A tail …

For Friday Fictioneers

My story today is a severely trimmed-down version of one I wrote four years ago which went pretty well un-noticed! Second time lucky?




I was wandering along the beach when I met Fisherman Fred carrying a bucket.

‘Look’ he said. In the bucket was a baby, waist-deep in water. Then I noticed it had a tail!

 ‘A merbabe’ I exclaimed ‘Where did you find her..him..err…it? 

‘Flapping around looking lost’ he said. ‘Should I take it to a children’s home or an aquarium’? 

‘How about I pop it in my pond?’ I suggested.


‘Wake up sleepy-head’ someone said, prodding me.

‘Oh, I nodded off. You won’t believe the ridiculous dream I had. Fisherman Fred found a merbabe!’

‘How exciting’ said my girlfriend, flapping her tail.


ceayrThanks to Rochelle for hosting and CEAyr for the photo. 

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75 thoughts on “A tail …

  1. ceayr Mar 10, 2021 / 17:00

    ‘a children’s home or an aquarium’ made me chortle!

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  2. Sandee Mar 10, 2021 / 17:48

    Very well done as always. I’m guessing this time will hit the mark.

    Have a fabulous day and rest of the week, Keith. 🙂

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  3. Michael Humphris Mar 10, 2021 / 23:17

    The tail end had me smiling, thank you.

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  4. granonine Mar 11, 2021 / 03:00

    So silly, and lots of fun. Merbabe. I wonder what the diaper changes are like 🙂

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  5. GHLearner Mar 11, 2021 / 12:21

    That was fun. Who doesn’t like a merbabe.

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  6. James McEwan Mar 11, 2021 / 12:31

    Fun read and good tale. It just goes to show what happens when you wake up and your are in the dream.

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  7. rochellewisoff Mar 11, 2021 / 12:38

    Dear Keith,

    So that’s where merbabes come from. 😉 What a delightful story. I splashed for glee.



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  8. hilarymb Mar 11, 2021 / 13:47

    Well done Keith – their tail would be flapping uncontrollably in the English Channel at the moment … looking at the seas … enjoy the storm shoreline – Hilary

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    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 11, 2021 / 17:38

      I went to the prom at high tide this morning and took loads of pictures – and almost got blown off my feet several times. Certainly not mermaid weather!


  9. ahtdoucette Mar 12, 2021 / 14:01

    Merbabe. LOL. I think I’ve found my new word for the day. Really glad you chose to trim down and reshare this little “tail.”

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  10. subroto Mar 13, 2021 / 21:28

    Seems like a big hint to the mermaid girlfriend. Probably getting clucky…um…fishy?

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