This suspenseful story involves a young boy, who falls from a cliff, struggling to keep himself from drowning beneath the crashing waves. He eventually finds a way out, but it involves something quite unexpected.
As he pedaled uphill on a his rusty bike, cars zoomed past him. Humidity stuck to his skinny, half-naked body like a wet t-shirt. Sweat trickled into his mouth. Its saltiness made him thirsty, but he wasn’t going to stop.
There was no official sign to mark the spot just a long, stone wall and a plastic trash bin. Jai dropped his bike beside the bin.
The trail downward was steep and slippery. Hundreds of sneakers and sandals had walked the path, he hoped that Portlock Point was empty. As soon as Jai reached the rocky cliff, he felt like a warm breeze brush his face.
With the waves thrashing against the cliffside and a blue horizon as straight as a ship’s mast, Jai felt he was aboard a pirate’s ship. He walked to the edge to see the thirty-five foot drop. Water splashed and bubbled as the caves suck in then spit out ocean water. So mesmerized by the motion, he hadn’t noticed the wind picking up.
A gust hurled towards him. Jai couldn’t keep his balance and fell feet-first into the ocean. The warm water tousled his hair. He frantically swam to the surface bursting through to take a big gulp of air, then a wave crashed into him. Wave after wave buried him beneath the water. It was as though an invisible hand were pushing him into the ocean’s belly. The harder he fought the more tired he became.
As light grew dim, Jai was sucked into the underwater caves and that’s when he felt a soft, squishy thing graze his waist. The thing gently pushed him to one side. He swam away from the cave to get a better look.
And hiding in the darkness was a giant octopus. Its tentacles were longer than an any ship Jai had seen, and its body was as massive as a whale’s. Somehow it managed to coil itself into the underwater cave. Jai could see its black eye staring at him.
With his heart racing, he swam to the surface. This time there was no resistance. He pierced the surface and caught his breath, then swam to the side of the cliff. Once there, he scratched nervously at the rock.
“Help!” he screamed to anyone who could hear, “Its going to eat me!”
Suddenly, a thick tentacle slapped the side of the cliff, it landed just a few inches from Jai. The octopus was slowly rising to the surface, and if he didn’t move the octopus would swallow him whole. His only option was to climb the tentacle.
It was squishy and slippery like seaweed, but he was able to find a grip and pull himself upward. Once he reached the end of the tentacle, he was still too far from the top. Then, another tentacle slapped against the cliffside. Jai glanced down to see the Octopus’s massive body protruding from the ocean. Its black eyes stared blankly. Jai climbed up the second tentacle and made it to the surface.
He ran from the cliff’s edge then turned expecting to see the octopus, but there was nothing. He walked slowly back to the edge of the cliff and saw the giant octopus descend back into the ocean. As its tentacles disappear beneath the bubbling waves, Jai wondered if it was really trying to eat him.