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Mermaids are legendary aquatic creatures with the upper bodies of humans and the tails of fish. Mermaids are sometimes depicted as perilous creatures associated with floods, storms, shipwrecks, and drowning. In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition) they can be benevolent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans.
Days past and she found herself being drawn more and more to the sea. Throwing all sense of propriety out the window, she gathered her skirts and waded out into the water. At first the waves slowly lapped at her toes, the water chilly on her bare feet. But she kept moving forward, deeper and deeper. She never would have been allowed this pleasure before. Relishing in no one stopping her, she was soon waist deep in the sea.