Modular Mermaid/Perfume“So, do you think I’ll be able to walk with these feet?”Modular Mermaid/Perfume by darchala
“I’ll just lug you over and toss you into the sea if you can’t!”
Rich laughter rolls out across the sand as the two sisters work with practised ease, steel tools and golden hardware bright against their dark hands. Aiu undoes the screws that hold her left foot together, Aluan unfastens the right.
For just a moment as her ankle comes apart, a tickle of vulnerability flutters around in her heart. She’s disassembled herself before, sure, but not outdoors.
She blinks and refocuses on Aluan. “Feels funny taking them apart out here. Like I’m naked or something.”
“Beach is as good a place as any for that, though.” Aluan gives her screwdriver a twirl and the last piece pops out, leaving Aiu’s feet shining in the sand. They pick them up and dust them off for safekeeping, and then start bolting on a pair of jointed flippers in their place.