Beyond the Salish Sea

All Rights Reserved ©

Summary

Genre:
Adventure / Mystery
Author:
Clara Kingsley
Status:
Work in progress
Chapters:
10
Rating:
5.0 1 review
Age Limitation:
16+

Prologue

For Q and Barney- My best friends and most favorite seals.


The ocean is a grand world surrounding our own. It’s a paradise mostly untouched and unseen, unless you’re lucky enough to be one of its inhabitance. Most people would describe it in various shades of blue, but there’s so much more to it than that. Corals in warm sunset oranges and tickle-me pink blushes, hide psychedelic little fish that somehow manage to be even brighter. Undersea gardens of kelpy greens wrap around sea otters, like spaghetti, and supply a fun afternoon to play hide-and-seek in. Luminous critters will light up the dark abyss, trying to mirror a perfect starry night, as they drift helplessly through the waves. No matter how it’s cut or divided, the ocean is generally beautiful and filled to the brim with life.

Unfortunately, some people can’t just leave well enough alone. They see that remarking beauty and feel that they must take it for themselves…


I am swimming from the savages. I’ve often heard stories, horrible stories, from those who migrate around the world and have just barely made it home again. They’re out to get us. No one is safe from the horrors that walk on land. The land-dwellers have always been kind in the Puget Sound. However, I’ve been naïve to assume that this sort of kindness is everywhere. And that it would last. I thought they had learned, but apparently not.

I’m a very fast swimmer and naturally very good at it, but they have experience dealing with my kind before. They do not falter, not even for a second. They’ve already caught my mother, my father, all my brothers and sisters. Swimming away and drawing out the chase is a reckless mistake. I know they’re just going catch me in the end, but I simply cannot give up without a fight.

I am cut by something sharp along my right flipper and I have no choice but to stop. In the moment that I’ve halted, they quickly wrap me in a net and haul me aboard. It is less dark above the waves, but thankfully their vessel has bright, blinding lights and it is impossible to see much of anything. What I can see are a few dark figures beyond the light, laughing loudly in triumph over their catch. Immediately, the shadow of a man begins to skin me. He takes my hide the painful and unnatural way, but I still transform regardless. I look more like them and I am instantly disgusted by that wretched fact. I am damaged. Yet, even though I don’t know how my ugly other form appears, I know I am far more beautiful than them. My appearance doesn’t sway their pity, or spurn their affections. I am pushed overboard and I sink back into the dark waves in a body that is not ready for it. Every inch of me is cold, my blubber is gone and I have nothing to protect this light new skin. However, escape from this gruesome death is still not impossible. Even after everything, there is still a small chance of survival. If I just try and fight for it, I know I can make it.

Although, why would I continue to fight after they’ve won?

I might as well just die because they’ve already managed to take everything I have away from me.

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Jasmine Hunt: I loved this book. I hope you add more to it. ☺

larcina35: Charming wonderful storie and with a very happy ending thank you

inkblotintimates: Ace is a complicated partner. We know very little of his background, but we know he is a passionate beast. Kayla is even more mysterious, a heroine with true passion to match Ace’s.The writing has a surprisingly good rhythm, but the author is either a second language student or has a lot to learn...

zhaerinnn: A story about two characters who hated each other but eventually learnt to accept the fate meant for them; mate. When I read the first chapter, I knew it. This story might look like it but it is far, far from platitude. I can tell you that. Most profoundly, the strong, dynamic, realistic characte...

Mercedes: Lydia is a fire wizard that is fated to do something to save the world. She has to have sex with the king of her region so she can gain control of her powers. At the beginning you kinda hate Gabriel but I never did. Yes he was a dick when he took her virginity, but he asked for consent, and altho...

Lady Lalaine: I like the way author writes the story and all the scenarios in the book so far. The book has short number of chapters but has a good pacing for the story. I recommend the book for mature readers only. I like the book because for me it does not contain heavy drama.

jamiet80je: I enjoyed this book. I liked how it began and ended. The beginning made you wonder about what those on the ship were up to. I didn't like that the friends didn't stick together. But it was great to see that progress was being made even amidst all the caous.

Jeanet Petersen: I absolutely love this story, wow I'm speechless. So rough and intriguing. The mc a described perfectly and the story are told so detailed. Love it!

Madhobi Dey: It's unusual but goid

More Recommendations

Anna Tompoulou: really like the way they work together!!

kcbuck1234: Very interesting, and intriguing.

shadowofkitsune: Very captivating. The tension between the main characters is so filled with sparks of both good and bad, which I really love! Really well written with very interesting characters. I notice only a few grammatical errors and the style and language is very fitting to the story, really interesting.

Abdul Basith: It's been a good read so far

artikushendarti: Very amazing story with a wonderful imagination. Just amazing...amazing..amazing

Lady of Roses: Loved the story😍😍

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.