I'll Tell You No Lies
Douglas Nearly Drowned as a Child
As Douglas cast the horrific Breath of the Deep spell on the winged demon creature that had attacked Prof Abarbanell, he remembered that he, too had once almost drowned.
He remembered being very young, slipping on a muddy river bank, and falling into the river. He desperately struggled, but could not swim. He reached and kicked, but steadily fell further beneath the surface of the water. His lungs burned, and he was finally forced to take a breath which filled them with water. His vision faded as his brain burned.
He remembered waking on the river bank. Something must have dragged him from the water, but what? He coughed, and spit, and vomited. And as he did so, he saw his cousin sitting beside him. But something was strange. Perhaps it was the lighting, or perhaps he was still suffering from asphyxia. But he clearly remembered what he had long ago forgotten. His cousin was patting him on the back, smiling, with a slight webbing between his fingers that seemed to be slowly receding. The pupils of his eyes were vertical, almost reptilian. His lips were thin and leathery, like that of a lizard. “Are you okay,” his cousin asked, and yet there was a slight hissing at the end of his annunciation of the words.