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The Deeps

What bleak monsters live in the deeps? Below the shimmering surface, where all might be calm and smooth. Where sunbeams make their merry dance 'til gold dissolves into amber, orange, red, and finally they bow to make way for the dark and their pale sister. What creatures dwell there, where the light grows dim, and the stillness and the weight of the water press themselves inward, down, suffocating, crushing. Do they have teeth? One of my favourite metaphors in Silver Moon is the use of water to represent emotions. This was born out of recurring dreams I've had since I was a child, of being swamped by tidal waves or hunted by toothy sea mammals, often Orcas, at the seaside. As a highly sensit

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