"Whoa! Wh-wh-whoa…! Are…are you okay?!”
CRASH. A slash of lightning momentarily broke the darkness.
"No! Don’t let go! Just a little longer…come on! Hang on!"
More lightning…a rapidly fading scream…and the cold, lurching grasp of the sea took over…
Consciousness returned in a rush of pain, the beating pulse of the ocean still thundering in her head. “Wh…where am I…?”
Her voice was hoarse and faint, her throat rubbed raw by the saltwater. She groaned, her eyes slitting open, and —
Since when was the sun so hideously bright?!
She recoiled from the glare, her head seared by another painful throb. All she had been able to make out was an expanse of sand and sky, all of it bleached nearly white by that awful, invasive sunlight…
Maybe if she had been stronger or more lucid, she would have noticed the changes in herself then and there. But as it was, she allowed herself to drift off again, comfortable darkness overpowering the agony…