Aquata Cove

Chapter 55: Together Again

Adam and Merrick stand at the railing, staring up into the night sky. Merrick nuzzled up to Adam lovingly as their hands interlaced with each other, and Adam's other arm wrapped around Merrick.

"I love you so much." Adam said as he kissed Merrick's head, "I'm so sorry for everything..."

"Adam..." Merrick said, "...I'm sorry too..."

"For what, babe?" He asked, "I was the one who fucked up. I swear, I'll never touch another drink in my life." Merrick chuckled as he rubbed his leg with Adam's.

"No, that's okay, Adam, you don't have to stop drinking."

"Good, because I love Cosmos, and I've been wanting to try one of those Fizzy Pixies." Merrick laughed at that.

"No, no, what I meant is..." Merrick held on tighter, "After everything else, I still couldn't figure out how to be your mate, your lover..."

"What are you talking about, Merrick? You're ev-"

"I don't talk about things, Adam," Merrick interrupted, "And when I do, I go to Yuri, and that's only with..." Merrick hesitated, and sighed as he bows his head, "Everything..."

The merman straighten back up, and continued, "Growing up, my Father taught me that I must cast off many of my personal burdens for the greater good, to keep my focus for the sake of the pod and the future. That means that anything that may be hurting me, I have to deal with on my own..." He shook his head, "Usually, I don't like to talk about these things to you because you're my boyfriend, so you shouldn't have to deal with it, nor am I supposed to show that kind of weakness. I often talk to Yuri about these sorts of things because for some reason, it feels more freeing to go to her."

"Merrick, why wouldn't you want to talk to me?" Adam stroked his cheek. "That's what boyfriends are for."

"So I've heard," Merrick said, "But... It's the same old problems with me... I miss the sea, my pod, my old life... It should be obvious-" He hesitated, "I mean... I thought it was... And after a while, I get sick of reporting to you about the same old problems. So eventually, I learned to stop trusting you..." Merrick sniffled a little, "A-And I was wrong... When I said I lost everything because of you..."

"No you weren't, Merrick..." Adam sighed, "You had your whole life set before you, and it all fell apart when you found me. It's my fault-" Merrick turned his head and kissed him. Adam blinked awkwardly as he stood there, as his merman lapped and licked softly at his lips.

"I told you before, Adam..." Merrick kissed Adam a little more passionately, "If saving you from that Siren was a mistake... I'm glad I made it..." He nudged Adam's cheek affectionately, "And among everything else, I didn't lose you... And I never will..." Merrick muttered as he rubbed Adam's chest. Adam hugged him tightly as they turned back to the dark ocean surface as the ship sailed along push and pull of the water. "And... Adam, I need to confess something..."

"Go on," Adam said.

"I know I say a lot of bad things about humans... How they destroy, ruin, consume everything." Merrick cast his eyes down for a moment. "But in truth..." He turned his head back around to look his lover in the eyes, "I'm vastly jealous of humanity." Adam blinked.

"You're... Jealous?"

"Yes..." Merrick looked up at the moon. "You humans... You may destroy a lot of things, but you create as much as you're able to..." Merrick continued, "Even when a building is destroyed, eventually someone will rebuild what was lost, maybe even better. Even when it comes to courtship, you said it yourself - humans can love and fuck over and over again."

"Baby..." Adam shook his head, regretting that he ever said such a thing.

"But us merfolk? We can never do what humans do on a regular basis. We can never go back as you can... None of us are capable of having a second love... All we can do is survive and carry what we can."

"Okay, now," Adam turned Merrick's chin to face him. "You listen to me, sweetie." He kissed those sweet, pink lips. "There is nothing wrong with the merfolk's way of life."

"But that night, you said-"

"I was drunk," Adam interrupted, "And I never get drunk. And when people get drunk, they get stupid, and I was a complete dumbass." Adam next kissed Merrick's nose, "Now I said some stupid shit, but some people would actually prefer merfolk living rather than living with humans - a lot of humans would rather live like that."

"Adam, you don't have to-"

"Merrick I mean it! My Aunt Dolli, my Dad's sister, she lives out in the middle of nowhere in the desert, away from other people, and she prefers to live like that." Merrick blinked.

"Are you serious? I've always heard that deserts are dry, desolate places."

"Yes, but she happens to prefer that sort of place to live. Not all humans need to keep together in crowded places." Merrick chuckled.

"You're just saying that-"

"No, I'm not, Merrick." Adam shook his head. "You've seen me, babe, I'm not a good liar."

"Hehehe," Merrick smiled as Adam hugs him closer.

"Besides, think about it - in an average human house, you always have to think about your job, your rent, endless bills, going from place to place in your car, having to worry about the car itself, the insurance - it's all just one, big, complicated mess. But in a pod of merfolk, you don't have to worry about that. Everyone has a place, everyone has a simple task to follow, you stick together, you don't need so many complications," Adam said, "A lot of humans would kill for that kind of life."

Merrick smiles with contentment, and kissed Adam on the cheek. "Here..." Merrick tucked his hand into his pocket, and drew out a strange looking shell - it has several holes lined along it, with various shell parts inserted and constructed upon it.

"Wow." Adam accepted the strange shell, noting that part of it turned halfway like a knob. As fascinating as it was, he couldn't really tell what it's supposed to be, "... What is it?"

Merrick chuckled as he took the shell. "It's an Ocalen." He turned the side of the shell a few times and tapped the small holes a little. "You know that mermen can't sing, right?"

"Yeah."

"Well, some mermen still have a sense of music, though we still can't sing. So we find various materials to try to make objects that can make melodic sounds - what you humans call Instruments, we call Ocalens." Merrick smiled as he turned the shell's side knob. "My Father has one of these, every time he and Mother went to the surface for a romantic moment..." He blushed and giggled. "As the Adra Triton, Father charged me to watch over the Pod while he and Mother went away, but every once in a while, when everyone was resting, I snuck around, and saw them. Father would serenade Mother with his Ocalen, and once, they were even in a duet of sorts."

