Water, Water Everywhere

I went through the psychedelic pipe and out the other end landing with a big splash. Before I knew it I was deep underwater and sinking ever deeper. And worse, on impact I had accidentally swallowed a big mouthful of water. My lungs were filled with water. My body instinctively tried to regurgitate it back up but there was no air to replace it. All there was were gallons and gallons of water everywhere I looked.

My lungs were instantly burning. I needed air and I needed it quick, otherwise I’d pass out and drown. But to make matters even worse, I found I was having serious trouble figuring out which way was up and the panic that was seeping in wasn’t helping any. There was darkness all around me, but in front of me, I began to realize, was a lighter darkness. As soon as I realized that I began to swim for it, hoping with all everything I had that it wasn’t undersea lava flow that had fooled my eyes. But I really had no time to think about it. I just swam.

Just as I thought I was about to pass out, I burst through the surface of the water. I opened my mouth to breath and water came pouring out. I began coughing violently, vomiting all the water I had swallowed, as waves continued to crash over me. I struggled to stay afloat and not swallow anymore water. I knew I needed to find out where I was, but I needed to catch my breath first. Unfortunately, it didn’t look like I was going to have the chance. The waves were going to take me under before I had chance to recover.

There was water everywhere I looked, splashing over me, pulling at me, trying to take me back under, but then…there! I saw something! Something green! I think…the water splashed over…it was gone…where was…there! There it was! A tree? An island? A giant sea monster? It didn’t matter. I had to swim for it!

But before I could more than a few strokes out something large fell from the sky! I tried to get out of its way, but I couldn’t move fast enough away. The currents were to strong. It was coming down too fast! It splashed down nearly on top of me and took me under! It pulled me down under the waves with it, turning me all around, end over end. I was disoriented at first but at least this time I remembered to take a breath first.

I held my breath and immediately started looking for the surface. As soon as I found it, I began swimming straight up. I burst out of the water and took a deep breath just in time to see another object come hurtling out of the sky. As it splashed down, I went down again with it. I recovered as quickly as I could and immediately started swimming toward the surface, but as I got close I felt something large grab my leg. It wrapped around my ankle and began pulling me back down. I would’ve screamed if I hadn’t been underwater.

Whatever had me, pulled me down toward it. I fought as best I could, stomping at it with the heel of my foot, but it grabbed my other foot and held firm so I couldn’t shake it off. It was too strong. It pulled me down toward it until I was staring it dead in the eye. The eyes were angry and large. The face they were attached to were horryfing and ghoulish. The creature was truly monstrous. But, surprisingly, it wasn’t totally unfamiliar. Perhaps it was a slow realization on my part, but it eventually dawned on me that I knew who this was.

It was the Sherrif! What was he doing h…? I looked up in time to see another object splash into the water. And like that two and two made four. It was the trolls, coming in after me, dropping from the portal down into the water, just as I had done before them. They were coming in a little quicker than I would’ve liked, but they were coming in.

I signaled the Sheriff to return to the surface. He nodded and we both began to swim up, taking big gulps of air as we broke the surface. Just in time for another troll to come falling from out of the sky. The water had pushed us a bit off so at least they weren’t falling directly on us anymore.

“What’s going on?” the sheriff gasped. “Where are we?”

“I don’t know,” I replied trying to keep water out of my mouth. “I think I saw something over that…” I looked around. It was pretty hard to tell which way I had seen anything. “Somewhere.”

“Something somewhere,” the sheriff repeated, as he treaded water. “That’s not particularly helpful.”

I would’ve shrugged if I could have. “Sorry, that’s the best…”

I was then interrupted by Toleuk emerging from beneath the waves with a gigantic gasp. “Sheriff!”

He reached out and grabbed ahold of her. “I’m right here, deputy.”

“Oh, thank Giolsnda! I thought I’d lost you! Where are we, sir?”

“We’re still working on that, deputy. But first we’ve got to get…heads up!” he yelled as another troll came splashing down.

“How many more of you are coming through?” I yelled, tired of having giant bodies fall down on me.

“That should be it,” the Sheriff said, though I doubted he had been able to keep an accurate count. “But now we’ve got to go collect them all before any of those idiots drown.”

It was fortunately not hard to round them up. There were seven of us in all. Me, the Sheriff, three deputies, and Rosef the heavily pierced. Unfortunately from there, we didn’t have many choices. “Go back to the portal?” Toleuk suggested.

