The Assemblage, Pt. 6 of 16. Nadine burst through the surface of the water gasping and assumed her companion had made her way to the shore and joined the others when she and the plastic jug were not in view of her clearing eyesight. The hostile cryptozoan clearly saw her treading water, briefly resting, and moved ahead for the kill almost three meters, until it was distracted just in time by dull thumping noises from the boat below. From behind, it watched her enter into a fine crawl stroke and swim away before it used its membranous tunic to descend for a more sinister investigation.
Samantha had recovered her senses and promptly felt fear through them but did not make the sounds. Her small room was a tossed shambles nearly a quarter of the way filled with water and leaking more in along the now-horizontal door frame. The lock of the door itself fortunately held fast, but the overall seal of it had been weakened. Now
The Assemblage, Pt. 5 of 16. There was more scraping noise as the boat was accelerated. It turned some and tore free of the massive rough obstacle, to finally enter the deeper water of the cove, but it sustained extensive damage. In less than half a minute, a large gash running most of the length of its hull on one side allowed water to rapidly fill its inner spaces with the exception of one, to thus spare a life. "Nereid's Pride" was very fast becoming Neptune's refuse.
The crystal clear seawater chased Bella out of the stairway and pushed her onto the deck. Her contemporary professional attire was all soaked and heavy, but before she could inform the others of Dorothy and Samantha's status, the sinking boat began a roll to the left. The captain shouted at them to get off of it fast before he slipped in haste on the same side of the protective top enclosure. He had tried to take them as close to the stee
The Assemblage, Pt. 4 of 16. Less than fifty seconds after Kaylah was seen making her dive, the other swimmer's head popped above the surface of the water. At first, the others did not know who she was and loudly cheered as her arms waved at them. Then, she swam rapidly toward the boat with a much more skillful crawl stroke until she was beside the smooth hull of it. They next became silent and concerned, knowing that something went wrong.
She struggled toward the hanging metal ladder, sputtered, and said, "Help me! Please, you must . . . help me."
"Don't be scared no more, girl. We got you now," Jesse said and moved closer to the open rail, carrying a heavy blanket.
"Yeah, but what about Kaylah?" Tom quickly said. "Where's she at?"
"I . . . I don't know," she voiced back.
The Assemblage, Pt. 3 of 16. Kaylah adjusted her glasses and pursed her shiny lips at them before she quickly stepped over the rail and jumped into the water. They moved toward the side of the boat fast too and watched her surface amidst a cloud of bubbles and cough. Jesse was practically having a fit of anger and stressed that he was not responsible for her outrageous behavior, but Jack calmed him by informing them that he was poised with the floatation ring. About half of them still clapped and cheered her onward.
Kaylah looked like a slender sinewy insect with big gleaming eyes in the clear seawater and said, "C'mon in. The water ain't cold at all. Let's see who can get to her first."
She did a brief bubbly bob and began swimming toward the mystery woman good but without much skill -- obviously self-taught in the exercise. Tom made a move to get "the crazy female," as Jesse d
The Assemblage, Pt. 2 of 16. "What's wrong? Something happen back there?" Jesse said. "Speak up now."
"Nothing serious. Jack showed his fangs at Kathy instead of Nadine. That's all."
"No, Hank," the slender tall woman with curly auburn hair quickly said. She was the most conscientious of the group. "It was just a fish or something jumping a bit out of the water. Stop teasing."
"It was nothing serious . . . regardless. So, you can go flirt with 'boom-boom' Bella over there . . . near Tom, now that we all know . . . she's an unfit mother," Kaylah added, before hiccuping loudly.
They burst into a roaring laughter again, and the attention-directed woman shook her well-developed bosom at them, especially her in response, while donning a sly smile without any concern. After a couple of them cla
The Assemblage, Pt. 1 of 16. The yacht "Nereid's Pride" and its ten passengers, four men and six women, were on an evening pleasure cruise when they encountered a sudden change in the weather. All had left port over two hours ago to privately celebrate a birthday party under clear refreshing conditions away from the congested city, but a warm smothering blanket of dense fog surrounded and ingested them, like some voracious shapeless predator on a silent crafty hunt. They seemed to have gotten in its way as more of an obstacle, and although almost everyone was below deck, its presence and effects did not go unnoticed for long.
One of the passengers came up a small stairs and moved beside the frustrated navigating captain of the vessel and said, "What's wrong up here, Jesse? The lights below blinked, and the radio on the stereo is picking up nothing but a whole lot of static."