We knew we shouldn’t oughter be swimming in the merman’s lake, but it was hot and we’d been working in the fields all day. The water was so cold it made you want to squeal, but we held our breath as we threw ourselves into the freezing depths. Rosie saw him first as he lifted his naked body out of the reeds. He waded towards us shaking water out of his long hair.
“Do us reckon he got legs?” Rosie breathed.
“I dunno. But I ain’t stopping to find out.”
We held hands and ran for our lives.