Title: what monsters fear

Fandom: The Little Mermaid (Disney)

Disclaimer: not my characters

Warnings: dark AU; implied very bad things

Pairings: none

Rating: PG

Wordcount: 220

Point of view: third

Prompt: any, any, spirit of dark and lonely water

After... after everything, she swims down into the deep, trailing the blood of Atlantis behind her, and she ignores the monstrous creatures that dart at her, she ignores the taste of the darkest water, and she swims and swims and swims down down down, until at last she reaches the bottom.

She can barely breathe, here. Cannot see. It is dark and quiet, but she grasps at the bare dirt at the bottom of the ocean and she sings with what remains of her strength.

She sags as the last note leaves her throat, and as she starts to rise, the currents catching her without the force left to struggle against them, she hears a faint laugh. Her last thought is only Thank you, and then she is gone.

But there are things that sleep in the deep. Things that need only a reason to wake, a summoning, a call through the vast water, a plea in the dark. The last daughter of Atlantis is fodder for the bottom feeders, but her vengeance stirs. It rises.

The Sea Witch would smile, had she survived - but none are left. She would cackle to see what Triton's child has woken.

It rises from the deep, through the dark, to the surface, stretching for the first time in living memory.

It rises, hungry.