You decided that today was a great day to visit the beach, the sun was high in the sky, there was a nice breeze, and the temperature was just right. So with your mind set, you ended up in the beach, with the amazing coral reef. When you arrived there were actually a few people there, meaning you had the beach to yourself. You were glad, since you really didn’t like being anywhere to crowded, especially in the coral reef. You set your beach towel and beach umbrella and just took in the view, but your skin was itching to get in the water. It was like your calling, you loved to swim and seeing the ocean just made you want jump right in.
You eagerly ran to the ocean and saw that the waves weren’t rough and you could clearly see into the ocean, meaning there was no danger if you went to the coral reef. You put on your goggles and grabbed your snorkel and entered the ocean and began to swim underwater.
You marveled over the grand beauty of the pink, purple, green, and blue corals and anemones co-existing. You just loved coming to the coral reef, it was like a completely different world from yours that just entranced you. You were amazed by all the different kinds of fish, some small, others large, painted in various colors of the rainbow. You were keen on exploring more of this underwater world that you soon went out further than expected, but you knew that there was nothing to worry about. As the reef bent towards the right, you swam that way. You ended up behind a large, rocky structure, one of many that surrounded the area that you were now in.
"Whoa…" You thought as you explored this new area. The corals felt rougher here, much like the rocks around them, but the fish here were still beautiful. You saw a school of bright yellow fish swim nearby but completely ignoring you. You turned to see where they were heading, but your gaze was soon fixed on a boy that was laying on the rock sticking out of the water.
His skin was tanned, his black charcoal hair glistening by the water that was still there, and his hand in the water with the school of fish that ignored you were surrounding him. You thought that he was feeding them something, but he was petting the fish. He had a soft smile on his face as he bet one of the fish as if it was a puppy, something that fish never do, but clearly they were letting him pet them. Why?
You swam to the surface and removed your snorkel, “hey”, you said trying to capture the charcoal haired boy’s attention. You slowly began swimming over to him and continued to shout to him.
The boy looked up, startled. “Ah!” He yelped, slowly retreating backwards into the water, as he peaked out of the side of the rock, almost as if he was trying to hide from you, but at the same time observe you, sparking an interest in him.
"Hey, don’t be scared! Sorry if I did” you said nervously as you came to a stop, not wanting to scare this person any further. But you were now able to make out that whoever this person was… he was handsome, his tanned skin making his chocolate colored irises stand out which succeeded in capturing even more of your attention. “How’d you get the fish to let you pet them?" You asked, looking over what was visible of the boy from behind his rock.
"U-um they… just, let me…” he said nervously still not wanting to come out from behind the rock, but his eyes scanning you, especially your feet.
You began to swim over to him, trying to get a better look of this stranger, “Please, don’t get any closer!” He yelled, retreating further. You stopped instantly. “H-how many of you are there?” He asked the panic still in his eyes. What was wrong with this boy? Was he a bullied or something?
"Um, just me" You replied carefully not wanting to scare him away. "Sorry, I should introduce myself! I’m (Y/N), and you?"
"U-um… my n-name’s… Calum…" He muttered, fidgeting with his hands.
"Nice to meet you, Calum!" You said with a smile
He smiled. “Nice to meet you, too”, slowly easing himself from behind the rock, meaning he was starting to feel a bit comfortable around you.
"You here by yourself too? You need a ride home? I didn’t see anyone on the beach when we got here." You asked, smiling trying to be kind to this handsome stranger.
"O-oh… no, I live near here." He stuttered, as you saw that his gaze quickly went to the ocean but he was still not coming out from behind his rock, well at least he wasn’t as paranoid as he was moments ago.
"Why can’t I come any closer? Are you hurt, do you need help? I don’t bite, please I’d like to be your friend, if that’s okay."
"F-friend…? I don’t have any of those…" He muttered. "Uh… I think you should stay over there… You wouldn’t like me”.
You smiled and laughed a little. “Nonsense! Why wouldn’t I, you seem like a really nice guy!” You smiled, and swam a little closer.
Oops. You had scared him, he turned and swam away. You thought, for a split second, that you saw something resembling a dolphin tail attached to him, but you had to be seeing things, right? A dolphin tail that has to be absurd. “Hey, wait!” You called, diving in after him.
"Go away!" He yelled. You slowed for a minute. You could hear him as clear as day, and you were under water! how was that possible, had you done that you would be suffocating from the water entering your lungs. You followed him, deeper and deeper. You tried to breathe, and then remembered you couldn’t. You were under water, much deeper than you had ever gone, and wouldn’t make it to the surface in time, before your lungs would automatically try to get air into them. You swam up and swam as fast as you could, but you could no longer hold your breath and finally released it. You felt like you were screaming, although all you were did was deplete your oxygen supply completely. You saw Calum’s face right before you blacked out, and felt pain as water began to fill your lungs and your vision going black.
