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A clipping breeze had struck up this afternoon, too good not for Dan to take advantage of and head out for a sail.

Forecasts were for showers later this evening but Dan wasn't bothered by that. There was only a light cloud shelf on the horizon and Dan calculated in this breeze he would make the 21 nautical miles to the horizon in good time to turn back and beat any clouds heading back to land.
After being cooped up in the office all week he was exhilarated by the thought of being out on the open water, the salt spray in his face and the sound of the sails straining tight against the wind.

Out on open water with the sun and salt spray on his face he cursed himself for forgetting the sunscreen and knew he would suffer wind burn tonight but it would all be worth it. He was in his element tacking and gathering great speed as he noticed the wind had picked up even more as he went further out. This pleased him because he knew that at this speed he would reach the horizon in no time flat giving him more time out in the open water before he had to head back to land.

His exhilaration was heightened when he was challenged by a pod of dolphins as they raced beside the yacht.
Every so often one of them would take turns to breach out in front of the bow as if daring him to go faster. The stuffiness that he had felt all week being cooped up was being blown away. He was in his element and having this pod of dolphins as his companions was as far from the mad busy world as he could ever hope for.
Time did not matter out here and before he had even realized, he had gone out way further than he had originally intended. He had seen the clouds coming in, more ominous than the weather forecasters had predicted but somewhere in the back of his mind he had decided he could still beat them back to land in this cracking wind.

Tacking and gybing back into wind he headed back to land which, since he had gone further than intended, was not visible yet but he knew his yacht's capabilities and knew that in this wind he would be home before too long. Or so he thought.....

The dolphins had disappeared some time ago, something he wished he had taken heed of as they were more than likely heading down deep to avoid the oncoming storm. The wind was ferocious now as it howled through the rigging. It sounded like a mournful dirge but Dan had heard these sounds before and knew it was the ocean's way of playing the mind of mankind, of reminding one of it's uncertainties, it's danger and it's unpredictable power.
Just as he tacked once again into the wind, without warning a rogue wave came up behind the yacht scooping it up high onto a crest almost lifting the entire craft out of the water. Dan held onto the rudder with all his might, his knuckles white, his legs bracing hard onto the deck as the wave seemed to drop out underneath the yacht tilting the bow into a dark deep trough.
What Dan had seen at that moment made time stand still. At the bottom of the trough was a partially submerged shipping container, one of many that scatter the open seas over time, fallen from freighters in weather much like it was now. Powerless to do anything all he could do was brace as hard as he could and close his eyes....

Falling in and out of consciousness as he lay on the splintered remains of the deck, shards of memories of what had happened would wash through his thoughts. He remembered being catapulted out of the yacht and being forced deep down into the churning water. Deeper and deeper he went. He tried kicking with all his might to reach the surface, he needed air and just before he blacked out, he vaguely remembered a sudden surge beneath him, something pushing him up to the surface.

They had been with him almost from the moment it happened. The pod of dolphins had never really been far away at all. They knew their home and knew the signs of nature about to unleash itself. But they also knew of the impending danger to the human.
They scattered as the wreckage came splintering down into the water but when the human was plunged deeper and deeper into the water, the old bull dolphin came up underneath him, his dorsal fin wedging under the human's armpit pushing him up to the surface.
As remnants of the wreck bobbed and tossed around in the waves, darkness closed in but despite the natural urge to dive deeper, the bull remained on the surface buoying the human from underneath. Soon the rest of the pod closed in, taking turns to keep the human afloat gently pushing his body toward a large piece of splintered deck. It was at this time that Dan had momentarily regained consciousness coughing and spluttering as he garnered as much strength as he could to pull himself up onto the deck remains.

Throughout the night, the dolphins took it in turn and sometimes in two's to propel the makeshift raft with Dan on it toward land. The storm had heightened and the seas were so rough it was a slow and laborious push to get him closer to shore. But they were finally gaining ground. Every so often they would hear the murmurs of pain from the human as he would fall in and out of consciousness but they still pushed on. Finally in the distance, the beam of the lighthouse was visible.

