River River River Part 3
River River River Part 3 short story stories
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Part 3 of my short story saga! (Part 4 should be the final addition so get hype!!)

River River River Part 3

River River River Part 3 TW: drowning

Pallas's eyes fluttered open to burning light and burning lungs.

Pallas's eyes fluttered open to burning light and burning lungs. Slowly pulling herself up off the muddy river banks,

Pallas's eyes fluttered open to burning light and burning lungs. Slowly pulling herself up off the muddy river banks, she wondered at how she had survived that brush with death.

The nymph's laugh still echoed in her head as she hurled up river water, shaking and bruised.

After taking a few moments to collect herself,

After taking a few moments to collect herself, Pallas pulled out her map and started again through the trees.

"One river down, two to go".

She didn't need to walk far before she could again hear that dreadful sound of water

She didn't need to walk far before she could again hear that dreadful sound of water pounding

She didn't need to walk far before she could again hear that dreadful sound of water pounding mercilessly

She didn't need to walk far before she could again hear that dreadful sound of water pounding mercilessly against rocks.

As she neared, Pallas found another naiad at the bank of a river,

As she neared, Pallas found another naiad at the bank of a river, heaving sobs with her face pressed into the mud.

"No way am I dealing with this,"

"No way am I dealing with this," Pallas thought to herself.

"No way am I dealing with this," Pallas thought to herself.

Pallas tried to sneak away, but the tearstained puddle on the ground immediately pricked up her pointed ears.

"OHHHHHH TRAVELER HEAR MY MISERY!"

"OHHHHHH TRAVELER HEAR MY MISERY!" cried the weeping nymph.

Oh, I can hear it all right.

Oh, I can hear it all right. Pallas put on a sympathetic tone, "What is making you sad- er"

"They call me Aegea," the nymph supplied, "

"They call me Aegea," the nymph supplied, "And I cry because my vegetation is dying.

"So many mosses and algae grew on my rocks."

She sat up and her long, sleek hair, black like rich soil, tumbled down her back.

"In the shallows, the cattails were so bountiful I could lay down in them and be protected from the sun.

And, here on this very bank used to grow the most enchanting irises you had ever seen.

And, here on this very bank used to grow the most enchanting irises you had ever seen. They're all gone now."

Suddenly, Aegea whipped her head around to look at Pallas, and her pale eyes tinged red widened at the sight of the traveler.

"HUMAN!"

"HUMAN!" she shrieked and flung out a blue-tinted finger,

"HUMAN!" she shrieked and flung out a blue-tinted finger, "HUMANS POLLUTED MY WATERS!"

Pallas tried to shrink back from the accusations,

Pallas tried to shrink back from the accusations, but she paused as she felt a peculiar sensation gathering under her ribcage.

"HUMANS KILLED MY PLANTS!"

Breathing was all of a sudden very painful for Pallas and her head started to swim.

Breathing was all of a sudden very painful for Pallas and her head started to swim. As she inhaled, a slight gurgling sound escaped from her lips.

"AND THEY DO NOT CARE!

"AND THEY DO NOT CARE! THEY DO NOT CARE!

"AND THEY DO NOT CARE! THEY DO NOT CARE! THEY DO NOT CARE!"

Pallas was sure of what the sensation was now.

Pallas was sure of what the sensation was now. Her lungs were filling with water.

Pallas was sure of what the sensation was now. Her lungs were filling with water. She turned up two fearful eyes to meet Aegea's, which were blurred with tears.

Aegea fluttered a hand to the red tear marks caressing her cheeks, and a hesitant look washed over her face.

Pallas felt the water drain from her chest as the naiad said in a very small voice,

"But, isn't my job to protect my river?

"But, isn't my job to protect the river? Am I to blame?"

Then, Aegea hunched over and clutched her sides.

"Shouldn't I be held responsible?"

Pallas took her chance and hurried past Aegea as water started to dribble down the nymph's chin.

By the time Pallas made it across the river, the naiad was clawing at her throat as freshwater poured from her mouth and saltwater from her eyes.

The words, "I could have saved the irises", followed behind Pallas as she trekked on through the forest.

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