Out of the Blue - Chapter One
Published Oct 19, 2016

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Hello everyone.
I've recently gotten my sims games up and running again for the first time in over two years. I have always loved writing sims stories, but it's been such a long time since I've done it. This is my first attempt at it in forever, so I hope it turns out ok.
I'm just testing the waters (hehe... waters... no pun intended) with this story. We shall see how it goes! Hope you guys like it.

Hello everyone.
I've recently gotten my sims games up and running again for the first time in over two years. I have always loved writing sims stories, but it's been such a long time since I've done it. This is my first attempt at it in forever, so I hope it turns out ok.
I'm just testing the waters (hehe... waters... no pun intended) with this story. We shall see how it goes! Hope you guys like it.
Isla Paradiso.

It is a chain of gorgeous tropical islands located in the South Pacific. It is a land of exotic beauty beyond compare. Teeming with life, and warmth, and rich, vibrant colors. Surrounded by a glassy sea of deep blue.
To many, the islands are a relaxing retreat. A place to escape to for a week or two to get away from the drudges of every day life.

Others, however, are fortunate enough call this land "home." They live, work, breathe and drink in its unique beauty every second of their lives. They are truly the lucky ones. The ones who understand the true face of Isla Paradiso.

But what about me?

Where do I fit into Isla Paradiso...?
-"Nautilus Laboratory of Marine Biology"-

-Chapter One- Our motor boat cut through the placid sea at a furious pace, disquieting the tranquil waters around us while the steady roar of the engine ripped into the quiet stillness of the air. The warm rays of the tropical sun were beating down on us in our little boat, and I could feel the heat of it radiating against the surface of my skin.

At the wheel, my partner, Benji Hale, had forgotten to put on sunscreen before we set sail, and the increasing redness of his skin was about to make that mistake plainly obvious.
Ocean water sprayed into the air around us, misting us with tiny beads of water. The warm, saline scent of salt water filled my nostrils. It was a familiar, comfortable aroma. It reminded me of the one thing I truly loved in this world.

I was on the sea again.

I was at home.

I looked on ahead with eagerness aching in every part of my body as our boat skipped across the water, inching ever closer to our destination. Soon I would be diving in. I would feel the wetness of the ocean as it enveloped my entire body, swallowing me whole, welcoming me back into the depths of its special world.
"Hey, Wilcox... You shouldn't look so excited, ya know." Benji's voice punctured straight through my daydreams, and in a fleeting moment my "bubble of zen" was deflated completely.


It was the only word I could manage as the weight of reality came crashing down onto my shoulders.

"I know you love your job," Benji went on. "But the nature of this case... It's just..."

"I know, I know," I huffed, feeling somewhat annoyed that I was being reprimanded like a child over nothing.
"This is not just a small job," Benji continued. "The locals' livelihoods are at stake. They rely heavily on the fishing industry. We need to find out what is happening to the marine life here - why the sea life is just... Disappearing. Rapidly... Without a trace."

Benji was apparently a lot more concerned about the people of Isla Paradiso than I ever was. And I should have sided with him on this, but I was still feeling rather peeved.
"Oh, come on," I rolled my eyes. "You make it sound a supernatural event or something. We have to think like the scientists that we are. There's no voodoo magic going on here. Marine life doesn't just disappear off the face of the earth. You know that. They can leave their habitats for a myriad of reasons. It happens sometimes. They probably migrated."

"No. It doesn't happen... Not like this..." Benji was adamant. "Whole handfuls of species don't just disappear. Entire whales the size of houses don't just vanish away. Something's wrong."
"Benji. Dude. Do you even know how crazy you sound right now?" I poked fun, flashing a mocking grin in his direction.

"Don't really care," Benji replied absently. "Destination's coming up."
He motioned ahead with his eyes, and I followed his gaze. Before us, just a short distance ahead, was our buoy bobbing up and down with the gentle motion of the water. Our tiny, bright red landmark. A single pinpoint in an entire ocean. Benji spun the wheel of the boat and began maneuvering us toward the buoy.

I kept my eyes on the water, and a sense of longing started to burn in my chest, radiating outward to every part of me. Excitement was mounting again.

Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw something in the water that made every feeling fade away in an instant.
There had been a subtle splash. A glimmer in the sunlight. A glint of gold disappearing into the blue ocean, gone so quickly I was almost convinced that it had been a trick of light. Or maybe it was my imagination. "Hey, what's up with you?" Benji reached over and tapped my shoulder to get my attention. "You seem distracted all of a sudden." "Oh, sorry," I jumped, surprised to find myself so startled. I tried to brush it off as casually as possible and hoped Benji wouldn't notice. "It's nothing. I just - Uh..."

Suddenly I froze.

No. There was definitely something in the water.
A tail of golden scales sparkled in the sun just below the surface of the water, and disappeared beneath our boat. I knew I wasn't imaging things this time. "Whoa. OK. What? Benji, please tell me you saw that too?"

"Huh? Saw what?" Benji sounded disinterested as he turned the key and killed the engine.

"Uh... That big, golden fish tail looking thing that just went under our boat...???"

"What are you talking about? 'Big, golden fish tail looking thing?' Aren't you supposed to be a marine biologist?" Benji scratched his fingers through his hair.

"You don't understand. I AM a marine biologist and I have NO IDEA what on earth that thing was. I've never seen anything like it."