“No. One of my friends was sent here. That’s why there’s a portal. We have to find them. That’s why we’re here.”

“Then what are we supposed to do?”

“What about that?” Rosef asked. We all turned to see something green heading our way.

to be continued

Dimension of the Fish People

We were suddenly somewhere altogether different. The ceiling was so high that I would’ve thought it was the sky if it weren’t pink. There were no walls that I could see. The path we were on was yellow with red splotches, but there seemed to be no ground under it. The path before us raised and lowered like a series of hills, or maybe more like a roller coaster. “Where the hell are we?”

But Lu did not answer. I turned toward him and found him lying on the ground, his blood mixing with the red splotches on the path. “Wu!”

I flipped him over and checked his vitals. He was alive and nothing seemed broken, but he was bleeding and badly. I didn’t know what I could do for him. I didn’t know where we were. I didn’t know where I could take him. But I couldn’t let him die here. I tore strips from Lu’s already ripped clothes and did my best to bandage him up. There was no water to clean his wounds, but I did what I could.

While I was tying cloth around his arm, I heard a moaning sound. I looked at the prone man. The noise was not coming from him. The moans were starting to get louder. I looked around. Nothing. Where was that noise coming from? And then I looked up.

And there was a monster! A behemoth! A giant mouth coming our way! It looked like a massive wall swimming through the air! It was coming right for us, there was no question.

I tried to pick up Lu, but this body wasn’t so strong. I threw him over my shoulder and tried to run, but this body wasn’t made for running with such weight and the skywhale was closing quickly! I slipped! I was trapped in these stupid heels and I couldn’t run in them! I fell and Lu’s body went sliding ahead.

I could hear him groan in pain. I rushed to him. His eyes were open now. “Come on,” I told him hoping he could run. “We have to go!”

“Take this,” he said, handing me something, but before I could look, he waved his hand and I was thrown off the path as if by a gust of wind. As I fell, I saw the skywhale get closer. It’s mouth opened and I yelled for Lu to move, but he didn’t! He couldn’t! The skywhale was coming right for him. Fortunately, I couldn’t see the whale swallow him whole, but he and the path he had been on was gone.

The skywhale flew away, but I was still falling! I was alone with no way to stop myself. Then I noticed the thing Lu’d given began to glow! I opened my hands and I saw that it was some kind of pendant. It was glowing brightly. What had he given me? Was it a way home? I tried to shake it, to find a button or a switch. I tried to find a way to use it. I was falling and I needed to stop. There seemed no end in sight. Just endlessly falling, but I didn’t want to wait until I found the bottom.

And then the Manta People came.

There was a pack of them, a school. They had heads and arms like people, but their bodies were like manta rays. There was nothing I could do to them. I was still falling, yet they somehow seemed to have full control of their movement, as if the air were water and they were swimming through it.

They were coming for me and I had nothing to fight back with…except the pendant. I had no other hope. I held it up, wishing for some luck. The Manta People came up short, surprised at the glowing pendant. I, however, continued to fall. They began following me downward, but from a distance. One of them took a weapon from his back and aimed it at me! This was it, I knew. There was nothing I could do to avoid it, no way to move out of the way. The Manta fired his weapon. A net shot out of it and ensnared me. I realized quickly that the net was not made out of rope. It was slimy and wet. I hoped it wasn’t alive.

The Manta People circled around me, but they all kept their distance. “Hello?” I said. “My name is Fra…Fran. I need your help.” They didn’t answer me. Instead, they just turned around and swam off, pulling me behind them. There was nothing I could do, trapped in the net. All I could hope for was that they’d take me somewhere with a floor. That would have to be a better place than where I was now. That was unless they decided to eat me. I hoped they don’t want to eat me.

But we didn’t get far before the Mantas came to a stop. There was something floating in their way. It was another fish person. She looked like she were part dolphin…no, a shark. She was wearing some kind of a necklace. I noticed it because it was the only adornment I had seen any of these fish people wear. The only adornment, that is, except for the gunbelts the Manta people wore. They took their guns from their belts and pointed them at the sharkwoman.

Suddenly, the Sharkwoman let out a loud growl and she began to change. Her mouth was growing, transforming! Her teeth too! Her hands were transforming into fins! Her hair disappeared! She had transformed herself into a giant shark and she was swimming our way!

to be continued…