by Jessica Patient
Strolling along the bankside, Kate felt the razor sharp, marble-sized pebble prickle her feet. But soon pain would not exist. The little mermaid crawled onto the land to escape her family and find freedom; maybe Kate could find happiness at the bottom of the lake. The water’s edge trickled over her feet, washing in, washing out. Scooping handfuls of pebbles, she added them to her collection in her jacket pocket. Kate needed to make sure she stayed at the bottom, her fairy tale ending.
Jessica Patient is the gold medal winner of the Worldskills UK 2008 Creative Writing competition. She lives in Bedfordshire, England.