Photo: Helen Ree – http://www.helenree.com
I set fire to an undine once. It broke my heart.
However, the skeleton I kept back from the fire was mine.
I used that skeleton to build a nest fit for a family of scavengers.
Mermaids and undines share the same blood.
Water nymph. Breasts bare, gentle. Tail wet, slippery.
It is that way with a mermaid.
There is a moment in every undine that resonates with the tide.
Fresh – or salt – water, the desiccation is the same.
An undine will shed her scales for a good reason.
Without scales, an undine will suffocate.
Unless she has evolved beyond scales. Then she won’t.
Otherwise she will die, uninspired. It is that way with a mermaid.