Merrick brought his Ocalen up, moving the pointed mouthpiece to his lips, and blew. Fiddling his fingers with the holes, and also turning the knob, he started to play a strangely pleasant tune from the shell. Adam grinned and chuckles as he could make out the melody as Merrick played 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight'.

"Wow, Merrick!" Adam accepted the shell back after Merrick's little tune, though he doesn't really want to learn how to play this thing... It looks complicated to how Merrick was playing it. "This is so neat! But..." He hesitated, "What's the occasion? Is it because we made up?"

"No..." Merrick turned to the moon up in the sky, half shrouded in thin clouds. "See... Tonight is the night that you and I fell in love for the first time." Adam looked up at the moon as well, as if trying to find some way how the moon may be looking different than usual.

"Wow, really? How do you know? It's not even a Lunar Eclipse right now."

"I just do," Merrick answered, "It's a merfolk thing." He snuggled up to Adam. "It's been 8 years tonight since you and I first saw into each other's eyes, and became bonded..." Merrick blushed a little, "And I wanted to give you a gift for it just to... You know..."

"...You know, humans have a name for that: Anniversary - it's another holiday."

Merrick scoffed and smirked, "Finally, a practical festival."

"It's not really a festival, you little blonde twat." Adam nudged Merrick playfully, "An Anniversary is the celebration of a sentimental event or a memorable commitment. Like, how a married couple celebrate a 13th Anniversary for being married for 13 years."

"I think I get it," Merrick half-rolled his eyes, "Like a birthday for important stuff."

"Hmmm..." Adam pondered, "... As long as it's our 8th Anniversary..."

"Huh?" Merrick looked at him curiously.

"Wait here, I'll be right back." Adam said before giving the Ocalen back to Merrick, and then running off. He giggled as he adjusted himself, and straightened up his silver Graceful Gogo medal.

Adam returned almost 5 minutes later, panting as he came up to him. After catching his breath, he straightened up, and offered a small silver box, "Here, sweetie. Happy Anniversary."

Merrick recognizes the emblem on the box - it's the logo from the jewelry shop at the shopping center. He smiled with intrigue as he opens the box, and delicately moved the silk veils aside. The merman gasped as he saw it: The platinum, angelic, filigree key pendant. The Siberian Jeremejevite jewel in the middle curvy heart image glittered in the moonlight, with two C-shapes on the lower part of the heart, and a silver curve for the key teeth.

"O-Oh my g-" Merrick covered his mouth as his eyes watered up, completely stunned. "A-Ad- Ohmm!" He squealed a little as he took rapid breaths. Adam smiled and chuckled.

"A-Adam!" Merrick quaked with emotion as his hands shook, feeling Adam's hands slip in and hold him steady. "Th-The woman there said an older couple already b-bought it!"

"That's what I told her to say if you went back there to see it," Adam said, smiling uncontrollably. "I wanted to save it for a special occasion, but now seems as good as time as any, seeing as it's our Anniversary."

"B-But-" Merrick sniffled and quickly wiped his tears, "Y-You said you couldn't afford it!" He whimpered, trying to find a reason to deny the fact that it was now here, in his hand, instead of in the shop, "T-That it would've taken two paychecks to pay for it-"

"That jewelry company has been around for decades. My Gramma has a very long-signed membership with them, and I was able to get an amazing discount, plus I signed up for a Payment Plan to pay it off so I won't go broke for it."

"A-Adam... I..." Merrick sniffled as Adam took the small box, and plucked it up from the smooth white fabric. Adam then removed the Gogo medal, and replaced it with the dainty necklace.

"I love you, Merrick. And I just couldn't stand to leave the cruise without getting you something that reminded you of your mother."

"Adam... This... This is too much," Merrick wept as he plucked up the necklace, seeing it glisten in the low light, knowing that this beautiful, shiny, valuable, now priceless pendant was now his.

