Strands of Mermaid Hair
There was once a girl child found after a thunderstorm amid a wash of shells and sea foam by Orsino, a grief-stricken king who’d only just buried his wife and unborn daughter. The king raised the child alongside his son, Orlando, dismissing the local belief she must be a mermaid. As the years passed, the girl grew into a beautiful young woman, the fairest in the land. As she grew, so did Orlando…and a love between them that even the changing tides could not break. She was never meant to be a princess but rather a woman to be loved by a prince.
While love’s aim flies true, his timing fails the target. Even the strongest of romance is no match for war–this I promise you. For I am the mermaid child, and this is my story.
Skin of Silver, Eyes of Bright
Once, there was a young woman who fell so deeply in love with someone she could not have that she lost all hope, and in that despairing, she threw herself into the sea, wishing it would claim her. The sea is not to be toyed with or wished upon, but that is another story. What this young woman did not know, what she did not remember is that she already belonged to the sea. She was a mermaid princess who had long ago been transformed into a human. Yet the sea remembered her as her mother took her into the depths to unbreak a heart not meant to love a mortal. But love is not fickle. It is everlasting, and even an older promise to a merman who watched her from grow up from afar and loved her beyond measure could not change fate’s decree.
I should know. I was that long lost mer princess, and this is the story of my return to the mermaid realm.
Up from the Deep, Deep Dark
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess who thought she would be a queen. In time, she might have married her prince and taken the throne beside him, but this princess did not know she was a mermaid turned human and that the realm she would rule would be the world of her birth, one her sister had long abandoned. She did not know her prince would be forced to marry another to save his kingdom from war. Most of all, she did not know that love is rarely a reason to do anything but that does not stop it from having the greatest power of all.
In order to rule, she would marry a merman in spite of loving her human prince and suffer great cruelty from her mother. But the crown would be hers when her mother died, murdered by human traitors. She would have to find a way to bring two races together to save not only the merman who was her husband but also the human she loved so deeply and dreamed so desperately to return to. And if she failed, she might yet be considered traitor to the mer in spite of her tail and both races would be lost to suffering.
In another’s eyes, this story would an endless love story, but for me, it was my life. I am Alannah of the humans and Halelannah of the mer.