Summary: Phil is a marine biologist, called in to work on something unusual found off the coast of Australia. Dan is the last thing he expected to find. Fantasy/Sci-fi Phan!AU
Warnings: Cross-species relationship, themes of torture
“If you swim effortlessly in the deep oceans, ride the waves to and from the shore, if you can breathe under water and dine on the deep treasures of the seas; mark my words, those who dwell on the rocks carrying nets will try to reel you into their catch. The last thing they want is for you to thrive in your habitat because they stand in their atmosphere where they beg and gasp for some air.”
- C Joybell C
Small beads of sweat are accumulating on the corner of Phil’s eyebrows, despite the rapidly setting sun and the oncoming night cooling the air. He silently grips his folder, a million fears running through his mind. How long before someone realises that they’ve been tricked? Surely the driver was suspicious of his heavy load, or at least wary of Phil’s nervous behaviour. He eyes off the bulky man, doing his best not to move his head too much, but the driver is drumming along to AC/DC on the radio, looking out the window and appearing to be as unconcerned as Phil could hope.
Every second is an agony, but Phil waits as patiently as he can, carefully watching the clock until they are 30 minutes out from the research centre. Then he speaks up.