Lil Nessians — Pt. 1
Becoming a Legend
You know the stories of Loch Ness, unknowably cavernous and always cold, home to hoax or creature peeking out from dark waters. This is not that story. This is the story of a creature dwelling deep in the Loch, hidden away from the world. This is the story of Lil Ness.
Lil Ness has spent every day for as long as she can remember gliding through caverns, snacking on pike and trout, and exploring the depths of the Loch that have belonged just to her for hundreds of years. She knows each crack and crevice, each rock and bit of debris, and each sound echoing through the water. This was the home she had always known.
Ping. Almost imperceptible, Lil Ness hears the faintest sound. The sound becomes a sensation she can feel through her body. Ping. Ping. Ping. Lil Ness feels herself drawn in the direction of the ping, down into the darkest and coldest waters in the depths of the Loch. It’s as if her body is being pulled by the sound, the pings getting louder and reverberating from snout to tail.
A faint light comes into view. The blinking red light grows brighter as the pings grow louder. Lil Ness wanted to stop. To approach carefully. Slowly. But her body was no longer responding to her mind, only to the pings drawing her closer.
The blinking light is fully in focus now, and Lil Ness can make out the strange box emitting the warm red glow. The metallic box is covered in symbols, obscured by seaweed, and tucked into the bed of the Loch. She has been here before, in these waters, but she has never seen the box or its glow. And yet, it feels familiar. It calls to her, completely captivating her. As she clears the weeds from the top of the box, she sees a carved depression in the outline of a flipper. A lock waiting for a key.
Lil Ness was the key. As if compelled by the currents around her, Lil Ness lifts her front flipper, placing it onto the box. Her flipper fits in the box’s depression perfectly, as if it were carved just for her, and the box opens. The warm red light has turned from beacon to blanket, wrapping itself tightly around Lil Ness. The light glides over her body, almost as if it were alive. She can feel the heat of the light as it travels up her tail and around her whole body. Unable to move, Lil Ness hears a voice: “Engage Home”. To her surprise, Lil Ness repeats the words, more a compulsion than a choice, “Engage Home.”
The water spins wildly around Lil Ness, and the light engulfing her body begins pulsating. Lil Ness closes her eyes tightly as the light flashes brightly. She gasps as she feels her body lurch forward.
She opens her eyes to find the shadowy abyss of the Loch had given way to crystal clear waters. The white sand was playful under her flippers, the plants unlike anything she had seen before. Exhilarated and confused, Lil Ness looks up, taking in every new sight and sound. In that moment, she sees them. Creatures unlike anything she has seen before begin coming into focus. They swim towards her slowly, watching her closely.
A calm comes over Lil Ness. The light slowly releases her, but even as she feels the light retreat down her body, the warmth remains. She is at peace. She is Home.
One of the creatures moves in closer, circling Lil Ness, opening its mouth to speak…
NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO BECOME PART OF THE STORY — artist/short story submission for your ideas as to what happens next can be submitted in…
https://discord.gg/xnnKpDR3 for fan art submissions
https://discord.gg/kttXpTa4 for fan short story submissions
Part 2 of Lil Nessians is a community collab partnership, we want to see/hear your ideas for what comes next. Creating the opportunity for (you) to become part of The Legend. Some of your ideas will be incorporated into the continuation story, and what branches off from there. It is a chance for all of us to be engaged in developing/creating The Story of The Lil Nessians.
We look forward to seeing your creativity and engagement.