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734 A.D 

Tang Dynasty 


    “Zhaojie!” Eyes turned from the sparkling waters to a small girl, eyes and smile wide. Returning her smile, he knelt as she ran into his arms. 

    “Little Sister…why are you roaming around here in the sun? Your skin will burn.” The girl giggled against him and accepted his full lift up into his arms. 

    “Mama and Papa are in meetings and I’m bored!” Chuckling, he turned back towards the waters of the fountain. 

    “Well, I will have to entertain you somehow hm?”

    “Right!” Laughter filled the atmosphere and soon the two left from the pavilion, hand in hand. 




    “The elders used to scare us as children warning young men not to happen by water at night. They claimed that beautiful women would rise out of the water and take your soul. If they had your soul, you could not reach Nirvana.”Now, amidst the lapping waves they both sat, her eyes turned to him. 

    “It was the most terrifying thing we’d ever been told. And yet now… I wish I had listened.” 

    “What happened? What did you do?” Turning eyes from the water, he looked at her.     

    “I made the mistake of going there. Alone, I had not been prepared for what met me.” 




    His heart beat wildly in his chest as he ran, silk boots having been thrown off. Eager for the wet mushy sand, they sunk slightly as he ran to the water edge. Reaching up, he hastily removed the suffocating hat and threw it too on the ground. It was all too much sometimes. While others enjoyed the attention from the female upper court, he preferred to stay back… away from the fray of it all. Many a woman had tried to seduce him, many his parents had tried to convince him to marry. But nevertheless, he had refused time and time again. 

    Reaching up, he pulled the pin to his hair free and allowed the strands to fall down his back. Taking off his robe, he stood in silk. For just a moment, he wanted to escape it all. For just a moment. Tentatively, he tested the water temperature with his toes. Surprisingly, it wasn’t as cold as he had expected. It was just after dusk so perhaps the waters were still warm from the blazing sun of day. Sighing, he took a step into the water. Growing deeper now by his hips, he sighed, drifting eyes upward to the stars. How aplenty they were and they shined bright this night. A slick smooth tickle ran across the back of his leg and he froze. Glancing down, he saw nothing and dipped underneath. Surfacing, he smoothed his hair back from his face and closed his eyes feeling the toss and pull of the water. There, again that tickle happened by his leg and he turned to see nothing, reaching down to feel nothingness. Perhaps it was not a good time to swim for the fish were thinking to make him a meal. He’d gotten back to the shallow banks when he’d heard a voice. 

    “You should be home.” Turning, he found a woman, leaning up against the banks, arms crossed. Eyes wide, he couldn’t hide his shock at seeing her mouth agape. She was naked, smooth wet milky skin shining like the ember of the moon. Her hair was unbound and fell down and across her shoulders, down past the visage of the lapping water. Her lips were painted red and her almond shaped eyes were big and beautiful. There upon her forehead rested a delicate huadian. 

    “Who are you? What are you doing here?” He asked, lifting his robes to cover private area. The woman laughed and lifted up slightly out of the water, exposing small white breasts. He swallowed thickly as she pulled the hair covering them away and to the side, enjoying his blushing cheeks. He seemed to grasp his robes there at the apex of his thighs a bit tighter to her chagrin. 

    “You are the one not in his proper place, boy.” 

    “Excuse me?” She admired him openly from head to toe, pausing at the held robe. 

    “What a gift this is. To offer me such a beautiful and handsome man.” 

    “Why do you swim after dark?” He tried to ask but she answered him with another question. 

    “Why do you think the old men told you not to venture near water at night?” He swallowed and his Adam’s apple bobbled. 

    “They claim women are there who will steal our souls.” 

    “And do you believe that young one?” He tried to focus on his clothing but for some reason, his gaze drew once again to her exposed chest. He couldn’t help the rising excitement of his male member, not with the sight of her small pink nipples now erect. 

    “I…I don’t know…” He struggled to answer, feeling his body grow warm. 

    “I’ve waited for you Zhaojie.” Even her voice held an erotic quality to it and it seemed to send blood rushing in between his legs. 

    “Waited for me?” 

    “I’ve wanted you for a long time. I’ve watched you grow up from a boy to now a man.” 

    “What?” His feet seemed to have a mind of their own and they took a step towards her. Glancing down at his feet, he tried to stop them by will but he failed. The robes fell from his hands and she licked her lips at what had been exposed to her. 

    “My, what a beautiful offering you bring me. You may have tried to fight the yearnings of being a man but I think it most cruel to deny yourself what is only in your nature.” She hushed as he drew closer to her. 

    “What have you done to me? Why do I move without wanting to?” He questioned, forehead now beaded with sweat. He felt so hot to the touch, like he had swallowed the sun. 

    “I’ve not done a thing. It is your will that brings you to me.” 

    “No! No it’s not…” Slowly, he knelt above her, hands gripping the grass. 

