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Title: BETWEEN THE SEA AND STARS
Author: Chantal Gadoury
Pub. Date: June 19, 2018
Publisher: The Parliament House
Formats: Paperback, eBook
A Magical Shell
A Girl Who Dreamed Of Something More...
Lena, a Merrow girl, lives in the Skagerrak sea with her father, Carrick and her brother, Javelin who tells her of the legend of the Merrow Queen murdered by her human lover when greed takes over. But whatâs worth spilling the queenâs blood? Gifted from Poseidon, himself, a magic shell gives any human the ability to control both land and sea.
When Javelin is called to join a clan of Merrow soldiers bent on protecting their waters from human invasion, Lena resists Merrow law and ventures to the shore with no choice but to swim to land.
With newfound legs, Lena is whisked away on a new adventure with new friends and new trouble. Everyone seems to want something from her as intrigue lurks around every corner.
Trying her best to hide who she is and remain safe from the dangers of the human world, will Lena finally find where she belongs, or will she be swept into a strong and stormy current by lust, greed, and jealousy?
âTell me the legend of the Skagerrak queen.â
Javelin lifted a brow. âItâs hardly a legend, Lena,â he said. âItâs barely been a decade.â His voice was easy, unbothered by the possibility of being overheard. They were alone in this place. There was no need to whisper or scold or shush. Still, he groaned. âIâve told that one a thousand times. You should know it by heart. Arenât you tired of it yet?â
âCome on,â Lena urged him. âItâs my favorite. Tell me again.â
He rolled his eyes, but his mouth curved into a grin. âFine.â His scooped a clam shell out of the sand and began sliding the sharp side of a rock against its grain. âThe queen fell in love with a human man,â he began, his strong fingers holding the clam firmly in place. âEvery full moon, she used her magic to travel ashore to see him.â
Lena settled onto her elbows, relishing the smooth sound of her brotherâs voice as he recited the tale.
A dreamy smile spread over her lips.
âI wonder how she met him,â she murmured softly, tilting her chin up and letting her lashes flutter shut.
âLikely the same way any merrow meets a human,â Javelin teased. âShipwrecked during one of Poseidonâs storms. She should have drowned him immediately.â
âBut she couldnât!â Lenaâs eyes pinged open. âFor he was devilishly handsome, even soaking wet. The most handsome man sheâd ever seen.â
âDevilish is right,â Javelin allowed. âWhether he was handsome or not, Iâll let your imagination decide.â
âOh, he was.â Lena was smiling widely now. âHe was, perhaps, the most beautiful human man in existence, and desperately enraptured by the queen. Each full moon, he waited for her, pacing the beach like a madman. And when she would emerge from the sea, heâd run hip-deep to meet her, unable to spend one more moment apart. Heâd wrap his muscular arms around herââ
âFor Poseidonâs sake, Lena.â
âAnd theyâd dance together,â she pressed on, giggling, âas only humans can do. Theyâd dance and dance the hours away, bathed in starlight, humming songs into one anotherâs ears.â
âUntil one night. . .â Javelin prompted smugly, and Lena rolled her eyes.
âUntil one night,â she sighed, âsomething overcame the queenâs lover. Greed.â
âHuman greed,â Javelin corrected. âHuman nature. It was only a matter of time.â
She glared at him, but didnât interrupt as he continued. This was the best and the worst part of the tale, and Javelinâdamn him, was good at telling it. And he knew.
âThat night, the queen swam toward the surface, impatient as ever she was. Ready to be rid of her tail. Ready to be human again. Her magic was a gift from Poseidon himself, contained in a delicate shell which she wore around her neck on a gold chain. It gave her the ability to explore the shore, and to control the storms and seas.â
Lena leaned in.
âAs she swam, the queen began to change. Faint sobs faltered over her blue-scaled lipsâcries of pain, lost to the rushing lull of the waves and the urgent beating of her fins. Swiftly, her tail separated into two perfectly shaped legs, and she rose out of the sea.â
âDonât leave out the good parts,â Lena whispered. She knew her brother would skim over the romance just to annoy her.
Javelin gave her a pointed look. Then he grinned. âThe moon was high that night,â he said, lowering his voice to a hush for effect. âThe land was illuminated by an eerie, silver glow. Beneath its light, the queenâs new flesh was creamy and soft. Her hair became one with the wind, and her body shivered against a violent, uproarious breeze. Perhaps it was a warning from the gods, but the queen didnât see it as such. The human lands were cold, suffering a new, frigid season, but her heart remained warm. She smiled, though her transition had been agony, when she heard the sound of water splashing and saw her beloved moving toward her through the shallows.
