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Alexander MacCodrum belongs to a race of shape-shifting sea creatures living on Scotland’s Isle of Skye. When Jenna MacLeod unknowingly adds seven tears to the salt of the sea, she accidentally unleashes an ancient charm that catches the transformed Selkie unawares. Under this binding spell, Alex must win Jenna’s heart, or the pain of unrequited love will drive him to take his own life. Unfortunately for Alex, Jenna hasn’t come to Skye looking for love and it will take the force of a hurricane to bring them together. But worse, Jenna’s violent ex-boyfriend has found her at last and Carl has made it perfectly clear – if he can’t have her, no one can.
Setting the Stage:
Beatrix, Lachlan, and Gavin MacCodrum discuss their brother Alex’s odd behavior that morning. Jenna MacLeod is staying at their inn, and whatever occurred between her and their brother the night before has created a notable tension. In fact, Jenna is completely avoiding him, and that’s causing Alex to be anxious. His siblings see that as completely out of character. A terrible revelation is coming.
Changing the topic to Alex’s unusual interest in Jenna MacLeod, Bea told them how Alex was fishing for information yesterday when he came home from the sea. “He saw her scattering the ashes when he was out sunning on the rocks. I think he was moved by her tears.”
“What makes ye say that?” Lachlan asked sharply.
“What, that she was keening at the water’s edge? Makes sense no? It was her grandmother’s ashes they were sprinkling on the water and…” Eyes growing large, Bea gasped and put her hand to her mouth. “Oh my lord! Ye don’t think…”
Lachlan frowned. “It wouldn’t be the first MacCodrum caught that way.”
Gavin shook his head, “What are ye both going on about?”
“The legend Gavin. The Legend of the Seven Tears.” Bea explained.
“No.” Gavin’s shoulders dropped. That kind of charmed longing would eat Alex alive if Jenna didn’t return the sentiment. “But you’re right! It’s happening now. I’ve never seen him like he was this morning. His glamor was coming’ on and he wasn’t even fighting it, did ye see? I’ve never seen him in such a state around a woman before.”
“That’s true. I nudged him under the table so he could stop before Jenna saw the change.” The elder warned them both, “Listen, don’t ye even think about telling him…”
Concerned for Alex, Gavin said, “But she’s avoiding him Lachlan, in the long run it will break his heart.”
Lachlan frowned. It would indeed. This was auld magic. So auld it was the stuff of fairy tales. If Jenna MacLeod cried seven tears into the sea with Alex nearby, it was a binding contract of love or obsession – lasting love if he could win her heart, obsession and eventual suicide if he couldn’t. “If he doesn’t figure out a way to win her over, it will kill him.” Lachlan’s frown deepened. “And damn it all, there’s nothing the three of us can do about it.”
Not one to shirk from intrigue, Beatrix MacCodrum tapped a finger to her chin. “Maybe there is.”
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What an interesting premise! Is this part of selkie legend?
I believe so. I found this little tidbit while researching. I also discovered the MacCodrum clan still claims Selkie blood. I like adding established legend into my stories. Thanks for stopping by Joselyn. 🙂
Fascinating! I hope to read more of this story in weeks to come.