100 Theme Challenge: 5Unbreakable
It took me a second to shake my joy-induced high, but once I did I realised I was pretty much alone. Everyone was busy with something or someone else. I started swimming back to the boat as fast as I could. I'd lost the boy once, I wasn't going to loose him again.
I found the boat, it hadn't moved. I couldn't see the boy, he must be on top. I swam to the surface to find him.
"Boy?" I called out, hoping he would hear me, even if he couldn't understand me. "Human!"
I splashed about trying to get his attention. It must have worked because a moment later his face appeared over the side of the boat. But it wasn't the boy, it was a little girl. She stared at me, silent. Then suddenly, with no warning, screamed as loud as she could.
It hurt my ears so I covered them and I dove back under the waves. I waited a minute for her to leave before I resurfaced. She was still there but she had stopped screaming, and there was an adult Human with her. They were talking excitedly wh
100 Theme Challenge: 4Rivalry
The Human was still looking away from me. I stopped before I reached him, my nerves making me shake all over. I stretched out my hand to touch his shoulder, I had to see his face. But before I could touch him he turned and I caught his eye. I could see through his mask and into his eyes.
It was him. I let out the breath I'd been holding. He looked me up and down with surprise and excitement. His face broke out in the smile I remembered.
He held out his hand and I placed mine against it and my heart swelled. His eyes started to leak and bubbles exploded from his mouth. We both smiled at each other, but his wavered a bit when he saw my pointed teeth. He pointed towards to surface and began to swim upward.
"Shir-El!" Cal grabbed my shoulder. "What are you doing!?"
"I-I-" I couldn't talk. I was so happy. But I couldn't process anything other than joy. "I found him..."
"You let a Human see you! What's wrong with you!? We're going back to the pod," Cal was angry. But I didn't
100 Theme Challenge: 3Making History
"I will go with you!" I called after Cal. I looked at the chief meekly for approval. He nodded after a time and I swam excitedly after Cal.
"Be careful, Shir-El!" he called.
"I will keep an eye on him, Aba." Cal assured.
We swam hard and fast back out to deep waters around the black gunk. It was nice, not having a pod to wait for. I swam as fast as I wanted and there was nothing to slow me down. Cal kept with me, he never swam ahead or fell behind. I asked him about his mate and he said they were expecting guppies within four moons.
As we passed the oil drill, Cal told me we were only half way through. "We still have another few miles of oil further out and then we'll have to swim all the way back to shore once we get around it, and Danu Talis is still a day's swim from there."
I nodded in comprehension, but something caught my eye."What's that?"
Cal turned to look. Far ahead of us was what looked like a boat directly in front of us. We surfaced to get a
100 Theme Challenge: 2Complicated
I stretched out on my belly and rested my chin on my arms, reminiscing.
"Shir-El," my mother's voice sounded in my mind. She was nearby but she preferred using telepathy for some reason. "It's time to go."
Our pod was migrating like we did every year and our small pitstop had just ended. Time to move on. I didn't look at Mother as I swam back towards the rest of the pod, we hadn't really been getting along these past few days and I wasn't ready to make up yet.
As we swam close to the shore with a pod of dolphins the scouts returned from a dark cloud far ahead. They brought news of an oil spill a couple of miles ahead. The pod had come to a stop and there was a hum of conversation with occasional squeaks and clicks from the dolphins. Words of fear, anxiety, and anger. More than one voice rose over the crowd cursing the Humans.
I swam over to the chief who was talking to the scouts. "Aba," I said. "What are we going to do?"
"We cannot go through, it's too risky. Can we
100 Theme Challenge: 1Introduction
My name is Shir-El...
I was swimming through a nearby reef like any other summer day... The sun was beating down on the water, so hot I could feel it's warmth several meters below the surface.
Lying on a stretch of coral, putting my hands behind my head, I sighed, and as I did a stream of bubbles arose from my throat. I loved the warm days. Don't get me wrong, I love winter time, too-- Not that it's much different below-- but I like the warmer days a little bit more.
I looked down at my tail, shimmering opal in the summer sun, and thought of him...
It was a warm day like this, years ago. I'd swam to this reef a few miles off shore, see? And there was this Human couple on a boat. I was a kid, okay? I see something I'm supposed to stay away from unsupervised, what do you think I'm gunna do?
I swam up to it and there was this Human boy. He was my age and he... he looked like me, but not. Our features were freakishly similar, but his skin was darker and his hair