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Binary Sea – The Sea King’s Bride

Once upon a time the dark sea king fell in love with a girl. She was not a great beauty; she was in fact, rather ordinary. But day after day she stood on the docks gazing out at the dark sea and the dark sea king fell in love with her wistful look. He watched her and imagined she looked towards the sea and longed with all her heart to be a part of the sea. And he thought of how he could grant her that wish while making her his. 

He didn’t think to talk to her or ask her why she looked to the sea. 

Now, kings are often impulsive and selfish creatures and the dark sea king is more selfish than most. After all, he is a dark king. (Do you see where this is heading? I never said this was a love story.)

One day the king’s desires for the girl grew so great he could no longer stand it. As she stood looking out at the sea, the king sent a great wave to snatch her up and deliver her to his castle. The wave surrounded the girl and dragged her out, out, out to sea and down, down, down into the depths. 

His castle was a very long way down. 

The girl was human and, as we all know, humans can’t breathe under water like a fish or sea king. The girl drowned long before she reached the castle. 

The king got his bride and the girl drowned. 

The dark sea king didn’t mind. He finally got his bride and the entire castle danced long into the night. 

And then, in the morning, the entire castle feasted. 

The dark sea king’s bride still decorates the castle hall. 

Oh come my love and swim with me, out in this vast, binary sea…


  • Watercolour pencils
  • Derwent Inktense ink pencils
  • Neocolor II wax pastels
  • Liquitex paint
  • Golden paint
  • Faber-Castell Pitt pen

Here is the link to today’s art. Title from Death  Cab for Cutie’s song, Binary Sea. Story and painting my own. 

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