A few thin, wispy clouds glided across the sky guided by a warm wind, the sun shone brightly, spreading its light across the glittering surface tricking the eyes to see things where there were none and brightening the blue waves. Dolphins skimmed the surface, jumping high as they speeded along, whistling and chirping, their cries barely audible through the air but below the water their voices carried far. Deep below where sunlight didn't quite reach and the water was dark blue and chilly Ayla swam, not affected by the cold, her brown hair flowing behind her as she gave an extra twist with her tail to gain speed. Frowning Ayla dived deeper darting through woods of seaweed and brushed over anemones on her way, her heart weighed by worries, the dolphins sounded weird today, something in their voices was off and though she could not understand them she felt their urgency. Something was wrong today, even the water smelled strange, thick and pungent, something she had never encountered before. Following the sickening scent Ayla came closer to her own favourite place, worry filled her as she swam upwards, sweeping her white tail strongly, black fins waving like silk in the current. Suspicion rose as she came further up and the water just got a bit lighter and further ahead it was pitch black despite the sunny day. Finally she cleaved the surface, dark hair plastered to her face as the sun hit her olive skin, but Ayla had no eye for the bright day only the sea of black that stretched out before her. A bit ahead a ship was stranded on a cluster of rocks, tilted to the side and black liquid oozed out of the metal hull. The stench was horrible andshe saw how it clung to the rocks like slime, it floated above thewater never mixing or sinking, dead fish floated covered with blackand half dead birds and fish still struggled to get away but the darkness wouldn't let go. She stretched out a hand and stroked it through the black mass, it was slick and warm, a shiver went through her and she snatched her hand back, desperately trying to wipe it clean but the dark stain wouldn't disappear. Narrowing her eyes at the ship she cursed the humans, once again they had done something to hurt the environment, normally she had nothing against the strange land livers but at times like these she understood those of her kind that distanced themselves and lived far from humans. Soon sorrow replaced her anger, all those animals that had died and all those that would die soon, it was unnatural, so unnecessary, so wrong. Amber eyes stared hopelessly on the liquid that slowly spread across the calm water, she felt so helpless, useless. The disgusting liquid was destroying her home, her beautiful ocean and she could do nothing, she couldn't even clean it from her skin. Slowly she felt a pull on her fins, the current was picking up, tide was coming. In a few hours this would have spread far, her home would be tainted and destroyed. Casting one last glance at the hated ship she dove down into the comforting embrace of the ocean, the cool caress over her skin and scales could not sooth her mind as it usually did, the sticky darkness that tainted her hands made sure of that. Ayla swam for hours, racing to outrun the tide and she steadily came closer to land, it was not what she wanted however, she did not trust that humans would keep it a secret if they found out about her kind. She may find them interesting but Ayla knew what they were capable off, she remembered in her mother'sold tales how humans had been in awe of anything mythical, today though they exploited what they found, respecting nothing else than themselves. Suddenly she felt a shift in the water, focusing ahead she noticed that she was close to land, now she just needed to find a secluded bay of some kind where she could feel relatively safe until she had figured something out about the black terror that threatened her home.