Adam brought Merrick's chin up, before moving in to kiss his lips. Merrick pushed his mouth in firmly as he put his hands onto Adam's sides. His eyes closed as Adam tilted his head a little to push in a little further. He rolled his jaw around as he brushed his tongue along the roof of Merrick's mouth.

~~~

"~I know that you're hiding things ~Using gentle words to shelter meee~" A singer hymned as she stood in a beautiful songstress ensemble as she held a beautifully curvy microphone in her hand, "~Your words were like a dream... ~But dreams could never fool me~ ...Not that easily~"

What seemed like moments later from the railing, Adam and Merrick part their lips as they circled in a waltz, like a cluster of other couples.

"~I acted so distant then ~Didn't say goodbye before you leeeft~" The songstress was accompanied by a small orchestra to augment her singing. "~But I was listening ~You'll fight your battles far from me ~Far too easily~"

The area on deck has been decorated in a formal style to give it a prom-night theme, while the dancers here were dressed in formal attire. "~"Save your tears 'cause I'll come back" ~I could hear that you whispered as you walked through that door ~But still I swore~ To hide the pain, when I turn back the pages ~Shouting might have been the answer ~What if I cried my eyes out and begged you not to depart

But now I'm not afraid to say what's iiinnn myyy heeeeaaaarrrrt~"

"You humans have such a way with lyrics..." Merrick muttered as his head his pressed against Adam's fine tailored tribal polo shirt, equipped with smooth black slacks, while Merrick wears a shimmering blue tunic/toga in a royal fashion, similar to that of what he wore on Valentine's night.

"Yeah..." Adam and Merrick turned slowly in the waltz, "Sometimes, the best song just has the right words."

The songstress sang on with the next dramatic part of the song "~Though a thousand words ~Have never been spoken ~They'll fly to you ~Crossing over the time ~And distance holding yooouuu!~ Suspended on silver wiiinnnngggs!~"

The dance sped up a little with the couples dancing, "~And a thousand words ~One thousand confessions ~Will cradle you ~Making all of the pain, you feel seem far awaaay! ~They'll hold you foreeeeeeveeeerrrr~!"

The piano and harp of the small band played a rapid tempo for a set amount of seconds as the couples twirled and spun in sync with the song. The music calmed down, as Merrick turned so his back brushes with Adam's front as he put his around his merman, and holding his hands.

"~The dream isn't over yeet ~Though I often say, I can't forget~" The songstress closes her eyes, as if the song makes her both dreary but longing to continue, "~I still relive that day ~You've been there with me all the way ~I still hear you say~"

"~"Wait for me, I'll write you letters" ~I could see how you stammered, with your eyes to the floor ~But still I swore ~To hide the doubt when I turrrn back the pages~" Adam and Merrick waltzed in turn and motion with the other couples, switching from place to place while gracefully moving,

"~Anger might have been the answer ~What if I'd hung my head and said that I couldn't wait? ~But now I'm strong enough to know it's not toooo laaaate~"

A few subtle people look and survey the deck as the fancy affair, nodding and looking to the handful of happy couples as they hear the songstress as she comes to the climax of the song.

"~Cause a thousand words ~Call out through the ages ~They'll fly to you ~Even though I can't see ~I know they're reaching yoouu ~Suspended on silver wiiiinnnngggs!~" Adam and Merrick twirl and circle in the middle, holding onto each other's hand as Merrick's formal robe shimmers a brilliant in the white light.

"~Oh a thousand words ~One thousand embraces ~Will cradle you ~Making all of your weary days seem far away ~They'll hold you foreeeeeeveeerrrr!~" Adam glides alongside his lover as he guides the movements of their procession in the music.

The white lights of the dance floor seem to revolve around them as the violin and piano move in the air like a river around the two men. The way Adam and Merrick move shows the world just how inseparable they need to be. How much their own life and souls rely on each other's resonance and wavelengths. Their very moves in the dance speak out across understanding how one half is unable to be without the other, how two stars that once crossed before were always meant to cross again, no matter how far the distance or the pain of the trails that pushes them away from each other. Merrick moves away from Adam as their hands slip over their arms, as if being pulled apart by fate itself. The leap of the music gives an almost tragic note, before Adam turned his hand, and pulled Merrick back to him to embrace him before he could be lost, just as the songstress reach the next verse.

"Oh a thousand words!~" The songstress sang in a dramatic elevation, "~Have never been spoken!~ They'll fly to you!~ They'll carry you home, and back into my aaaarrrms!~" The songstress held out her hand as she performed, ~Suspended on silver wiiiinnnngggs!~ Ohhooohhhh~!"

The lovers become lost in the romantic twist and turn as the end of the song approached.

"~And a thousand words! ~Call out through the ages! ~They'll cradle you! ~Making all of the lonely years to only daaaayyyys~

"~They'll hold you foreeeeeeeeveeeeerrrrrr!~" The dance floor slowed down, and so Adam and Merrick are holding each other close, not noticing that they seemed to have inspired quite a stirring of heartstrings amoung their peers.

"~Ohhhh a thoooouuusaaaaannnnd woooorrrrrds~" The songstress finished.

~~~

Syrinx stands by at the far end, watching the romantic dance of another Waltz Night for those who want to feel a little fancy for an evening - Kevin's so sick of those, as Syrinx has been dragging him wearing a tux almost every night since the cruise.

She sees the very strange merman in a regal-looking robe with a silvery rope, holding that human's hand... It's so strange. How can a merman or mermaid be attracted to the same sex? Nothing like that has ever been known, has it? There have been times when some merfolk have never been seen with a mate, and eventually, their lives end alone. Could that be the case? Mating with the same gender is another one of the Sacred Laws.

And then there's this merman's very peculiar ability to remain in human form, despite being wet with water. Is this one even a merman at all? No one has ever been able to forgo the change of water. She's CERTAIN that this blonde guy is a merman, but for some reason, when he was doused with bottled water, or when she saw him splashing about on the beach of the island, not once did he change. It really bothers her that he can do that...

Such a trait can only point to a mutation of the Black Sun. That sort of metamorphosis is extremely volatile and unpredictable - for all anyone knows, a Black Sun could've really made it so he's unable to change into his true form. The last time Syrinx heard of a Black Sun mutation was when a handful of Sirens were turned from fish species to bird-like creatures. So if this merman is a product of the Land Father's slumber, then shouldn't he look more grotesque than this?

And something's different about this merman too. The dance floor on deck broke off as the couples walked away, and Syrinx can see the light reflected in Merrick's eyes again. The unstable malevolence has become deluded from the first few times she saw him. The threatening spark, the thin line of sanity, or the very fragile structure of his emotions seems a lot different.

