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The Blue Menace
October 27, 2021|Sea of Lies

The Blue Menace

The Blue Menace

Ivan tried to keep his sanity, while the chemical that circulated in his veins made him lose contact with reality. The Land Lover continued to sail towards the blue metal ship, while the pirates seemed confident in their captain’s ability to emerge victorious.

Reality kept slipping out of Ivan’s grasp. Eventually, the enemy ship took the form of a giant serpent; in the captain’s mind, sea creatures began to leap aboard the Land Lover.

“Grab the helm,” Ivan said before jumping to slide off a railing.

Jostas saw the captain reach the lower deck and began to fight…there was no one in front of him.

Ivan believed that the ship was being invaded by sea creatures—humanoids with green skin and scales. The effects of the chemical on his mind limited his ability to see reality; his imagination filled in the empty spaces left by his impaired senses.

The other pirates were surprised to see their captain fight the air with his sword, while Ivan looked at the sea creatures as if they were real.

After sailing for a few minutes, Jostas led the Land Lover to the blue metal ship. The pirates prepared to board it… when they saw the cannons.

The explosion almost simultaneously generated a blast. The pirates froze, expecting the worst. Ivan continued to fight the beings of his imagination, while the ethereal sphere in his bag began to act strangely.

They missed…the cannonballs stopped a few feet from the Land Lover. An inexplicable energy stopped them as if the ship was protected by a force field.

Ivan did not realize what had happened and grabbed a rope before jumping from the upper deck. The pirates looked at him in surprise as he swung on top of them and barely reached the edge of the blue metal ship. The rest of the crew began to throw ropes to board the enemy.

The captain managed to grab onto the snake he had created with his imagination, and as he climbed he encountered more sea creatures. Ivan pulled the sword from his belt and charged.

The blue-blooded beings couldn’t believe what was happening. Some looked at Ivan curiously, raising their weapons to fire. Surely the human’s actions were irrational.

Ivan believed that blue-blooded beings were humanoid sea snakes. It was impossible for him to understand their technology—the almost silent shot whirled in the captain’s direction. There was nothing he could do to avoid it. Ivan couldn’t even imagine what was about to happen. A life wasted by the effects of a narcotic. The last punishment of a witch.

The ammunition didn’t reach its target…the ethereal sphere vibrated again in Ivan’s bag. This time it stopped the bullet a few steps away from the captain.

The blue-blooded beings continued firing, while the captain leaped at them with his sword. The bullets seemed useless while the ethereal sphere vibrated. Little by little the other pirates arrived and proved to be better fighters—slaying the enemy.

Ivan continued fighting the sea creatures. Eventually, he found a door and entered the serpent to find a way to destroy it from inside. His imagination kept changing his surroundings; the corridors of the ship seemed to the captain like the entrails of an animal.

The pirates looted the metal ship and eliminated all the blue-blooded beings; one of them agreed to surrender. Meanwhile, Ivan had been walking through the internal corridors of the first metal ship that he had seen. He was sure that the inside of the snake was different from what he had expected.

Shortly after walking down the long corridors, Ivan heard a voice. The beautiful melody must have come from a mermaid, there was no other explanation for his growing desire to search for it. The captain followed the sound.

Finally, Ivan found a blue metal door. He was sure the sound was coming from within. The voice of a trapped woman. After struggling for a while, he found a way to open the door.

Inside he found the siren of his imagination. A woman with long wavy hair, flapping her fin on the ground. She seemed to glow. Ivan never thought of finding a mermaid and offered a hand to help her.

The woman looked at the pirate curiously. What is a human doing here?

“Take my hand,” Ivan said, “I’ll help you out.”

Ivan felt the siren’s hand and a flash of lights blinded him for an instant. When he regained his sight, the woman had human legs.

“What are you waiting for?” Shelly said. “Are you going to get me out of here?”


Sebastian Iturralde

I am a fiction blogger and lover of literature, art, and all things creative. As a citizen of this beautiful planet, I am constantly inspired by the natural world around me.


  • October 27, 2021 at 8:03 am

    Sounds like today’s Harvard. Nice work!

  • October 27, 2021 at 8:05 am

    yas i’ve been waiting for another post!!

  • October 27, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Great read!

  • October 27, 2021 at 8:31 am

    This is fantastic. Wow

  • Levi
    October 27, 2021 at 8:52 am


  • October 27, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Good craft

  • October 27, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Awesome writing! I want more to read.

  • October 27, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Loved it !

  • October 27, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Nice piece of artfully carved fiction . To grasp the essence of the story , an especial mental faculty is required to be developed . Very thoughtfully written . Length of fiction is immaterial . Content eye-catching . Thanks.

  • Richard Chi
    October 27, 2021 at 9:13 am

    Brilliant! I loved it! I read it beginning to end and I’m dying to read more!

  • October 27, 2021 at 9:33 am

    Together with “The Shape of Your Dreams” in your October 20 post, you have begun to build a fascinating world. I also would love to read more about this world. Thank you.

    • November 5, 2021 at 11:46 am

      Now you can find the entire series from the beginning and click Next Post to read it in order.

      • November 7, 2021 at 11:21 am

        Thank you very much for explaining how to read your entire story. I look forward to reading it from the beginning.

  • October 27, 2021 at 9:41 am

    You capture everything my grandson loves and we love reading your story.

