‘How do you speak under the water, then?’ you asked.
The mermaid took a coconut shell of water on the deck, one among the spare you kept. She raised it to her lips, and dipped her mouth in it. Bubbles rose to the surface, and a sweet, musical note rose from each one as it pops.
‘Our main method of communication is actually singing,’ she explained. ‘So even for short conversations, we compose a song and let it fly.’
You chuckled. Sounded like a strange way of communicating.
‘Oh, come on,’ the mermaid said as she saw you grinning. ‘It’s not like we do it for every little thing, even a one-line request, but it’s as normal to us as a humans tendency to chatter.’
‘Fair enough,’ you responded, perhaps a bit disbelievingly.Read More...