The captain heard the yells of her crewmates, but she could only stare at the creature that emerged before them. She heard Nolan's questions, but even she had no answer to it. Runali had no clue what that was and no clue how to stop it. There was nothing she could think to do. But she was the captain, she couldn't just stand there in fear. Something had to be done. And something had to be done fast. "Danny, on your feet! We have to go!" The navigator had been paralyzed with fear. The only thing she managed to do was stand to her feet. The boat rocked this way and that, and as she swayed each way in order to keep her balance, her eyes never left the beast before them. "They aren't suppose to be real... That- That can't be real!" Her attention snapped to Luro when all of a sudden the sound of his rifle rang through the storm. "Are you insane!? You're only angering it more!" Danny was frantic, not knowing what to do! She nearly jumped out of her skin when the captain came and put a hand on her shoulder. "Danny, Luro is insane. We've established that. He's more rum than person probably. But that's not important. I need you to stay calm and steer us out of here." She kept her cool as the tentacles lashed out. "I trust you." The navigator's entire body trembled, but she moved closer and closer to the wheel to steer. The captain ran off to help protect the ship as best as possible, even though they were facing the impossible at the time. "I can do this." She rushed towards the wheel once more, while the other crew members heaved the cannon to the main deck and prepared to aim. Runali let Luro and Ray call when it was time to fire. They were used to manning the cannons, and good at it. After the third time the beast was hit, it screeched out again. It’s large body sank lower into the ocean in order to stare directly at the crew. It’s eye landed on Danny first, causing her to freeze and stumble backwards. Another attack and the boat nearly capsized. “Hold on to some-!” She started to yell out, if it wasn’t for the scream that pierced the air. “DANNY!” Runali let go of the side of the ship, sliding after the girl that was hanging on the edge. “Hold on! Don’t let go! Someone toss a rope!” The captain kept her feet on the side on the ship in order to stand. She reached her hand out as far as she could without falling into the ocean herself. “C’mon, grab my hand!” “I- I can’t! I’ll fall!” “Trust me Danny! I will grab your hand, and I won’t let go!” The ship teetered and Runali had to lean against the ship in order to keep her balance. When she could, she reached out once more. “As your captain, you should trust me!” “I- I do trust you!” The navigator looked below at the crashing waves and tried to hold tighter but she could feel her grip slipping. Danny’s heart pounded in her ears. Above, she could see the tentacles thrashing and attacking the ship. She reached out, and Runali quickly grabbed the girl’s hand. The captain slowly pulled her up, until she stumbled forward and her life threatened to end as well. “Captain!” “It’s okay! I won’t- I won’t let go! As a captain, I will not leave my navigator behind.” The angered beast made her look up. It managed to push the ship upright but in the process, Danny’s hold slipped. “Danny!” She tried to catch her. She even tried to grab part of her clothing, but the ship was pushed and caught the captain off balance. When she stood, she ran to the edge of the ship and looked around, trying to spot their navigator. Her heart raced as she searched, but there was nothing but the roaring sea. She hit her fist against the Coral Pearl, swearing under her breath. She promised Danny...and she couldn’t even hold on. ’What kind of captain am I if I can’t keep a promise?’ In her moment of grieving, she barely realized that infuriated beast grabbed the ship and practically tossed it into it’s mouth. The StarDusk Pirates had been eaten whole. * * * * * * * * * * A small groan escaped the captain when she awoke from unconsciousness… Wait, woke!? Runali’s eyes opened and she sat up quickly. All around her there was nothing but sand, and their damaged ship. The sky was clear and it was warm as if any normal day… But it wasn’t a normal day. The last thing Runali recalled was being eaten alive by that sea monster!? But...here she was- along with- She turned, counting the unconscious bodies. Luro Makachi. Nolan Fischer. Alicia Tashigi. Raymond Skalter… But where was Danny? Danielle Wickens wasn’t with them! Of course she wasn’t with them...She had fallen off the ship... But where were they…? “A-Are we dead?” It was more of a silent proclamation. Runali had seen with her one good eye their end. She had seen Danny fall to her death as well. And yet, here they were.