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Don't tease the octopus, kids by SaburoX Don't tease the octopus, kids by SaburoX
Uwee hee hee... This is what listening to Poor Unfortunate Souls over and over inspires.

Kray huffed tiredly, letting a cool current of water fill her gills. The cephalopod merwoman had made a vow to get as much exercise as possible throughout the course of her pregnancy, and took the shortness of breath as a sign that she was on the right track.

She lived close enough to Atliana to hear her fair share of their gossip, and had heard a rather disturbing tale of an orca woman that had grown so heavy with young that she'd beached herself while sunning on an atoll. The idea of being left stranded until the tides rose enough to return to the safety of deep blue was enough to send shivers not just down her spine, but to the tips of her tendrils.

Being a descendant of the House of Architeuthidae, she knew from observation that the women in her family tended towards especially large pregnancies, both in size and quantity. Her parents had even told her that it was a small marvel that she had been born alone. To make matters even worse, since she lived in a far deeper region of the ocean than those in Atliana, she knew that her children would most likely be positively huge at birth in order to better thrive in the pressure of the depths. Hence, while her swollen middle was already more than enough to fill her arms, she was still many leagues away from birthing her unborn children.

Which made the need for exercise all the more important. While she assumed that story it was simply an exaggerated rumor, for her it was still close enough to a potential truth to cause her to give pause. And so, she decided to begin a strict diet and exercise regimen.

As a few bubbles escaped her lips as she sighed, resting her heavy bulk against one of the mysterious structures that had sunken the previous year. It had begun to rot in its final resting place and the easy denizens of Rikuo City had yet to demolish it. There was little point --they had no idea what the massive thing it was for, but it vaugely resembled their houses...except that whatever it was made of seemed to disintegrate in the seawater as time passed, and no merman or woman could be foolish enough to form dwelling such as that.

So dilapidated was the vessel that as she rested against it it splintered and gave way underneath her, causing Kray to fall sharply. She undulated her tentacles wildly in an attempt to right herself, her body flailing and jiggling about. Putting her weight against the decaying construct had another effect, as a cloud of movement suddenly surrounded her.

Flashes of motion in turquoise and silver darting about her eyes. A school of whiptails, easily her favorite sort of fish. She licked her lips as she counted them, four, eight, sixteen...It was hard enough to tabulate just how many there were because of how fast they swam in their frenzy, but there were definitely more than she could count on all her fingers and tentacles combined. They would usually be caught by the town's fisherman, but before that they were up for grabs.

Kray shrugged. Her diet could wait until tomorrow.
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MeikoMeikoPie Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
"Octo-mom"? ^ ^;
SuperBrownMan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
I'm not up for reading but sweet pic!
psychosomatic-itch Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
In Soviet Russia, tentacles get raped by YOU!
AGundam Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Hobbyist
Seafood soup is not on the menu!
GGJ2 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Granted that this is still awesome, I'm also surprised no one has made the otco-mom pun or at least post something about it.
GGJ2 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I ment "Octo"... God I fail...
vorish-chica Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
Something very delightful about the patterns here...Also, unusual variety of demi-human. I thoroughly like this.
faltz Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008
nice pic and great story. definite fav =D
themanfromhyrule Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Professional Filmographer
it amazing how you take something that would normally be a hellish nightmare and make it cute........
MeikoMeikoPie Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
a hellish nightmare?
...the octopus or her pregnancy?
themanfromhyrule Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Professional Filmographer
well if I saw a half woman half octopus creature id say id be a little scared
666jackpot Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008   Writer
ExpansionBeast Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008   Writer
EilliaSiavara Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
lol I love the allusion to Final Fantasy 6 in the title and you description (unless I am mistaken and its is just coincidence ;) )
takeya626 Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
Wow O_o that is sexy, and cool:):)
Ty22 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
Very nice.
bonnybanshey Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008   Artist
JINwaBAKA Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
A version of mer-life too rarely seen, and very well designed. ^^
PaternalInstinct Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
Love it! I always enjoy alternative mermaids, and I love squids. Since she's half-giant-squid, how big is she? Is the ship in the background to scale?
SalzigeAnanas Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
Seafood soup!

I mean, uh, lookin' good, man. Just like octopi, she has that eerie, kinda alien vibe. Still pretty, though.
EmperorBassexe Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
What I found awesome was that little reference to your Beached Marina piece! :lol: Bravo to the both of you! :clap:

Those red markings are tattos, correct? :?
OmeQuicksilver Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Must...resist.....making....a calamari....joke....
SupineDragon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Writer
Cute, but what are those things on her chest? They almost look like boobs, but they're way too small for that to be correct. ;)
Caladbolgsama Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008   Photographer
* marries her :heart: :love: :glomp: :cuddle:
Sivomaniacal Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Did no one get the Ultros reference?
Fyeten Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
Best Ultros reference I've come across.
prince-sheikah Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
LOVE the Ultros reference!
Huzzus Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Awesome in the freaky way, which isn't bad. Awesome work dood.
Julia-Jarin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Nice, the story was fun to read.
Dark-Gigatron Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wow: Now at there be a nice Octopus!
MeikoMeikoPie Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
Aye! She'd be a fine catch!
Phraxus Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
This is what I love about your work - almost every character has a wonderful personality and story behind them. I really like her design, especially her face and hair. You don't see too many cephalopod mermaids in art and fiction, let alone ones this cute.:D

Out of curiosity, are those marking on her body natural, or are they tatoos?
thebluestrike Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Interesting, it's a good picture and there are few pictures like this on DA. Looks good and if I'm right her hair are also tendrils.
Great work all in all.
KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
WOW....Eat your heart out Ursula, LOL XD!
ZR-the-hedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Soooo.... who's the pop?
Cnidarian-S5 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
I had trouble deciding whether I should fave this one or not. On one hand she looks kind of creepy, but on the other cephalopod are interesting creatures and this is an interesting design. So I ended up faving this. The story was once again great; and that orca girl reference made me think that you'd done one before, and when I checked back, sure enough, there she was.
ramzkun Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh nice. She looks very mysterious.
Fruitful-Gima Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
interesting! the breasts and belly look like an octopus head. =D
baconmaster4557676 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
PS great reference to your not so little mermaid pics from before.
baconmaster4557676 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
3rd mermaid! Very original and great colors!
eternalukyou Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
great as always darling, the story made it all the more so! keep it up I always look forward to new works!
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