This short story was a finalist for Aesthetica Magazine‘s Creative Writing Award 2014 and was published in their annual anthology. The story is one I wrote for my second semester portfolio during my year at the University of Edinburgh. It was inspired by a reading of Peter Pan (1904) that I did for my Fairy Tales course. Act III of the play takes place in the mermaid’s lagoon and is a very haunting, very atmospheric chapter that ends with the ominous line, “To die will be an awfully big adventure.” I couldn’t get the act out of my head, especially the end scene with Peter and Wendy. So, some time later the idea for this story came to me.
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