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PostSubject: Melusina's Song   Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:54 pm



A new exhibit had opened up at the Zoo in Oceanside. An exhibit that was drawing hundreds of people to the town, overfilling inns and motels, making restaurants busy 24-7, and creating a line into the Zoo that the inhabitants of Oceanside had never seen before.

What was making all the ruckus was just a girl. Trapped in a glass box filled with water she sunk to the bottom, sadness written on her features. It was for her that people came far and wide to catch a glimpse of her. She did her best to hide during the day, only coming out when her keepers forced her out into the open.

Towards the end of another busy day she ventured out of her underwater cave, the only part of the exhibit that afforded her any privacy. She barely made it out into the open when she froze, staring into the eyes of a surprised guest. They hadn’t thought she was real, nor had they expected to actually see her. Simply passing by on their way out they were alone.

Staring eye to and eye with the only known mermaid.

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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:19 am

Thomas stared at her, his brown eyes looking her over before a frown graced his face. She did not look happy to him. And who could be suprised by that? Being forced to stay in a tank filled with some sort of saline solution mixture with people banging on the glass all day like she were some form of Freak show.

He seemed typical enough on the human front, short brown hair to match hsi eyes and tanned skin. He bore a scar on his right cheek, thoughhe wore it well, his face cut sharp and clean shaven. He made sure he woudl recall every detail of her. emrald eyes and hair, light skin- but most of all that look. that forelorgne depressed expression.

For one reason or another he raised one hand, waving to her.
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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:08 pm



The mermaid looked at the boy for a moment until he lifted his hand. She was too used to a raised hand meaning something bad now. Tourists banged on the glass, not knowing that the sound reverberated times ten through the water that was her home, hurting her delicate ears. Her masters would raise their hands to beat her or use an implement to beat her so that she would do as they asked.

The moment he raised his hand she darted back into the cave., scared of what he might do. When nothing happened however, she peeked back outside, her hair hiding most of her face. He seemed to be just waving. But that was so…benign. Not hurtful. Peeking around the rocks just bit more, the green of her eyes showing, she stared pointedly, wondering what this strange human was going to do.

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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Sun Oct 03, 2010 3:17 pm

Thomas raised an eyebrow at her before lowering his hand. He considered her for a moment before shifting his back pack.

He was some how entranced by her, curious and by all means elated to have seen her. As one of the local college students he was majoring in Marine Biology. And he was in need of a part time job...

The idea came to him on a whim. Perhaps he would apply, seeing the notice posted near the top left of the massive tank. They were looking for trainers? She looked much too intelligent to be 'trained' for a show, but it could get him closer... he could learn more about the green haired woman on the opposite side of the glass. Maybe she spoke.

Maybe he could help?

He didn't bother to take out his camera. He was sure she was more than tired of all the flashes. Instead he offered a fleeting smile, then continued on his way; but not before taking the notice down off of the Tank. Tomorrow, he would contact the manager of the exhibit and see if he deemed him qualified enough for the job...
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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Mon Oct 04, 2010 6:13 pm



She watched him walk away, her green eyes following his every movement. It wasn’t until a few moments after he had moved completely out of sight that she finally looked away. She swam over to her favorite rock, the only one in the exhibit that felt real to her. There she sat and sang as she did every night, the mournful sound filling the zoo.

The next morning she was roughly awoken as usual. The man used a net to trap her, dragging her out of her cave and pulling her forward so that she was visible to the onlookers. Today they were trying something new to keep her in the public eye. Before she could escape back to her hideout a large cage was thrown over the cave, effectively keeping her from hiding.

“There you stupid fish. We wont get our money if they cant see you.” muttered the exhibit manager angrily before walking off. He couldn’t get a single one of his normal trainers to try and work with the mermaid. Most of them downright refused, saying it wasn’t worth their career to be involved with that unnatural creature. Others tried but quickly gave up, saying that dolphins had more brain power than that thing.

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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Mon Oct 04, 2010 7:12 pm

Thomas was in the crowd of people, though he didn't seem pleased as he looked in at her, his hands at his sides. tourists took photos left and right, children banged on the glass and all he could really do was sit and watch.

He looked from her to the door beside her exhibit and went towards it, knocking as the Gate keeper had told him. he had his resume in hand, and dressed in good jeans and a button up over his wet suit.
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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:04 pm



A haggard older man opened the door and when he saw the young man, he gruffly turned aside. “You must be the one looking for the trainer job. Bob told me you’d be coming. Right this way to my office.” The man walked around the back of the tank, ignoring the crowd of people currently staring at the mermaid. The man office happened to be located behind the Mermaid’s tank and next to a tank that contained the baby dolphins.

Walking up to the door, he held it open for the brown haired young man and shut it behind him as he gestured to an empty chair in front of his desk. “My names Garrison. I run the aquatic exhibits here at Oceanside. You are?”

