Tales From the Waves: Wild Storm
To the never-ending tune of the ocean, the seafarer fought against the phenomenal foe of fate, fighting to the bitter end...
"Come with me into the watery abyss, listening to murmurs of the deep.
When the wind and waves are right, we sail towards maelstorms of the sea.
I hear the jabber of me ol' lady, wishing well to her heirs to come:
May they navigate blasting winds and o'er dancing waves,
Pierced by heroes' harpoons, may the monster's lair meet the last of its days."
Even in the most violent of squalls, her constant shanties never ceased. The voice of the maided harmonized with the raging waves, guiding the Skipper over deathly currents, sailing boldy towards the eye of the storm where the sea monster lay lurking.
Skimming across the vortex, ushered by lightning and watersprouts, the ship inched further into the monster's treacherous waters. Flashes of lightning revealed the Skipper's silhouette, fearlessly grasping his sword.
Following the Skipper's fixed gaze, the crew could only make out an alpine shape shadowed by tenebrous clouds. The massive figure that lay skulking in the distance was the body of the beast. The once fearsome skeletons that hung from the ship now seemed like mere cubs compared with the terrifying silhouette that lay sprawling before them like a mountain range in the center of the maelstorm.
At the Skipper's bellowing command, the crew fired broadside afater broadside of giant crossbows, unleashing their mortal fears and delusions on the massive body they lay like a towering wall before them. The barrages of cannonballs and barbed iron harpoons left gruesome wounds on the body of the beast.
The sea monster hissed violently in pain, plunging beneath the huge crimson waves before slamming the ship's hull with all its might. The ship nearly capsized against the might of the blow, and crimson waves came crashing accross the decks. The sailors were drenched in the foul torrents as they cursed the gods of elements and continued to rake the body of the beast with stones and sharpened spears.
The ruthless Skipper never flinched at the opponents dealt to him by fate. The thundering roars of the terrible beast were answered by songs of the young maiden atop the bow. The ship maneuvered round the monster, cruising upon the spinning torrents, and answering sharp fangs and swiping stingers with catapults, harpoons, slings, and even mortal bodies to vent their dread and fury.
Once the monster's body was riddled with wounds and nearly all its tentacles and claws had been severed, the Skipper's ship too had been reduced to a floating hunk. Half of the ship's masts had fallen, half of its guns were out of action — even the Skipper's prized sword had been cleaved in two. This was an unwinnable bout, much like a mere child challenging a full-grown adult.
The injured monster knew very well that its opponenet no longer posed any threat. Craving to devour the ship that lay dead in the water, it rose to the surface and exposed its gaping mouth.
"Tales From the Waves: Wild Storm" can be found from the Wanmin bookstore near Jifang.