The Mermaid’s Sisters

a sleeping mermaid
(c) Sonya, 2015

‘A mermaid who cannot sing is like a fish without fins.’

The eldest sister gives a sad shake of the head that makes her hair float from side to side.

‘Will you not give her voice back?’

‘Deal’s a deal.’

The five sisters wince.

‘If she could sing, she might rediscover happiness.’

Is the youngest sister sang, wouldn’t she infect anyone who listened with her sadness? If she wanted the ability to voice her heartache, wouldn’t she come herself?

But mostly, the sea-witch likes watching the King’s daughters recoil when they hear a mermaid’s voice out of a sea-witch’s mouth.

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Story 22 of 31 for Story A Day May.

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