He can't be a Coshiton either - not once has she even spotted a single black symbol anywhere on his body. So what exactly IS he?? She still feels very uneasy about even coming near him, but his eyes show a different light. He looks as if he's... Healing.

~~~

Back into some casual clothing, Adam sits down at big cushion in the Dance Lobby. Merrick just sits on his lap like a petit doll, before he leans and, and Adam holds him close and kisses his cheek.

"Hey, man," Jamal said as it seems that he's right next to him, with Nick by his side, still wearing his golden Gogo medal.

"So how many awards are there?" Nick asked.

"Not sure, man." Jamal said, "Queen Jizzelle says that they's hiding judges here and there alla round the cruise, judging people for outstanding stuff or something."

"Yeah, kinda like who had more sex than others," Adam said, "Who danced the most, who played the most, it's kinda complicated."

"I thought you had to sign up for those." Merrick said.

"Naw naw, those were the contests. These're the Notable Awards - like, when people git noticed for certain things they do best round the ship."

"Isn't that the same as a contest?" Merrick scoffed.

"I... Well..." Jamal fumbled for an answer, but was unable to find one, "This is more anonymous, ya git me?"

"I barely get anything, you know that." Merrick said as he shook his head.

"They're just giving some shiny trophies to some people they think deserves recognition. Only there aren't three winners. More like one at a time."

"I still don't really get the point~" Merrick nuzzled Adam, "But I hope you win one, Adam."

"Oh please, I haven't done anything for a trophy. Except make one of the biggest fuck-ups of my life almost a week ago."

"You made up for it, babe~" Merrick said with a kiss on his cheek.

"Eh, I still don't think I really deserve a trophy for cleaning up my own mess."

"With as much sex I been havin," Jamal groaned as he rubbed his groin, "I better git a fuckin million dollars. After alla condoms I used up, I be givin them mah best bidness!"

"Jamal, they're not giving out checks for the winners," Adam laughed, "And the condoms are free - there's a whole bowlful beside almost every door."

"Alright, alright~!" Queen Jizzelle's voice boomed out from the microphone attached next to her mouth, now wearing the classy New England queen gown of leopard velvet and gold linings, wearing strings of pearls and a broad velvet cape lined with white fur, along with a bright, shiny astral crown encrusted with many jewels.

"Settle down, my lovelies~!" She said as the crowd took their seats or their places, "As we come to the last night of our glorious cruise, I am very excited to perform my very last service as your adoring queen~!" The crowd cheered for Queen Jizzelle.

"Yeeeees~! Yes yes, yes~! I will miss each and every one of you~! " Queen Jizzelle responded as she basked in the collective glow, "Sadly, all good things must come to an end. But lets skip all the tearful saddies, and get straight to the Notable Awards~!"

The crowd cheered with excitement as she walked around, and pinched her gloved fingers upon the silk cloth on a large shelf, and flourished it right off, revealing 10 gleaming, glittering, decorative trophies, each one specially sculpted, stylized, and design to represent their supposed category, some of them gold, some of them silver, with different colored jewels/gems/orbs.

"Aren't they beautiful~?" Queen Jizzelle said, "Each one is for a lucky winner who our hidden judges all over the cruise have selected specially! Once your name is called up, please report next to Your Highness to receive your trophy, as well as her royal blessing~" She blew a kiss to the audience, "And line up a beautiful line to present yourselves for your chosen deeds~!

"And now, for the first award~" Queen Jizzelle put her dainty hands upon a gold trophy, this one has three humanoid figurines standing with their backs to each other in a triangular formation, each one holding an orange-colored glass shape - an orb, a cube, and a pyramid.

"The Community Helper Award!" Queen Jizzelle announced, "To one of the many kind, hard working volunteers who signed up to do as many probono jobs they can participate to help make all of this possible~!" Queen Jizzelle removed the paper tag taped underneath the circle mount. "And our Community Helper Award goes too..." A roll of drums sounded as the drag queen unfolded the paper, and read the name written on it, "Kathryn Evans!"

An mid-aged woman walked up and stage, and gave a formal nod and smile as she received her selfless award, along with a royal kiss upon her forehead, and standing next in line.

"Our second award~!" Queen Jizzelle took up the last silver trophy. A martini glass with a silver neck, bottom, and rim around a cone-shaped glass mounted on the black circle. A thin silver pick has a purple jewel tuck in the middle of it, along with several other differently lengthened silver picks stood around the martini glass, with purple diamond-shaped jewels mounted at the top of each one.

"The Dizzy Drinker Award!" Queen Jizzelle announced, "For the tipsy bar-hopper who has trailed our finest spirits, and sampled each and every beverage on the menu~!" Queen Jizzelle removed the paper tag taped underneath the circle mount. "And our Dizzy Drinker Award goes too..." A roll of drums sounded as the drag queen unfolded the paper, and read the name written on it, "Franklin Darone!"

A cute Italian man strode up there, and grins with eagerness as the queen hands over the alcoholic achievement. He gets the kiss like the previous winner, and goes to take his place right next to Kathryn.

"Our third award!" Queen Jizzelle selected a gold trophy. This one has a long rod-shaped salute with a mushroom top with a pearly white diamond-shaped halo above it, held up by twin smooth, graceful branch-like pieces stemmed from the bottom of the rod.

"The Frisky Bunker Award!" Queen Jizzelle announced, "For that tireless, virile jackrabbit who has, on multiple testimonies, slept with the most people on the whole cruise~!" Queen Jizzelle removed the paper tag taped underneath the circle mount. "And our Frisky Bunker Award goes too..." A roll of drums sounded as the drag queen unfolded the paper, and read the name written on it, "Jamal Tucker!"

"Oh shit!" Jamal blinked in surprise, "No fuckin way!" He said.

"Well, get up there, boo!" Nick budged him.

"Go on, get going!" Adam pushed as he grinned excitedly. Jamal quickly scrambled up, and ran up to the stage. He couldn't stop smiling as Queen Jizzelle presented his sexy prize. Once again, she kisses his forehead, and Jamal jogged to his place on the line.

