Half Moon Bay Weyr - Candidates' Barracks
Carved from a natural bubble in the volcanic stone, this small dorm room has room enough to hold around two dozen occupants comfortably. Along the walls are stationed sets of cots and clothes presses, each made up to the standards of the weyrwoman. Above, the soft white light from electric lamps cast down during waking hours.

It had already been a long day. And now, this. As Lukanyo rocked his chair back to balance on the rear legs he let out a long sigh, glancing down at the diary in his hands and then across at the tank of sealife they were supposed to be looking after.

Water clear. Plant life… planty. Fed residents.

It wasn’t much of an update but at least there was something to say he’d been there. He stared at the little blobby things in the tank, they stared back, same as had happened every other day since they had arrived. But… yes. He was sure of it. One of them was bigger. In fact, it was growing. He could see it. There right in front of him one of the squid had nearly doubled in size in a matter of minutes.

No, that couldn’t be right. He rubbed at his eyes, but there was no mistaking it for it had grown again. Slowly one of the squids’ arms attached itself to the glass of the tank and the creature began to move. With every inch it climbed it grew even more so that by the time the leg burst from the top of the tank it must have been at least six feet in length.

Lukhanyo began to panic. There was nobody else there! What should he do! Cold terror gripped his throat, not a word able to escape as he watched in horror as the huge bulbous mass levered itself out of the tank. For a second it remained there, pulsing evilly, and then it launches straight for Luka’s face!

With a scream Luka lifted a hand to fend off the creature, but his chair began to wobble and with a crash he….

Woke up.

On the floor.

With a bruise on the back of his head and no giant squid in sight.

Slowly he righted the chair, then picked up the diary once more.

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