English Professor Louis Tomlinson’s passion for the occult has been a source of mockery and derision for most of his life. When he hears whispers of a travelling freak show newly established in London claiming the existence of a monstrous sea hybrid, half-man, half-fish, Louis sees it as his ticket to credibility amongst his peers. The summer he spends undercover working on the show, however, gives him much more than that.
This fic is so interesting and different from anything I’ve read in the fandom. At times it’s dark and reflective, but it’s also cute and sweet. It’s a constant stream of emotion, and, having just finished it, I feel the need to share that I officially love it. The full arc of the story left me nostalgic, wistful, and (even though I cried a tiny bit) full of hope.
I really enjoyed the characters in this fic and each of their personal journeys. It was wonderful to see opinions change with knowledge, and even some of them learning to be humble in the face of love.
I don’t really want to say much more about it, because I’m pretty sure I’ll slip up and give something away. Just know that if you’re looking for an angsty fic full of personal discoveries and starring a beautiful merman, this one will be good for you!