Taming the sea serpent
Mirrortac searched the endless waves from horizon to horizon and finally caught sight of a long row of fins weaving from side to side towards the flut. The serenetees saw the fins too and exclaimed together ‘Gghorr!’ in a rough tone suggesting the hideous sound of what must be a monster. A huge head the size of the flut poked up above the waves and spied them. The creature’s eyes were almost opaque black and looked down a long snout that ended in a jagged point of flesh, angled over a jaw armed with a set of large carnivorous teeth. Its green serpentine body swayed and swirled behind it, untold erfin-lengths from snout to tail and much larger than even She, mother of all snerks. The Gghorr rushed at them through the water, sweeping the foamy water aside. Mirrortac unsheathed Moongleam and prepared for battle but one of the serenetees slapped his wrist and indicated that he should replace the sword in its scabbard. Despite what Shubek had said, the erfin still believed that monsters knew only one law – the law of kill or be killed. He had no intention of being killed but he decided to give the serenetee his due as a communicator with the creatures of the sea. He felt a conflict and rising panic as the Gghorr continued to surge toward them, opening its mighty jaws and eyeing them with black cold eyes. One of the Serenetees was perched on the bow in unruffled defiance, calmly surveying the menacing monster, which at any moment would crush the entire flut within its jaws and them with it. The monster roared a thunderous ‘GGHORRR!’ and the warm meaty stench of its breath blew over them. The serenetee abruptly broke into a comical dance and chattered a series of queer sounds at the creature.
Mirrortac could not believe what he was seeing. In moments, a hideous meat-eating sea serpent was transformed into something of an oversized child. The Gghorr rolled its belly up alongside the flut while the serenetees stroked it and picked off large parasites that irritated the creature’s thick green-plated hide. Contented groans issued from deep within the monster’s throat while it squirmed its long body, as thick as a flut is long, into spirals in the water. The erfin erupted into hysterical laughter; more from incredible relief than mirth. The serenetees smiled and hugged him then resumed their task of removing all the parasites from the monster. The tumu-Ra assisted them in the removal process, picking off parasites in places beyond the reach of their serenetees’ masters.
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