Everyday Life in Ireland

Summary

With the world now knowing about Liminals, many people wonder what other kinds there are, and where.

Genre:
Humor / Romance
Author:
Friday_Knight
Status:
Ongoing
Chapters:
7
Rating:
n/a
Age Rating:
16+

A Selkie!

"Ker-plunk" A hook landed in the water. The bobber stayed a float on the top of the water, gently rocking in the waves. The line was cast by a fairly young male around twenty. He was casting his line into the ocean in hopes of catching some extra dinner. This boy's name was Darren, Darren Donaghy, and he was soon to have his life changed forever.

A quiet sobbing could be heard, which made Darren look around for the source. He was very apprehensive to find out who it was, as he currently lived in what could be considered the middle of nowhere, which he was quite happy with actually. He was also anxious because of the recent law in Ireland allowing new species to live there freely as long as they were with a host family. However, this also meant that any sort of species could now freely roam the country, and just say that their host abandoned them.

The fact that this person was crying made Darren wary. It could be a trap. He heard of a species known as Sirens who lured men to them with their beautiful voices. "Wait." Darren thought to himself. "Sirens sing to lure people, whoever this is, is crying." Darren put two and two together and decided that he should at least check and see if the person or extra-species person was alright.

He listened carefully and discovered that the crying was coming from behind a large outcropping of rock, which made sense as to why he didn't see anyone who could have been crying. He crept closer to the outcropping, and peered around the side of it. What he saw shocked him. It appeared to be a mermaid, but she had her head in her hands and hadn't seen Darren appear next to her.

"Excuse me, are you ok?" Darren asked softly. The mermaid gasped and looked up, making eye contact with Darren. Out of shock or anger Darren assumed the mermaid's tail flipped up and whacked his face. Darren fell face first into the sand. "Ugh." He groaned "That hurt." He got up to look at the mermaid once more, who was now covering her chest and looking at him angrily.

"I'm sorry for scaring you." Darren said, sitting cross-legged and looking at her. The mermaid didn't respond. "You were crying so I wanted to make sure you were ok." Darren looked at the mermaid, taking in her appearance. She had bright red hair, green eyes, and her tail looked rather strange. It was a shade of grey, and looked almost furry. A switch clicked in Darren's head.

"I know what you are." Darren said curiously. The mermaid appeared worried. "You're a, a, se-, se, se, sel." Darren began clicking his fingers trying to remember. "It's on the tip of my tongue." He said, his tongue sticking out of mouth slightly, causing the "mermaid" to smile.

"Selkie." Darren clicked his fingers. "Right that." He smiled. Darren's eyes then shot open when he realised it was the Selkie who told him that. "You can speak?" The Selkie's eyes narrowed slightly.

"Yes we can speak, did you think we were just animals?" The Selkie asked angrily. Darren realised he struck a nerve.

"No it's nothing like that, it's just you weren't talking up until now, so I sort of figured." He trailed off, and noticed a blush on the Selkies cheeks after realising her mistake.

"I-I'm sorry," the Selkie said with her head hung low "I'm just sort of in a bad mood." The Selkie sniffled a little. Darren knew he was probably going to regret asking this but.

"What's wrong?" Darren asked, scooting closer to the Selkie. The Selkie still eyed him warily, but she sighed and figured she may as well tell him what happened.

"I was swimming up around the Causeway and a Sharkgirl tried to attack me." Darren assumed by Causeway she meant the Giant's Causeway, which was up in Antrim, and he was currently in Galway, so it was quite a distance. "I tried to swim away but it got my fur." The Selkie was outright crying at this point. "And now I'm so cold."

Instinct took over in Darren as he moved closer to the Selkie and wrapped his arms around her. The Selkie gasped but didn't say anything. "Sorry if this is making you uncomfortable, it's just a force of habit if someone says they're cold." Darren chuckled a little. The Selkie began hugging back, and he could feel her beginning to warm up. "It must have been quite a swim from Antrim to Galway."

