City Of The Deep
Flash Fiction by: Shadow Summit
The village of Boadern had once been a bustling beach-side village, however, as the ocean had risen quickly due to an unnatural phenomenon far off shore, the people abandoned their homes. They had taken their treasure and their belongings but the structures had still remained. The buildings then seemed haunted and if you listened closely enough some believed you could still hear the laughter of children and the chatter of the market.
Over the years the ocean completely covered the village and only a few old villagers even remember the quaint place they had lived. No-one seemed to care about the rising sea levels until it threatened their immediate existence. Thus they continued to move inland, leaving more and more homes behind in their wake.
The houses of Boadern had slowly corroded and broken down, as their mud walls couldn’t withstand the strong currents and new plant life. Instead of humans, another race took up residence in the cold hallways and stony streets. Yet the new creatures, who had made it their home, began rebuilding it with careful detail. The buildings were replaced with white marble and smooth stone, each pillar of marble carved with beautiful precision. The marble was used to describe the events leading to their move to the new underwater village.
You see these underwater creatures were adventurers and as soon as one city was rebuilt and a city created, a task force was sent out from that city in search of a new set of ruins. The more the ocean rose, the more ‘land’ the creatures had to explore and populate. Instead of destruction and desertion, they left life and wonderful works of architecture. The ocean was a world of its own and there was more beauty there than all of the land above the water.
However, some humans dived with man-made gills and discovered the cities under the waves and were filled with excitement. They wanted to share this beauty with others and soon word had spread across the lands. Though a few of the humans wanted to preserve the beauty and leave them untouched, others wanted to take the works of art above the waves.
The humans built metal fish, big enough to fit several men and enhanced their man-made gills. The metal fish left a trail of thick poisonous oil wherever they swam. The humans tore away the marble pillars for museums on the land and once again left crumbling remains where the underwater creatures had built their precious homes.
While their homes became pieces of art, the underwater creatures were left to rebuild their lives and fight polluted waters. Their efforts were continuously destroyed by humans hungry for more ‘artifacts’ and treasure. They moved around the oceans but wherever they went, the metal fish would follow. The creatures became tired and angry and decided the only place they could escape to was where the metal fish and man-made gilled men couldn’t reach.
The creatures dove deeper, to where the metal fish caved in and men lost oxygen. They built cities that were ten times as beautiful as before and explored the deeper realms of the undiscovered ocean. The jewels of the humans were nothing compared to the treasures of the deep ocean floors. They lived peacefully for the years that came, but they always had the memory of the greedy humans, which they carved into their marble walls.
For let it be known, many will be willing to claim what is easily stolen, but the number willing to dive deeper and discover the secrets of hidden realms are very few. However those brave enough and curious enough will find worlds more wonderful than they could ever have imagined.
Today, I’m back with a short story. This is inspired by the game Song of the Deep made by Insomniac Games.
I was introduced to this game by a small YouTuber, Nerdy Silhouette. If you have a chance to play or watch this game I would highly recommend it. It has a beautiful ambiance to it that is both intriguing and relaxing.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy! You guys are awesome!
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