Beyond the Ocean's Depths (Not an Average Shifter Romance)

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Chapter 55: Murphy's Law

RAINIE

“What are we going to do?!” Kyle asked as soon as that horrible man locked me, him, and Anne in the dolphin pool area and left with Tobie.

Anne was in shock, obviously. She just stood there, ready to burst into tears, and I threw my arms around her, knowing she felt horrible. Not only was it her diamonds that this bad guy wanted, but even worse, her mom had volunteered to take her place as hostage to go get the diamonds! And who knows what he would do to her once he got his treasure!

I was feeling scared for Tobie, too. Her and Anne were practically family, with Tobie being Dad’s soul mate and all, so I felt sick knowing something might happen to my possible future step-mom! Maybe not quite as much as Anne, but I loved Tobie, too!

Kyle tried to pry the door open, but it wouldn’t budge. So, he continued to walk around the whole place, trying to see if there was some way to get over the walls.

“It’ll be alright,” I began to tell Anne, as she started shaking, despite how warm it was outside. In fact, it seemed that the temperature was getting drastically hotter by the second as beads of sweat started forming on my forehead.

I started moving us to a bench near Delilah’s pool, which Anne seemed to be okay with, when a pain suddenly jabbed me in the belly. “Ohhh,” I groaned, feeling a bit nauseated as well. I had been feeling kinda off all day, but something wasn’t normal here.

Anne, feeling me tense next to her, came out of her daze, and looked at me, concerned. “Are you okay?”

“Uh, I think…” Another spasm hit my gut, harder than before and I was suddenly dripping with sweat all over.

As I doubled over in pain, Anne started to panic. “Kyle! Something’s wrong with Rainie!”

“Oh noooo!” I muttered through the pain, remembering Grandma’s words and suddenly realizing what was happening.

The stress of the situation had gotten to me and my body decided that now was the time.

“What is it? What’s wrong?” Kyle rushed over wanting to help, but not sure what was happening either.

“I don’t know! She’s in pain, I think,” Anne replied, at which I wanted to say, ′No, duh,′ but couldn’t get out.

Then, it also occurred to me that now was absolutely the very most worstest time ever! “Not here!” I tried to tell myself aloud.

“Oh my God, Rainie, are you starting your…,” Anne paused, looking at Kyle briefly. Then, lowering her voice to a near whisper, “Are you starting your, uh, girl thing?!”

“If only,” I sarcastically bit, wishing for the first time in my life that I was a pure human. What I would give to be having a simple, human period right now. But, more importantly, I had to figure out how to fix this problem, and quickly.

I closed my eyes, trying to meditate my thoughts to the inner dolphin who I’d been communing with through meditation for some time now, but who I had yet to officially meet. And now, she had decided that this was the moment she was going to take over my body! Shit, I was having my First Transition!

Tears welled up in my eyes as I could hear the suddenly clear voice of my inner dolphin in my mind. She knew something drastic had happened and my stress was forcing her out!

“No, no, no!” I heaved to no avail. I couldn’t let Anne and Kyle see this! They couldn’t know! But we were prisoners! It wasn’t like I could just run out to the ocean and transform like I was supposed to! And I needed Grandma to be with me! This was all wrong.

Anne and Kyle looked on with apprehension, but their attention soon turned to the pool next to us. Delilah apparently recognized my situation and had popped her head up out of the water, squeaking to me. I didn’t need to be able to understand her language to know that she was offering her assistance.

Would that work? Would I be able to get into the pool with her and transform into my dolphin without Grandma or Dad here to help me through it? Grandma always said Delilah was a grandmotherly dolphin, and the little I could commune with her as a minor Shifter, I knew she was super kind and sweet.

There didn’t seem like much of a choice at this point anyways, as a strange tingling sensation began running through my legs. Crap, this was really, really happening!

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KYLE

“Anne, you’re gonna have to help me with something,” Rainie gritted through her teeth as another wave of pain hit her.

She was pale and looking kinda grayish, while Anne looked back at her wide eyed and just as scared as me, then nodded slowly. “What do you want me to do?”

“I got to get in the pool… with Delilah,” Rainie huffed out, trying not to cry, and everything inside me tore apart. What was happening to her? But then again, why did she need to get in the pool? Anne and I looked confused, and she snapped. “Now! I have to get in there now!”

“Uh, why?” Anne asked, unsure of what to do, probably thinking Rainie would drown at this point if she got into the water being in as much pain as she was in.

