had shredded last night. And so, Gary saw the scene before him.
”Why didn’t you knock before coining in?! ” I shouted in a mixture of shame and anger. But in reality, that was just an excuse. I knew that Gary was just concerned for my safety.
But the situation now was so awkward that I wished Dicken had brought me with him.
I quickly picked up the tattered clothes strewn all over the place, but Gary had pulled me to him with a mighty tug, and all I saw was his bloodshot eyes.
Worried, he frantically asked, ”Are you okay, Linda? Did that scum do anything to you… ”
He halted before finishing his sentence as his gaze fell onto my neck. He froze as his face tightened into a grimace. I knew what he was thinking. Many hickeys littered across my neck, and ever more of them could be seen in the areas below it.
They were marks caused by Dicken’s intimacy. In shame, I shouted at him, ”Are you done?! “
My shameful experiences had been exposed to Gary once again. I didn’t want to face his reaction, so I peeled his hand away from me and made a beeline for the door, then made my way to the bow of the ship.
Exhausted, I sat down and leaned against the railing. I stared at the deep blue sea as my mind was overcome by a mess of thoughts mixed with despair.
I forced myself to empty my mind and not think about anything. The surface of the sea was calm as the breeze gently caressed my cheeks. It would have been nice if this was a regular voyage.
Back at the university, I had dreamt of researching marine biology as my graduation project. I had wished to unravel the secrets behind the legends that spoke of mermaids and mermen. For this cause, I was willing to put my life on the line. But what I didn’t expect was that I would fall into the hands of a single merman, sacrificing my body and future to him.
‘I could have just become a regular researcher… ‘
I rested my head onto my knees as I ruffled my hair. I f things had gone according to plan, I would have been back at the university with all the necessary data and submitting my thesis by now. Then, I could successfully complete my Ph.D. and live a busy but fulfilling life.
But now, everything was ruined. I had been dragged into military operations and marked by that beast. There was no way I could act freely anymore.
I wished I could turn back time and return to the past.
I swept a glance over the deck and suddenly thought of something. ‘If I could find the search(follow d.e.s.i.r.e n.o.v.e.l) and rescue boat that Gary used the other day, then I could probably escape discreetly. Yes! That’s something I can do!’
‘But where are we right now? What are our coordinates?’
I looked across the sea and saw a faint outline of something in the fog. Then, I stood up, ran to the binoculars at the ship’s bow, and looked into them.
The sky beyond the horizon seemed to be in a different color than the sky above us. It looked like a whole other world over there.
Through the binoculars, I could get a clearer view of the shape of an island in the distance. The island was surrounded by fog, and it seemed to have a greenish glow. It looked like a location straight out of a fantasy novel.
Adrenaline and excitement surged within me when I realized where we were heading. It was the resting place of merpeople that Gary and Dicken had spoken of — Lemenland!
I couldn’t believe my eyes, we actually found it !