River River River Part 2
River River River Part 2



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Part 2!! Finally!!! Pallas the traveler meets the first river nymph.

River River River Part 2

River River River Part 2 Warning: contains swearing

Screams from an unknown tongue echoed against the trees.

Screams from an unknown tongue echoed against the trees. Pallas tried to make out what the voice was saying as she trekked along the dirt path.

Alas, the words had sounded much older than any language she knew.

Alas, the words had sounded much older than any language she knew.

Small animals scattered into the underbrush as the voice screamed, "FUCKING HELL!"

Small animals scattered into the underbrush as the voice screamed, "FUCKING HELL!" That phrase was more easily understandable.

I am smarter than scary voices.

I am smarter than scary voices. I am smarter than scary trees.

I am smarter than scary voices.

I am smarter than scary voices. I am smarter than scary trees.

Pallas was repeating these mantras to herself,

Pallas was repeating these mantras to herself, when all of a sudden, the trees cleared and the sound of rushing water enveloped her.

At her feet, dirt shifted to mud, and solid ground sloped into a river bank.

"Oh gods the first river", Pallas muttered to herself.

"Oh gods the first river", Pallas muttered to herself. "You should be saying, 'Oh gods the first river nymph'",

"Oh gods the first river", Pallas muttered to herself. "You should be saying, 'Oh gods the first river nymph'", someone replied behind her with a rasping voice.

Pallas whirled to face the stranger, water splashing her as she stumbled a step back.

Pallas whirled to face the stranger, water splashing her as she stumbled a step back. She was met with a piercing stare from eyes like river depths

Pallas whirled to face the stranger, water splashing her as she stumbled a step back.

She was met with a piercing stare from eyes like river depths:

She was met with a piercing stare from eyes like river depths: too muddy to make anything out in them.

The owner of the voice and the eyes was a girl whose hair whorled like waves and whose dark skin held a greenish tint.

The owner of the voice and the eyes was a girl whose hair whorled like waves and whose dark skin held a greenish tint. She was beautiful,

The owner of the voice and the eyes was a girl whose hair whorled like waves and whose dark skin held a greenish tint. She was beautiful, in a dangerous way.

"Um, hello I'm Pallas",

"Um, hello I'm Pallas", Pallas managed to stammer out,

"Um, hello I'm Pallas", Pallas managed to stammer out, "I need to get across this river. Could you help me?"

"Well, human Pallas, I am Samntha, and I am the nymph of this river.

"Well, human Pallas, I am Samntha, and I am the nymph of this river. I wish I could help you, but the bridge crossing my river was destroyed."

"Oh gods, how did this happen?"

"Human Pallas, let me ask you something, do you see any fish in my waters?"

Pallas hesitantly turned and took a few steps so that the water reached her knees.

Pallas hesitantly turned and took a few steps so that the water reached her knees. No silver minnows darted in the shallows.

Pallas hesitantly turned and took a few steps so that the water reached her knees. No silver minnows darted in the shallows. No carp leapt through the waves.

She startled as Samntha places a webbed hand on her shoulder.

"Human Pallas, there are no fish left in my waters due to overfishing.

"Human Pallas, there are no fish left in my waters due to overfishing. Humans could not regulate themselves and fished all the native salmon.

Everything eventually died due to a lack of resources and overpopulation of some species."

Pallas gasped as she was shoved forward.

Pallas gasped as she was shoved forward. The freezing water now met her waist.

Samntha chuckled and said,

Samntha chuckled and said, "This might not right the imbalance,

Samntha chuckled and said, "This might not right the imbalance, but it will be so much fucking fun".

As if a dam has burst upstream, water flooded down the river.

As if a dam has burst upstream, water flooded down the river. Fear rattled through her as Pallas scrambled to shore.

Before she could make it, a wave knocked her off her feet and another threw her into the current before she could right her footing.

After a few moments of terror, treading, and sputtering water, Pallas's head bashed against a rock,

and her world went black.

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