Excerpt from Pirate/Merman WIP – and some winners!
The lovely R.J. Scott tagged me on a meme to post a few lines from a WIP. I’ve taken the liberty of choosing something a little way in. Hope you all enjoy…
In this excerpt, Raef, a lonely merman, has just observed a pirate and his band robbing Lord Haverford, an aristocrat Raef likes to watch from afar and believes he is in love with. He’d been waiting for sunset to shift into human form and finally go to Lord Haverford. Now, he decides to find the pirates and seek revenge for his lord instead. WARNING – some adult content.
“The pale crown of the sun’s head dipped beyond the horizon; the moon shone brightly above the craggy line of the cliffs. Still on the rocks and free of the ocean, Raef was seized by a fiery pain, which wracked him from head to toe before focusing its agony on his lower portions.
The shift was happening, an enchantment that could only take place at sunset or dawn, using the power of the changing orbs and tides to bolster Raef’s own magical strength. He flopped down, prostrate, as his tail ripped in two and a searing heat consumed him. He pounded his fists. He wanted to scream; instead, he bit his lip so hard he tasted blood. He shook like driftwood tossed in a storm, weakened to a jelly, and then surrendered to a paroxysm of shivers. His emerging human body felt helpless as a newborn seal’s. Oh heavens, he needed strong arms about him, to offer succor…yet he’d no hope of comfort from his lord tonight. Haverford had been so angry, and who could blame him?
After a few moments of breathing and suffering, Raef wiped tears from his cheeks, and pushed up onto his elbows so he could see across the bay. Haverford had already moored his boat back at the beach and was stalking up the jetty into the gloaming. His lord had gone without even noticing he was there, and it was all that pirate’s fault. That evil creature who’d robbed and threatened his lord. What had Haverford called the pirate? Oh yes, a barbarian. Raef had never heard the word before, but it had a rough and pointed ring to it that suited. Gods, he’d hated the barbarian on sight, but now he loathed the pirate and his gruesome companions with a power that rivaled his admiration for Haverford. As his emotions bubbled and fermented, a plan took shape.
Once strength had seeped into his human body, he’d go after them. He’d find their ship, steal back that ruby ring, and return it to his lord. Already, images formulated in his mind’s eye. He’d climb up the ivy that plastered the façade of Haverford’s castle and find his love sleeping in a bower. He’d awaken his lord with a kiss then gift him back his jewel. How delighted Haverford would be. Their romance would blossom for sure.
Slowly, he dragged himself to his feet, steadying himself with a hand on the rock. His human legs, though sturdy enough, looked pale under the glare of the rising moon. The nest of golden curls above his prick, so soft and vulnerable, glistened. Rolling back his shoulders, he flexed his powerful back and arm muscles, and then raked his fingers through his cascading hair, setting droplets scattering. Though feeling tougher by the moment, he still shivered beneath the breeze, the first bite of an autumn chill. In summer, he could never understand why humans wore those silly clothes. In winter, they made more sense, and he wondered if Haverford would like him to try wearing some.
Ah, my lord. I’d do anything for you!
He dived into the waves, a flawless entry that caused scarce a ripple, and then pulled for the north headland. From there, he’d let the current sweep him around to find the barbarian pirate and his ship.”
(c) Copyright Kay Berrisford, September 2013. Please do not reproduce any part of this excerpt without permission.
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