"Our fourth award!" Queen Jizzelle gracefully picked another one. This trophy has a medical cross with two tendrils of spiraling lines with gold coins melded onto the with a few green gems embedded within the casting as well.

"The Sweet Charity Award!" Queen Jizzelle announced, "For the one who donated the most money and promise for over eight different non-profit organizations sponsored on our cruise~!" Queen Jizzelle removed the paper tag taped underneath the circle mount. "And our Sweet Charity Award goes too..." A roll of drums sounded as the drag queen unfolded the paper, and read the name written on it, "Stacey Marval!"

A pretty young girl with indigo-dyed hair climbed up onto the stage, and smiled with glee as she accepted her generous award. Queen Jizzelle also kissed her forehead, and scampered off to the line.

"Our fifth award~!" Queen Jizzelle picked up a golden trophy with a cute bear-like idol stands in a mighty salute within a pair of circle-belts with a black paw-print jewel on its round belly, along with attached paw prints on the top of each belt, and the bottom of it as well, with one of the rings holding a buckle.

"The Mighty Bear Award!" Queen Jizzelle announced, "To the burliest and manliest of our cute and cuddly Bears on the cruise ship~!" Queen Jizzelle removed the paper tag taped underneath the circle mount. "And our Mighty Bear Award goes too..." A roll of drums sounded as the drag queen unfolded the paper, and read the name written on it, "Dane Panford!"

A dirty blonde chubby guy with some firm muscles on his arms and legs, and a fine layer of stubble on his lower face came up to the stage, and accepted the ursine trophy. Queen Jizzelle gave him a kiss on his forehead, and sent him to stand with the other four winners.

"Our sixth award!" Queen Jizzelle selected a trophy with an owl on it. The owl's eyes shimmer with clear reflector material, as did the feathers of its open wings. Clear, narrow, fiber-optic lines to catch the light and show it as a slight rainbow tint surround the bird-like idol.

"The Rave Owl Award!" Queen Jizzelle announced, "For the one who showed up in every party, rave, and dance in the their most fashionable statement out of everyone~!" Queen Jizzelle removed the paper tag taped underneath the circle mount. "And our Rave Owl Award goes too..." A roll of drums sounded as the drag queen unfolded the paper, and read the name written on it, "Jenocta Charhart!"

Up came a somewhat plump, feminine-looking person in short black hair and black lipstick, in chain-link gothic clothing and biker gloves came up to accept his avian award. Queen Jizzelle stamped his forehead with a kiss, and sent him off to line up.

"Our seventh award!" Queen Jizzelle picks up an angelic-welded trophy, one that is designed and adorned in a symmetrical, curvy wing-like structure, holding a glittering red crystal heart in the middle.

"The Golden Lover Award!" Queen Jizzelle announced, "To the gentle, hopeless romantic that can sweep anyone off their feet with their affectionate charm~!" Queen Jizzelle removed the paper tag taped underneath the circle mount. "And our Golden Lover Award goes too..." A roll of drums sounded as the drag queen unfolded the paper, and read the name written on it, "Adam Bryant!"

"Wha?!" Adam gasped as he looked at the drag queen holding the glamorous prize up. He felt a pair of hands pushing him from his momentary paralysis.

"Go, Adam!" Merrick said, smiling with happiness, "Go on!" His heart pounds as his lover gets to be recognized ball all of these people.

"A-Ah!" Adam stumbled up, and ran up to the steps, and hopped up to meet the queen. She smiles at him as she presented his romantic trophy to him. Adam grins endlessly as he received the next royal kiss, and went to the line of winners. He chuckled with excitement as he saw Jamal give him an eager thumbs-up.

"Our eighth award~" Queen Jizzelle took the next a silver trophy with four hockey sticks mounted on a black stand, held in place with 3 hoola hoops, a big one on top, a medium hoop in the middle, and a small one for last, with a clear yellow sphere in the middle of it.

"The Game Maniac Award!" Queen Jizzelle announced, "For participating and playing every single game and activity upon the cruise more than anyone on board~!" Queen Jizzelle removed the paper tag taped underneath the circle mount. "And our Game Maniac Award goes too..." A roll of drums sounded as the drag queen unfolded the paper, and read the name written on it, "Jackie Galeer!"

A young copper-skinned lady ran up on stage, and accepted her sporty trophy. She smiles as Queen Jizzelle kissed her on her forehead, and sent her off to stand at her place of the line-up.

"Our ninth award!" Queen Jizzelle goes to produce the last gold trophy. This one is designed with a rocky-themed figurine holding a thick barbell up with both arms with six standing dumbbells with round pink jewels on both ends of each one.

"The Size Builder Award!" Queen Jizzelle announced, "To the mightiest of incredible hulks who outweigh and outsize anyone on deck in pure, unadulterated muscle~!" Queen Jizzelle removed the paper tag taped underneath the circle mount. "And our Size Builder Award goes too..." A roll of drums sounded as the drag queen unfolded the paper, and read the name written on it, "Irene Taylor!"

A tall, large, bulking woman with red hair in pigtails came right up, smirking with delight as she stalked up to the drag queen, easily towering over her by a few feet. She had to stoop down for the queen to kiss her forehead, before giving her the athletic idol, and then taking her place on the line.

"And now to our tenth, and final award!" Queen Jizzelle lifted remaining silver trophy. This one has swirling and spiraling tendrils with blue hollow-glass orbs, with a bigger one right in the middle.

"The Bubbly Washer Award!" Queen Jizzelle announced, "For the cleaner-than-clean bather who has spent an exuberant amount of time in the showers and baths~!" Queen Jizzelle removed the paper tag taped underneath the circle mount. "And our Bubbly Washer Award goes too..." A roll of drums sounded as the drag queen unfolded the paper, and read the name written on it, "Benjamin Lark!"

A sunny-haired athletic guy hopped up for the stage in a tanktop and jeanshorts came to take his watery trophy. Queen Jizzelle once again blesses him with a kiss, and sends him on his way.

"Lets give them one more hand, folks!" The drag queen daintily claps her hands as the crowd roars with cheers for the 10 winners, each one holding up their unique trophy. Adam can't stop smiling as he looks at the wild crowd, and even more so when his eyes go back to Merrick and Nick. Right then and there, Adam just wants to drop everything, and just have at his beautiful boyfriend right there on the dance lobby.