The Selkie broke away from the hug. "I'm in Galway?!" she yelled, causing Darren's eardrums to regret coming close to this girl. "I need to get back." She span around and stood up on her tail. She crouched down, presumably to jump into the ocean, but then she doubled over in pain.

"W-What's wrong?" Darren said looking at the Selkie from head to, tail. Darren noticed a large cut running along her tail to her fin. "You're hurt." Darren stated, causing the Selkie to look back at the long cut.

"It must have been from that damned Sharkgirl." The Selkie growled. "I can't go anywhere like this." She was about to start crying again, when she felt herself being lifted up. She looked to see Darren picking her up. "What are you doing idiot!" She yelled, beating his chest.

"You're hurt, and you're cold, so I'm bringing you to my house to help you get better." The Selkie stopped beating on his chest, and instead wrapped her hands around his neck.

"Um, before you do, can you give me something that I can cover myself with?" Confused, Darren looked down.

"Cover yourself?" It was then he saw that the Selkie was wearing nothing on her torso. Darrens nose spurt blood as he gently lowered the Selkie to the ground. He then took off the hoodie he was wearing and gave it to the Selkie, keeping his eyes on a fixed point in the sky.

"Thank you." The Selkie said awkwardly. Darren murmured a 'no problem' at her. "Normally my fur would cover my top half, but, the Sharkgirl took it." She put on the hoodie, and found that it was a bit too big for her. She still liked it because it warmed her up nicely. Once seeing that the Selkie was decent, Darren picked her up again and headed to his house, which wasn't that far away, only around twenty metres away from where they were. "Are you sure you'll be ok in just a shirt?"

Darren chuckled "Nah, I don't feel the cold." As he was carrying her up the small beach he suddenly realised something. "Um, sorry but, what's your name." Darren smiled awkwardly.

The Selkie returned his smile with a more genuine one. "I'm Clodagh."

"Well Clodagh, I'm Darren, nice to meet you."

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

PeachesnCreme: Absolutely fantastic, an enticing read that pulls you in from the start and keeps you enthralled. The male lead is a well rounded character, with well defined flaws and redeeming qualities. The female character is equally so, having well fleshed out friendships with other characters and making fo...

Erin Thornson-Strome: Good read very easy to read

pcnewma3: Needs help with vocabulary and tenses. God story line to develop. Got to be sorry to do this.

Holly Hicken: Best novel ever 😍 and one of my favorite things to do is read ur novel

Brokeazz Krazychik: It's a nice twist on the rejected mate stories. Definitely not the usual eat, sleep, pine and finally take em' back story. All around good read. Enjoy....

Fourclaps: Trust me, because this story inspired from goddess Persephone, it takes time to build their relation but its so sweet and lovely. I'm curious about what's next. Please take your time to appreciate this wonderful work! Maybe the name, Kara, also inspired from Persephone name too, "Kore", Beautiful...

mannirhalimatuabdu: I like the age gap. His maturity and everything. I dislike the fact that she thought she could make the decision herself.

zahooraisha98: It's a good novel... with good characters and a good storyline.I would recommend it to everyone who love the cinderella type of a story

Carol Denean: I loved the story line, and everything. The writer really put their imagination to work and it shows throughout this book. I love the two main characters of this book Iris and Rage. We all have that part of us that feels broken inside, and it is true that only love can heal that broken part withi...

More Recommendations

Otesha Scarlette: I like everything about this book I do t dislike a single thing. Who I would recommend this book to it's depend on what they are in to I guess

jhdm4me: Good story but not really cohesive. Felt rushed with a lot of information left out

Yass: I really like the book so far it's very interesting and keeps me on the edge.

tarrienicole: I am completely in love with both books in this series. I can't put it down to even sleep!! The story is always twisting and turning keeping you on your toes wanting more and more. Never expect to know what's coming next because just when you think you've got it figured out another twist will com...

Jazmin Rogers: It’s a short book but it doesn’t feel like it’s rushed, I felt so much emotion from this book, from crying to being happy and being so frustrated. You’re an amazing writer! Really liked this story

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.