by Linda Garnett
the mermaid and Steve the fisherman rendezvoused
at the river bank as they had for months.
made my decision. I want to do this, said
you sure? Remember, theres no going back.
placed a diamond necklace around her neck.
love you. I want to change into a merman and
spend eternity with you.
took out a large compact mirror she had tucked
inside her tail.
love your taste in -- I mean, I love you too.
Youve really spoiled me with all of the
beautiful jewelry you have given me.
placed her hand on his heart and began the
transformation spell. Suddenly, his nostrils
pinched together and he could hardly breathe.
eyes bulged and his face turned purple, red and
then orange. She stopped chanting and he fell
liar! You don't want to change for me. Your heart
told me youre a jewel thief running from
the police, said Esmeralda.
tried to stand up but his body felt like jelly.
What the hell are you talking about?"
was just a storage unit for you, wasnt I?
you help me up, I can explain everything.
smirked. I forgot to mention that the spell
has a nasty side effect when you lie. Take a look
screamed at his reflection in her mirror. White
stripes circled his bloated orange head and body.
He had no nose, a small mouth, and bulging black
eyes. His arms and legs had become fins.
my god, Im a clownfish! Undo the spell!
told you there was no going back.
put me out of my misery and eat me!
Steve, but I want a merman with good taste, not
some clown who might taste good.
flicked her tail and he fell screaming into the