Ross always had a pocketful of peppermints. Steering his small boat out into the Minch, he tossed one over the side for luck.
Under the ice-flecked water, the ceasg batted aside silver mackerel to catch the sweet, white stone as it fell. She placed it in her mouth and closed her eyes.
A month later, in a wild storm, Ross was tipped over the side. The ceasg caught him in a trawl and dragged him to the seabed. When he opened his mouth, bright bubbles rose from it, and the ceasg leaned forward to kiss him with mint on her lips.
Minch – a sea strait off the north coast of Scotland
ceasg – a mythological Scottish creature, half salmon, half human
trawl – a trawler net