The Mermaid-21

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Mermaid 21b

Storm Clouds

Chapter 21

Hyperion stared at the screen. His eyes saw nothing but the ruin of hope.

Subject contains a virulent unknown pathogen. Avoid contact. Eliminate all known subjects. Burn remains. Acknowledge.”

It was his duty to obey, no question. Weak men thought of themselves and their sorrow. A warrior thought only of the greater good beyond his reason or understanding. Continue reading “The Mermaid-21”


The Mermaid-20

My heart slams against my ribs when I think of the slaughtered nights I spent all over the world waiting to feel your touch.” ― Henry Rollins


Hyperion’s Secret

Chapter 20

The two intrepid hunters stopped and looked out over the jungle canopy to the waterfall in the distance. The smell of the water mingled with the floral and loam scent of the steaming jungle. “Let’s cool off and take a break,” Hyperion said while trying to catch his breath from the long climb up the mountain. Derek nodded as his chest heaved; sweat dripping from his brow. They hiked the trail all morning and both men were ready to sit and enjoy some lunch. Continue reading “The Mermaid-20”

The Mermaid-19

She tasted sweet, like oranges, liquid sunshine in my mouth as we kissed.” ― Selena Kitt, A Baumgartner Reunion



Chapter 19

The wail of mermaids captured the soul of many a sailor. Hyperion could not bear the sound of it. The banshee sound of anguish hastened him to Meera’s side. Dàng Shi and Hyperion held Meera and comforted her. When she calmed to whimpering gasps for air, Hyperion spoke to her. Continue reading “The Mermaid-19”

The Mermaid-18

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” ― Kahlil Gibran



New Day

Chapter 18

The sensation of a warm thigh across his body awoke Hyperion from his sleep. He tugged her closer to his chest. Dàng Shi stirred and rubbed her body against his as if to settle into the warm dry sand at the forest edge. The sharp tips of her fingers trailed down his spine and hooked into the shoulder blade tightening her squeeze removing the tiny gaps of air between them. The new lovers bathed in the glow of the morning sun shining through the cabin windows and the feel of each other’s skin brought a soothing comfort and awareness. The day had arrived. Continue reading “The Mermaid-18”

The Mermaid-17

You can never love people as much as you can miss them.”

― John Green

The Mermaid 17

Sea and Storm

Chapter 17

Meera stayed behind Kit as he scrambled up the cliff. He was young, active, and sure-footed on land, more so than in the water. Kit was more like his father than herself, she thought. Mother and son showed their fear for Dàng Shi’s life in quick glances back to the shore. Hesitant moves in the brush hidden cleft in the mountain took them ever higher. Survival was an instinct powerful and compelling. Love and concern for their fierce pod member were exigent and overwhelming. Continue reading “The Mermaid-17”