This should be the last from the short story Modified and Sacred for a while (the anthology has been delayed due to health reasons on the publishers end so I won’t know if it’s accepted or not for months).
In this scene, Addison and Deveral’s ship has crashed into a lake. Deveral’s unconscious and Addison’s secret is about to be exposed (in this universe, modifications like this are illegal for humans).
Water poured in. Addison blinked hard, forcing his nictitating membranes out of hiding. They slid over his corneas, protecting them. Addison hoisted Deveral again and swam out. The webbing between his toes caught the water and his powerful legs propelled him upward.
His eyes, designed for dim light, picked out the sunlight barely filtering down through the murk. Gill slits hidden on his neck opened. It had been a long time since he’d been down in deep water. Granted, the lake water wasn’t as deep as he was used to. Addison swam like he’d been born to it. He hadn’t been but renegade scientists more interested in money than morals had fixed that for him.
If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!