The inspiration for Shellana came from several sources. From the tiny shells I collected from Westshore Beach, from Kayla’s mermaid collage in Scrappy Cupcake Angels, and from Suzi Blu’s mermaid projects in Mixed-Media Girls with Suzi Blu.
My name is Shellana. I live in the tranquil blue waters of the Pacific Ocean surrounding the uninhabited tropical islands of Fiji. My friends are the seahorses, dolphins and turtles I have grown up with. I love to swim with the dolphins and to sunbathe on the white sandy beaches beneath the coconut trees. One of my favourite pastimes is exploring shipwrecks on the ocean floor and collecting sparkly things from the ruins. I love to make shell necklaces, and to sit on warm, sunny rocks, singing to the wind. When people come in boats to explore the islands, I hide among the rocky outcrops and coral reefs and watch them from a distance.
Sometimes being a mermaid can be lonely. There aren’t that many of us left. Some days I wonder what it would be like to make friends with the people who come in the boats and swim in the coral reefs. But from a young age, we were warned to never let a human see us. They cannot be trusted. They think we are mythical beings that exist only in stories. If they knew we were real, they would take us from our homes and do terrible things to us. So I must stay hidden and listen to their laughter from afar, until they leave and only their footsteps remain in the sand, their voices carried on the wind until they have disappeared in their boats and I am alone once again.
I dream that a merman might one day drift my way searching for the same company that I crave, to share my underwater world of beautiful coral gardens, and lie with me on a deserted beach, drinking in the beauty of a tropical sunset. But for now, I will sit on a rock and sing to the wind, ever hopeful that it may carry my song to my merman and guide him to me.