Drabble: Mermaid learning to let go of an air phobia

Adapted from a 100 word story, aka a drabble, I wrote at a writing workshop for the Ministry of Stories volunteers.

Mermaid learning to let go of an air phobia

Floating with my dreams over the surface, I swim outside my comfort zone while trying not to cling to my teacher’s warm skin. I feel like an out of control freak but her patience is helping me get familiar with this less dense atmosphere.

I know a song that would steal souls, but my tune once attracted the wrong kind of fish. I used to wish I could stay in the abyss and play with beautiful lost treasures forever.

Now I won’t be helplessly washed away on the shore, I will look at the sky on a sea of hope.

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