The Most Beautiful Mermaid in the World


In the interview before her operation, the most beautiful woman in the world was asked what drove her to do it.

“Immigrants,” she said, which made everyone a little less sympathetic.

“and Taxi drivers,” she added, which made everyone forget the immigrant comment; she smiled as she said it.

“When are they releasing her?” I ask N, as the video ends. “Tonight at eight-thirty, into the Neva river. Want to go?”

I shrug, with nothing better to do.

So, at eight, we walk. The crowd is rampant. There are police holding back a mass of taxi drivers carrying signs.

“I’m a happily married man!” one sign says.

I can’t understand much of the rest.

She is brought to the embankment in a fish-tank on wheels; a pope mobile of sorts, but cleaner. Her legs have been cut clean off, a tail flits about beneath her. They did a good job. She waves her tail toward the taxi drivers, bubbles sidling out from just behind her ears. Her chest is bare.

She isn’t crying. She is determined. Which sometimes looks a lot like crying.

The crowd, mostly men, line the walls of the Neva. Some women in lab coats step out from the pope-mobile. They crank some cranks and lever some levers. The tank moves forward, mechanically, out over the Neva.

The crowd is getting more aggressive. A few men are crying, a few more, yelling obscenities.

“Stuck up bitch!” someone cries. “Whore!”

N lights a cigarette. “Do you want to get out of here?”

I stare at the tank. “Let’s just wait till they release her.”

N doesn’t look happy, keeping his distance from the mob.

The mermaid is flexing her new tail, her beautiful face screwed up with concentration. Then, the bottom of the tank opens and she plummets into the Neva.

The crowd goes silent. The water settles. Then, a head pops up. The most beautiful head in the world. It smiles. Someone throws a rock, she dodges it, then starts swimming toward the gulf. The crowd becomes the loudest maggot-ridden pile of meat, squirming, crying–incensed.

More objects start flying into the air. Bottles, rocks, garbage; all falling in angry little splashes around the mermaid as she swims, frantically.

A couple of men leap into the canal and try to swim after her. But, the scientists did their job. Her tail is strong, she easily outswims them. She swims so fast and so far that she is soon out of sight. The Neva is littered with refuse. The crowd is moving, following the tip of her trail, like pups after the teat.

The police let their guard down. Everyone has moved on. The embankment is speckled with empty bottles, dropped signs and abandoned taxis.

We head home.



Author: Flash-365

Author Benjamin Davis and artist Nikita Klimov created one story and one picture each day for one year. In May 2018 they published their first book, The King of FU

29 thoughts

  1. hahaha, wonderful! But why are all this people so angry? Because she made something different? well but the at least the mermaid-mobil was cleaner than the pope-mobile…; )…and it seems not, that she did care about the athmosphere around.


  2. sorry this was me…..hahaha, wonderful! But why are all this people so angry? Because she made something different? well but the at least the mermaid-mobil was cleaner than the pope-mobile…; )…and it seems not, that she did care about the athmosphere around.

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    1. Well it is sort of a story about men who get angry when they are rejected by women. So the most beautiful woman turned herself into a mermaid to swim away and all the men are angry because they think they have a right to her beauty as many men think in regards to women in real life.

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      1. Ahhh, thanks Flash! After your stories are always very profound and critical of society , I now try to interpret:
        Well, first of all, I think, the most beautiful woman enjoys being honored by all men. Because, if she pleases them all, she has also made a strong effort to comply with the beauty ideals.
        In the course of time, she realized, that it was exhausting and stressful and decided not to be there anymore for all this men. She escaped? She lives her life without men?

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      2. yeah. I didn’t really want there to be any right or wrong side to this. Both are a bit extreme. She also blames certain types of men in the beginning which is also wrong. It’s kind of the idea that the way we perceive beauty and even the way beauty perceives itself are very flawed ways of thinking.


      3. Oh, this is interessting. I totally forgot the immigrants and the taxidrivers…when I was reading, it sounded like she is just saying anything, to get rid of the questions. But you are centainly right, that the perception of beauty is deceptive. Of course there is beauty ideal and also the personal preference…but both have no worth, when this person is ugly inside.

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  3. Good grief! Unless one wants to live in the water, that’s a rather extreme response to what men want. I would just not answer my phone. In a way, men have still dominated her.

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      1. hahaha…certainly!!!!! But you wrtote the story. You should know. O.K. I see you want people to think the rest. This is mean. But then, I will create my personal, secret opinion for myself…: )

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      2. Haha well the thing about working with so few words is that when I have some point that I’m trying to get across I want people to think about it in their own way. I mostly try to show something that I am confused or ambivalent about because I think more people should be confused or ambivalent. I guess often my point is that there are many different ways to see something and what I think isn’t always the right thing to think. I try to never write a story that says “this is right and this wrong” I just try to think how people would act in exaggerated scenarios based on how I’ve seen people act in normal situations. If that makes sense?


      3. Yes of couse this makes sense! I got already, what you intent with your stories. And this is certainly the best way of writing. Minimalistic, exaggerated with a sympatic humour. Nobody wants to read a instruction manual. I just wanted to pester you, because I ´m too impatient!

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    1. I just looked to the picture of Nikita, and searched the rubbish….hahaha! You did not mean the illustration! Ohhh, perhaps this woman decided to become a mermaid, for cleaning up nature? No, this sounds stupid! But she went into all this rubbish…why?…I think she did´t reflect about this. She just wanted to leave. Poor mermaid. Hopefully she will find a place without pollution.
      But the illustration is interessting anyway. The man in the front seems to smell the mermaid behind him. Or perhaps all this fishy smell of the river?


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