Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
SPN_UntilDawn_Queen would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Fish Out of Water

By SPN_UntilDawn_Queen All Rights Reserved ©

Fantasy / Adventure

Chapter 1

It was a warm afternoon off the coast of Maui, Hawaii. I was surfing and having a really good time. The waves were great today. I looked around the open waters and noticed that the beach goers had all left and only one boat remained out, perhaps thirty or forty feet away from me. A family of three was on the decent sized sailboat, a mother, father, and a young girl. They all wore these strange, darkened glasses. It was then I remembered what was to happen today. A solar eclipse! I had to get home before it began and it hurt my eyes. Everyone who wanted to watch it directly had to be wearing those protective glasses.

The sky began to get darker as I paddled my way to shore, my stomach flat on my surf board. But before I could reach the shore, something flipped my board, making me take a dip into the glistening ocean. I tried to cry out, but I was pulled under by something. Opening my mouth only resulted in salt water to enter through it, as well as my nose. I coughed as I was somehow brought above the surface. I felt hands grabbing me everywhere, some holding my mouth open. I fought back with everything I had, but it still wasn't enough. I felt a strange, warm liquid trickle down my throat. I gagged on it, trying to spit it out. Hands forced my mouth shut and I swallowed. Then I was shoved under water again. I heard unfamiliar voices through my waterlogged ears and I couldn't understand a word of what they were saying.

As soon as it had begun, this odd attack ended. I splashed free and broke the surface, gasping for air. I had somehow ended up closer to the sailboat. I noticed the little girl up on the side of the ship, a doll clutched in her grasp. She was babbling on and on about how cool the solar eclipse had been. Wait... was it over? Sure enough, the sun had returned.

When I looked back at the sailboat, the girl was gone. Splashes broke the silence and I saw the little girl had fallen overboard. I swam hurriedly over to her and put one of my arms underneath her armpit. I noticed her little readheaded doll bobbing in the sea beside her, so I picked that up as well. I moved quickly to the shore, swimming faster than I ever remember being able to.

I dragged myself, the girl, and her doll onto the sand. Then I tried to stand, but I couldn't feel my feet. I looked down at my legs and gasped. I no longer had legs or feet! In their place was a giant fish tail... like a mermaid. I looked around, panicked. Surely this wasn't happening. This had to be a dream. Beside me, the girl began to stir. I heard the yelling voice of her father and looked out to see the boat coming to shore.

No... this is real. And I can't be seen like this! I took off back into the ocean. Little did I know, I wouldn't be walking on land again for a very long time.

I wandered around the ocean with no clear idea of where I was going or what I was going to do about my situation. But then I had been surrounded by a bunch of other mermaids and mermen.

"Come with us and you will be happy." said one mermaid.

"What happened? What have you done to me?!" I had asked, scared.

"Come with us... we'll take you to our pod leader. He will explain everything." said a merman.

So I really had no choice but to follow them... where else would I have gone? We swam quite a long way before the scenery began to change around me. The area became lighter, even though we were down pretty deep. I stared in awe as structures almost like buildings rose up in the distance. As we got closer I realized it was a whole civilization made of coral and other sea items. Many more mermaids and mermen swam around, seeming to be going about their everyday lives.

"Wow..." I murmured.

"Follow me." said a merman, the other four broke away from him and drifted away to go do other things. I did as he said, following him to the tallest coral structure.

"My name is Daniel. I know this all seems very new and surely strange to you. But the pod leader can answer any of your questions."

All I could do was nod as we entered the coral. A single, armored merman greeted us.

"Daniel. Is this the new recruit?" he asked. Daniel nodded.

"Yes. Nice to see you, Luke." he replied. Luke bowed his head and stepped aside. Daniel motioned for me to follow and we soon emerged into a large room with a older merman pacing back and forth, a mermaid watching him with concern on her face.

"Relax Michael, I'm sure he will be here soon."

"We are here. I'm sorry for the delay." Daniel spoke up, causing the other to stop.

"Ah, Daniel. Finally." he swam over to us. As he came closer, more of my situation began to hit me. I could now see, hear, and breath clearly underwater. Wow...

"Hello. I am Michael. This must be quite odd for a human like you but I can- you know what? I'm not doing the speech this time. What would you like to know?" he began talking to me all regal like, but that didn't last long. His face fell tiredly as he looked at me.

"Um... well.... why? How? What??" I had a LOT of questions.

"Michael... just explain the whole thing." the mermaid sighed.

"Alright fine. Well our pod has been very weak and small for many years. So thanks to our oracle Simon, we have developed a ritual of... changing humans over. But this ritual is so specific that it can only be done on solar eclipses."

