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Under New Management

And No Way to Call Home For Help

By Roy StevensPublished 4 months ago 1 min read
This is a Russian submarine following a British ballistic missile sub, but you get the idea.

We'd spent four days in the dark under the Arctic ice pack tracking a Chinese ballistic missile sub. That's when the Chief of the Boat came to me ashen faced.

"...Skipper, we got a problem!" He led me forward to the isolated sonar dome in our submarine's nose. I squeezed through the tiny hatch following the chief. "You see, it's Collins." He pointed at the crumpled figure stuffed into a hollow.

My blood ran colder than the dark, watery crypt beyond our hull. Collins was dead, two fang-like puncture wounds in his throat. We have a problem.


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Roy Stevens

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

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  • L.C. Schäfer4 months ago

    Oh no! HOW DID IT GET IN 😮😮😮

  • Donna Fox4 months ago

    Oh boy! This was a good one Roy! I was not ready for the twist that a vampire might be loose on that tiny submarine! How eery and intense! Simply genius! Will there be a part two of this one?

  • Heather Hubler4 months ago

    Oh wow, that IS a problem!! And just the picture of that submarine had me backing up in my seat. Too tight quarters for me. Great piece as you already ramped up the tension and then served up that twist :)

  • Naomi Gold4 months ago

    Haha… yeah, that’s a problem! My ex husband was a submariner. I toured his boat and got so claustrophobic. I can’t imagine being stuck on one… especially with a blood sucker.

  • Oooo, I love how unsettling and creepy this is! Simply brilliant!

  • Ah, Roy, you didn't go nuclear with this story. You went jugular!

  • Donna Renee4 months ago

    Oooooh yikes!! 😱

  • Ahna Lewis4 months ago

    Yikes! Great pacing to really build the suspense! Well done, Roy!

  • Cathy holmes4 months ago

    Yeah, that would definitely be a problem. Well done.

  • Dana Crandell4 months ago

    Oh, that's never a good sign. A real cliffhanger here, Roy!

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