Deep Song Of The Dolphin
I lie here in the depths of misery from which
I will never rise. How happy we had been a few
months ago. Now, despair is my constant
The day little Mermi was born was the
happiest day of my life.Almost at once I forgot how
desperately I had wanted a son. As she grew, she
would follow me everywhere, even into the darkest
caverns. Here she met flounder,dragon fish sun fish
and others but she said that they scared her. She
would nestle in sea anemonies pretending to hide
Her mother was horrified the day I told her I
was taking Mermi to the surface.
"You must be mad she cried,"You know what
will happen if the Drylanders see you. No, it is
far too dangerous."
Drylanders. Bah! Many dolphins were scared
just to hear their name mentioned.Not me. What good
is life if you have to live in a state of anxiety?
I laughed her fears away. Nothing would happen to
my Mermi while she had me to protect her.
As I watched Mermi's sleek body float upon
the waves and bask in the sunlight, I forgot her
mother's warning,lost in admiration as she began
leaping and diving. Her screams of delight knew no
bounds.Eventually she was exhausted and we returned
to the deep.
From then on there was no holding her.With or
without me she would make her way to the surface
and never return home until all her energy was
spent. In the evenings,I would croon her to sleep.
She never tired of the lullabies and gradually she
came to know them by heart.
Her mother would smile at us
"Who is it who wanted a son?" she would
tease. As Mermi grew, she would sing the songs she
had learned from me, her haunting interpretations
echoing through the dark depths, bringing suitors
from far and wide.
"You won't be able to keep her to yourself
forever," Clami warned. This I knew, but surely her
warning was somewhere far into the future.
On the day Mermi disappeared, Laura tried
hard to console me but nothing she could say or do
brought any solace. I searched everywhere for weeks
but Mermi was gone and my life was empty.
I will pass over this God forsaken period. A
time I wish to forget.
One day, while brooding in a deep, dark
recess,I thought I heard her sweet voice singing. A
haunting refrain that had been a favourite to both
of us. My mind was playing tricks again for I knew
I was completely alone.
My heart was heavy, thinking of the
past.There it was again, a lilting melody echoing
through the cavern. Suddenly a shadow fell over me.
Who dare intrude into my thoughts?
"Daddy." Was I dreaming? How often I had
pined to hear that one word."Daddy." My darling was
back. Joy filled my heart as I swam towards her.
But who was the stranger by her side?
"This is Oci Daddy".
The exuberance of a moment ago quickly died.
I had found her but in the same breath I had lost
her again. This young pup had taken her away from
me. He was far too smug looking for my taste. Too
handsome for his own good. The type who would never
be satisfied with just one partner. He would have
to be watched.
Mermi introduced him with such pride that I
was careful not to let my thoughts show. Looking
behind her she called softly,
"Algo, come here and bring your brothers with
you." Swimming towards me were three of the
sprightliest pups I had ever seen. They were gazing
at me shyly and from deep inside I felt such a
swelling of pride. My spirits soared.
Mermi was telling me their names but I hardly
heard. A yearning to touch and pamper was so
strong. I just wanted to nuzzle close to them.
Clami was in raptures over the boys and took
to Oci on sight. We settled down to what was my
idea of heaven. Now I had three children to love
and teach the pleasures and hazards of our
underwater homeland.Three pups whose untried voices
I could now train to sing the traditional songs of
the deep. No lullabies for them; a sonic boom would
be more descriptive.
There was just one drawback. Mermi partner.
It wasn't anything he said or did, just that I
couldn't trust him. Clami patted my hand as if she
had read my mind.
"You know you are going to have to give him
the benefit of the doubt. Mermi loves him and you
can see how he treats her and the boys.Surely this
should put your mind at rest."
"But it doesn't, he just came and took her
without so much as a word to us. I will never
"Pardon me, but isn't that exactly what you
did when you chose me? How easily you forget"
"That was different."
"At least I had met your father, which is
more than he ever did."
"You met him once and he didn't care for you,
remember?" She could talk until midnight, it
wouldn't make any difference.
I spent as much time as I could with the
boys, disregarding Laura and Mermi's plea not to
spoil them. They were young and needed an outlet
for their boyish spirits. Their father had no time
to play with them; he was busy foraging for food.
Reluctantly I had to give him credit. He was a good
provider and as the boys grew strong and healthy,
my criticism of him began to lessen.
Laura would beg me not to let the boys stray
too far; the noise they made could attract the
DryLanders. It was her worst nightmare. Although I
had heard rumours of those callous hunters of the
sea, I refused to curb their childish antics. Let
them sing and play, no one would find them
They grew stronger and strayed further until
one day, as they were shouting their anthems, their
happy voices turned to shrieks of terror. Quick as
a flash I rushed towards them, followed by their
father, only to find them tangled in a mesh,being
dragged upward. Desperately we struggled to free
them. The screams from Clami and Mermi reverberated
through the depths.
All our frenzied efforts couldn't prevent
them being hauled aloft. In desperation we followed
their tragic path to the surface.Silent in our
hopelessness we watched as our beloved pups, still
helplessly screaming, were hauled aboard a vessel
by the Drylander.
We swam as far as the shore, knowing all hope
I lie here in my misery feeling I have
nothing to live for. The pathetic cries of my loved
ones my only company, for I seek no other. No more
will I hear the deep song of my beloved Algo, Coril
or sweet little Kelpi.
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