Musical notes, low on the female register and hummed in a singular pattern, resonated in Finley’s body. Their peaceful sound steadied her as she removed the dangerous heat from her savior’s hip, with the cold hands of a healer.
She, Finley ‘Fiona’ Fairaday, yea she’d get her alliterative parents for that one if they were still around, was right this moment laying hands on a real-life Loch Ness. She wondered at the life of this unusual and beautiful sea monster.
“Sivakka,” she murmured to the quietly resting warrior woman. “Thank you for saving me down in that tunnel.”
Warmth returned to her hands, signaling the end of the healing. The flesh beneath her fingers was once again healthy and hale, soft and pink. There would be no scaring on either her human or sea monster body. If she’d had even an ounce of unnecessary fat, that would have been gone as well. That secret, Finley kept close to her chest. Imagine if the female, and maybe even male, populace knew that dolphin shifters could correct a surplus of human deficiencies, just with the touch of a hand.
Every one of her brethren was different in their healing ability. Some could bring back the senses, others could heal the bones, but the really lucky ones could cure diseases. She, though, was stuck with the vainest one of all. She could make people skinny. It would be a fine “extra” ability to have, if she could help those who needed a reduction in weight for health reasons, but from the little she’d seen of humans, she knew those who would seek her assistance would be the ones who needed it the least. Her life would become forfeit to the vain and not be worth living, enslaved and used as a tool.
“Such deep thoughts crossing those brilliant green eyes of yours, Finley Fairaday.” Sivakka touched her cheek and a gentle vibration eased through her, lifting her spirits just slightly. “Anything you would like to share, sweet dolphin?”
“No, I can’t.” Finley wondered if the sea monster knew she also had a healing touch. Though faint, it was still there, waiting to be tapped.
“Very well then. I will thank you for your beautiful work and I promise you this, you have my protection and affection, friends shall we be.”
Finley stared up at her wonderful new friend and smiled; grateful she had made the journey even if it had almost killed her. She was in a new place and had a fabulous new friend and just perhaps in this town of shifters she could find a new love as well.
“Thank you, Sivakka.”
“Come, Finley.” Sivakka offered her a hand up with a smile as dazzling as a playful electric eel. “Let us go and introduce you to a few new folks and a certain alpha manager I just know would love to meet you.”