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From the Dark Deep

Fearful Beauty

By Roy StevensPublished about a year ago 1 min read
From the Dark Deep
Photo by Jim Beaudoin on Unsplash

Leaping into the cobalt blue, the cool Coral Sea surrounds me. I dump the last bit of air from my B.C. and sink to the bright reef below. The friendly reef sharks join me hoping for a handout I won't provide.

There toward the dark drop-off a darker shadow looms. A slowly cruising Tiger shark still swirls attention from everything else. She's seventeen feet of pelagic muscle and teeth.

Perhaps foolish, I swim alongside her. Her inner eyelid opens on my burbling image. Suddenly defecating, she swims swiftly off to the dark deep. I frightened her.

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Roy Stevens

Just one bad apple can spoil a beautiful basket. The toxins seep throughout and...

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  • Kendall Defoe about a year ago


  • Hi Roy, just checking in on you. It's been quite some time since you published. And I've not seen you comment like you usually do. Hope your doing well ❤️

  • Ahna Lewisabout a year ago

    To think, this mere diver can frighten something so powerful! You've got some excellent imagery in this one!

  • Donna Reneeabout a year ago

    That was a whole lotta story in a whole not lotta words! 🤯👏

  • That's a mean mug in the picture❗

  • Lamar Wigginsabout a year ago

    You won this round, But she'll be back and guess who's breakfast? Awesome display of your writing skills, Roy!

  • Paul Stewartabout a year ago

    oh crap! you did a sterling job getting such vivid descriptions in the word count limit! can't believe I wasn't already subscribed- I am now!

  • L.C. Schäferabout a year ago

    Thought provoking and vivid 😁 Good luck in the challenge 😁

  • Naomi Goldabout a year ago

    Oh shit…

  • Testabout a year ago

    LOL! I am sooooo afraid of deep water. The ocean horrifies me beyond explanation. However, I love the concept that even an apex predator may fear us… since we, too, are unknown to them.

  • Donna Fox (HKB)about a year ago

    Roy your descriptive language was breath taking! I could vividly see the shark swimming along side you and feel the tension of thrill in my chest as you took me on this journey with you! So well done!

  • Heather Hublerabout a year ago

    Well damn, I think I'd be on the same page as the shark, lol!! I loved the unexpected twist of the home-turf predator being unsettled in that scenario. Wonderful work :)

  • Cathy holmesabout a year ago

    She knows humans are trouble. Great story.

  • Oh no, poor sharky. You made her poop herself 🤣🤣🤣

  • Dana Crandellabout a year ago

    The tables turned! Good one Roy!

  • There are some bragging rights. Not only did you frighten a shark, you made it crap itself!

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