A Pisces In The Rain
-Tales Of A Mermaid Series Part One
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure
Swimming coach MARIN WEBBER always had an insatiable love and need for water, an unusual connection to aquatic life and a bizarre salt water allergy however following a near fatal accident and with the help of one of her gifted students, Marin discovers after living 28 years in her quaint coastal town that she’s a Mermaid.
A Pisces In The Rain is part one of the exciting series, Tales Of A Mermaid, which depicts the life and adventures of a beautiful mermaid named MARIN, who is destined to grow up on land since her family was ravaged by terrible shark-like creatures when she was a small ocean dweller. Always knowing she was “different” from other people she never realized the real truth of her origins until befriending a physically challenged yet mentally gifted girl named XELA, her marine biologist father, HARRISON and surviving a near-fatal accident. Together, they unravel the mysteries of Marin’s life and help set her on a course to fulfill her fairytale-like destiny.
Twenty some odd years ago off the coast of Bridgeport, a family of four ocean dwellers were surprise attacked and ravaged by a group of shark-like creatures as they enjoyed the brilliant flickering lights from the city skyline only a few hundred meters off shore.
All but one of the ocean dwellers was killed and devoured by the ravenous beasts. The smallest child EVIANA was saved by a brave dolphin, one of the family pets. Though severely injured the dolphin manages to float the unconscious Eviana safely to shore.
Having landed on a private beach, little Eviana and the stranded dolphin are discovered by the wealthy and eccentric philanthropist and researcher JACOBI A. WEBBER, who together with his wife BLANCHE, raise the small ocean dweller as their own, eventually naming her MARIN. Absent salt water, Marin has transformed into a normal humanoid form.
The following 20+ years Marin lives a relatively lonely, single life. She believes that her parents were killed in an automobile accident and she has been raised by her grandparents. But following the mysterious death of her grandfather Jacobi, the only person she’s ever felt truly loved by and despite her family’s great wealth, she chooses to work at a private school as a swimming coach and it is there she encounters the handicapped genius, 12-year-old XELA MICHAELS, with whom she feels a strong connection to particularly because Xela is an outcast much like Marin has always felt about herself. The two get along famously and quickly become best friends. Xela is impressed and amazed by Marin’s swimming abilities which inspire her to learn to swim – something she was not able to do because of her physical handicap. Marin agrees to teach her.
The meddling Xela can’t resist introducing Marin to her single father HARRISON, a geeky marine biologist working in Bridgeport on a grant. Both a tad socially inept find themselves strangely attracted to each other and eventually they fall in love and learn more intimate details about each other. Marin reveals her unique love-hate relationship with water. She admits to having a bizarre salt water allergy which causes her skin to react unexplainably and it is that reason she avoids the ocean.
Xela’s continued probing and research results in the conclusion that Marin’s allergy issues must be mental, so she tricks Marin into an afternoon beach outing. While sitting on a small pier, unexpected undersea seismic activity causes Xela to fall into the ocean. Marin has no choice but to overcome her fears. She must dive in and save her friend.
The crashing waves cause Xela to hit her head on the underside of the pier, leaving her barely conscious and tangled in rope and debris. Marin struggles to help her but doesn’t seem to be strong enough. In her frustration she screams underwater which miraculously calls a school of aquatic life. Among those responding are two small ocean dwellers. Marin cannot believe her eyes. They help her free Xela, who is now slightly more conscious.
Later, back on the pier the two confront the amazing circumstances they just experienced. Xela agrees for now, not to tell anyone about what happened. However she secretly conducts more research and concludes that Marin must be a mermaid. Much to Marin’s discontent, the information leads to the both of them falling out with one another. Marin eventually takes Xela’s information to heart and agrees to meet with her grandmother Blanche to learn the truth about her origins.
After meeting with her grandmother Marin’s greatest fears seem to be confirmed. This changes things and now she begins to accept that she is not of this part of the world. Her new fear is how to tell Harrison and what his reaction will be. Harrison, being a scientist finds the mermaid hypothesis ridiculous and believes the two are pulling some kind of prank, and due to his current problems in the laboratory, doesn’t find this stunt amusing at all. Marin has no choice but to prove Xela’s theory. She sneaks into one of the large aquatic tanks and locks herself inside. Through the glass, Harrison and Xela noticed her submerged under water. Harrison panics and attempts to open the door and break the glass with no success. Marin mouths the words “I love you” and releases the last of her breath. She begins to violently convulse and a moment later her eyes roll up into her head and it appears that she has drowned. She lies motionless against the glass for some time. Harrison and Xela begin to cry. Harrison turns the tank light off to shield Xela from seeing more. Moments later a tapping sound on the glass is heard. Harrison quickly turns the tank light on and as they look up they see Marin smiling, apparently alive and well, breathing underwater.
Some time later, Xela is seen swimming in a big local competition where all of Bridgeport is in attendance. Marin is coaching her from poolside and Harrison is cheering from the stands. Xela wins the race.
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