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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:28 pm

"Thomas Hinder." he introduced himself. "I'm a marine biology and psych major over in the Harbor Branch." He shook his hand with an awkward smile. "I have to say sir, this place is amazing. I honestly didn't believe all the talk about the mermaid untill now."
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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Tue Oct 05, 2010 4:06 pm

Garrison laughed, his belly roll rumbling a bit with the big sound that issued out of his mouth. It was a good natured laugh however, and when he looked at Thomas there was unmistakable pride in his features.

“That was some catch there. Didn’t believe it myself until an old fishing buddy of mine showed me the ruddy fins. Too bad that’s all she’s good for. Doesn’t do much else except hide and swim around. We thought about trying to get her to talk, maybe even get her to do some tricks for the crowds but she seems to stupid to even know when its time to eat. Blimey I have no idea how they remained hidden so long.”

Garrison shook his head roughly, his face darkening at the thought of how much the trouble the mermaid had caused him up to this point.

“So what makes you want this job?”
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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Tue Oct 05, 2010 6:53 pm

"Well, honestly, I think I might be able to solve your problem." he said simply. "She is most likely scared. Children often don't eat when they are upset, it could be the same situation... Let me work with her, I'll even work the first three days free and see what I can do." he offered. "As the old saying goes, you get more flies with honey then vinegar. Perhaps if she were happy, she would do more for your wallet. As for me, well... It would be an honor to have 'mermaid tamer' on my resume sir."
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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Wed Oct 06, 2010 3:38 pm

Garrison grunted in response, taking Thomas’s resume and perusing it quickly. The truth was that he needed a trainer or at least someone that resembled one, and he needed them quick. He had thought he’d get hundreds of applicants for the job but most people were just too damn intimidated by the creature to even attempt it. The minute that he mentioned three days free pay Garrison knew the answer he would give.

“Well, I don’t see anything here that says you shouldn’t. I’ll have to give you a week trial period of course since you don’t have any actual experience and she is a rather odd case. That’d be a week without pay mind you.” He knew he was pushing it since the kid had only offered three days, but if Garrison had deduced correctly, the boy wanted the job and he would probably take the offer just to get the opportunity.

“If you pass the week trial then she’s yours to work with full time. She’ll be your responsibility to train for the public. Eventually the higher ups want some kind of show like the dolphin and killer whale shows we already have. It’d be good for publicity after all.”
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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:14 pm

Thomas raised an eyebrow. He was a reasonable boy at heart...

"I'll work the week for free, but only on the condition that if I request some equipment I get it. Nothing too expensive." he promised. "But the week of wadges yo wont pay me should cover them. Deal?"

The scholar knew his stuff. And according to his resume he had worked with dolphins in the past.
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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:22 pm

Garrison didn’t like it when people caught him in his own game. Then again, granting the boy’s request couldn’t be that bad. The likelihood of him staying for longer than a week wasn’t all that great anyway. He would probably quit just like the others before him.

“Sure. Nothing too expensive though.” He said, before muttering under his breath, “Doubt you’ll need any equipment though. Not with that thing.”

“Let me show you to the tank then.” He said lightly, opening the door again to let Thomas out of his small office.
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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:26 am

Thomas stepped out of the office, doing his best to keep form grinning like an idiot. But LORD was he excited. When he was a child he was sure he had seen a mermaid. Now, after seeing one, regrettably in a tank, for a second time, it left no doubt in his mind.

It also left no doubt in his mind that she was much more intellegent then they gave the poor creature credit for.
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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:22 pm

Garrison led the way back to the mermaid’s tank, scratching his balding head as he walked. He was trying to figure out what he would do once Thomas gave up on the endeavor. He was pretty sure that the fish girl was just like every other fish they’d ever caught, wholly unintelligent, lacking any real brain, and simply surviving in the world based on their survival instincts. What this boy thought he could accomplish when everyone else had failed was laughable. He wouldn’t say anything of course. One week free pay, meaning he would probably never have to pay this college student.

“Well here we are. The landing to get in the water is right up those stairs. The observation room is down and to the left so that you can watch her underwater without having to be with the other guests. I’ll expect you here tomorrow at 8 in the morning to start the training. Anything else you’ll be needing?”
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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:57 pm

"If you don't mind I'll start working with her tonight after hours." he said. "When people aren't distracting her." he reasoned.


He did, however peer over the edge of the stairs. He was curious about this girl, this mermaid. While many human girls 'chased after unicorns' as many men sought the fabled sea-wonder....
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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Thu Nov 04, 2010 1:23 am


Garrison grunted in reply, giving the boy the go ahead to do whatever he wanted. “Heres your keys. Make sure you lock up.” He said before walking back to his office, grumbling about over eager boys who had too much time.

Night soon fell, the zoo closing for the day. The rest of the keepers finished up their chores and left, laughing and joking. A couple of guys talked about getting drinks at the local bar as they passed by Thomas.

“That’s the new mermaid keeper right?” One of them asked, chuckling.

“Yeah I think so.” his friend laughed before calling out “Good luck with that thing mate. You’ll need it!”

They both guffawed loudly and left Thomas to whatever he planned on doing that night.
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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Thu Nov 04, 2010 1:36 am

Thomas blinked watching them go before he shrugged, pulling on his swim flippers. what did a few passer bys matter anyway?

