Strange Times in Lucía Bay
25 Jul 2022
Mila looked back and forth at both of them, mouth flapping silently. “How?” she finally asked.
“We have no idea,” Viktor said. “Probably magic.”
“Magic is not real,” Chris sputtered.
“Sure looks real to me,” Yuri said.
After falling into a magical lagoon during a once-in-a-lifetime eclipse, music students Viktor, Mila, and Yuri find themselves transforming into merfolk whenever they touch water... and considering that they live on the coast, that's probably going to cause some trouble. Things get even weirder when they discover strange powers that may have bigger effects on their daily lives than they could ever imagine.
Add to the mix a thalassophobic pianist, a marine biologist (possibly cryptozoologist) who might actually be completely insane, and a treasure-hunting Canadian... one thing's for sure: their lives sure just got a whole lot more interesting.
- Part 1 of Strange Times in Lucía Bay
08 May 2022
“Look, we’ve been keeping a low profile and sticking to ourselves for almost a decade,” Wei Ying said. “We’re harmless. We’ll be left alone.”
“I really don’t know if I believe that," Wen Qing said.
“We’ve survived this long,” Wei Ying reminded her. “We can keep it up.”
Worn-down millennial Wei Ying is just trying to survive life in the small beach resort town of Lucía Bay, keep food on the table and a roof over his head, and maybe leave his dark past behind him. The last thing he expects is for his old rival to find him again, and the aftershocks of over a decade ago to quickly follow.
With an old antagonist gunning for political power, an unseen danger hunting down his classmates and estranged family members, and Wei Ying's own vices to contend with, something will have to give...
- Part 2 of Strange Times in Lucía Bay
Fandoms: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime), H2O: Just Add Water, Mako Mermaids, Splash (1984), The Little Mermaid (1989)
30 Jul 2019
Even before the eclipse, the residents of Lucía Bay had interesting lives. (And after the eclipse, even the merkids had moments of normalcy.)
[A collection of short stories from the Saltwater Melodies universe.]
- Part 3 of Strange Times in Lucía Bay
25 Dec 2018
In 1994, Boris and Amanda Nikiforov adopted a quiet little boy who would eventually grow up to be a merman. In the meantime, though, there are plenty of embarrassing childhood stories to tell...
[Prequel to Saltwater Melodies, done for Vikmas 2018]
- Part 4 of Strange Times in Lucía Bay