  • Wanjiku_theWriter
    October 27, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Such stories get me dreaming of barbados😊😊 great piece. I love it

  • October 27, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Amazing piece of literature

  • October 27, 2021 at 10:22 am

    The Thoughts in my head….. Provoking.

  • October 27, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Then there was Shelly… wow, wow, wow!

  • October 27, 2021 at 10:42 am

    Wow I wonder how you always do it. I was drawn in from the beginning, it was so vivid I could see everything.

  • October 27, 2021 at 11:22 am

    The blue menace can be critically ill in some people like me who doesn’t have any feeling’s going to water . It’s terrible
    I could remember those days my Dad’s warn me not to near water no mater . Falling to do so you will sink .🙋

  • Ward
    October 27, 2021 at 11:30 am

    I’m getting into this, Sebastian! Nicely done!

  • October 27, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    Im thinking mutiny on the bounty
    But then there’s Shelley!!
    Brilliant mind shifting activity.

  • October 27, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Nice one👍

  • October 27, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    You are a writer. Great work. We not.

  • October 27, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    so engaging! Well done!

  • October 27, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    You’re very creative 🥰

  • October 27, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    You’re good!

  • October 27, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    I loved it! Thank you for sharing your writing with us, Sebastian.

  • October 27, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    Great write up

  • October 27, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    Oh my God that was so good!!!!

  • October 27, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    What a trip! Is there any limit to your imagination? Especially the finale, so unexpected!

  • October 27, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    I really enjoyed the short story. I’m new to blogging & I like to write a lot. I have notebooks everywhere. Now is the time for my hobby to be copyrighted & published. I will definitely read more of your stories, even the longer ones. I am currently reading a Stephen King book titled Liseys’ Story. Keep up the great work, I see a future in your writings becoming published in a short story book for those that like to hold a book. Take care & stay safe.

  • October 27, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Hey!! You know me? You are my first liker!!! Thank you very much!! I will follow you!! <3

  • October 28, 2021 at 12:13 am

    What a fantastic continuation

  • October 28, 2021 at 12:47 am

    NICE! I liked it very much

  • October 28, 2021 at 7:33 am

    I love this blog a lot. I highly appreciate your efforts that you put while writing this blog. I always want to read your blogs ahead.

  • October 28, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Fantastic!! 😀

  • October 28, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Loved it !

  • October 28, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    Hi Sebastian. I’m enjoying your writing very much.

  • October 28, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    You got me hooked all right! Waiting for the next sequel 🙂

  • October 29, 2021 at 1:11 am

    Wow… great article

  • October 29, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    I’m not computer saavy. I noticed readers, but couldn’t return comments as they don’t seem to show up on my comment site. Don’t know why. Found many in another folder, so I returned comments there. If you’ve written, but I haven’t responded, it’s because comments aren’t showing up in my folder.

  • October 29, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    Great writing, keep on keeping on!

  • October 30, 2021 at 1:16 am

    Nice work

  • October 30, 2021 at 6:43 am

    William Hope Hodgson, an author I admired, though tragically he died in the war in the early 1900s. He was purportedly an influence on H.P. Lovecraft’s work. It was my intent to list a story I read that had, to me, the feel of the fine story on your blog. But I’ve forgotten the name and there are a few stories nautical in nature. So I’ll link to these free stories if Sebastian Iturralde or others might want to read William Hope Hodgson’s work. It can be read online, and I’d imagine Gutenberg also has Hodgson’s works. The story I read involved the Sargasso Sea.


    Great story Sebastian, I enjoyed reading it as much as I have Hodgson’s works.

  • October 30, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    Awesome man. Very well written. Thanks for the art

  • October 31, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    Excellent… tugging strings in my imagination as I try to visualise the world you have created.

  • October 31, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    Sebastian! I’ve been missing you! Thanks for the “like”. 😊

  • October 31, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Yes, I meant to say that too; thanks for the like it means a lot to me

  • November 1, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    This was a fun read!

  • November 1, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Beautifully written, and a great story. Thank you for sharing, and I’ll be looking more through your catalog to find more like this.

  • November 2, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    Wow, this was a great read!

  • November 2, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Excellent continuation!!! 👏🏻 love it! Bravo!

  • November 3, 2021 at 1:10 am

    Hey seb

  • November 3, 2021 at 1:50 am

    Amazing work 👏

  • November 5, 2021 at 9:29 am

    What a terrific depiction of what we so lightly term mental illness. Well done!

  • November 8, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    I’ve enjoyed reading the entire series.

    Thankyou and well done.

    Look forward to more.

  • November 11, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Nice and lovely

  • November 12, 2021 at 9:15 pm


  • November 16, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    I sure hope it doesn’t have those pirates from J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan. Not to mention that stupid animated movie from the dark side.

  • November 19, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    Interesting story

  • November 22, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    and then??? As always, leaving the reader at the edge of the seat waiting for the next move…

  • November 23, 2021 at 2:01 am

    Hmm, I may be feeling inspiration coming on.

  • November 27, 2021 at 6:10 am

    Really great read….What happened next??????

  • December 22, 2021 at 9:02 am

    Nice fantasy

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    The Andes' highlands served as a source of inspiration for this short story. I hope you'll find the same beauty and wonder in its words that I did while crafting it.
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