~~~

"Hmm..." Syrinx looks with astonishment at the line-up of the Notable Awards, the Golden Lover in particular. The man with short, dark brown hair, lightly tanned skin, a thin layer of charismatic fuzz on the lower portion of his face, wearing just a pair of trunks and a T-shirt.

It's that merman's lover again. A bunch of other people were going on about how this stunning guy won back his cute blonde boyfriend in a very romantic performance in front of everybody. She can't help but make the connection. Before, that merman was on the very line of furious insanity, but now when she glances at him, all she can see is a mended spirit.

The Notables left the stage with their trophies, her eyes following the Golden Lover winner, until he sat himself down right next to the merman in question. Both of them marveled at the wondrous ruby heart with golden swirling wings of gold, seeing the man kiss the merman playfully, right next to the guy who won the Frisky Bunker.

The more she looks at them, the more she thinks she should maybe...

"Ah yes~! My my my, another cruise, another set of gorgeous trophies gone to well-deserved sweethearts~!" Queen Jizzelle said, "Please do enjoy the remainder of the voyage, before we pull into the Aolani Transportation Port, and off to your pretty little homes~!"

A few gogo-boys and gogo-girls came to their posts in their very sexy, skimpy lewd thongs and bikinis, and began dancing and gyrating to the music as the lights flashed and loomed around a mass of dancing people.

Syrinx stands from her stool, and walks out of the Dance Lobby. She needs some time to think...

~~~

With his trophy safely in his cabin, Adam dances with his one and only lover. Merrick holds his arms up as he swerves and twirls his hips, wearing only a pair of jeans, sandals, and the exquisite angelic filigree key hanging around his neck, while Adam wears an open vest and shorts, both of them sporting a rather breezy theme of apparel. Everyone grooves the beating rhythm of Ke$ha's Take It Off.

BOOM!

Canons shoot a shimmering rain of silver confetti and fall like scattered flower petals everyone in the mass of people.

Adam smiles with excitement as he playfully bumps groins with Merrick while his hands go to hold on his very smooth hips. His tight shorts already even more snug fitting the more he dances with Merrick. He goes in, and licks Merrick's neck, making his lover coo and moan as they hold onto each other in the booming party.

Maybe it's the fact that neither of them has gotten off in almost a week, let alone even have had sex with each other since their fight, or the first-ever dose of a popper Adam inhaled a short while ago just for the heck of it, but Merrick is looking incredibly hot right now.

As they continued to party, Adam slips his hand into Merrick's pants. The merman gasps and moans as he undulates his hips as he feels a warm hand cup his soft genitals, while holding back a squeal as he feels Adam's tongue glide over his skin, tilting his head back as if to allow a vampire to bite into him as Adam gnawed on his neck.

Adam's other hand holds onto Merrick's side as his shorts sport a very large tent while he rolled and fumbled with Merrick's precious orbs in his hand.

"A-AHhh~" Merrick moans as he is weak in Adam's perverted hands as he feels his lover fondle every inch of the inside of his pants, including rubbing and stroking his confined cock.

"Fffffgggod," Adam growled through thin, desperate lips, "I'm so fuckin hot for you, babe..." He can barely contain himself as the music rumbled on around them, as if they're just another couple of groovy folks instead of a very sexual duo.

~~~

Thomas bit his lower lip as he strokes his huge, jumbo-sized cock with a XL condom, and globs of glistening lube. Merrick moans as he holds his supple buttocks up, completely naked and presenting himself to the taller black male. Thomas aims his swollen head onto Merrick's hungry pink asshole, and slowly pushes into him. His glistening midnight muscles tense as he slowly enters into that hot velvet realm, and relaxes very carefully.

"Ahh... NNNNHHH!" He clenches his eyes as he spreads his legs out to give that large dick more room to enter him.

"That feel good baby~?" Adam asked as he kissed his cheek and the corner of his lips. He strokes his raging boner as Merrick moans loudly as Thomas forced a reaction out of him.

"So fuckin big!" Merrick moans - this is the second time sex has hurt and felt great at the same time, the first being with Jamal that one time.

"Yooouuu arrree sssoo hot..." Adam moans as he and Merrick kissed passionately.

Adam shudders and moans as his hand is replaced by another one. Greg licks Adam's loose-hanging balls as he rubs his hand up and down Adam's throbbing cock. The cute chubby lays on his back while Adam hovers on his knees above him with his junk just above his face. Adam carefully sits on Greg's plump chest as he licks and suckles on the head of his dick, while masturbates under Adam.

Merrick moans as Thomas pushes gently back and forth into his sweet, soft ass, "God, you feel so fuckin good." He growls as he puts his firm hands onto Merrick's hips. Merrick can't help but let out a submissive squeal or groan each time Thomas sinks his cock into him.

The merman opens his mouth, and pushes his face into Greg's lap, nuzzling his soft, plush-like belly as he sloppily licks and suckles on his short, uncut dick. Greg gasps and tilts his head back, just as Adam places his hands onto his hefty mounds. "C-Careful..." Greg quietly begs as Adam secures his own condom on his long hard torpedo, along with a generous application of lube. Adam carefully pushes his manhood between Greg's cheeks, and slowly pushed into him.

"A-Ahhh~!" Greg moans as his tight, hot hole makes way for Adam's intruding rampart into his ass. Adam's hands rubbed and massaged Greg's broad, round belly while Thomas reaches below, and starts to rub Merrick's drooling penis as he very slowly rubs the inside of that hot tunnel.

Greg's head turns left and right, barely able to cope with the sexual energy as Merrick's tongue hugged and pushed on and around his 4-inch member, while Adam's cock slides inside him, and forces a yelp from his throat as Adam happened to push his prostate. He whimpers like a dog having his back scratched, instead of a pudgy bear getting his backside humped and his little cock slurped and eaten.

