Skull Turtle

Skull Turtle finally chewed through the neck of its human ‘host’. Resting for a bit, it began to push its new limbs out through the holes…

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Fortunately, the carcass of the ‘host’ would provide nourishment while Skull Turtle’s legs grew strong and the flesh rotted off its shell.

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While the eye-legs were sturdy from the outset, it took weeks before Skull Turtle’s nasal front legs could bear its weight: a dangerous time.

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This was the vulnerable space, before Skull Turtle could drag itself into the Sea of Blood. This was when the humans took revenge on the weak.

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Already, scent sensors on Skull Turtle’s chin-nose could detect the metallic tang of the sanguinary sea which should be its home for centuries.

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Had Skull Turtle’s old ears not dropped off, it would have heard the cries of infected humans closing in, as they jabbed harpoons into the sand.

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They knew, buried in shallow graves all round them, Skull Turtle’s kin were hatching from the paralysed bodies of their fellow crew-members.

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