Lucy looked up from her laptop screen as she heard a knock on her bedroom door. “Come in,” she said. The door then opened and her mother poked her head in.
“G’night, Luce,” her mother said with a smile, causing Lucy to smile back. “How’s your studies going? Nearly ready for that exam on Monday?”
“Yeah, I think I’m ready,” Lucy responded. Her phone than briefly beeped as a text message came in. She reached across to her nightstand by her bed to grab her phone and check the text message when she suddenly winced and her hand clutched her stomach as she suddenly felt nauseous.
What did I eat at supper?
“…make sure you know it?”
Lucy blinked and looked over at her mother, to find her inside her room, looking over some of the framed photographs Lucy had hanging on the wall. “Huh? Sorry, what did you say Mum?” she asked, wincing again as her toes curled up as a sharp pain began stabbing her stomach and she clutched her stomach a little tighter.
“I was wondering if you wanted me to do a little impromptu test with you,” Lucy’s mother asked, still not having turned around. “You know, to make sure you know the material and to help you better prepare for the exam.”
“Uh, yeah, sounds great, Mum,” Lucy said through gritted teeth before she let out an anguished cry as white spots flooded her vision. Squeezing her eyes shut, tears leaked out due to the pain before the white spots retreated and Lucy slowly unwound from the fetal position she had curled into as she opened her eyes and gasped for breath. “What the fuck did I eat?” she muttered to herself as she reached up with one of her hands to wipe her forehead…before letting out a scream as she looked at her hand…or what used to be her hand.
Her hand was now covered in bluish-green scales and there was some strange squishy material between her fingers, making it look almost like a frog’s foot.
“It happens to all of us, my dear,” her mother said.
“Wha…?” Lucy gasped as her eyes darted over to her mother to find her mother now looking at her coolly, without any emotion, hands clasped behind her back, simply observing the process. “What do you-argh!” Lucy doubled over on the bed again, both “hands” (as both were now turned into some ugly, hideous frog foot thing) clutching her stomach as tears started streaming down her face due to the pain.
Through the tears, she saw scales starting to pop up along her legs and her feet start to change to what looked like…a fish’s tail?!?
Her head started to throb as the white spots filled her vision again. She tried to gasp for air, but no air came. The room suddenly felt hot and heavy and no matter how much she gasped for air, there as no air there for her to breathe.
“You need to be in the water to breathe, as all creatures of the ocean do.”
“M…make it s-sto…..Mum, please…” Lucy choked out.
“It’s all part of the process, love. You’ll be fine,” her mother said as she knelt down in front of her. She reached out and briefly touched Lucy’s forehead in what seemed almost like an affectionate gesture.
Her mum then reached up with the other hand and snapped her fingers and wave after wave of pain rippled through Lucy, causing her to scream.
She thought she heard her mother say, “It happens to all of us. Just relax…”
And then everything faded away.
So yeah, I’m not sure how that picture inspired this, but that’s what happened, so I just went with it and I must say I’m pretty damn proud of it. Hope you all enjoyed and yes, this is just meant to remain a mysterious one-shot, hehe. Though, if you all want a continuation, I might do one 😉
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