She made her daughter promise to be careful and to carry a knife with her in case of monsters.“But they look like us,” her daughter protested. “And they sing such beautiful songs.”“They may look like people, but their song is to lure you in. When you swim near, they will catch you in their nets, pull you out of the water, and drown you. Promise me you will be careful.”The mermaid’s daughter swam in a sulky circle. “I promise, mother.”But the mermaid was always fearful when she saw the shadow of a human boat pass overhead.

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