"See the mermaid dance! Gentle light from the pearls, overbearing light from the spotlight, and even a timid light emanating from the mermaid herself. A disorder of light and limbs blended together, and when Elva somersaulted, the crowd cheered and egged her on, while some people even threw coins over the railing into the tank. A young couple queued from morning to night, going in with their son four times. Interviewed on television, the boy looked straight at the camera and said his first word: ‘Mermaid.’” —From Ren Xiaowen’s “I Am Fish,” in Issue 6(art credit: Xiao Bao)

"See the mermaid dance! Gentle light from the pearls, overbearing light from the spotlight, and even a timid light emanating from the mermaid herself. A disorder of light and limbs blended together, and when Elva somersaulted, the crowd cheered and egged her on, while some people even threw coins over the railing into the tank. A young couple queued from morning to night, going in with their son four times. Interviewed on television, the boy looked straight at the camera and said his first word: ‘Mermaid.’” 

—From Ren Xiaowen’s “I Am Fish,” in Issue 6
(art credit: Xiao Bao)

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