âShe sang his name as he brushed chaste kisses against her neck, and relaxed fully against him, trusting him completely. She was blind to the wicked yearning which had wrapped around his heart. Which made his body tense, which crushed his lungs till he could hardly breathe. He wanted her shell, for heâd discovered what powers were locked inside that delicate charm. Powers gifted to whomsoever possessed it. His fingers dipped to her throat, caressing the shell which had allowed her to return to him, again and again. The queen eyed him strangely, and he dropped his hands to her waist, tugging her against him, kissing her deeply.â
Lena sighed, and Javelin smirked.
âShe was a fool,â he said.
âShe was in love,â Lena amended.
âShe was both,â he conceded. âAnd that foolish love consumed her. Deceived her. Seduced her. Clouded her eyes, so love was all she could see. But that fateful eve, her belovedâs affection was not what it seemed. Heâd seduced himself too, with all the prospects of what might be. His own love had been replaced by a lust for riches unknown. For control of the land and sea.â
Lena winced, for she knew what came next.
âHe pressed his mouth against the queenâs skin, whispering sweet words, distracting her. She was smiling as he sent a knife into her back. Smiling, even as her eyes went wide with shock.â
Lena shuddered, picturing it. A joyful mouth, frozen in place. Bulging, horrified eyes going dim.
âThe queenâs lover twisted his blade, releasing her cold merrow blood to the sand. He reached for the shell, yanking on its golden chain. But in the last throes of breath, the queen resisted him and threw the shell into the crashing waves, bidding Poseidon to wash it away.
âWith a promised curse on his lips, her lover trailed back into the night, determined to one day possess the world between the sea and stars, and all who dwell beneath the earth, in the oceanâs depths. Our people.â He glanced sidelong at Lena, his meaning clear. âThe merrows.â
âAnd the queen. . .â Lena murmured, though she already knew how the tale would end.
âHe left her to dissolve into sea foam. She was washed away forever by the waves.â
Lena released a long breath and gazed at her hands, trying to imagine what it would be like to watch herself slowly disappear; what heartache and betrayal the queen must have felt in her last moments. She knew this was a gruesome tale, but a part of her thought the better parts, the magic and romance, were worth the gruesome bits.
âWhat do you think it would be like, to walk?â she wondered aloud. âWould it be like having two tails?â
âI donât know,â Javelin chuckled. âI suppose it might be.â
âWhere do you think the shell is now?â
Javelin shrugged. From a stony shelf above his head, he retrieved a slim, wooden railing heâd found in a ship a few days before and carefully tied his sharpened clamshell to its jagged end.
Lena smiled, realizing heâd made her a hunting spear.
âPoseidon is said to have hidden the shell before the human lover, or any human, could steal it. It could be anywhere.â
âIf you could go to the surface, would you?â
Javelin pinched his lips together and didnât speak. It was a silent reprimand. He knew how Lena longed to break through the waves, to see the human world with her own eyes, to know the uses of all the odd objects theyâd collected over the years. But the laws of the sea were strict, and the kingâs leniency had all but vanished in recent years.
Any merrow caught peeking at the shore was punished. Some were even struck down by Poseidon and reduced to sea foam, just like the queen.
âThis is where we belong, Lena,â Javelin said softly, firmly.
âBut how do you know?â She swirled upright and swam along the edge of the grotto, brushing her fingertips over cups and spoons and heaps of sodden fabric. Over small chests and tarnished, palm-sized figurines and other mysterious, unnamed things. âHavenât you ever wondered what it would be like, to live on the land? To live among them? To be one of them?â
âNot as much as you have, I can see.â
She groaned, and sank to her brotherâs side, resting her head on his shoulder. âIt canât be as bad as everyone believes. Humans canât all be the same. Weâre not all the same,â she reasoned quietly.
Amazon Best Selling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelorâs Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published "The Songs in Our Hearts" with 48Fourteen Publishing, and âAllerleirauhâ with Parliament House Press, with future titles to follow. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today. Writing novels for Chantal has become a life-long dream come true! When sheâs not writing, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of DD Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, Sister and furry-âbrotherâ (aka, puppy) Taran.
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