What if mermaids live really long - and the longer they live, the bigger they grow?
(I guess the bigger they grow, the harder it is for them to stick their torso and even their head out of the water. That’s why no one ever sees the big ones. And definitely never the huge ones.)
A bit late to the party, but here’s my contribution to Julie Dillon’s Catalog of Merfolk. I didn’t have nearly as much time to finish this as I wanted, but I have to be up in 5 hours so this will have to do!
what if this is why mermaids break sailors’ hearts, is because they want to stay with them and they’re truly in love but the more they age the less they can come to the surface and every day they lose their lover a little bit more until they are both old and one lives where the sun never reaches and one sits on the dock and waits
"Hey what if this concept was horrifying AND terribly sad though" —delcat