“Maybe you should lay down?” I offered.

But this made her mad and she started to cry in both anger and pain. “No! Damn it, listen to me! I have to get into the water.”

She got our attention this time as neither of us had ever heard her cuss before, and we stared at her in shock. “Please,” she whimpered and Anne shakily nodded, proceeding to move her closer to Delilah’s pool.

I went to help, putting her opposite arm over my shoulder just before her legs gave out. Delilah was strangely watching us, having pulled herself to the shallow wading ledge and began clicking and squeaking. What was happening?!

As we reached the edge of the pool, Rainie halted us, panicked. “Stop! I have to get undressed! Oh…,” she doubled over in pain, as my eyes grew large. She needed to what?!

“What are you talking about?” Anne asked as we set Rainie down on the cement at the edge of the pool only a few feet from Delilah.

“I can’t do this… in my clothes,” she huffed out and Anne shook her head.

Finally, straightening, Anne put her hands on her hips, while I stood there in confusion. “Rainie Waters, I am not doing anything else until you tell me what’s wrong! If it’s not your period, then what is it?!”

I wasn’t sure I wanted to know at this point. Not when they were talking about periods and getting undressed. And Rainie just wasn’t looking herself. Was she dying? And if so, what sort of ritual was she trying to perform?

She swallowed hard, and blinked up at me and Anne. “I’m a Shifter.” She paused as though that explained everything.

“A what?” I asked, never having heard of such a thing.

Her legs started trembling more, but she went on, neither Anne or I understanding. “My family and I are Shifters. Dolphin Shifters.” When both of us still looked lost, she kept going. “We turn into dolphins and then back into humans. Like werewolves, but not wolves. Dolphins.” She winced in pain, grabbing her stomach.

I looked at Anne, sure that Rainie was delirious. “You need a doctor! We gotta get outta here!” I started looking around for another way out.

“Trust me!” Rainie exclaimed, fresh tears coming now. “Anne, you gotta help me get my clothes off now, because I’m going to transform and I don’t want to hurt my dolphin. You don’t have to believe me, but just help me. I’ll sit right here in the wadding area until it happens.”

Anne doesn’t say anything for a moment. Then, something in the way Rainie pleaded must have gotten to her because she finally nodded her head and knelt down to start untying Rainie’s shoelaces.

She had to be nuts, I thought to myself. But I didn’t blame Anne for helping her at this point. What else was she going to do? I guess the worst that could happen is that she sits in the pool naked and nothing happens.

Wait, I didn’t wanna see her naked! Apparently, Anne was suddenly thinking the same thing… Or rather she was thinking that I shouldn’t see Rainie naked either and frowned up at me after having removed Rainie’s socks. “Kyle, turn around. Give us some privacy!”

“Oh! Yeah!” I came to my senses and turned around, but not before taking in the sight of Rainie’s bare feet. Her toes were definitely turning grey. Something wasn’t right about that!

Hold on! Dolphins are gray!

No, there’s no such thing as were-dolphins! There’s no such thing as werewolves for that matter, either, right?! I didn’t have long to find out though as I heard Anne quickly get Rainie situated and then the splashing of the water as they both waded into the pool.

I rubbed the back of my neck, trying to figure out how we were going to get out of this mess and Rainie to a doctor when she suddenly screamed bloody murder. I closed my eyes, sure I wasn’t supposed to turn around, yet feeling like I should be doing something to help her, not to mention still feeling scared. We didn’t need another person hurt or in danger of dying today! Chuy and Tobie were more than enough.

Rainie’s scream ended as she groaned in pain. It sounded awful and I felt my stomach tighten, I didn’t care if she had clothes on or not, she needed help and I wasn’t sure Anne was strong enough to help her out of the darn water if she needed to drag Rainie out or something. So, I turned around, not sure what I would see, just as Anne let out a scream of her own.

Before my very eyes, Rainie was sitting in the water, her back to me, and just like in the movies, she somehow morphed. Within seconds, her hair shrunk into her head, and a while her arms shortened, transforming into fins, her back sprouted a dorsal fin! Holy mackerel, she was telling the truth!

Anne put her hands over her mouth, stifling the second scream she wanted to let loose. Now that she saw I had turned around, she grabbed me, squeezing my arm until I thought I might lose all circulation as we both watched in terrified amazement at the transformation of our friend into none other than a dolphin.

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>Photo by mikakaptur on Pixabay

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