Sif is a pirate queen, the nightmare of sailors who cross her ocean territory, who warns her crew often to watch out for mermaids, sirens of the sea that infamously lured unsuspecting men into the water to drown them. Her knowledge and sense is questioned, however, when she finds a dying merman splayed on a rocky area of beach and secretly cares for him until he’s healthy again. By then, the merman has grown attached to her, and cannot bring himself to kill her.
She sat the edge of the rock, her bare legs and feet folded beneath her, as the merman drew nearer. He was exactly as the stories said he should be, long and lean, with a scaled green tail that pushed him closer and closer to her, and dark hair, curling slightly as it was exposed to the dry air. He put his hands on the edge of her rock and lifted himself up out of the water, wordlessly asking her permission.
She put her hand in his damp hair, and leaned in to kiss him. He smelled and tasted like the ocean she’d grown to love so much since captaining her ship, and as she kissed him and ran her hands over his shoulders and chest she thought she swore she was kissing the deepest part of the ocean itself.
It’s a real terrible world we live in, beautiful and vast and cruel, and owned by a thousand different men who don’t know what to do with it. It’s like a kind of cake that’s just for looking, and is plastic on the inside if you dig deep enough. I say take a bite out of it, break your teeth on it. If you’re gonna kiss someone, bite them until they bleed, and laugh about it later. Drink until you’re sick. See all the wonders of the world and drink them in until they’re yours. Not in name, no, but at least you won’t be sitting there, looking at the red-icing roses on a cake and wondering what its insides are made of.
Sifis a school teacher in a small town. When Lokimoves into the nearby estate, she can’t help feeling somehow drawn to the reclusive man. Thus begins her quest to uncover the truth about his past, the true nature of his solitary life, and perhaps find love along the way.