#39 The Dive

By Harmony Stalter

Carolina had been on 50 dives. To her, solo dives where more exciting. Diving off the coast of Florida allowed her to see so many wonders. The beautiful, rusty, orange coral peeking up through the floor of the crystal, blue waters and the many different colors of fish swimming all around her always gave her joy. She found a cave and began to explore it.

There was a small opening in the cave above her. She could see the water above with bright white of the sky. A shadow passed overhead.

Curiosity and fear took over. She was afraid the shadow may have been a shark. What she found was something completely different. A boat of pirates had stopped just past where the cave was. She could see them diving one by one into the ocean and headed her way. She swam back toward the cave, swimming deeper into the confines of the cave than she had before. She came upon what she believed the pirates were after. There was jewelry hidden in the cave. She heard their approach. There was only one way in or out of the cave. Panic set in. She tried to hide in the shadow of the water. One of the men had an underwater light. He shined it around the cave, spotting her. One of the men swam toward her. Her back was against the wall. She kicked and failed her arms wildly. He smashed her head against the back wall. All went dark.

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Sam Knight said...

A sudden, shocking end to what starts out as a wondrous adventure. Very nice change up. Nice use of colorful imagery, bringing the depths to life.

Unknown said...

Thank you, Sam. I appreciate the comment.

Unknown said...

Cool, Harmony! If this is an official submission (a contest, maybe?), there is a misspelled word and at least one unnecessary comma. ;) (I know, I know...the teacher critiques...) Wishing you GRAND success!!! ~Prof Laurie


JRVogt said...

Makes me think of a scene that could be part of an adventure novel.

Unknown said...

Thank you, Prof. Laurie, for leaving constructive criticism. It is very much appreciated.

Thank you, JR. I appreciate you taking the time to read my entry and leave a comment on it. I am happy to know that you feel it could be a part in an adventure novel.

Laura Howe said...

Nice scene setting. I'm left wanting to read more, is she dead? Is she taken captive? Do they leave her after sinking her boat?

Unknown said...

Thank you, Laura, for taking the time to read my entry and leave a comment. I really appreciate it.