Preface: This place and space is used for sharing the rough drafts of a slip-fiction novel I am currently working on. All rights reserved, comments and feed back welcome.

Chapter Introduction:
Yesterday Michelle’s heavenly brother and sister, Chris and Thena, tell her that she must go back to her human life and fulfill her contract, for if she doesn’t she may not be able to  return to her prefect, garden island.

The Journey Begins
“No!” Michelle cries out,
but Christ and Thena
step away and smile.
Whispery words,

“we’re always with you,”
escape from their lips
as solid forms fade

into cold, wet mist
that swirls up into
an empty,grey sky,
and then, are gone.

Waves of agony
swell up from the deep.
A loud wail shatters
quite calm.

“Go towards the sea shore,”
an invisible voice
descends from the sky

Shakily taking
steps and deep breaths
bare feet move forward
on due,damp earth

from the middle of
a perfectly kept
secrete, garden island
towards salty shore.

Bare feet feel the change
soft dirt to rough sand.
Wet, seaweed-filled air
dances around
Michelle who now sees
mermaids who hold tightly
to a small, wooden boat,
“come” they call.

Not wanting to leave,
Michelle looks back at
her perfect, peaceful
garden island.

A deep-breathed thought:
I have to go so
that I may come back.
She looks forward.

Muscles move
meek and uncertain
of what lies ahead;
she then climbs in.