The Drowning

A photograph of a rusty ship's anchor chain half-submerged in ocean water, with seaweed that looks suspiciously like human hair underwater and just visible at the edge of the frame.

Abihud Quinlin swore an oath he’d never tell the Captain what he’d witnessed, but the Bosun’s Mate made sure of it.

I have a bit of a dark streak (those who know me nod) — where others see a pleasantly rusty anchor chain emerging from calm, clear waters, I see something a little more sinister. That might be seaweed at the extreme right edge of the photo, or it might be human hair.

Never having learned to swim probably contributes to this skewed perspective.

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