Various myths in France feature Melusine (origining around 1300 C.E), but they all take roots in the same imagery.
Melusine was a splendid young woman, sitting alone in a forest by a fresh stream of water until a nobleman finds her by accident (whether lost in his hunting campaign or escaping the grief of his uncle's death.) The woman was fair-haired, her feet and hands nimble and soft, and when the sire Raymondin saw her and heard her gentle voice, he deeply fell in love with her and quickly asked for her hand.
The sole condition to their union: never try to see her on Saturdays. Raymondin was too infatuated to even think about challenging her, and for years their marriage was wonderfully happy. Melusine gave birth to ten healthy sons, gave her husband a prosperous domain and fostered jealousy in their neighbours' hearts. One Saturday evening, Raymondin's own brother spoke up about his wife's absence, deliberately insinuating Melusine was carrying an affair on Saturdays under the blessing of her ignorant husband.
Enraged, Raymondin hurried to his wife's chambers and spied through the keyhole in the hope to catch Melusine's lover. Melusine was sitting on the edge of her bath, naked, yet not with another man. The top half of her body was fair, perfectly human although under her bellybutton, a fishtail or a snake tail was slithering under the water of the tub, scaly and monstrous. And when she spotted the eye of Raymondin, her howl resonated in the castle. Grabbing her clothes, she swiftly jumped from the window where she was seen flying away to Avalon, not before predicting the demise of their lineage in less than a century and a day.
Ever since, you can spot Melusine floating around the castle of Lusignan, and hear her wailing in Poitou's chimneys upon her descendants' death.
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