Dan had been coming around more frequently now and through the murky darkness of his consciousness he was awakened by the unmistakable chatter of a dolphin which had come up next to the makeshift raft. It was as if it was trying to tell him something. He painfully lifted his head just in time to see the beam of the lighthouse ahead of them in the distance before the makeshift raft dropped down into another trough.
Unable to hold his head up as he fought off dizziness once again, he looked straight into the eye of the dolphin and with a raspy whisper through salt chapped lips he said...."Thank you" as he fell unconscious once more.


Story written by Sil-Enigma



This piece is dedicated to Captain Chris :iconchrisntheboat: and Captain Davo :icondavincipoppalag:






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:iconfrostbo: Water Effect psd sets 1,2+3
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:iconanodyne-stock: Coudly Moon
:iconsmoko-stock: Storm Cloud 2
:iconazurylipfesstock: Lightning
:iconmrsnerg: Rain
:iconshell4stock: Lighthouse
:iconchunga-stock: Dolphin
:iconwolfdemon98: Dolphin
:iconenchanted-dreams: Dolphin
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Deck flotsam created from Shipwreck stock sxchu -> [link]

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PenelopeT Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Betcha thought I'd disappeared ... like somewhere into this ocean you have depicted ;)
But alas... I had a few minutes today and came on to see your work... I LOVE this!
It's just so.... perfect!
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Hmmmmm yes I had thought that. I have even called you on the phone 3 times since we last spoke and left messages. Day after Aurora was one of them :(
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PenelopeT Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
You've left messages on our phone??? I don't have anything from you... we don't use the house phone much- but at least once a week I check the messages on it and there was never anything...I'm sorry... I didn't know...;(
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Mizth Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks truly amazing! The watermark is a little distracting but fully understandable.. :clap: :)
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Yes I know but a necessary evil Im afraid. Thanks for commenting and the fav :hug:
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EmbrisionArts Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Impressive work, well done! :clap:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much Brenda :D
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EmbrisionArts Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome! :aww: :rose:
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BaB-Jane Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
I have a work in my WIP file that is a bit like that, but it's a bout a couple lost on the see with their boat sinking at the background, in flames. Yours looks way better though!!
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012   Digital Artist
Im sure each piece is unique in its own way. You should finish it.
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BaB-Jane Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
I will probably but in a very long time, lol :XD:
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sublim, very moving! :wow:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012   Digital Artist
Smiles....thank you :)
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Notvitruvian Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Nice work Karla - great blending and lighting :clap:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks very much Mike :)
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jackodeco Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
placé comme il est ,il ne verra pas le phare,donc il ne sans sortira pas
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012   Digital Artist
If my online translations serves me correct then you must know that when he set out sailing, it was in the daytime. A storm blew in late in the afternoon which caused his boat to be wrecked and thus he has been drifting all night.
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012   Photographer
Makes me think of the painting "Radeau de la Meduse" but with a total different outcome :)
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012   Digital Artist
Totally different outcome for sure. Those dolphins would have had a damn hard time guiding that raft in...thats for sure lol.
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
Very cool! I always knew Dolphins were kind creatures--you can see it in thier faces :aww: Cap'n Dan owes his life to the dolphins for sure! :nod: Excellent story and great image, Karla :clap:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012   Digital Artist
Yep....they are always smiling....of course they are kind :D
Glad you like this piece John...thanks for commenting and the fav :hug:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
You're welcome Karla :hug:
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density-tmr Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
Excellent - well done
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks Andy :D
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aeolle Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist

