Nights Under the Pacific StarsChapter 1Nights Under the Pacific Stars in Fantasy More Like This
Alek tried to sleep as the boat gently rocked on the waves. The soft ocean breeze was cool and gently blew his honey golden hair. The others quietly slept, curled up in somewhat comfortable positions. The reef was so beautiful, filled with dozens of colors, but they couldnt find a place to take a dive and their scuba equipment lay as dry as it had when they rented it. Alek plucked some crumbs from their sandwich lunch and dropped them slowly into the water, watching a rainbow of fishes rise up and nibble. The water was still despite the breeze and Alek lazily drew a finger in the water, making small ripples across the glassy surface. It stung at first because his hands were slightly cut up by rowing the wooden oars and his delicate, skinny arms and hands were not as callous and muscled as his friends, who looked like they pumped lead for a living.
Alek sighed and glanced at his watch. The trip was turning out a little too boring.
Something touched his wrist.
A fish, Ale
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Alek awoke with a sleeping Alexis next to him. Her golden hair sparkled alone because her aqua eyes were hidden by her eyelids. Her lithe legs moved slowly under the covers, gently brushing Aleks. The boy made sure that his pants were still on. Although Alexis had demonstrated nothing more than a platonic love with him, there was still the chance
His pants remained on his legs. Good.
Alek slid a hand and froze. He felt a wet spot.
How did that get there? he wondered and looked up.
There was water dripping from the ceiling.
Alek breathed in relief. This sea witch really did love him, otherwise she would have simply taken advantage of him during the night.
Alexis? he caressed her leg.
She smiled with her eyes still closed and made a sigh.
Wake up. he pushed her gently. Iveweve got to go.
Five more minutes. she pleaded.
We leave in five minutes. Alek got up and threw a shirt on. He dashed
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"Come on." Alek urged.
"Coming," sighed Alexis. She was clutching a towel around her body.
"What's wrong?" Alek asked. "Is the bathing suit uncomfortable?"
He pulled off his towel to show his swimming trunks. White hibiscuses shone like mirrors, stinging the eyes.
"You feel overdressed?" Alek laughed.
Alexis stuck out her tongue. "Cloth is less comfortable than flesh, let's just say that."
"Ah." Alek said as she pulled off her towel. Red hibiscus on a bikini. "You look beautiful anyways."
Alexis smiled brightly and touched his cheek.
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The television in the kitchen was on the islands local news station when Alek entered. He slapped a messy omelet onto a plate and devoured it.
Are you okay, Alek? his mother asked concernedly.
Alek said nothing, but his mind kept replaying the red dot on his chest. It was so close, too soon to die, but what scared him most of all was that he wouldnt see his family or his friends again.
Alek shivered. Yeah.
Your father said something happened last night.
Mmm-hmm Alek mumbled through egg.
On the TV, the camera panned out from the anchorman revealing a bald man with glasses and a yellow vest. Alek could imagine him playing golf or teaching at a college.
"Now we bring you Dr. Beckins. Doctor, why is this happening?"
"Right now, we&
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Alek awoke to the sound of the ocean, its breeze and tide bringing harmony of natures infinite orchestras to his ears. He yawned, put on some slippers, slid out of bed, crawling down the stairs to the kitchen.
His mother was at the stove and laughed when he appeared.
Your hair! she managed, almost letting a piece of bacon complete its transformation into an oily charcoal.
Yeah, yeah. Alek said, pulling out a box of cereal.
His mothers eyebrows arched.
Dont you want to she motioned to the bacon and pancakes.
Aleks eyes snapped wide open. Oh!
Before the pointless debate could continue, the doorbell rang.
Ill get it. Alek rose from his seat.
He went to the door and peeked into the peephole. It was Alexis. She was wearing a summer dress. He wondered where she got it from. It couldnt have been from a sunken ship; otherwise she
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Beckins's eyes were as wide as was biologically possible. His perspiration was starting to mass into droplets on his face as he examined his subject.
