The Svenska Tours company boasted the fastest ferry boat in Europe. They claimed to control a miracle engine technology, though they denied using nuclear power. When the pride of the ferry fleet, the Svenska Stjarna limped home with engine trouble, it was cause for concern.
Valter, captain of the Svenska Angel, boarded the stricken ferry to see if he could help.
“Sick engine,” explained Captain Olle, leading the way to the engine compartment. “Eventually, we got her going well enough to limp home.”
“You need help with her?” asked Valter.
Olle opened the door to the engine room. “No, she just needs time.”
Valter stared in shock at what he saw there. “I’ve never seen such a thing!” he exclaimed.
The mermaid was astounding beautiful, though obviously not feeling well. Her fishy tail dipped into the water where it could propel the boat. She held her stomach painfully.
“I didn’t think mermaids could get sick!” stammered Valter.
Olle growled impatiently, “It’s my new cook’s fault. Mermaids should never have wasabi with their Sashimi!”
Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/fffaw-challenge-week-of-january-10-2017/