Fandom: Harry Potter
Challenge/Prompt: A to Z Challenge: D
Word Count: 925
Summary: Mermaid AU! Druella loves playing with toys.
Druella watched from the water. Her chin and nose stayed underwater, the only thing visible - if anyone was to look closely –was her eyes and the top of her head. She watched as the blond sea captain smiled at the butterflies and inwardly sneered.
He might look aristocratic and pompous but underneath it all, he was weak, and he would pay for his failings.
With a grin that humans had learned to fear, knowing it meant danger to them, but usually only when it was too late, Druella turned away from the nauseating scene and dove back down below the water. She swam to the seafloor as her mind began planning what to do with her new toy.
She swam, an indifferent eye roaming over her surrounds as she passed other mermaids. Mermaids were different. Some were benevolent and kind, wishing to help. Others, like Druella, loved to torture and torment under their toys no longer breathed.
She grimaced as she passed a mothering mermaid with her offspring, holding back the shudder of distaste at the sickening act.
And when she passed another mermaid, hands formed into claws as she fought with her sister, Druella nodded to herself. 'That's the way it should be,' she silently approved.
No cuddling but ever mermaid and merman for herself and himself.
It was two days later and Druella was once again at the surface, admiring her prey. He interacted with another mermaid, one that tended to be nice and sweet. He didn't seem bothered by her half fish status, and Druella realized that would make her plan even easier.
She swam the short distance to the port side of his ship, flapping her fin a little harder to get his attention. He looked over his shoulder and stilled.
Druella waved, exuding a feeling of shyness and uncertainty. He carelessly walked over to the edge of the ship. "Hello, there," he murmured.
'Fool,' she thought. "Hello, I'm Druella." She barely noted the other mermaid swimming away once she no longer had the human's attention.
"That's a very pretty name. I'm Abraxas. Can I help you with something?"
She sighed, putting on a perfected air of innocence. "I've always wanted to talk to a human and learn about the species. And I saw you the other day. I thought you could be that human?" She asked instead of stated.
Red rose to Abraxas's cheeks at her flattery. "I would be honored to be that human."
She smiled. Just like that, the trap was set, and Abraxas wouldn't even realize it until it was too late.
Druella began spending every day with Abraxas, waiting for the sign that it was time. She acted as if she didn't realize what was going on as he attempted to get closer to her.
He showed her many human things, including a metal contraption that opened cans of food and a writing instrument called a quill.
And all the while, Druella patiently waited.
Finally, Abraxas got angry. "I'm sick of this," he roared.
Druella blinked. "What do you mean?"
"Just because you're beautiful doesn't mean you can treat people like they don't matter."
"I'm not sure..."
"Don't pretend you don't know how I feel about you. I would worship you if you let me, so why not let me? I could take good care of you forever. We can find a way for you to be human - I'm sure there's some kind of magic to do it - and we would be together." He took her hand and held it between his two larger ones. Say yes, Druella. Please say yes."
She smirked, snatching her hand away from him. "No."
Abraxas frowned, his eyes narrowed. "I love you, you belong to me."
She used her hands to help push her to the edge of the ship, her fin dangling completely over the water. "I don't belong to anybody. I'll never let anybody put me in a cage."
"I don't want to put you in a cage; I want to love you!"
Druella grabbed his shirt and pulled until their noses touched. "You're a fool. You let your emotions control you, and now you're going to pay for it."
"W-What do you mean?"
"I hate weak men, men who can't see anything that's right in front of them. You trusted a mermaid despite the legends because you thought you knew best. Not only are you weak and foolish, but your arrogant and believe yourself to be infallible."
"Druella, we can be happy together," he pleaded.
Druella's nose wrinkled at the visible desperation on the blond's face. "You've never been able to say no to me. Do you know what that means? I always win. And what I want is you to pay."
And with that, she pushed him over the edge and dove in after him. Before he could come to the surface, spluttering for air, her hands were around his neck, and she pushed him down, down, down, all the way to the seafloor.
His eyes were wide and frightened as he struggled, but she was too strong, and his attempts to break free from her grasp weakened.
She held him on the ground until he stopped moving, eyes closed and mouth opened.
She let go of him and swam away, not even sparing a second glance at him. Too bad he didn't live to actually learn and accept his lesson, but Druella had lost her patience and control.
Maybe the next human would live long enough to suffer the consequences.