Clockwork Nessie, Part 3
More water shot straight into the air, dousing the ceiling and squirting through the narrow opening.
“There must be a fissure beneath the water.” I spoke aloud to calm myself.
The effect dissipated, however, when the surface boiled and churned as massive air bubbles ascended. I chewed my bottom lip as I surmised a logical explanation.
“Gases from the bottom feeders…that’s all it is.”
Until ‘all-it-is’ suddenly broke the water’s surface and stretched its long neck. Higher and higher it rose until the creature’s head found the beacon of sunshine in the roof.
I flattened myself in the shadows of the cavern’s wall and held perfectly still. I had never seen the likes of such a creature except in fairy tales.
The beast’s head rose to nearly ten feet. Shiny silver scales, decorated with long dripping strings of seaweed, covered the neck. It reared back in a graceful arch as the creature expelled noisy bursts of water through the hole in the cave’s ceiling. The silver head possessed sharp angles where I would have expected smoother, gentler lines. The jaw formed nearly a right angle on either side as it extended upward to the tiny holes that might have been ears or gills. Along the middle of the back, silver and black-tipped bony plates, like the dorsal fins of a shark, paraded the length in ever-increasing size until they disappeared below the water. A few caught and reflected the sun’s light. The dimensions of its submerged parts eluded discovery.
Cute stuff? Me?
I’ll have to come back to see where this goes.
Dropping in from A to Z. This is my first year. I love it.
Welcome to the challenge…and yes, you, cute stuff! (though you’ll forgive my fickleness in referring to all my commenters thusly). Thanks for visiting.
Hello, Claire! Terrific description of the beast! I could see it perfectly in my head. Hope your character turns out okay!!
Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines
Thanks, Laura. We’ll soon see! 😉
Enjoyed the read. Lovely description of the beast.
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Seems like a kind of steampunk Nessie! Excellent description. Loved this.
A very good deduction, Nick! Thank you for visiting!