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Extracts from chapters 1 to 5 of The Mermaid's Tale
Only a true Anorak would read these track notes from an unfinished project.
Chapter 1 The Mermaid's Tale.
In a dark starlit sea outside a harbour a mermaid named 'Seawind' witnessed her ship, now unseaworthy, being beached and burned. A second mermaid appears. She has lost her ship on a reef. One new ship would set sail on the dawn tide, one mermaid could bond. Only one. A bonded mermaid does not age. The result was conflict. One mermaid survived.
Seawind, wracked with guilt, decided to end this ancient enslavement. She called up a great storm that sank the new ship as it set sail. Then she drowned the crew in a 'Danse Macabre'. Her actions were witnessed. That was the legend. It lasted for three thousand years. Until chance revealed the truth.
Chapter 2 In a Lovers' Storm
Despite Seawind's impassioned defence the sentence of her peers was eternal imprisonment in a stone circle far from the sea and a change of name to Seawind-Blackheart. People soon blame all ill-luck at sea on mermaids and hunt them to the point of extinction.
Chapter 3 How to Rescue a Mermaid
Long after mermaids have passed into folklore an old sailor moves into a cottage in the mountains.
Walking home from the pub on a cold night his age and the beer get the better of him. He relieves himself behind a hedge next to the stone circle. Looking up at the stars, so familiar from his time at sea, he is reminded of a shanty. He hums 'The Mermaid's Attraction' a melody far older than he could possibly imagine. A melody that formed part of the ancient sorcery that has held Seawind prisoner for three thousand years.
A melody that sets her free. Almost.
Chapter 4 Soft in the Cradle
Seawind and the sailor form an unlikely friendship. She is elegant cultured and a sophisticate and he barely literate and somewhat rough around the edges but they share a love of music and dancing.
The sailor dies of old age and is buried at sea.
The sailor is now lost at sea and Seawind lost on land. The only way they will ever meet again is for one of them to come back from the dead. I have no idea how I can solve that one.
Actually I have, but I'm not telling.
The story moves backwards in time.
Chapter 5 The Mirrored Smile.
The retreat of the ice twelve thousand years ago. A shaman makes one last visit to a cave on the shoreline, before it floods, to bid farewell to the spirits of his ancestors and apologise for failing to halt the rising sea.
He attempts a final ritual of such power it attracts the attention of a mermaid. Horrified by his attempt to control the sea the mermaid sings her own magical spell, far older and more powerful...
The cave floods. The shaman is saved by the mermaid. She gives him potions to heal and keep him unconscious, for mermaids had a fear of any contact with humans as it was ill-starred and sure to bring disaster. But his use of narcotics in rituals gave a level of resistance and he pretends to sleep as he listens to her singing.
He realised that music held great magical power. As Prometheus stole fire from the Gods, the shaman stole music from the Mermaids.
In time he crafted a tune, 'The Mermaid's Attraction' musically simple yet carrying great power to bind a mermaid to a ship as navigator and guardian. The mermaid's connection is with the ship, which she sees as a living thing, not with the crew who know nothing of her presence. A mermaid appeared at first to profit from an unplanned side effect of the magic. She would not age while bonded to a ship. Across the ages that followed this gift became an addiction. Then a curse.
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