Tale: Beyond the Sea

The Stone of A Mage Part 1

are you telling me this? ”

He smiled bitterly but his eyes were full of confusion himself, he shrugged again,

”You asked me before didn you? You asked me who I am and who you are. ”

It can be… Is he telling me…

”F-Father and Mother…don tell me…did they ? ”

”Our parents met in that bloody war. Mother was dying when she fell off the ship. She was about to be struck by a Pirates spear when she desperately cried and asked for fath–your fathers help. She pleaded and pleaded until the merman submerged to water and engulf the fallen witch… ”

I gasped. I covered my mouth from gasping for air.

I have never heard the story underneath my birth.

I was curious why I am just a half mermaid, but it didn matter to me. I was actually delighted…because Ive always wanted to be a part of land.

I always knew though…my scales never glittered as Hannah, a pure blooded Trivadocean Princess, not even common merfolks like Coses. My tale shimmered more like Averys, a merman with dugong blood in his veins, a halfblood mermaid.

”Your Father hid her in a dark underground cave. He left the war and stealthily escaped to save Mother. Pff ”

Sai laughed but he still continued. I noticed how he refused to address Father, as Father.

”To be honest, Mother said she used enchantment to charm your Father so he would fall for her and save her. But I doubt that was the reason he saved her. ”

I interjected, ”Then why do you think did Father save her? ”

He mocked me with his grin and beamed, ”Mother is gorgeous with or without enchantment. He would fall for her no matter what. ”

I chuckled at his response.

”Anyway, he left her in the cave and came back to the war. When he came back after the war, he treated her wounds and gently took care of her. ”

I just smiled. I knew Father was a gentle kind of merman.

”Who won the war? ” I inquired, but he brushed me off, ”Who knows? Mother was in the cave during the war and I didn know the results either. ”

Mom…I have a mother…and shes…a mage..

”They met each other more often after that war and mother had us. ”

Sai stopped and clenched his shaking hands. He shook all emotions evident in his eyes and stared a me with shallow and empty eyes now,

”Mermaid and humans can have children. They can be together. Too much restrains on attributes, race and power will collide inside the woman, the bearer of the child will explode to bits or may die from giving birth. ”

He continued, ”Mermaids and Mages are pretty much incompatible. Might as well explode to dust if their affinity combines. ” Sai said that too directly without stopping that it shocked me.

Magic and nature looks similar but they are different. As mages uses the mana from nature, mermaids rely on their body to adapt to nature, the ocean. They do coexist, but they never mix in.

”A mage is born with heavy mana and that mana is stored in a core in the heart, mermaids does not. Mermaids have nothing to store mana with because they don use mana, what they are born with, is a body for water, with voices that bewitches people… ” Sai traced, I continued for him.

I nodded, ”Yeah. And if a child is born out of the two, as the rule of this world, the dominating traits of each race will be passed down to their descendants… So if the mages dominating trait is being born with mana, then for the mermaids, its their amazing build. In order words, a child of a mermaid with mana…. ”

He laughed a bit. ”A child with mana who inherited the build of a mermaid have no mana core to store magic. They would explode and die. ”

Emotions overflowed from my shaking eyes to my weak knees, in contrast, Sai stood like stone, unmoving, emotionless and empty.

”But were alive. ” I stated.

”Because she isn any ordinary mage. ” He sighed.

”She was an amazing woman who earned her title as a high grade mage. So she found a way…to keep us alive. Instead of killing us off, she willingly gave away her mana to her unborn children to increase even tiniest possibility of us surviving. It took her everything though, everything. ”

Thats strange. ”What do you mean she gave us mana? I have no mana. ”

He smiled warmly at me without answering. I was a warm but sad smile.

If one would look directly at his eyes, theyll find themselves lost at its deepness. His eyes looked like the sea that sinks beyond measure, filled with darkness and loneliness. Just looking made me sad.

Its depressing…

My face started to contort, and hot tears filled my eyes as I stared toward the blurry lonely figure of the man in front of me.

He is stoic and seemed unreachable.

”She gave us all of her. Everything. Without mana and inadequate lifeforce left, she perished… ”

Anger? Disappointment? Astonishment? Denial? Regret? or even burden? None were evident in his deep eyes.

”When she gave birth, she gave birth to twins…one with tail, one with legs. What she give births to, was a miracle. The first miracle during that Era. ”

He glanced at me. ”And there are only two miracles known during that time. ”

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