Something in the Water

Something in the Water

There was something in the water.

She gripped the edge of the boat so hard her hands cramped. Below, something stirred among the murk. Something fleet and strange and many-armed.

She should row away but it was large — too large to escape.

A glistening tentacle, pimpled with suckers, burst out of the water and waved in the air a moment, tapered tip curling.

She stared up at it, eyes wide with terror.

It descended toward her face.

And very gently booped her nose.

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