Finally gave up and paid the exorbitant fee. I need the connection too much to make due with sipping from the public lounge at odd hours. So here are Tuesday and Wednesday; Thursday will have to be later on today, because I'm running two games tomorrow and I should really get some sleep at some point.
George choked and spluttered to the surface, tasting chlorine, pee, and used Band-Aids. Becky floated nearby. She regarded him solemnly.
“The octopus is one of the smartest creatures in the ocean,” she said. Behind her, painted numbers announced the depth. Ten feet, twenty... George stopped at the middle five thousands.
“It is a voracious predator, strong and tough,” Becky went on. “Its beak can shear through bone.”
The pool deepened into shadows. George could no longer see the bottom.
“It has protective camouflage,” said Becky. “You never see it coming.”
Something slipped around George's ankle.