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"It Rains Underwater" by Ethan Onley

"Xenocthulhu – Cthulhu" in the style of H.R. Giger, by Ilya Suhoi



As the gargantuan statue sat still, the water around the sand and rock covered temple barely shifted with the waves, seemingly hundreds of feet above. And yet this omniscient light still shone through the water. Solemnly sitting in the spacious moss consumed and slick space, he awaited. The statue, alive, a god, a monster. It did not matter. Unaware of time ticking around, he pondered, although mere murmuring of in-cohesive syllables aloud for the first time in what would be now? 50 years? A century? Who knows? But now a gargling, gurgling sound had emerged from the depths of the crater. Why now? Why after this prolonged sleep must I wake in these times?

*

The diver found himself turning in the water towards the darkest part of the sea. All of a sudden, a voice came into his mind, "Who are you to question me?" He’d been out in the ocean many times before. But he had never experienced this.


Only seconds after hearing these remarks in my mind, from what I knew to be at least 30 miles away from him, I heard a response. Never knew I would end up dealing with all-knowing sea gods. I was petrified. I don’t get it. I wish I could bring someone, but I didn’t want to have to make anybody else bear this.


My clunky SCUBA suit fell farther down until it was visually on par with swimming through a tar pit. But then it became to feel like one.


Thicker and sludgier it grew, as I fell, which felt as if I were slowing down. My arms started to get drowsy in a way, an unusual feeling that I had never felt before. Blankness and numbness surrounded me, surrounded my body.


I still felt as if I were falling, ever so slowly, but my mind was both an endless void of thoughts and a blank blackened canvass.


I don’t get this.


And then the void had me.




Ethan Onley, (class of 23) plans on welding after school. Onley enjoys listening and playing music.


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