"Huh..." He stroked his chin condescendingly. "Who's the one that sounds crazy now?"
"Hey, shut up!" I frowned. "Just forget it. Where's the equipment? I'm ready to dive."

Benji burst out into a full chuckle of satisfaction. Revenge was apparently sweet. At least for him, anyway.

I drew out a long breath of exasperation through my lips and quickly slid to the back of the boat.

"Don't be mad, Ave. I was just giving you a hard time, ya know."

"Too late!" I snapped, slipping into my wet suit as quickly as possible.

I felt like a fool.

I couldn't get into the water soon enough. To let the waves wash over me and wash away the embarrassment along with them.
"Got the equipment on? Good. Let's just adjust this... Perfect. Okay, Avery, it's all you." Benji's flood of words streamed vaguely through my ears, but I barely acknowledged them. All I could think of at this point was diving.

Then, finally...


I was in the water.
Down, down, I descended into an alien world of pure wonder and beauty.

Just a few feet below the surface the landscape had transformed so drastically it was literally like being dropped onto another planet.

I took in the sights - the displays of vibrant uniqueness that only existed down there.

I was finally completely at peace and was the best feeling in the world. Inever wanted it to end.
But I didn't have the time to bask in that fantastical world. My oxygen was limited and I had a job to do. At length, I reached for my equipment - my meters and testers - and began scanning the surrounding area.

I was testing for changes in the environment. Changes in temperature. Changes in the water. Changes in the land's composition. Anything that might have changed recently to suddenly chase away the majority of the marine life.
I swam through the tepid, tropical waters, back and forth, covering every inch of the designated testing ground, relaying the information back to the computers aboard our boat for Benji to analyze.

Back and forth. Back and forth.

The minutes dragged by.
"You almost done down there?" Benji's voice sounded tinny and electronic through the communication device in my ear.

"Just finishing up. Why? What's up?"

"Just checking. It looks like your oxygen is running low," Benji cautioned.

"Don't worry. I'm on my way up right n-"

The rest of my words stuck in my throat, overpowered by an unexpected gasp that manged clawed its way out.
Through a thick forest of seaweed, I saw it again. It was that shimmering tail of gold - the same one I had seen gliding up underneath our boat earlier. Now it was hiding among the pink corals and the dark green leaves. "What happened?" Benji's voice blared into my ear, his tone hinted at concern.

But I didn't make any effort to reply. Instead I inched myself forward through the water. Slowly. Carefully, I crept. My heart was hammering out of my chest as I approached the seaweed forest. I had no idea what that thing was, but I had to find out...

"Are you coming up now?" Benji's voice persisted, threatening to destroy my concentration.

"Hang on..."

"What?! No! No 'hang on'! Come back up now."

I didn't heed his orders...

I was apprehensive to get too close to the golden-tail creature. So I froze and I squinted my eyes, instead, focusing with all my might. What I saw then nearly stopped my heart.
A hand! It - that creature - that... thing! It had a humanoid hand! "What in the world," I whispered and found to my surprise that I was having trouble catching my breath. Was I really that frightened?

"Your oxygen!" I heard Benji shouting. "It's dangerously low! You're basically out! What are you doing down there? You have to come up!"

Right... the oxygen. That's why I couldn't breath.
I really didn't want to leave this place without first investigating the creature with the golden tail. But with every second that passed, my air was getting thinner and thinner. I could feel dizziness and disorientation beginning to set in. If I didn't resurface soon I would lose consciousness. And that would be VERY bad. What a shame... I thought to myself. Oh well... Time to go...

But which way was up again? I couldn't tell anymore.

My body felt heavy and sluggish. I think I actually began sinking. The corners of my vision were going dark.

I wasn't going to make it...
In a sudden blur, gold streaked across my vision. Then I could feel something next to me. On top of me. Grabbing me firmly.

Who was there? What was happening?

There was a shift. Then I felt myself being propelled upward...
I hardly remember the moment I burst up out of the water. But the second I did, I ripped the diving mask off my face and desperately began swallowing down mouthfuls of the fresh, salty sea air while Benji instantaneously hurled a barrage of words at me against the clouded haze of my mind.

"Jesus, Avery! What in the world were you thinking?! Were you trying to drown down there!? I mean, that was way too close! WAAAAY too close! You could have..." He didn't seem able to finish.
"I'm sorry, Benji... I-"

I hesitated for a moment, debating whether or not I should tell him what I saw. But upon further consideration I decided against it. He wasn't going to believe me if I did anyway. I wouldn't have either if I was him. We're scientists, after all. Couldn't expect anything more.

So, without any excuses I simply apologized again and got back in the boat to review all of my new found data. But in the back of my mind I was plagued every second by reminders of the thing I had seen. And the fact that I had somehow managed to survive the impossible due to some unknown force.
By the time I finally made it home that evening, my mind was completely rattled...
I closed the front door behind myself and pushed my back up against it to steady myself until I had regained my composure.

I had had all day to be with my thoughts, and the more I analyzed things, the more I realized that nothing made sense. I didn't understand what my own eyes had witnessed. I didn't understand why I was even still alive right now.
With a deep sigh, I finally set my body in motion again, stumbling over to the couch and throwing myself down onto it, defeated

"Impossible..." I murmured to myself. "Simply impossible. All of it is impossible"
Little did I know that the impossible was lurking just around the corner of my front door, waiting to impose it self onto my life, changing everything I'd every known forever...

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