“…Your tail will divide and shrink, until it becomes what human beings call ‘pretty legs.’ It will hurt; it will feel as if a sword were going through your body […] You will walk more gracefully than any dancer; but every time your foot touches the ground it will feel as though you were walking on knives so sharp that your blood must flow. If you are willing to suffer all this, then I can help you…”
Just finished this! It has been sitting on the drawing board (that is, the desktop,) for a looong time.
I love fairy tales, and I hate them. Basically everything in the original Hans Christian Anderson story irritates me, and yet…it is still beautiful. I’m also really into the Sea Witch, I may want to write about her some day. Blah blah blah sad little mermaid sacrificing herself so the other girl gets the prince blah blah blah SEA WITCH is where its at!