Oh alright... that makes sense. NOT. I had to bite my tongue to not sass this guy because if he was the "pod leader" then he was probably well respected.

"Can you guys not, like.... reproduce...?" I asked. Michael, Daniel, and the mermaid all looked saddened by this question.

"No..." the mermaid answered.

"Many years ago, perhaps centuries now... a curse was laid on the pod. A curse that causes our genetics to not be passed down. No children have been bared in this pod for... as long as I can remember. So we are forced to colonize with humans." Michael said. I still wasn't satisfied, but he seemed to be at his maxium of handling this conversation. He swished around to go towards a table at the far corner of the room.

"Any other questions shall be directed towards Simon. You will be living with Daniel. Show him around please."

Daniel nodded curtly from beside me and we turned to leave.

"Oh," Michael's voice made us look back for a moment, "I almost forgot. Your name?"

I forced a polite smile.

"My name is Joel."


Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Hudson: Your story was fantastic Erin! The Rising Sun was one of the first stories I read on Inkitt, and I have to say I don't regret the three to four days I spent pouring through the story.Probably the biggest strength I see in your writing is your characterisation of Eliana, Oriens, and the rest of th...

Laraine Smith: You are a true artist! You should do this for a living! I love the imagery here! It is magical! You are magical!

spec4huff: Thank you for creating this world. I am a 6'3" veteran that thinks himself tough. But the piece of literature you have created made me misty eyed on a number of occasions. I want a love like this. Thank you again, I would totally buy this book and hopefully the sequels to this ever enchanting lov...

kwilliams: I am an avid reader, and I do mean AVID and few indie authors capture my attention the way you have. I absolutely fell in love with these characters and their story. I'm usually not a fan of the cliff hanger endings (be it a series or not), but this one made me download the Kindle app just so I c...

mullikin902: Do not start reading this book unless you have enough time to finish it in one sitting, because you will not be able to put it down! Superlative! Addictive! Deliciously wicked characters you can't get enough of. Impatiently waiting for the sequel!

catd69: Karim is a very talented writer. When I started reading his journey it took me into the book and I was in the story till the end. I've never felt this way with any other writers stories. If you want to read a gripping adventure, this will be the one book I would suggest you pick.

rudyoxborough46: An action-packed, mystical adventure awaits anyone wishing to read this novel. I’m amazed at how well you’ve managed to flesh out the characters in this book, and I hope to read more of your work.I’ve read books about goblins and elves and all that mumbo-jumbo before, and most accounts of these c...

Giuliana Cassetta: My face is full of tears, I never cried like now with a book or even a movie. I loved every single chapter. I truly don't know what to say, I'm out of words and my eyes hurt from crying. Such an bittersweet story, it's so wonderful. One of my favorites for sure. Keep it up!

littlebunnypoopoos: Omg this was so amazing! The ending was a little bad and predictable. But otherwise, I need a second book or I'll die :D The character development was excellent and the whole romance, action, and suspense was superb

More Recommendations

spooky jedi: Love your story!I really hope more people read this story!Its amazing!! The plot is very unique and different, which is very good to have in a world full of stories. You have very complex and intellectual plot line, with your many loveable character and that hint of 'will they, won't they' is ju...

ArgyrisMetaxas: Thrilling story which builds layer ontop of layer. A few mis spellings every few chapters. What I found special was that it took a modern day problem and took it to its logical conclusion and plays this realism with gritting precision. I'm always on edge ready to shout from adrenaline. This is gr...

Bri Hoffer: I couldn't put it down!! The characters are all incredibly likable, and it's so descriptive you can see, smell, and feel thier surroundings. Great story, and very well written. I cannot wait for follow up stories. there were a few grammatical errors, but nothing that I could move right over.

Ayesha Shaikh: I love the twists. 😆I like how the writer describes everyone's point of view and the character development. I'm gonna read all the books by this author (current and upcoming). She's one of my favorites now. The spelling mistakes are normal no big deal, the amazing plot makes up for it. Thank you ...

tsolaidowu: I want a continuation dammit....I loved this book and the 1st one. I can't believe this is it. I'm not ready to say goodbye to Jeff and Lorie; and the gang. Great book and storyline. You're a genius Madelyn.

maewilde25: I am so in love with this story!!! captivated me till the very end, there wasn't a dull moment. Didn't particularly enjoy the lay out and some bits of info was missing along with how a 21 year old man amassed so much wealth that needed to be explained other than that and a few spelling errors, th...

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.