#SwiftFicFriday W109 – Winner!

#SwiftFicFriday W109 – Winner!

Happy Tuesday!

Stacy Overby (@dontpanic2011) flew the highest this week and takes her fifteenth win!

Check out her story below and congratulate her on Twitter.

Congrats on your #SwiftFicFriday win @dontpanic2011! Check out her flash piece and show her some love #WritingCommunity

The hull of the tiny submersible creaked and groaned in protest. At almost 1000 meters below the surface, Dr. Rhodes pushed it almost to the breaking point. Light disappeared several hundred meters ago.

“Paul, please dim the lights so we can see who’s home. I’m still hoping to find evidence of this mythical kraken the fishermen say live here before we leave tomorrow.”

The submersible’s pilot glanced at the doctor, color having long since washed out of everything from lack of light. “We have ten more minutes before we must resurface.”

Paul pressed several buttons and the vehicle’s lights flicked out. Utter darkness enveloped everything. Weird trails of light crossed Dr. Rhodes’s eyes, though he knew they were simply his brain working to fill in the complete absence of stimulus.

Dr. Rhodes counted to five in silence. “Let’s have the lights on.”

He heard Paul sigh. A moment later, the lights flashed on. At first, the sudden flare blinded both men, but as his vision cleared, Dr. Rhodes saw something that stopped his heart.

Dr. Rhodes screamed, his hands flailing in vain attempts at action. “Jettison the ballast!”

Paul sat frozen as Dr. Rhodes shoved the pilot’s shoulder. A mass of tentacles roiled toward the clear plastic bubble at the front of the submersible. They were larger than a grown man. Dr. Rhodes couldn’t guess at their length as they twisted and roiled, reaching for the submarine.

Dr. Rhodes hit at Paul again. Paul responded, but nowhere near fast enough. He jabbed at buttons and the small craft bucked, then rose. Several massive tentacles shot out, wrapping themselves around the craft as suckers the size of dinner plates gripped them tight. The creaks became a shrieking descant to the screams of the men inside. A moment later, the lights disappeared.

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