    “What man are you that you fight against your desires?” She asked, lifting fingers to skim across his stomach appreciatively. 


    “Zhaojie…I want to show you an existence where you won’t want to hide.” Leaning forward, she pressed a feather soft kiss against his now fully erect manhood, the action making him gasp. Upward she kissed his body until their eyes met, lips a hair length apart from each other. 

    “With me, you can be free. You can know no pain, sorrow or death. You can do whatsoever you desire. Not bound by traditions of this world, you can make your own destiny.”  

    “My own destiny?” 

    “Yes young one… the world will be yours.” She pressed herself against him, chest to chest, wrapping arms around his neck. 

    “Trust me…” She whispered against his lips, eyes drowning him. Slowly, she kissed him once. Twice. Three times more before deepening the kiss with her tongue. His kiss was awkward and inexperienced but she smiled against him as his hands lifted to her breasts. 

    “There you are. Doesn’t that feel better than trying to fight it?” 

    “Let…let me go…” Licking her lips, she kissed his neck, pulling him closer and closer. Before he knew it, her lips were back on his and she’d pulled him underneath the surface of the water. 




    “It was that night that I drowned. Cruelly, she hovered above me, watching as the water filled my lungs and I thrashed to and fro.” 

    “My God…”

    “I was a moment from death when she bit into my neck. Her nails were as claws and something hot radiated from her hands as they hovered over my legs. Too weak, I could not fight against her and succumbed to the pull of the water.” 

    “Professor Yi…”

    “When I woke up, I was on dry land. The grassy marshes of the lake tickled my skin. My robes there a little ways from me. I tried to reason with myself and convince myself that it was all just a sickening nightmare. But the damage had already been done.” She was quiet as she took him in. How sad he seemed recounting his tale. 

    “When I returned to the Palace I found bloodshed. My entire family had been slaughtered. Members of court. Government officials…it was a complete blood bath.” Lifting eyes up from his hands, he swallowed. 

    “I remember kneeling over the body of my sister. Still warm, her cheeks still held a rosy color though blood seeped out from her small lips. I cried against her; cried against my parents for what seemed to be hours. When I glanced up there was a man standing there watching me. His eyes were sad and his face still. He told me to get up and follow him.” 

    “Where did he take you?”

    “He took me to a village far away from the palace. People who I later learned were just like me. He listened patiently as I explained what happened and did not interrupt as I grieved my now lost family. He told me that the same had happened to him and those else in the village. He told me that now I would feel a pull to the seas and should I not go, my soul would be eaten by the one who claimed it.” Fei-hua covered her mouth, eyes teary. 

    “Professor Yi…that’s…that’s horrible…”

    “Yes. It was. I had no choice but to live this new immortal life. Throughout the way, I’ve lost many friends. I’ve learned many painful lessons.” The girl was contemplative for a while, clutching her fingers together. 

    “Is that why you’re afraid to let someone into your heart? Is it because you know you’ll lose them?” 

    “Yes.” He admitted with a melancholy sigh. 

    “Have you ever let someone in?” That took a while before he answered. His voice sounded tortured… pained…as though with each word he spoke his very heart shattered piece by piece. 

    “Once. Only once.” 

    “Never before?” She asked, pulling her knees up to her chest. 

    “Of course I had my share of sexual experiences throughout the years. But no.” 

    “Then she must have been someone you really truly loved…” His eyes were away from her now. 

    “Who was it?” Licking her lips, she glanced at him again as he began to stand. 

    “Wait!” She hurried to put on her shoes. 

    “I’ll take you home. It’s getting late.” He didn’t seem to care about the sand on his feet as he slipped into his shoes once again. Nearly running to catch up to him, she huffed. 

    “Please? You’ve told me all of this thus far.” She begged, hands on her knees out of breath. To her surprise, he chuckled and went to get into the car. The sound was weird but it was delightful and warm and she bit her lip as she got in. 

    “Her name was Eminta.” Starting the ignition, he began on the journey to take her home. 

Chapter End Notes:

A/N: So first off the whole entire way this man got lured into the merman life was creep as hell. Kay, and secondly that mermaid lady need to be kicked in the fin or something. Total predator vibes *shudders* It's sad that this has happened to our Jie... his life ended in heartbreak only to begin in heartbreak. The foundation has been set guys. Now, our story will commence and Eminta will make her appearance! I hope you've liked it so far! Take care and stay safe! God bless! 




*taken from online* 

-The Huadian or forehead decoration was said to have originated in the South Dynasty, when the Shouyang Princess was taking a walk in the palace in early spring and a light breeze brought a plum blossom onto her forehead. The plum blossom for some reason could not be washed off or removed in any way. Fortunately, it looked beautiful on her, and all of a sudden became all the rage among the girls of the commoners. It is therefore called the “Shouyang makeup” or the “plum blossom makeup.”



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