Once she reached the cove, Obsi took of the tunic and draped it over a nearby rock. She waded into the water up to her knees and stopped. There was something in the water. Somethings.
She scanned the surface of the water for signs of what those things might be but saw nothing. She cautiously walked into the ocean until the water was waist deep and went no further. Staying close to the shore was a very good idea, she thought.
Obsi swam for a bit, keeping her movements as smooth and controlled as possible so she did not attract any unwanted attention. She floated on her back for a moment, then something caught her eye. She straightened and planted her feet on the bottom just in time to see a grey fin moving very quickly toward her.
Before she could react, it was under the water.
Obsi back pedaled to the shore, keeping her eyes on the water. Something that looked like a huge piece of coral burst out of the water then disappeared under it. She saw the grey fin swimming very quickly in the opposite direction of the cove.
“That was close,” Obsi said with a sigh. She waded back into the water and sank into it up to her neck.
“Well, I know that must have been you, Chelonoth. Thank you for chasing that shark away. They are fascinating creatures but I do not ever want to meet one up close!”
The water a few feet in front of her swelled and Chelonoth poked his massive head out. He looked at her, winked, and flung himself into the air, landing back in the water a few hundred feet away.
A three-foot piece of purple and blue coral floated up next to her. A gift, for you Obsidian Wraith.
Obsi smiled. “Thank you, Chelolnoth, for this gift. I will cherish it always.” Obsi swam back to the beach with her new treasure and put on her tunic. As she walked back to the village, had she looked over her shoulder, she would have seen Chelonoth and Meglok taking turns breaching in the afternoon sun.
But, she didn’t.