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by K.J. Watson
A wave crashed on the shore. As it withdrew, the foam-flecked water left behind a ship’s captain. Another breaker deposited her wrecked vessel’s figurehead.
Just my luck, the captain thought. Instead of rum, this has to wash up alongside me.
The figurehead’s demonic eyes lit up. Seconds later, its ligneous body became animate flesh.
“Your craft’s destruction has ended the malediction binding me to it,” the figurehead said.
“I know nothing of any curse,” the captain replied, attempting to crawl away.
The figurehead reached out a taloned hand and hurled the captain back into the raging sea.
“Liar,” it muttered.
K.J. Watson’s fiction has appeared on the radio; in comics, magazines and anthologies; and online.