[Taocow PBEM] Book 3 - Chapter III
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Tue Jul 27 06:26:23 BST 2010
Alex suggests, "We may want to try to go for the tunnel.
She keeps a careful watch on the mini-submarine if she can.
Aaron Clausen wrote:
> "The votes seem to be for the shipwreck." Louissa says, biting
> her lip, obviously nervous as she glances between the wreck
> and the surface above. With a sigh, she steers the boat
> towards the wreck, with a bit more skill, but with no ease.
> As they close in on the wreck they can see more clearly the
> kind of ship it once was, some sort of vast tanker. It looks to
> have been torn almost in half, it's hull stretched like butter
> spread too thin. It looked more like it had been pulled apart
> than cut into or damaged by explosion.
> The vast maw of its split hull opens up before them, the interior
> black as night. A large basking shark looks at them indifferently
> as they enter the ruined ship's hull, and suddenly all light is
> Louissa fumbles for the lights, and the enormous interior
> is revealed. Details are difficult to see, with the inner hull
> encrusted. Louissa moves the boat as deep into the
> interior, as far as she dares, and gently sets the boat down
> on to the sediment-covered floor. She turns the lights out
> in the hopes of avoiding being seen.
> Minutes pass without any sign of anything. Those minutes
> turn into half an hour. Suddenly there is a distant sound,
> a faint pinging. It comes and goes, and then, after perhaps
> a half an hour it disappears.
> It has now been a full hour under the water, and everyone
> begins to feel a little faint, the air growing heavy and
> stale. A red light begins to blink on the console, and a
> voice speaks urgently in a strange language.
> "We've got to get out of here and to the surface." she
> says. "I think we're running out of air."
> Even as Louissa speaks, they see beams of light in the
> distance, outside the sunken ship but sweeping back
> and forth. Those with sixth sense feel danger, but it's
> not necessary, the party seems stuck between a rock
> and a hard place.
> One of the beams flashes over top of their boat,
> narrowly missing illuminating them. It does, however,
> seem to illuminate something further back in the
> ruined hold of the wreck. There's another vessel,
> a small submarine by the looks of it, about twenty
> feet long, height hard to determine because it's
> buried in sediment. After the beam of light
> moves away, the sub disappears into the blackness,
> but everyone can almost swear they see a red light
> start blinking from the direction of that sub.
If people are good only because they fear punishment and hope of reward,
then we are a sorry lot indeed -
- Albert Einstein, German-born American Physicist
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