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The Red Ocean


By emaPublished 3 months ago 3 min read
The Red Ocean
Photo by Ashley Ibarra on Unsplash

Jitka was a sea creature. Their species has never come into contact with humans, thanks to the inability of humans to see their bodies underwater due to a strange phenomenon.

They were intelligent creatures, with a gelatinous and electric body, similar to that of jellyfish in consistency, but with arms and a large fin for swimming, similar to what we call mermaids.

One day Jitka was swimming with her brothers and sisters in the depths of the ocean, when she noticed the hull of a boat on the surface of the water. It was nothing new, but they decided to go away like they always did. At a certain point, a repeated sound caught their attention and they turned back towards the hull.

Some large objects had just entered the water. Objects that they had never seen, with a spherical shape, a metallic and luminous surface. The spheres reached the underwater bottom and then began to probe it. Jitka and her brothers watched them for a while, when the spheres began to make an annoying sound. They got scared and quickly swam towards their den.

They wanted to warn their parents and friends, but when they arrived they found a group already gathered and very worried. Others had noticed the spheres and were convinced that humans had found a way to see them, had built one of their own devices to identify them. This danger had already existed for many years, since human technology began to rapidly evolve, but now everything seemed real and terrible.

The nightmare materialized when a friend of theirs reached them in terror and told the others that his son had been captured by one of the spheres. Stunned by the strange sound it made, he was unable to swim in the right direction and they caught him.

Jitka and her peers made the usual decision, to escape from their home and find a place even deeper in the ocean, where human intelligence could never reach them.

Everyone, like her, thought that this time it was different. This time the humans had proof of their existence, they had a means to track them down, and they probably wouldn't give up.

Humans developed increasingly precise technologies, and managed to make the sphere travel ever deeper.

The mermaid people were forced to emerge and their cry of pain turned into a song. Jitka and the others knew it was their only weapon, as old as the world.

This time the humans waiting for them on the boats had no simple harpoons that they could dodge.

Their weapon disoriented them, stunned them, and sent them adrift, but they continued to sing. Their song was so heartbreaking and sweet that humans were enthralled by it. Like an ancient spell that has never been dissolved, humans were prisoners of the mermaids song and lost all defense.

They thought they were wonderful, kind, beautiful creatures. But the mermaids were hungry for revenge. For every human who had polluted their world, for every ship that had sailed their waters, they wanted blood. And so, as they approached, the mermaids surrounded them and dragged them down into the dark depths. The song of the mermaids intertwined with human screams and the ocean turned red.

The mermaids returned to the depths of the sea and the humans who survived took their shame with them.


Thank you for reading!

I wrote this text to enter a competition a few months ago and I wanted to repost it here on vocal.

Please leave a comment and let me know what do you think! Thank you!

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I invent stories, sometimes they need to be written.

Carpe Diem Tempus Fugit.

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran3 months ago

    So glad the mermaids got their revenge! This was such an awesomeeee story!

  • John Cox3 months ago

    Gripping tale. Reminded me of the Sirens in Homer’s Odyssey. Thanks for sharing it!

  • Interesting story, Ema! Your fascinating description of the world of mermaids and their vengeance for human encroachment is thought-provoking and engrossing.

  • Alex H Mittelman 3 months ago

    Great! Humans should be ashamed of how they treat the oceans! Go mermaids! ♥️❤️🇺🇸

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