The Word of the Day comes from "SALT AND SKIN" by Eliza Henry Jones which is longlisted for the 2023 INDIE BOOK AWARDS.
Selkies are creatures that are found in the myths and folklore of Scotland, Ireland and Iceland. By shedding their skin the selkie has the ability to transform from seal to human. It is believed that selkies are good natured and amiable, saving fisherman who have fallen overboard into the sea. Humans, taking advantage of their nature and beauty, would capture them while they shed their skin and luxuriated on the beach. A selkie cannot return to the sea without its skin. So once a human captured a selkie they could keep the selkie trapped in human form by hiding the skin, preventing them from escaping to sea.