As mentioned before, this project works towards two goals from The List:
046. Write 10 original stories of 1000+ wordsToday's story and illustrative painting are named The Woman on the Pier and incorporates the Näkki of Finnish mythology.
055. Create 52 paintings in 1 year
This is a story that I nearly didn't share. There are a few stories I wasn't going to post on this blog for various reasons, and this is the one I originally discounted first:
- The main character is referred to using gender neutral pronouns
They/their/themself, singular form
- This story is not suitable for small children.
Due to certain scenes within
Anyway, here it comes. I hope you enjoy it! :)
|The Woman on the Pier, July 2014|
The Woman on the Pier
Once upon a time, in an ocean far away, there lived a Näkki. The Näkki-folk are a clever race, for they are able to transform not only their tails to legs, as many races of the sea are able, but they can transform their entire bodies, appearing in a great many forms, without spells or glamour. Most Näkki-folk are known for preferring just a few forms, though each member of the race has a great many choices in how they appear. It is a much-admired ability among all seakind, and although Näkki-folk are solitary souls, they are held in high esteem in all society.
The Näkki of this story went by the name of Maayan, and their favourite forms were that of a handsome Siren man and a curvaceous Human woman. As a Siren, their body was slender and supple and their hair fell in black waves about their shoulders; their scales were blue and their eyes were purple. As a Human, their skin was soft and pale as the moon; their body curved smoothly, as sensual as a calm ocean on midsummer’s night. Their hair was the colour that Humans think of as red and their eyes were green.
Maayan was a happy soul, and lived close to the shore, for on a moonlit night, they liked to go to the land and dance upon the sand.