It had been several days that Jake and Orph had seen The Gill on Big Plaice’s horizon. It was huge and dark, like a giant cave, that entered into Big Plaice. A giant cave that expanded and contracted as Big Plaice “breathed” the water.
Jake wondered, Is it safe to go in there? Would we get crushed? He voiced his concern to Orph, but Orph shrugged, in the way only a fish-shaped Orph can, blowing a few bubbles.
Finally they stood in front of it, looking down into its dark depths. Jake noticed a faint blue glow emanating from it. There was something within making that glow, and Jake would have to face it.
“That looks very dangerous in there,” Orph piped up, disturbing Jake’s thoughts, or confirming them. Then, the consummate gentlemen as always, Orph indicated the way to Jake and said with a polite grin, “After you!”