screaming, then silence.
a/n: this was originally going to be a full oneshot, 5k words and all, but that obviously didn’t happen. whatever. eremika week day seven: ocean. because mermaid aus. they’re good.
word count: 1,199
The mer hadn’t always been the vile seductresses they’re known for being today, they say. Some say that they had been mere mortal girls a long, long time ago, cursed by some other power to become the lurking creatures of the deep that they have become.
Eren doesn’t know if those legends are true. He knows he doesn’t want for them to be true. After all, when you’ve dedicated your entire life to hunting down every last one of said creatures for want of revenge for your deceased mother, it’s so much easier to have peace of mind killing a creature with an expressive human face when you tell yourself they are nothing but sinful meat sacks, lower than the scum on the bottom of the boat.
Being face-to-face with one now, he’s suddenly not so sure.
He’s not sure what force in the universe compelled him to freeze, leaving the tip of his harpoon just centimeters away from the unblinking girl’s face, but now that he’s looked into her dull, grey eyes, he’s not sure what force in the universe can compel him to unfreeze.