Thank you so much for using my stock on the ~WolfDemon98 account!
I feel so ashamed though, because it's so old and I feel like I was such a child on that account. :XD:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Age is nothing to be ashamed of. We are all young once and regardless how you feel about that account now...I was able to find a perfect piece of stock for this piece in that account. So, thank you once again and thank you for commenting :)
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aeolle Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
And I feel honoured that you used any stock on that account in your gorgeous work.
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phantastes Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
An earth-shaking dramatic work, Karla! Can see your love of dolphins in this one. :iconjoyloveplz:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012   Digital Artist
My ocean certainly looks nothing like you paint your beautiful oceans Des. All the time I was making this I was thinking about your beautiful waves and ocean spray wishing I had even a quarter of your skill to be able to paint these waves...but it wasn't to be :shrug:
Yes I do love dolphins and Im glad you enjoy this piece my friend...thank you :hug:
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phantastes Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Its very flattering for you to say that :blushes: Will be visiting Perth in two months' time. While there, I'll be hoping to catch a lovely :sun:set or two and dolphin sighting at the Research Centre. Wish me luck! I know its still 'winter' season and the beaches have just been hit by the worst cyclone in decades!!
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chryssalis Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Fantastic,Karla!!:wow:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you Athina sweety :hug:
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weida34 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist
:clap: for both the manip and the story!

you know, usually i keep your creations sitting in my inbox for days, waiting for a peaceful moment alone (with my huge coffee mug) ... :)
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Lol Vida....yes Im sorry my stories do go on a bit. Its hard to keep my stories short...they just seem to have a life of their own.
So glad you enjoyed both the written and visual sweety...thank you :hug:
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weida34 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist
don't you dare shorten them, it's one of the things that make your creations special :)
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012   Digital Artist
I dont think i can even if i wanted to Vida....as I said...they have a life of their own. After the artwork is finished I usually have a very basic story in mind but as soon as i consciously sit down to start typing my fingers fly over the keyboard as the story billows out of my imagination in epic proportion lol. I keep saying to myself as Im typing...enough enough....just cut it short but its like Im possesed lol.....its not going to finish till its finished. So...I guess I just have to accept it as it comes :shrug:
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weida34 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist
:lol: the story wants out, all of it. period. no use fighting it :D
and i'm glad it's like that! :)

was just thinking.. your art accompanied with those stories.. could make a great book! ever thought about that?
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Yep...sure have and would love to be able to market my work like that.
I actually DO have a book that was made for me and given as a gift by :iconpenelopet: with about 15 of my earlier pieces in it and it blew me away. The pieces and stories look awesome in print :D
I would love to make a book of my pieces BUT since I use mostly DA stocks I am unable to print them and gain from it commercially due to stock limitations. So any book I might put together would have to be for personal use only :(
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Biomech44 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Another truly wonderful classic piece Karla. From the story to the visual everything is captured beautifully. The tension of the storm and sea, Dan's predicament, and his saviours all brought to life with realism and dynamics, beautiful atmospheric colour, and stunning lighting as always. Simply classic Eni storytelling :clap: :heart:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Big smiles...thank you very much Shaun. I think it will be a while before I work on another ocean piece again....so many layers in the end I had to delete layers because my program wouldnt let me save it :shrug:
Glad you like it and thanks as always for you lovely comment and support :hug:
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Aussie-Blonde Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
:squee::iconarr-isu:totally amazing Karla:iconsnailla::iconarrheartplz:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012   Digital Artist
Lol @ the excited little snail. I didnt know snails could move that fast :rofl:
Thanks heaps Linley...glad you like this piece :hug:
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Aussie-Blonde Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
:iconsnailla:u r so welcome Karla...yes he is a cute lil snail....have u made any of the emotes? :iconarrheartplz:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Gosh no lol. They are so tiny I leave them for the experts to make lol.
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Aussie-Blonde Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
oh really... a few ladies i know in here make em... its so cool... so many emotes now..i wonder if anyone knows how many have been made... i just love em:iconcuteloveplz:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Probably hundreds of thousands :shrug:
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Aussie-Blonde Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
:iconsnailla: yes i guess thousands... i cant keep up with them all.
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neverdying Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow great work with the water, must have took some time :) Everything is blended seamlessly, great work!
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