This was a game! They lied!
“Come out, come out, wherever you are!”
He wasn’t falling for that again. There was so much blood. His heart pounded in his chest and his side ached. He could smell the salt water. It was so close he could taste it. He could make it. He had to. The beach was safe. It was the only certainty left.
Weight crushed his back and claws dug into his shoulders. “I’ve got you!”
He was so close …
A triumphant laugh echoed in the darkness. “Pitiful fools, will they ever learn?”