Using Merrick's own precum, Thomas fondled with Merrick's tight, heavy nuts, feeling his smooth back jump and shudder as his sensitive testicles are deftly massaged and rubbed. His back curves down as his soft buttcheeks push against Thomas's coarse, thin pubic patch. His free-hanging cock throbs and oozes pre freely as that large penis pushes every button inside of him.

Adam's hands glide slowly along Greg's huggable body as he slowly slides his cock in and own of Greg's welcoming ass, choking his dick as he pushed into his rekindled buddy. Adam nibbles on Greg's warm neck as Adam's hands eventually find themselves on Greg's moobs. The poor chubby's knob jumps in Merrick's mouth as Adam tenderly squeezes and rubs his hard nipples. He pushes his butt against Adam's body as he moans from the pinching and harsh tweaking for his vulnerable areolas.

Merrick moans with his mouth playing with Greg's small endowment. His hands grip the sheets as Thomas rubs his dick up and down underneath him. He clenches his cheeks together to intensify the pressure for Thomas, before relaxing his haunches and feeling hat dick melt up inside him again. His tongue wiggles against the underside of Greg's penis, before dipping in and around his fleshy hood at the tip of his dick, licking up the salty fluid from the slit.

10 minutes later, Greg is put on his back with his thick legs pushing on Adam's sides as his big, squishy belly is pushed down by Adam's fuzzy front. He whimpers more as Adam gently drills into his tight anus.

Merrick is placed on the bed, finding a pillow and biting into it as he feels Thomas's full weight press on top of him. Thomas grunts as his juicy black buttcheeks flex as he pushes inside of Merrick.

Both tops push in at a rolling rhythm into both bottoms. The room smelt of their horny musk blended with the scent of lube, as well as the sounds could be heard is their moaning from the hot, sweaty, raunchy sex.

Greg looks to his side as Merrick reaches for him. Merrick moves in, and presses his teeth onto Greg's ear ridge. His eyes flutter closed, right before a sharp moan from one of Adam's thrusts. He groans as his hands cling onto Adam, and the sheet he lays on. His dick smushed between his belly and Adam's fuzz makes him moan from the tense tickle and friction of their bodies.

Merrick licks Greg ear like an affectionate predatory feline in heat as he chews on it tenderly, sensing it to Greg's liking as he also sucks on his lobe. A squeal came from his throat as Thomas's large dick pushes that deep spot inside of him - how it hurts so good. His dick still oozing, is rubbed onto the mattress below him as the muscular dark man behind him fucks him in a climbing speed.

Adam moans as he turns his head, and puts his hand onto Thomas's. He turns his head, and almost immediately goes to meet Adam's face in a wild, open-mouthed kiss. Adam pushes his pelvis back and forth, rubbing up and down on Greg's cushion-like bottom. Thomas's teeth lightly graze his tongue as he tilts his head to the side to push his mouth fully and completely against each other. Just the kiss alone makes Adam's balls tingle with the juices that boil inside of his heavy bag.

Thomas reaches down, and starts to knead one of Adam's fuzzy cheeks. Adam's brows furrowed as the groping makes his cock flex inside of Greg. He curves his thrusts while pushing his ass against Thomas's hand as those fingers dig into his meaty behind. Their lips lapped and smultzed against each other, losing focus as they humped into their bottoms.

Adam rolls his hips back, right before he felt a sudden SLAP on his right mound, "UUNNH!" He pushes harshly into Greg, making him moan out from the deep thrust. Thomas spanked Adam's left cheek, elating another pleasure moan from him, "Uhhh yeah~!" Adam moaned out as he wiggled his butt a little, before Thomas delivered a quick smack onto his crack, "Fuck yeah~"

Adam's rear stings with the swift spanks to his ass, one after another. Each surprise butt-slap making him thrust deeper into Greg. His dick starts to feel that warning signal, "Fuck, spank me more~!" Adam begs as he drives deep into the chubby charmer's asshole.

BAM!

SMACK!

SPANK!

WHACK!

Adam moans and grunts as his bare butt turns a little pink from Thomas's hard slaps. He clenches his eyes shut as he jerked his pelvis back and forth into Greg, who is still whimpering from the rapid shots into his hole by Adam.

"Fuck... Fuck... Fuck!" Adam pushes more harshly into Greg, gaping his mouth open, before his body starts jerking wildly, "AHHH!" His dick explodes, flooding his condom. Greg coos and moans as he feels the hot white fluid through the thin plastic.

With Adam's convulsing cock still inside him, Greg lays there as Merrick moves his mouth in, and starts to lick his left nipple. "O-Oh God!" Greg moans as that blonde laps at his standing teat, "A-Ah~! Nnnhh~!" Adam bends down, and starts to suck on the other nub too.

"Ohh! Ghhh! Ahhh!" Greg's head thrashes on the pillow back and forth as his belly bobs and tightens as both of his nipples are engulfed in the embrace of greedy lips. He can only moan and whimper, even as Thomas's hand digs in, and starts to grab and rub his short dick tightly.

Unable to resist, move, or even shift in his position, with two men slurping and licking his two most sensitive weak nipples, and his dick being squeezed with his own pre and sweat by a thick, strong hand is driving him wild. Unable to do a thing while three men pleasure him at once is more than he can bare. Greg clenchs his eyes, and moans out loud as his knob swells and squirts all over Thomas's hand, and soaking Adam's hairy crotch with his hot spunk. He pants helplessly as Adam and Merrick ease down on tenderly licking and kissing his nipples.

With Merrick's lower body elevated, he moans as Adam has tucked his head into his lap, and sucks on his smooth, raging hard cock, before his hand reached up, and gently massages those loaded berries than hung below. Merrick moans out as his ass is engorged with Thomas's fat rod sliding in and out of his very tight anus.

Greg locks his mouth with Merrick's lips, spent but still relatively aroused as he rubs his hands on Merrick's defined chest and abs, rolling his tongue invasively in their hot, foggy faces. Merrick can barely make himself last too long as his meat bathes in Adam's active mouth as he bobs back and forth, working every bit he can on Merrick's 6-inch dick in his mouth while playing and rubbing on his balls.

