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Their families lived on a lake, and Jacqueline was literally the girl next door. When she was little, she saw a movie about a mermaid, and she fell in love. She collected mermaid dolls and pictures, and wrote stories about mermaids. Case thought this was strange, but all girls were strange: He would sit on the dock fishing, and she would be splashing around in the water pretending to be a mermaid, and scaring away all the fish. In those days, she was annoying. But in time they grew up, and the annoying gave way to other thoughts and feelings. She was pretty, and she was friendly, and she liked to talk with him, and he her; they had grown into the best of friends.

On the afternoon of her seventeenth birthday, she called him on the phone. She told him to go out to the end of the dock, and then she hung up. Confused, he left his house and saw her sitting on the end of the dock, her long hair covering her back. He walked up beside her, and as he looked down, he gasped. The pretty girl he’d known since the day he was born had a tail, a long shimmering fish tail, draping over the edge of the dock into the water, and by the way it moved, there was no doubt it was real.

“Sit?” she asked, looking up, and he then realized she wasn't wearing a single stitch of clothing. Nervously, he sat down beside her, and she took a deep breath. “Tell me: Would you --- be willing to --- be willing to be more than just friends --- even if my birthday wish came true?”

So after seeing the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie a week ago (and being thoroughly disgusted with how awful it was), I had mermaids on the brain, and ended up drawing this surprisingly innocent picture of a mermaid awkwardly trying to talk to a nervous boy.

She's named Jacqueline, and he's named Case. And you can read a little about her.

This was also an exercise in drawing dynamic poses; for once I didn't put the center line square down the middle of each of them with stock shoulders and hips; they actually have real body language that goes beyond their facial expressions.

Should she have clothing on? I can't decide if the rating on this should be a kid-friendly G, or if it should be PG-13 for "brief nudity." I guess for now it's PG-13, so shield your eyes, kids.

Anyway, here it is, after about ten hours. They make a cute couple, I think, don't you? :)
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uglygosling Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Shells optional, perhaps?
fugimoto Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
increadable intriging premmis! i'd love to readf a story about these two! :iconloveloveplz:
laughingvulcan Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YEP! :)

It'll be interesting to see how they DEAL with her change from now on...
(Hoping for a 'Happily-Ever-After'...)

YES! I ADMIT it! I'm a mush! :cry: :D
af-s772 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
She should have a top on if you want it to be G rated. Ultimately, the decision is yours. I lpve
how he's trying not to look nervous.
phantom-inker Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're probably right. I think I'll see what she looks like if she's wearing some kind of top.
af-s772 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Regardless of what you do, it's a fine piece of art.
Tenkokukutiw Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Are you okay, I really liked myself waiting in "af" are here.
Do not know why you say it's a design that is a PG-13 when age or younger is more nipples shows an R -? of around 15 to 17 years ...
phantom-inker Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I... have no idea what you're saying here.
xaiGatomon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awww thayt's really sweet.
you should finish it, if you weren't planning to already
SeatailsArt Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice pick, though I tend to concur that a top and possibly a skirt would be more appropriate given the story (I have nothing against nudity, I just think that she'd tend to be much more self-conscious given that she's used to wearing clothes.

Re: Pirates - yup. Definitely concur. The leads phoned in their performance, the story was disjointed and surprisingly tedious, and the 3D treatment turned everything murky and muddy. I would have actually used Jack Sparrow in more of a narrator role, would have concentrated on the mermaid plot, and would have left Barbosa and Penelope Cruz out of the picture entirely (and would have resolved the love story between Sirena and the priest at the end, rather than leaving it hanging).
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