“This was to be my last trip. Sailing great distances was dangerous, and not very profitable in today’s world. I walked down the worn wooden step to the captain’s cabin, the creaking of the ship keeping time with my steps. Opening the door, I found him bent over an old map.
“Where are we captain?” I asked, hoping it was close to home.
“See this spot where it says “HERE there be monsters”?” he said pointing to an image of a horrid beast.
“Certainly, but you and I both know such creatures don’t exist!”
The captain laughed and looking up at me with an evil glint in his eye said, “Who’s talking about sea monsters?“. As he spoke the skin from one corner of his mouth fell loose, exposing a yellow reptilian skin beneath.
“What?” I yelled, and as I turned to run for the cabin door, I heard screams and loud moans coming from the deck, and the crew quarters below.
I felt fetid breath on the back of my neck, “Aye matey, HERE there be monsters”.
― Neil Leckman (Author, Artist, Poet)
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