What Did I See?

Updated on March 21, 2018
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I was born and raised as a country boy in the rural Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. I love the art of writing fiction.

Pam loved to walk along the beach, rain or shine. It was a cloudy and windy day, and Pam saw many birds flying overhead. The waves were rough crashing onto the beach. the surf was apparent that there was a strong storm offshore.

Pam sat down on the beach and she pulled her sweater around her to try to keep the chill from getting to her. Far off in the distance she saw something in the water. It was a dolphin, Pam loved seeing things in the water. When the weather was better she would often see fishing boats and always she would think that it must be a tough way to make a living.

For the next four or five days she would sit on the beach and see that same image out in the water. She thought that is strange to see a dolphin in the same spot every day. A man walked up behind her and said, "It is beautiful, the ocean amazes me." The man startled her as she turned around to look at him. He added, "I hope that I didn't scare you."

"Just a little bit," Pam said. "Would you like to sit down and join me?"

"My name is, JoJo," he said. " I love the ocean, it is my life."

"What do you mean?"

JoJo said, "Oh it just is."

They talked for a few minutes and Pam looked out toward the ocean jut admiring the beauty of it all. She said, "Look at the sun shining off of the water." She heard no reply. She turned looking toward where JoJo was sitting. He wasn't there, she got up and looked all around. Where did he go? He had just totally disappeared without saying anything. It seemed so strange.

The next day she was sitting in the same spot. She wondered if JoJo lived in one of the beach houses close to her. He was a nice looking man, very muscular and he had a nice personality. Pam was hoping that she would see him again.

A couple of days later as she was walking out to the beach she saw JoJo sitting there. "I've missed you, JoJo."

He turned around and greeted her. She asked him if he lived around here and he just said, "You could say that."

"In one of the beach houses?" Pam asked.

He told her no, but he did live around here. Pam was puzzled. All there was along this stretch of beach were beach houses. Again she turned around and he was gone. She got the strangest look on her face. How could he disappear so quickly?

A week went by and she didn't see JoJo again. Pam figured that he had moved on. He did remind her of a drifter that she used to know many years ago. JoJo really was a nice looking man and Pam blushed just thinking of his body.

Pam was looking out to see the sun shining off of the ocean water. Birds were flying overhead. To Pam it was one of the most beautiful sights in the world. She loved living on the beach. At this time of the year she pretty much had the beach to herself. People wouldn't be on the beach until it started to get a lot warmer. She sat there about an hour and saw the dolphin way out in the ocean. It turned and started to swim in her direction.

Closer and closer it came. Soon it stopped and waved to her. She stood up, her mouth was open. What was she seeing? Without thinking she waved back. It kept swimming closer to her. It was only a few feet from the waters edge and it jumped onto the beach. She stared as the tail fin turned into legs. It was JoJo. He was a merman. JoJo jumped up and walked over to her. "I didn't know how to tell you," he said.

"Are you real?" she wanted to know.

"I can assure you that I am real."

"I thought mermaids were just a myth."

JoJo said, "There are a lot of things people don't understand. I hope that I didn't shock you to much."

"I have to admit that you scared the living crap out of me>"

"I am sorry he," he said."Can we be friends."

Pam replied, "I'd like that, but soon the beach will be full of beach goers for the summer."

JoJo said, "Well let's make the best of it while we can." Pam and JoJo were the best of friends. She never thought that she would have a friend that she could tell no one about. It was a secret friendship and a secret romance on the beach of North Carolina.


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      Larry W Fish 28 hours ago from Raleigh

      Thank you, Chris and Vladimir for you comments. Yes, the ocean is a special place. When I sit on the beach I can let my mind wander in so many different directions. I like to think of fiction as having the possibility of reality.

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      Vladimir Karas 28 hours ago from Canada

      I like your imagination, especially as it is romanticizing the sea and its mysteries. Gazing at the Pacific horizon in Hawaii was one of my dearest moments of a wakeful meditation. That intimidating and yet somehow inviting mass of water always had a special charm for me.

      And yes, those beach bikinis were easy to imagine as some gorgeous marine creatures. LOL.

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      Chris Mills 2 weeks ago from Missoula, Montana at least until August 2018

      If there are mermaids as well as mermen on that beach, I'll gladly vacation there soon. Good read, Larry. I enjoyed it.

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      Larry W Fish 3 weeks ago from Raleigh

      Thanks Larry, sometimes I just have to let my mind wander. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Larry Rankin 3 weeks ago from Oklahoma

      Really captivating.

      Great read!

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      Larry W Fish 4 weeks ago from Raleigh

      Would you blush, Flourish? I like writing fiction, can take anything that is impossible and make it seem like reality.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA

      That secret merman friend is pretty cool. I bet she did blush!

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      Larry W. Fish 4 weeks ago

      Thank you, Dawne. I always love it when people appreciate what I write.

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      Dawne 4 weeks ago

      Love this! I have a thing for mermaids and mermen. Truly a great imagination.

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      Larry W Fish 4 weeks ago from Raleigh

      That is why I like to write fiction, Marlene. I can take fiction and make it seem like reality. There are many things we will never see, but what would our reaction be if we did. Thanks for sharing how you would react.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 weeks ago from USA

      I truly enjoyed reading about Pam and JoJo. However, I can say for a fact that if I ever saw a merman in real life, I would be totally speechless!

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      Larry W Fish 4 weeks ago from Raleigh

      Thank you for the comment, Linda. I got the idea for the story when I looked at the movie, Splash the other day starring Tom Hanks.

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      Linda Crampton 4 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I always enjoy reading about mermen and mermaids. They are interesting characters. JoJo is no exception. He would definitely be interesting to meet in real life!

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      Larry W Fish 4 weeks ago from Raleigh

      Thank you for the comment, Yves. There are times that I like to let my mind wander out of the box as you can see from some of my other writings.

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      Yves 4 weeks ago

      Very imaginative! I wouldn't mind meeting JoJo from the sea. Hopefully, he travels near and far.

      Fun to read, but now my imagination is running....Lol.