Chapter 6

Seventh Bay

Chapter 6

Seventh Bay: Epilogue

Jason walked down the pathway to the edge of the Bay, his feet and chest bare. It was warm, as it always was at this time. He smiled, the breeze ruffling his hair.

The Bay had changed quite a bit in the last year. His father had sold their house, and they’d bought the little piece of property around the Bay. Their old house had been a historic building, and had fetched enough money to build a new house. It even had a special room, which went out into the Bay, and was half full of seawater for Laven.

The merman had been their only motivation for moving there. The floor over the kitchen was glass and had a hole in it for Laven to come through and sit on the rim if he desired. The house was almost entirely merman-accessible. Only his dad’s room and a few rooms on the second floor weren’t. There was a wall across the mouth of the Bay, making it impossible for anyone to get in. There was a single way in or out, a metal gate, underwater, which only Laven had a key to.

Jason walked out on the deck, which went out over the water of course. A diving board was next to a ladder and a table with a few chairs. It was here that they usually ate lunch, in the summer. Jason took a deep breath, and then jumped into the crystal clear water.

Laven was at his side almost instantly, rushing to him from the other side of the Bay. The merman grinned at him, pulling him down deeper, breathing for him when he needed to. Jason was getting good at holding his breath, able to go about three minutes without fresh air.

They swam for a while, the waters as clean and clear as ever. Jason could still see the house, it’s concrete foundations sunk deep into the ocean floor. It was well built, of course. Jason’s room was also right above the water, with a hole for Laven to enter, which he frequently did. There was a trench across the floor, and two holes for water to enter from the Bay. Laven slept in the trench, as close to Jason as he could get. Jason’s bed was right next to it. He was getting used to sleeping wet.

Jason’s skin wasn’t really effected by the water anymore, it never got pruned. He sometimes joked to Laven that he was becoming a merman himself. Laven just grinned, and hugged him close. He made Jason wonder.

They were still going strong as ever, happy to be together. Not a day went by that they didn’t spend with each other. Jason had graduated, and was in an online college for Marine Biology. Laven was learning, Jason teaching him a lot about a world he’d never see. But he loved it.

Jason’s dad got a new job, and they were making more than enough money to get by. Matt and a few of Jason’s other friends came by fairly often, after Jason told them about the secret. They all promised never to tell anyone outside their group about Laven.

The merman pulled Jason deeper, into a niche of the Bay he’d never visited. The merman gently pushed Jason towards the wall, until he could see the words scratched into the side of the cliff. He read them, knowing it would have taken the merman hours to gouge them this deep into the rock.

Though one day we’ll be gone,

These words will live until the rocks fade away.

And here they’ll stay, after we’re gone,

proclaiming our love forever to the endless seas.

Jason and Laven

Jason turned to Laven, speechless. Which underwater is probably a good thing. The merman smiled warmly, and took Jason’s hand. Though it can be difficult to maneuver underwater, the merman surely pulled the human in for a kiss that took what little breath he had away. Jason forgot everything, his father, his friends, even his own name. He lost it all in that kiss, hoping it would go on forever, just like their love would. So he grabbed Laven, and kissed him back, proclaiming their love forever to the endless seas.

The End

 

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