You woke up on a hard surface, and saw that you were on the rock that Calum was perched when you first saw him. You looked around and saw that he was in the water, casually floating, but still keeping his distance from you. Why was he so afraid of you?
“Are you ok (Y/N)?” he asked with concern laced in his voice, wanting to get closer but he knew that he couldn’t.
“What happened?” you asked feeling your throat burn, most likely from swallowing too much salt water.
“I was swimming away from you and then turned around and saw you were drowning. I quickly brought you back to the surface, and I did what I see your people do and blew air into your mouth, and well you began coughing up water and I guess you’re ok”, he said obviously worried that something bad happened to you, but you were blushing because he had placed his lips on yours.
“Well I guess thank you, you’re my hero, I would have died if it weren’t for you”, you giggled and smiled at him, making him blush because you had called him a hero, something no one ever addressed him as.
"You’re welcome. But if wasn’t for me, you wouldn’t have been put into that situation." He said, and you sensed the guilt in his voice, since he felt that it was somewhat his fault that you almost drowned.
"Hey, it’s not your fault! You didn’t know I’d follow you, which brings me to my next topic. I’m sorry for scaring you”, You apologized, looking him in the eye. He broke your gaze. "But, why’d you swim away from me? I’m not that scary, am I?" You asked, still confused about the topic.
"I… Actually… You’re the scariest thing that I’ve ever seen… but… You interest me, I don’t know why."
You were taken aback a bit. “I-I’m scary?” not sure on how to react to what he admitted.
"W-well… kind of! But all your kind seems to scare me".
“My kind?” you said not knowing if you should be insulted or not.
“Yea your kind, humans”, he said nonchalantly.
“Aren’t you human?” you said puzzled.
His eyes widened. He said something that he wasn’t supposed to. He just gave away the secret that his people have kept for who knows how long, he was just supposed to save you and swim away back home. But here when he pressed his lips against yours to give you CPR, there was something that sparked in him, like an electric eel. That small shock kept him there, wanting to see what the cause of that was. You were a unique human, capturing his attention from the moment that you called him, but although you were scary to him, you were also beautiful. So beautiful that part of him knew that you would never hurt him, since he was pretty sure that he had seen you before when you were snorkeling or just on the beach.
But you were still waiting for an answer, “no”, he said, because he couldn’t lie to you.
“Then what are you?” you said starting to feel a little scared yourself.
He swam up to you, his head and chest sticking out of the water looking up at you, “come inside the water and I’ll show you”, he said as his hand came out of the water.
You saw his hand was slightly webbed, instantly shocking you. What was wrong with his hands? You looked down at yours, there was something inhuman about him, but could you trust him? He did just save you, you thought. In the end your curiosity got the best of you and placed your hand in his. webbed or not, his hand was warm, instantly making your stomach churn with shyness. He gently held your hand, similar to the way a prince holds a princess’s hand, and slowly pulled you to the water. he offered his other hand to help you get off the rock, and never once made any quick movements, so he wouldn’t scare you. You were both floating and he swam back a bit and lifted out a turquoise tail out of the water. A tail that was connected to his hips, where his legs should have been.
You were taken aback a bit, for he had a… mermaid tail?! Whoa… was not expecting that… you thought, but quickly smiled, marveling at the sight before your eyes. Noticing the expression on his face, you swam up a bit back to better take a look at Calum.
Except Calum took your backing up at a sign of rejectiontion, quickly pulling his tail into the water, with a worried look on his face, “You don’t like me?” He said, obviously hurt.
"No, no! I do! It’s just; I didn’t expect something as drastic as a tail… But, I don’t have a problem with it! It makes you unique!" you said looking down at the clear water and seeing his tail move and back at him with a smile on your face.
He smiled at your reassurance. “I’m glad you aren’t upset. Normally people scream and run or go for their cameras…”
You smiled. “We’re all different in way. You’re just more… prominent.” He smiled again, swimming closer to you. You felt the fins on his tail touch you every now and then, and knew it was unintentional.
You accepted him, something that he thought that not many humans would do, but he didn’t care because you were enough. You were really different and he was glad that you were kind to him. He spend the whole day showing you amazing places to go snorkeling, which you instantly were glad about, leading you through the water with his webbed hand in yours. And what you enjoyed most was that he would tell school of colorful fish to swim around you, you laughed as you felt the small fish tickle you, making Calum’s heart race. Despite how wrong it was for him to not interact with humans or grow feelings for them, he was breaking the golden rule of his people, but some people are worth breaking them for. And to Calum you were worth breaking any rule, as long as he could make you smile and laugh.
LUKE // ASHTON
HERE IS THE Calum MERMAN VERSION, THERE WILL BE A Michael PART JUST GIVE ME LIKE A DAY OR SO. HOPEFULLY THIS WAS ALRIGHT DIDN’T WANT TO DISSAPOINT ANYONE.
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