Title: One Spared to the Sea
Word Count: 7,428
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Status: Complete, Active
Year Submitted: 2014
Kate Fischer is broke. Her father has been out of work since the fish stopped biting, Kate’s barely making ends meet as a glorified secretary, and they are in debt up to their eyeballs. Now, the bank is going to repossess the family’s livelihood—the precious fishing boat that’s been in the family for generations—and Kate’s father is taking a long look at his life insurance policy. Going on seems futile until the Selkie shows up on Kate’s doorstep begging for help. Kate’s boss has stolen the Selkie’s skin and violated an ancient pact between the humans and the seal-folk. If the Selkie, or a suitable replacement, is not returned to the sea, not only will the fish never bite again, but a coming storm will destroy the town and every living thing in it.
Behind the Scenes:
This short comes from my English Capstone project which was written over the course of 2 months. The project had everything I hated. I had to submit a project proposal, an annotated bibliography, and an outline. No! And there was a schedule I had to keep. Ye gads! (That’s a phrase, right? Ye gads? Yeah.) Then I had to actually stand in front of people (real ones, not those fake ones we see laying around the mall) and present the thing.
I had plans for that little story. I would graduate and then promptly send it out for publication. I even had a list of potential publication houses that I would send it to. But, first, there were some things that I needed to tweak. It would be a piece of cake.
I graduated and spent the next two months cramming as many fiction books into my head as I possibly could. Seriously. 19 of them. Then it was Halloween and then it was Thanksgiving. I sent it out once but then got wrapped up in applying for my Master’s program, and then completing said program, and never sent this poor thing out.
I’ll need to schedule a time to dust it off, spruce it up, and send it back into the short fiction market.