Chapter 142 of The Lake Demon


Chapter One Hundred Forty-Two:
Blake Riley’s boat took another bump from underneath the vessel. This time it was powerful enough to shake the whole ship.
“What the heck was that?” said Blake turning in the direction of the ship’s captain, Peter Marks.
“Well, it isn’t a submersible. My guess is that it’s a very large living creature,” answered Peter.
“Such as Ogopogo?” asked Blake.
“It’s possible sir. I am not aware of another creature in Lake Okanagan that could give your ship a jar like that,” answered Peter.
“Get Dr. Phelge for me. I think he’s below the main deck checking the sonar readings,” said Blake to Keesha, one of the university students.
Keesha didn’t have to go far as Lionel was already making his way to the main deck.
“Dr. Phelge, something very large has hit the boat twice already,” said Blake.
“I’m aware of that. That’s why I ran up the stairs to the main deck. The sonar readings I was getting suggested a very large object indeed, perhaps as large as fifty feet long,” said Lionel.
“Could it be Ogopogo?” asked Blake.
“I would hazard a guess that it is,” answered Lionel solemnly.
“Why does it want to attack our boat? I thought that Ogopogo was not an aggressive animal,” said Blake.
“At the present time we don’t have very much evidence concerning the creature’s aggression, one way or the other. There has been the odd report by a swimmer or a water skier in Lake Okanagan that claims that Ogopogo was pursuing them,” said Lionel.
A third hit now struck the boat strong enough to allow some water to spray onto the main deck.
“Why is the creature doing this? What does it want with us?” asked Blake.
Ryan Richards walked towards Blake and Lionel.
“I have a theory,” said Ryan. The Ogopogo that is attacking the ship probably saw us capture the replica with our large fishing nets.”
By this time Kyle Winter had also stepped up to join in the discussion.
“Ryan’s right. Ogopogo likely thinks that we will try to capture him too. The creature is probably unaware that the replica wasn’t a real Ogopogo.”
“You guys could be right. My concern is how many bumps can my ship take before the creature causes some serious damage,” said Blake.
A voice was heard a few feet away. It was John Richards. “I’m worried about that too, but I’m also afraid that Ogopogo may try to climb aboard to rescue the replica.”
“So what should we do?” asked Blake who was now showing signs of panic.
“My suggestion is that we throw the replica back into the lake,” said John.
“I agree. That makes sense to me. Maybe if Ogopogo thinks that we’ve set his friend free, he will leave us alone,” said Lionel.
Peter Marks was now set to take charge again. He grabbed a megaphone and said, “I need all hands on deck. We’re going to need lots of muscle power to lift the replica up and throw it back in the lake.”images

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