“Get the oxygen, now!” Mattie ran and brought Ivan back a tank of oxygen. “What were they doing? The dives were over,” Ivan said. “And Alan is a total newbie. No way he should have gone for another dive so soon after the last.”
“I jumped in. For one last dive. I’m sorry,” I admitted, my voice hoarse.
“The dude jumped in after her,” Charlie said, her voice shaking.
“He’s not coming around,” Mattie warned.
Ivan leapt up, and the engine rumbled to life beneath me. Soon we pounded back toward the shore. As the boat rattled my body, the feeling of bliss faded. Nate turned his attention to Alan. Uncomfortable feelings collected in my gut.
Charlie sat braced against the motion of the boat, her face streaked with tears. I sat upright and she put her arm around me.
“I thought you were dead. Why did you do that?” she asked.
“I… I saw Alyx,” I whispered in her ear.
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