I had carelessly paddled my way into a riptide.

The mermaid who rescued me was dark skinned, like myself, with hair like kelp ropes, muscular arms, a thick torso, a serpentine tail & gold eyes. I was a soft pile of dough by comparison, even though I was fit and a strong swimmer.

"Thank y--"

"No thanking. I just didn't want your corpse littering my home. Attracts all sorts of vermin."

"Understood," I mumbled, still grateful.

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