Lies Beneath the Surface

“A storm is coming” Lani announces

“What are you talking about?” Cosmo snorts “I don’t see anything”

“The Wind is changing. A storm is on the horizon. Do you see the darkness upon the edge of the sea?”

Cosmo grumbles, “Every time I stare out into the ocean I get an awful headache. How do you even see out here?”

“I was made for the sea, my friend, but these also help…” Lani moves a fin and hands Cosmo two violet semi-transparent halves of a sphere. They fit perfectly in his paws.

“What are these?!” He asks the turtle, incredulously.

“These are glass pieces sculpted from the translucent husk of an ocean snail that resides at the depths of the sea we float upon. They were a gift from my mother. All my brothers and sisters have one. It helps with the brightness. Try them on.”

Cosmo moves to place each glass over one eye and secures them with a strap that fits right above his ears. They are surprisingly comfortable.

The sea immediately changes in color, and suddenly Cosmo can see beneath the surface of the water.

“What are THOSE?” The panda shouts, pointing at shapes moving beneath the watery surface.

“What are what?”

“Those giant fins swimming underneath the ocean!” Cosmo continues to shout “How TERRIFYING! Where they here the whole time?”

“Of course they were! Do you think things aren’t there just because you can’t see them?” Lani replies with a terrible smile.

This thought is quite unsettling to Cosmo and he refuses to think about it a moment longer.

“Will we find something to eat, soon? I’m terribly hungry. ”

“You’re changing the subject, my friend. Don’t you want to know what it is that you see?”

“No, not very much.” The panda replies honestly

“Very well”

A minute goes by in excruciating silence, before Cosmo breaks it, “Alright, tell me. What are these monsters under the water.”

“They are not monsters. They want to be left alone, most of the time, and sometimes they are hungry. Just like you.”

“I’m not nearly as frightening…”

“You think your fur and teeth aren’t terrifying to creatures born beneath the water? Most creations want to live in peace and only make war to eat, nest or to mate with another…” Lani continues, “These are Gamma Rays. Be very careful to not touch them. They carry immense energy and touching them may kill you.”

“ARE YOU SERIOUS! You told me they weren’t dangerous!”

“I told you they mean you no harm. Is anything in life without danger?”

Cosmo becomes lost in thought on hearing this until he is brought into a sharp appreciation of the current moment by almost being launched from Lani’s shell.

“WHAT IS HAPPENING?” Cosmo bellows out over the water.

“Hold on, my friend! The storm is coming. We’re going to take a dive.”

“What? Lani, wait! In there?!”

“Beneath the waves is the only safe place to go. You must trust me. Here we go!”

“WHAA-” Cosmo’s shout is lost to a gurgle of sea water as Lani dives and takes him beneath the surface of Light.