He sat on the edge dipping his feet into the tank, then slowly he eased himself into the waters, not splashing too much. He was fairly sure she woudl simply hide in her cave, but that would be fine. All he planned on doing was to sit at the bottom of the tank for a while. Just sit and observe...

Taking a deep breath he dove down. He was a professional diver, and coudl hold his breath nearly an entire 8 minutes.
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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:53 pm

The young mermaid hid in her cave for so long that the boy had to come up for air a good three or four times. Finally, she poked her head out to stare at him. What was his problem? Why was he just sitting there? She didn’t get this human at all. Normally they would just force her to do anything they wanted. They never just sat there.

Slowly but surely she began to come farther out of her little sanctuary, watching him carefully for any signs of hostility.
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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:39 pm

As she came out, Thomas was on his way back down to the bottom yet again. He was getting tired though, having held his breath as long as he could nearly 4 times now. On the bright side, he supposed it was good endurance training.

He allowed himself to float for a moment before settling on the bottom one more. Through the water he heard the muffled clicking when he swallowed to wet his through, still holding his breath. He heard the engine hum through the water, filtering in oxygen he assumed must have been to his left.

He sat for only about 5 minutes then frowned opening his eyes again. He had to sneeze.... which wasn't usually wise under water.

Letting out a small mouthful of bubbles he stood, kicking off the tanks bottom.
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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Tue Nov 09, 2010 5:20 pm


The young girl ducked back into her shelter when he had to rush to the surface, but when she saw why she couldn’t contain the giggle that issued from her mouth. The sound was high and girlish, but distinctly human. No fish could have made the sound that came from this fish girl.

Slowly she came more out in the open, watching the human to see if he would do anything else that was funny. He seemed to determine to stick around, so she might as well get a good read on him. Besides, her instincts didn’t categorize him as a threat like the others that she saw so often. He didn’t poke and prod at her trying to get a reaction. In fact he was like many of the creatures she was so used to her in her own home. A mild curiosity but essentially going about his own business leaving hers to herself.

Yet she was curious about this human and his motives.
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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Tue Nov 09, 2010 5:52 pm

Thomas tread water for a while, coughing and wiping his face before shaking his head, sending droplets of water in a star burst from him. "Guess that's what I get for swimming at night." he mused. His thoughts were cut off by the laughter though. He couldnt help the slightly satisfied smile. At least he had amused her if nothing else...

He wanted to hopefully get her to trust him, enough to where he could learn about her, satisfy the 'boss' and eventually help her out.

He took a large gulp of air before diving down again, though not before discarding his swim flippers and mouth piece. No- this trip he would be going the old fashion way, then he woudl call it quits for the evening.
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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Tue Nov 09, 2010 5:59 pm

When he came back down to the bottom, she found herself frozen on the spot, watching him with wide eyes. She wasn’t sure whether she should swim away or get closer to this curious human. Some sense within her held her back. The last time she had let her curiosity take hold instead of common sense she had ended up in this fish tank. She trembled at the thought of what could happen to her now. Yet, her curiosity was something she’d never be truly able to fight against and this human seemed okay to her.

Like shark in still water, she swam silently towards him, ready to flee at any signs of hostility. It wasn’t long before she was facing him, albeit a good distance away. Cocking her head to the side she watched him, her green eyes trained on his still form. What was he doing, she wondered. She knew humans couldn’t breathe underwater like she could so was he trying to drown himself?

Well her questions weren’t getting answered by just floating there, so she asked him. However, she didn’t know English like he did so she asked in her own tongue, the language of her people.
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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Tue Nov 09, 2010 6:04 pm

Thomas opened his eyes hearing her and raised an eyebrow. He should have known better.... Of course she didn't speak English...

Regardless, he could only think of three things she might be asking him. first that came to mind was what he was doing, second, who was he, or third- when he was going to leave.

Fairly sure she wouldn't understand him, or even hear his voice clearly under the water he decided to answer the first thought he considered. "Ree-lazin." [relaxing XD]
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PostSubject: Re: Melusina's Song   Tue Nov 09, 2010 6:11 pm

She looked at him quizzically, not understanding a bit of what he was trying to say. It would make sense she thought, he’s underwater, he can’t speak here just like he can’t understand me. He should go back to the surface was the next thought that came to her mind. Before she could come up with a good reason to stop herself, like he could still be dangerous, she swam straight towards him, stopping an inch in front of his face. Surveying him intently with her insanely green eyes, she nodded before using her small arms to grab him underneath the armpits. With her strong tail she then bodily pushed him through the water to the surface, and literally chucked him back on to the swim platform.

Giggling again she ducked back under the surface, though this time she stayed near the platform, swimming lazily back and forth. Occasionally the sound of her giggle would waft through the water, sounding garbled like everything else. In the light of the moon her tail seemed to almost shimmer, and for the first time he was able to really see what she looked like clearly.

One thing was for certain, she most certainly was not all she appeared.
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