To the public, it was the Emerald Cove Retreat a seaside facility run by a foundation endowed for humanitarian work and oceanic research. So it was not uncommon to see vanloads of equipment and personnel traveling to and from the place. There were the occasional media releases announcing breakthroughs in aquatic food production or ocean-based bio-medical experiments. All of it was pretty benign stuff.
As a side project, the place was also established as a camp for underprivileged children. The magnificent coastal location was a far cry from the dusty rural or grimy urban settings many of the children lived. This wasn't publicized as much but many of the locals thought that was just fine - doing good for kids without turning it into a publicity stunt.
To those on the foundation's executive board, the place was known as the EC Lab 1. For reasons that oceanographers and marine biologists could explain in detail, the tidal pools and caves that dotted the area were a haven for sea creatures that the public - and ninety-nine percent of the scientific community - were not aware of. Tunnels in the ocean floor allowed these creatures to emerge undetected from the far depths to the surface areas.
Over years of tenuous communication and learning, a rapport was established between researchers and the ocean dwellers. These creatures were intelligent and a form of cooperation had been achieved as these creatures could venture into places that were difficult for humans in submarines or their remote-operated vehicles. Exploration and even espionage were carried out with the rest of the world and its governments never aware of the pact between humans and the other species.
The creatures were twisted, unique branches of the evolutionary tree. Their purpose in venturing to the shallow waters and, for some, even onto land was to breed. They needed warm-blooded creatures to be implanted with eggs and inseminated, acting as surrogates during the weeks before the embryos had matured enough to exit the womb. Because of radically different body chemistry between the sea- and land-based life forms, the warm blooded creatures selected were usually not fully mature. The still developing reproductive systems of the young land dwellers were ideal for carrying the radically different offspring.
In exchange for the creatures' assistance in the ocean, the foundation began to supply young specimens for breeding purposes. Of course, they had access to plenty of unsuspecting candidates.
"Woo! Check me out," Tia purred as she squeezed her small breasts in their bikini tops.
This story is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
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