GENRE: NA Fantasy
Chest tight, Elsa thrashed in the water, fighting for air before the hand forced her back down. Strong fingers dug into her scalp, submerging her squeals. Elsa was swallowed by the cold, her splashes too weak to keep her from going under. Ignoring the ache in her skinny arms she flailed beneath the algae, frantic kicks churning up the muck. Blood pounded in her ears. Her cries bubbled out, eyes bulging and stinging.
Gritting her teeth and tasting silt, she dredged up her dormant power, air jetting from her nose with the effort. She forced the sparks out through her pores, her skin shimmering as they rose beneath the surface, expecting the usual warm tingle and flash. Instead, it set her nerves on fire.
NEVER use it wet, her father had warned her.
A violent flare sent shock-waves through the pool, with the girl at its heart. The hand tore out her hair. Elsa jack-knifed, shrieking through the water, throwing up fountains of spray. Flames exploded across her skin, fizzing and blistering. Her lungs flooded with needles of stabbing fire. She burst through the surface with a raw screech, only to be thrust straight back down. The waters claimed her. Steaming bubbles scorched her throat as she choked, hot red drops spraying into the murk.
Then - it was over. She felt nothing.
Elsa sank, heavy and numb, pulled down, deeper, further away from the small grey square of light and the rippling figure overhead.