Raul was fishing off the Portuguese coast when he found her. Thalassa climbed into his boat as he hauled on the nets. The mermaid was lovely. Beneath her sea green hair were two huge, enticing, glistening…green eyes.
Thalassa told him of the wondrous castles below with lovely gardens. All the creatures lived in fairness and equality. She spoke for hours of the wonders of the deep.
“Your world seems beautiful,” said Raul.
“So is yours!” grinned Thalassa.
“How do you know about it?”
She held up a waterproof cell phone. “YouTube!”
Raul covered his eyes.
“I’ve fallen in love with you!” exclaimed Thalassa. “Don’t worry, I know how the story ends. I sacrifice my home, grow legs, and live with you!”
“Uh….,” hesitated Raul.
“Tell me more about your…my, new home! Isn’t it fabulous?”
Unemployment soared. Violent nationalism and racism spun out of control. The soon-to-be-elected populous president would likely deport Raul’s ailing Sudanese father, and otherwise wreck the country.
Raul sighed, “How about a new ending? Any chance I could grow a tail?”
Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/fffaw-challenge-week-of-july-25-2017/