As the big fish stories often go, one day, not too long ago, Ichthy decided to go fishing. Now Ichthy off fishing is not an unusual site as he is a fisherman after all, but today he decided to bring his fiddle to ease the time. He loves to play his fiddle as much as he loves to fish.
He went out to the most secluded dock he could find, pulled up a barrel to sit, cast his line and then started to play.
First it was the fast jigs that he knew so well.
Then he started to play softer, haunting tunes, that made a person yearn for someone to be with and share the magical moment.
On and on he played and still not a nibble on his line, but the school of fish kept getting bigger and bigger, some even leaping out of the water to see what he was doing and to better watch him play.
Finally stopping after playing a tune that even brought a tear to his eye, he heard clapping. Startled, he looked around but did not see anyone. "Anyone there?" he asked. Surely I am all alone here he thought.
Peering out a little further, he saw a flap of a fin in the water and then suddenly he saw her, a beautiful mermaid! She was attracted to his playing and had been listening with the fish.
“Please, play on. It is so beautiful,” she asked him.
Play he did, that day and many days that followed. He played for her and the fish, who were her friends. In exchange for the beautiful music, she taught him how to speak to the marine life and enchanted him with tales of adventures below the ocean waves.
Now Ichthy no longer takes his fishing pole when he goes on his trips to the docks, just his fiddle and occasionally his chalk board to help school the fish in their scales. For they are working together on a song that will make it to the Top 40's charts... and beat out the ever popular Whales' song.