It was scientifically impossible. There was no way that a body that was more or less human could be fused with that of another species. The squid wasn't even a vertebrate; did her bones just disappear below the waist? It was a marvel.
Alexis lay strapped to the gurney, still unconscious.
Vince walked by, holding an icepack to the back of his head. He extended a sausage-sized finger and poked a tentacle.
"Weird." was all he could say.
"Indeed." Beckins agreed. "This is something unique."
Maddox threw his arms up in the air. "I don't care what it is. Will it make money?"
Beckins sighed. He had discovered a new species, perhaps the only other sentient beings on the planet. And here Maddox was still counting his pennies. But, unfortunately, he was still the boss.
"From the discovery itself, I do not anticipate much profit. However, as w
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They were back on the shore. The sun had just set, but its orange glow still hovered in the horizon. Alek slapped at his neck, feeling the gills disappear.
That was interesting. he coughed.
Alexis made a confused face.
Oh, come on! Im the first human to see Atlantis in ten-thousand years.
The sea witch rolled her eyes. Oh, yeah.
Alek shook his head. It was really too much. After meeting Alexis, he had been to expect the unexpected, but this was something beyond. He was surprised to be surprised.
Are you okay? Alexis raised an eyebrow and laughed. Maybe you need to rest?
Alek snapped out of his brief stupor.
Alexis moved close to him. A tentacle rose up, fell on his chest and slid off back to the ground. She made a pleasured sigh and pulled his head down, playing with his ears a little.
Tomorrow, I guess. she said and pecked his forehead.
He walked towards his
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The speedboat sliced through the waves like a knife.
Jenny was at the helm, ignoring the rain beating down on her raincoat.
Evan pulled out a map of the keys and circled a group of dots.
"This is where the ship will have to pass to get to international waters." he shouted.
Alek nodded. "So what?"
"If we can head them off here, maybe they won't see us on the radar."
"With the fog and all, we'll look like one of those rocks. On the radar, at least." Joe agreed.
They all looked at Jenny.
"That's where I was heading." she said impassively.
Robert sighed. "You planned this already."
"I didn't want to say anything, since you guys were feeling proud about your plan, but yes." Jenny grinned.
"How is the prisoner holding up?" Maddox asked.
Beckins clicked a remote and the large screen in the study switched to a camera view of the ship's laboratory.
The squid-girl sat in the middle of the cube, looking unsurprisingly downcast.
"She's a beauty." Maddox said with a whistle. "I say, Doc, if I
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Alek and Alexis walked along the pier towards the end. Alexiss hair blew gently in the breeze. Her eyes shone in the early afternoon sun and Alek could not stop looking at their aqua glow. In the distance, a dolphin leapt out of the water, returning to the sea with a tremendous splash.
The view always seems nice here. Alexis commented.
It is. Alek agreed. I always go here when I need to think.
Alexis smiled coyly.
You wondering where I go?
Alek glanced out to sea. Sure. Isnt that what were going to do?
The sea witch laughed and grasped the knife and squid tattoo. A second later, her legs split into their squid counterparts, spreading across the wood like a black cloud. She pulled them a little closer to each other to regain the height lost. Once again at eye level, she held Aleks hand.
Uh how am I going to bre- Alek began, but they were already over the edge, hurt
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So, til what chapter did you answer the questions to? Jenny asked.
Huh? Alek snapped out of his daydream into the bustling cafeteria.
You did do the homework for English, right?
Jenny sighed deeply.
Alek, over the past few days, youve been acting really strange, she looked up. But dont worry, I wont tell.
Alek looked puzzled. What?!!
Oh come on. I know when this happens. Even my psychology classes are supporting my assumption: youre seeing someone.
Okay, so Im a little love struck, whats it to you?
Nothing, really. I just enjoy observing your reactions to my apparently correct assumption.
Like watching bugs under a magnifying glass.
Exactly. Jenny smiled and took a bite of a burger.
If youre so smart, why are you eating that greasy thing?