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Fiction Friday - Mermaid Poaching

Ok, I know I've been a little lax on the Fiction Friday Writing Challenge, and I apologize. But here's a new installment for you. As always, the rules were simple - look at the prompt for a few seconds, and then start writing. 5 minutes is all I get. When the timer dings, I have to stop. Fun, right?

So this one was sort of out of my comfort zone when I first saw the writing prompt, but once I started writing the story just took shape. The prompt was this...

Your character wakes up on a barge (like the one below) in the middle of the ocean.

Now write!

And here's what I did with it...

She blinked a few times until her surroundings came into focus. Startled, she gasped and sat upright. Her gaze darted all around. A barge! She was on a barge in the middle of the ocean?

What the hell? And why did her head hurt so badly?

She tried to raise both hands up to her head and realized her wrists were bound together.


Panic gripped her gut and quickly spread throughout her body.

"No, no, no, no, no," she softly chanted to herself. "Think Marla, think. What’s the last thing you remember?”

She screwed her eyes shut and tried to retrace her actions.


She had been swimming down by the big rocks when something happened. She had gotten snagged on something near the coral reef and couldn’t free her fin.

Her fin!

Her eyes flew down to where her fin should be, and she let out a tortured yelp.


And not only that. They were tied with rope, just like her hands. She’d been captured by evil mermaid hunters.

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