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This story was prompted and sponsored by Allie Mandell, who wanted a baby shark getting a scarf!  Happy wealthathon, Allie!

The Richest Shark in the Water


a cute little shark wearing a striped scarf

“Go on, do it,” jeered Blackfin.

“Yeah, what's the matter? You scared?” asked Snagtooth.

Sevengill eyed the thing dubiously. Certainly, the green reminded her of the most delicious of eels, and it rippled and waved in the current in an aesthetically pleasing way, but something about it made her nervous. Maybe the unnatural way it hung in the water, neither rooted to the ground nor drifting away in the current. And she noticed that neither Blackfin nor Snagtooth were trying to take it.

“No way,” she said, curling her tail and smoothly angling away from it. “It's probably just some land-nasty trap.”

“Aw, Sevengill's scared of the land-nasties!”

“She's not really a shark! She's just a scared little hermit crab!”

“Hermit crab, hermit crab, Sevengill's a hermit crab!”

Annoyed and indignant, Sevengill snapped at their flukes, then whipped around to snatch the fabric in her teeth. “There, see? I'm a--”

Something went 'snick' between her teeth. Before she could spit the cloth out, it hauled her upward into the light and the ripple, until she burst out of it into the bright, dessicating sunlight.

Instantly, the weight of her own body crushed down on her. Her skin went dry and grated against some hard, foreign substance, and though the atmosphere around her whipped and stung, her gills couldn't get a purchase on it. Strong, fleshy pincers tore the cloth from her teeth and left her to thrash, panic, and finally lie still.

Sevengill's vision was blurred and dazzled white, but she saw a fleshy land-nasty pull out an unnaturally straight angle-thing and point it at her. The land-nasty draped the cloth in a humiliating coil over her back, pointed the angle-thing at her, and began flapping its meat hole. It was mocking her!

Sevengill lay there, humiliated and helpless. She hated the land-nasty. She wanted to tear off its spindly back legs and its ineffectually long top legs and bite off its squeaking toothy head. She wanted it in her belly, where it belonged, and the cloth around her fins as a trophy of her predation. She also never wanted to associate with Blackfin or Snagtooth ever again.

With numbing horror, she realized that in the last part, at least, she might get her wish. As her gills struggled and failed to breathe in the thin air, her body went limp. Sevengill was a predator, but even the best were eventually eaten themselves, she knew. All she could do was try to accept it with grace... even in this degrading situation.

Finally, the land-nasty tired of its fun. It put its angle-thing away, shut its meat flaps, and reached for Sevengill. As its pincers clamped on her body and lifted her, the cloth tangled around her body, and suddenly, Sevengill knew what to do.

With her last burst of strength, she lunged at the land-nasty's head. With a shriek, it dropped her. Sevengill slammed against the rim of the floater, bounced, and then, freedom! Water, slicking her parched skin, flushing life into her gills! The cloth was still wrapped around her body too, caught around her flippers. It felt much nicer in the water than it had in the light above the ripple.

Blackfin and Snagtooth were still there. Upon her reentry, they jolted, then circled around her to bump her with their noses.

“We thought the land-nasties got you!”

“Yeah! Hey, you got the floating thing from it too! Wow!”

Sevengill swam in lazy arcs, showing it off. Even though it introduced a bit of drag into her swimming, she found she liked it. It was smooth and comforting and a pretty color. Also, everyone who saw it would know she'd fought a land-nasty for it.

“What do you think?” She asked.

“It's great! Perfect!”

“You're the richest shark in the water!”

“That's good,” Sevengill said, then lunged at them with her mouth open and eyed rolled back. “Because I'm poor in decent friends!”

She chased Blackfin and Snagtooth until they fled, never to be seen again. But she didn't mind. After all, she was the richest shark in the water.

Date: 2013-08-14 12:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] natalief.livejournal.com
tore the cloth from her feet

Should that be her teeth?

Date: 2013-08-14 02:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lb-lee.livejournal.com
Er, yes. Yes it should. *goes to fix* Thanks for catching that!

Date: 2013-08-14 09:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] natalief.livejournal.com
No worries. Glad I could help.

Date: 2013-08-14 01:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allie mandell (from livejournal.com)
GAHHHHH!!! Can't handle the cute! Love it! I'm friends with the guy who made the original video. I may post this up to his site. I think he'll get a laugh out of it.

Date: 2013-08-14 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lb-lee.livejournal.com
Rogan: Ha! Go for it! Long as we get a credit and a link back, I'm totally fine with you spreading it. I didn't know you knew the shark guy.

Sneak: Could you ask him what kind of shark that was? I didn't recognize it, and I totally spent like an hour on Google looking up New England sharks trying to figure out what it was! If he knows, I'm really curious.

Date: 2013-08-14 09:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] natalief.livejournal.com
Oh! There's a video? Do you have a link?

Date: 2013-08-14 10:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allie mandell (from livejournal.com)
I don't know how to post links on LJ. It kept saying my post was spam when I did. But the link is on LB's facebook page :D

Date: 2013-08-14 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lb-lee.livejournal.com
I posted the link for you; unfortunately, LJ really doesn't seem to like non-LJ-users posting links, probably as a spam protection measure.

--Rogan

Date: 2013-08-14 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lb-lee.livejournal.com
Here's the link (http://www.ovathebridge.com/content/forget-about-shark-week-its-scarf-week)! Sorry, LJ really doesn't seem to like non-LJ users linking shit. Probably a spam-protection measure.

Date: 2013-08-15 01:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] natalief.livejournal.com
LOL!

And, yes, that is why they don't let anon or openid users post links. I think they think that an LJ account is free and so, if you are not a spambot and really want to post links then you could create a free account… Gah. :(
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