Published: July 2013 in Crossed Genres 2.0 Magazine, which you can read here
Length: 20 pages
Setting: on a lake in the woods, present day
Interest: It was included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology
Summary: Mandy and Julia have met a new girl at the swim raft in the lake. She claims she’s a mermaid, which Mandy, at eight, is more than willing to believe. Julia, the older and more experienced swimmer of the sisters, swam down and saw a dead girl’s body under the raft the first day, so she questions the mermaid story. However, when Julia has a choice between leaving the dead girl alone, or possibly developing a relationship with her, she chooses the relationship.
Final thoughts: This was a sweet story of growing up and making friends, with a touch of the macabre. Is the mysterious girl really a mermaid, or is she the ghost of a drowned girl, and does it really matter? I also see a theme of transformation – both of the mysterious girl and of Julia as she’s growing up. We do see some kissing between Julia and the mermaid girl.
Title comes from: Not an obvious one. The mysterious girl seeks out Julia one night because she doesn’t want to be alone that night.