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September 26, 2011

Tears of a Mermaid an Evernight Story

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Evernight: Romance in a World of Darkness

As children, we feared the boogeyman. Our parents comforted us when the monster under the bed or in the dark depths of our slightly opened closet threatened our safety. We cried when those evil creatures invaded our nightmares and stole us from peaceful sleep, but what if those monsters truly existed? What if they lived in a world not unlike our own, where all they wanted was the same basic needs that every human being spends their lives searching for? What if the things that go bump in the night only wanted to be loved?

In these twelve stories, you will read about vampires and werewolves, angels and demons, and monsters of all kinds overcoming some of the most difficult hurdles simply to find their one true love, to find their happiness. You'll read of heated, salacious trysts beneath the moonlight and of lovers doomed before they even have a chance to find the one person who completes their souls.


TEARS OF A MERMAID
by Aaron Speca and Patricia Laffoon

The 10th of 12 short stories, Tears of a Mermaid is a grown up version of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid although while reading the 7 paged story (pdf file) I was imagining Syrena and Philip in Pirates of the Carribean 4.

The story is a love triangle between Rudy, a sailor, Trish, the mermaid, and Aaron who I'm assuming is a water creature. Trish of course chose the decent one, Rudy, but it wasn't as easy as that, Aaron exerts a certain claim on Trish and will fight Rudy to death. What happens next is some old fashioned testosterone fest that did not end well. 
I'll be honest, I'm not really a fan of anthologies and I haven't heard a smidgeon about Evernight. But there's always a first time for everything PLUS Mr. Speca himself requested that we give it a look see. Who can refuse a request like that, right?

Verdict? I enjoyed the story and though short it was complete. The premise and ultimate conclusion were pretty much given so you won't be left guessing. As for the tupping (Highlander effect), I'm always anxious reading love scenes from authors whose style I'm not familiar with. In my opinion, specially with romance themed stories, this is an integral part and can make or break the tale. So with teeth clenched I forged ahead, preparing myself for some cringe worthy love scene that will put a sailor's mouth to shame. So imagine my surprise when it turned out to be romantic and beautiful and I'm glad that my worst expectations didn't come to pass. Probably Patricia wrote it because it sounds like a woman's POV, sexy but cerebral. LOL sorry Mr. Speca but my faith in men and romance is limited to fiction right now.

The only inconsistent thing was the part after Rudy and Aaron's fight and Rudy sort of lost his "sailor accent" by dropping YE, maybe Rudy didn't grow up in the docks but is a learned runaway? And what kind of creature Aaron, is he a merman or some other water creature? But these are questions intended for us readers to ask so even after we read the story, the tale will remain lingering in our minds.

I still have to read the other 11 stories and I hope that it'll be as fun and light as this on. For the meantime, please check another episode of our Writer Wrangler Series featuring Patricia Laffoon and Aaron Speca.

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