A crushing weight sits on top of me. Surrounding me is nothing but darkness. I can’t see, but I know I’m being smothered. The last memory I have is that of my friends looking back at me and laughing.
“Hurry up already! Stop splashing around and get back in the boat!” The voice sounded distant and echoed through the bubbles.
My eyes open. All around me is empty space, wavering and rippling in a dizzying dance. I know my friends are near, but I can’t see them.
My chest is burning, and I just want to scream. Instinctively, I open my mouth. Water pours into my throat and I choke, trying to spit it back out. I close my mouth again, but I can’t seem to get rid of the water I’ve swallowed. My lungs feel like they’re collapsing in on themselves.
Somewhere far, far above me, I hear the sound of a motor. There’s an ethereal light filtering through the watery expanse, but it’s too far away to reach. I flail my arms up and down, hoping I can swim back up and breathe some air.
Something heavy crashes into my leg and sends me tumbling. I’m facing the opposite direction now and I see nothing below me. The light filters down into the bottomless pit below until it disappears into the inky blackness. The emptiness is vast and indifferent to my suffering.
I can feel myself growing faint. I haven’t breathed in how long I don’t know, but it feels like hours. Below, I see a giant shape contrasted against the darkness, watching and waiting for me.
My vision blurs and I see long, snake-like arms burst from the depths below.