Part 6: The Belly of the Deep Sea Cavern

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Manuel stopped himself at the cavern entrance. The room was, indeed, filled with treasure. Dozens of wooden chests, ancient unrecognizable armours and weapons, and art objects in the shape of sea creatures he had never seen.

The most impressive object in the area wasn’t the treasure, though: it was an enormous sea anemone… a glowing one. The lit-up sea cavern must have been thirty feet high; this sea plant’s tentacle limbs—hundreds of them—brushed against the stone surface above. The basal disk was thick, easily twenty feet in diameter.

Antonio was near the basal disk inspecting a breastplate made of gold and coral.

Carlos was drifting near the swaying tentacles above them, enthralled by the immensity of the sea plant.

Louisa had her celestium spear harpoon at the ready. Her eagerness and curiosity quickly fading.

Manuel was still at the entrance when a low vibration spread out from the sea anemone. Manuel could feel it in his eardrums.

And then all was dark. Even their headlamps were extinguished.

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  1. Avatar August 2nd

    Technical note: On this world, a sea anemone is an animal, not a plant. Although there are no known luminescent sea anemones, luminescence and phosphorescence are not unheard of underwater.

    Enjoying the story…

  2. Avatar Nuno Teixeira

    I’m establishing that this thing is a sorta giant supernatural sea anemone. Is there an indicator in the story that establishes it’s an animal and not a plant? I’d like to make changes accordingly.

    Thanks for the great help with this tale! Free diver consultation is so awesome :)!

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Part 5: The Belly of the Deep Sea Cavern by Nuno Teixeira