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Real Lies: A Mermaid Short Story


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When her partner calls her early Saturday morning to report a body in La Jolla Cove, rescue diver Kristin Castaño’s only worry is losing sleep. Once she’s in the water, all that changes.

I’m not even sure where to start. I’m good at my job. Real good. It’s reports I can’t handle. Charlay usually does our reports, but she’s on vacation, so I get the honor of reporting the body.

Or lack of body.

But I’ve no clue where to begin.

Saturday morning, I woke up bleary-eyed to the phone ringing like a fire alarm during mass. Groggy, I hit the speaker phone button. “’Sup?”

“We’ve got a body at La Jolla cove,” Charlay said in the no-nonsense tone of a woman who wakes at four every morning for a brisk five-mile run. “Bring your gear.”



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