The merman's hand clasp onto the bed's frame, barely able to keep himself up at all with the hot monster climbing in and deep inside his wet cave over and over again, or with the wild soaked tongue and cheeks dancing on his throbbing member underneath him, or the adorable human cupcake making out with him in the midst of the fuck-suck action.

Adam licks along Merrick's pole with his tongue, and his hand rubbing along his shaft before Merrick's muffled moan ran inside of Greg's mouth. His dick flexes as it juts out a powerful white splash on Adam's face! His cum splats right on Adam's cheek, painted his chin and lips, even getting into his dark hair.

Thomas pulls out of Merrick's hot ass, not far from climaxing himself. He lies back, and peels the condom right off of him. Greg immediately tucks between those dark brown thighs, and starts licking the intimate area of his sweaty ass. Thomas gasps and shudders as that hungry hot pig slurps up his deep crack, and takes one of those fat balls into his mouth.

Merrick grabs that cock like a baseball bat, and starts to squeeze it firmly. He goes to nurse on the fat, swollen cock head at the top of Thomas's shaft, and start to give fast strokes that bad boy.

Adam licks his fingers so they are both soaked, and start to work over those pitch-black nipples. Thomas moans and grunts as he squirms on the bed. His bulging pecs flex and twitch and all of his sensitive areas are worked and taken advantage of all at once, like a heated, beastly factory in the works of producing countless productions of his hot milk.

His deep voice elevates in the musty room as he struggles to make himself last longer, but that's not going too well with Adam tuning his hard nubs with his wet fingers, Merrick wringing and twisting his hands around the head and frenulum on his dick, and Greg digging his face into his balls twitching balls and hot ass.

"AHhhh! Oh fuck! GoddAAAmmnn!" He moans out, dropping his head down as Merrick felt that cock harden like a diamond rocket. His huge black rod erupts like a crazy phallic fountain! While lava spurts from his member in huge globs! He pains Adam's hair and shoulders with specs of pearly jizz, along with Merrick's blonde hair, even managing to land a blob of hot, thick man-gravy onto Greg's nose.

Panting, Thomas lays back, his whole body shiny with sweat and cum. Adam huffs as he sets himself down next to him, feeling down-right beat. Merrick groans in spent satisfaction as he places his head onto Adam's though, and nuzzles comfortably there. Greg crawls to Thomas's side and lays down, feeling that beefy arm tuck over him, and holding him close, and making him blush.

The ceiling fan spins at full power over the four men as they slowly doze off into their lustful stupor into the slumber of the afterglow.

~~~

"Hmm..." Syrinx sits on a chair on deck, with an icy Shirley Temple placed on the small table right next to her, half full of red beverage, with the cherry and pineapple still pierced with a small umbrella on the side of it. She has her hands to her face with her fingers interlaced, and her index fingers standing up as she thought deeply.

"There you are." Came Kevin's voice. She opened her eyes, and saw her boyfriend in that ridiculous white speedo with red hearts on it. She scoffs at him as he sat down.

"I thought you hated that thing." She pointed out.

"I do. But I find that I get a LOT of free drinks and stuff when I wear it around." Kevin said with a smirk as he kicked back on a beach chair.

"Oh my God, you're such a man-whore tease." Syrinx said as she puts her fingertips on her forehead.

"So what've you been up to? I haven't seen you all day, and I just missed you at the Notable Awards."

"Thinking..." The mermaid said, "About that blonde merman, you know?"

"Yeah..."

"Lately... Or, more like VERY recently," She started, "I'm not seeing the same psycho that was punching out those guys a few days ago. I don't know how to describe it, but it's like he's a different person than the first few times I saw him."

Kevin shrugged, "Maybe he's gotten over whatever's been fucking with him."

"No, I mean..." Syrinx addled with her hands, "Before, he just looked like he could break, and go on a rampage at any given moment, even when he was with his 'boyfriend'. But now, I see his eyes, and it's almost like he's halfway through a rehab program."

"Again, maybe he got everything out of his system. That happens a lot, you know."

"He just seems so... Weird. I know he's a merman, there is no mistaking that, but I can't get over how he's not changing when wet. It's disturbing me a lot more than it should..."

"That, and he fucks with guys, right? You said there isn't supposed to be such a thing as gay merfolk." Kevin said with a quirked brow.

"I never said there wasn't SUPPOSED to be gay merfolk, idiot." Syrinx said through gritted teeth, "I just said I've never heard of it before."

"Ok, cool down, babe." Kevin chuckled.

"Anyway, I've been thinking it over... And I still think he's possible dangerous..." Syrinx sighed, and looked at her mate in the eyes, "But I've decided to go and talk to him."

Kevin looked seriously at her, and then sat up, "Are you serious? Before, you were petrified to even look at him. And remember, he almost broke my arm when I went to talk to him myself."

"Things are different." Syrinx reasoned, "I don't see the fragility in his eyes anymore. And knowing YOU, you probably provoked him with your tough-guy bravado when you went to track him down." She added with irritated eyes.

"He was a tweaked out punk, I thought he needed some talking-down."

"In any case... I changed my mind, and I want to hear him out; at the Shopping Center, he said he wanted to talk to me, so I'll give him what he wants." She turned in her seat, and put her feet to the deck floor, "Besides, I want a few answers from him myself."

"... Alright, babe... But I'm sticking with you, in case he tries to hurt you." Kevin said.

"Oh, please!" Syrinx said, "After how he sprained you? Do you REALLY think you can take him?"

"Come on!! Give me a LITTLE credit!" Kevin said defensively.

"Ugh" Syrinx felt her forehead, "Lets just hope he's not a total wreck by the time we find him."

 

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