After a while, the water seemed colder. I popped up out of the water and sat down under a tree. I shook my head as the gills that had been on my neck when I had dived into the pond disappeared. I pulled my knees close and closed my eyes, resting my head on my knees. The horrible thought that had been plaguing my head had finally disapeared. I breathed deeply and eventually sensed someone else in the clearing. Looking up, I saw Grif. I realized I had even seen him even before I had jumped into the lake. Oh well, it's a free world. He can be here.
"Hey." He was looking at me.
"Hi." I said quietly.