Things Unspoken, South Coast
There were not people in all the seas.
Some of them were too dark, too cold, too inhabited by things that either had been driven off the land or had simply claimed the water for their own.
Some were too close to human people, some were too heavily sailed, some were simply not very nice to swim in.
But there was this place off the southern coast of the Empire where wise captains did not send their ships. And there was this place deep in this cove where people lived.
Elliallein and Milleffeou conferred in the shadows. Mille had the sort of magic that allowed her to take on legs, and the sort of voice that sometimes convinced people to listen. And so she would wander to the ports and tell people how unwise it was to portage all the way around rather than just sailing through the cove, or she would tell people how good of fishing there was deep in the cove.
Elliallein was too far from the humans to do that. Her magic was a different sort – the sort that came later. She draped a necklace over her cousin’s neck and hummed a little song. There would be boats along soon. There always were.
And when there were, the sea here would do what it always did, and very few boats would make it out alive.
But Elliallein and her sisters and cousins, they would save who they could. Some they would drag to shore, of course. But the best ones, the strongest swimmers….
Elliallein’s magic would teach them how to swim properly. And her children and theirs might be able to walk on land.
Written to Eseme’s prompt: I quite like this one, because very colorful mermaid! Which likely indicates poison or something. I expect the tail has bright angel-fish fins. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/64528207131870453