Deep Blue Murder
by Shirley E. Watson
Copyright 2011 Shirley E. Watson
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She clung to the icy davit, her hands slipping, afraid to utter the scream that was frozen in her throat. She wouldn’t look down. Her feet scrabbled for balance on the slimy canvas, the fog wrapped her face like wet rags and the sea gurgled horribly far below. Waves nudged the ship, making it sway. Vertigo kicked in and the bottom of her stomach seemed to drop out. She avoided heights under normal conditions and now, in terror, she was aware how far down it was to the sea. Her clutching hands slid further on the cold metal, which tore at her flesh. A scraping noise above startled her into action. Her pursuer was coming. She had to go down. There was no help for it.
Five days previously, the sun was shining out of a clear sky. It was a cool and gorgeous morning in early June, the kind of day when ten year old Edie used to dream of going places and having adventures. She recalled the magic now as she waited to board the cruise ship, Deep Blue.