Mermaid stories aren’t always happy.
I know that when we think of mermaids, the first thing that comes to mind is the story of Ariel and how she fell in love with a human. And her story had a happy ending as they fell in love and got married. However, in truth, the original story on which Ariel is based was much darker than the Disney movie. In the original story, Ariel turned into foam at the end. I know many people already know this, but I didn’t until recently.
And while I absolutely love mermaid stories, there aren’t a lot of movies based on mermaids anymore. Atleast not ones that are actually any good. So that is why it is always nice to see artists bringing their stories to life in unique and beautiful art. That is where Lily May comes in. She is a mermaid and this is her story. As you can probably expect, she does fall in love with a human but the story has more twists and turns than one would expect.
Scroll below to take a look at the story for yourself and enjoy it.
The art style is what drew me in but the story is what kept me from stopping.
This is May, the mermaid that lives in Lily Lake.
She found a human drowning so she tried her best to save him.
However, some other humans saw her and wanted to capture her for their amusement.
She tried her best to run away but they weren’t letting it go.
They finally managed to catch her and there was nothing she could do.
As it turns out, the guy from the beginning was in on it as well and was only faking.
So she was brought in and kept in captivity for a long time.
When he realized that what he had done was wrong, he tried his best to free her.
He brought her to her home, Lily lake and she was quite happy.
However, he was shot along the way which left May devastated.
But she wasn’t about to let him pass away and she had powers that could bring him back.
After all, his man had saved her in the end.
And so he lived because of her.
The one we have to thank for this beautiful story is Andy Ivanov who lives in Ukraine. The first part of this mermaid story was posted quite a while ago and he didn’t make another part until a lot of people started clamoring for it. This hidden gem actually became quite popular and garnered Andy more than 370k followers which is a feat in itself. However, this isn’t the only thing he draws and there are a lot more illustrations in the works for him which you check out directly at his Instagram account.
But the story doesn’t end there as there is a second part as well.
She brought him back to life.
And he was quite thankful to her so she brought him to a secret place.
After all, the others were still hunting her.
So he followed her to a place that hopefully no human could come.
And she showed him her heart, the lily that was now a part of him as well.
But the hunter found them again and waned the treasure of the Lily.
But this time, the guy stepped up.
And fought the hunter so he couldn’t hurt her.
However, it was already too late and she was soon fading away.
Until all the life was sucked away.
But he knew that a part of her was within him.
So he did the only thing he could think of.
And she opened her eyes as a human.
That is how the story ends for now.
What are your thoughts on this story? Did you see the end coming? Or did it surprise you? Would you ever want to see a movie based on this short story? Or do you think it is better told without any dialogue? Comment down below and let us know. Don’t forget to share this with your friends so they can enjoy the beautiful art as well.