Drabble: Common Sense – by Danielle Coombs

by specklit

She looked as though she’d spent her whole life in the sea. Her hair was coarsened by sun and saline, and she was all freckles and the ropy muscles of a swimmer. None of it concerned the prince.

“I know you can’t talk,” he said, and offered her a notepad. “Perhaps you can write.”

She smiled back, her teeth looking oddly nacreous, and picked up a pen. She scribbled the whole story down for him, and when he’d read it all he took her in his arms and gave her a kiss.

“That was easier than I expected,” she said.

Author’s Note: A 100-word version of The Little Mermaid requires plot shortcuts.


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