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By Scott O'Dell

From the depths of a collapse the Vermilion Sea, Ramon Salazar has wrested a black pearl so lustrous and desirable that his father, a professional pearl broker, is bound Ramon has came across the mythical Pearl of Heaven. this kind of treasure is certain to carry nice pleasure to the villagers in their tiny coastal city, or even higher renown to the Salazar identify. No diver, no longer even the swaggering Gaspar Ruiz, has ever came across a pearl like this!

But is there a value to pay for a prize so nice? whilst a poor tragedy moves the village, previous Luzon’s caution approximately El Diablo returns to hang-out Ramon. If El Diablo truly exists, it's going to take all Ramon’s braveness to stand the winged creature awaiting him offshore.

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I've got noticeable many,” stated the Sevillano, “but this one is the monster of all. he'll degree ten paces throughout, from fin to fin, and weigh greater than ton. yet they're a chummy variety, those sea-bats, pleasant just like the dolphins. i've got had them keep on with my boat for an entire day, but by no means with malice. nonetheless, with a trifling turn of a fin or a twitch in their tail they could ship you into eternity. so much of an hour glided by after which the manta swam out prior to us. As he handed the boat, I truly observed his eyes. They have been the colour of amber and flecked with black spots and so they looked as if it would repair themselves upon me and me on my own, now not upon the Sevillano. I additionally stuck a glimpse of his mouth and for a few cause remembered that my mom had advised me that the Manta Diablo had seven rows of tooth, and that i acknowledged to myself, “She was once fallacious, he has no the teeth above and just one set under, that's uninteresting and never sharp like knives and extremely white. ” The manta grew to become and got here again, swimming in a large circle round us. Then out he went back, yet this time whilst he back the circle used to be smaller and the waves he made triggered the boat to pitch approximately. “I become tired of our friend,” stated the Sevillano. “If he swims nearer i'll supply him a style of the harpoon. ” i needed to claim to the Sevillano, “You had most sensible no longer molest him. One harpoon will be basically the prick of a pin. ” i attempted to claim, “This isn't just a manta that swims there. this is often the Manta Diablo. ” yet my lips have been frozen. i believe it was once the amber eye he had fastened upon me as he handed, upon me and never upon the Sevillano. but it may possibly were the tales that had nervous me as a baby, ahead of I had realized to snigger at them, that now got here flooding again, extra actual than they ever have been. i don't understand. i know that abruptly i used to be sure that the large swimming there has been the Manta Diablo himself. The circles grew smaller. We have been the heart of them—the boat, the Sevillano, myself, the pearl—of this I had doubtless. The boat started to rock violently and water got here in and we either needed to bail with our hats to put it aside from sinking. A part mile or much less off our bow used to be an island referred to as Isla de los Muertos, Island of the lifeless. It had received this identify simply because on it lived a tribe of Indians who have been identified to eliminate all those that landed there, to spear turtles or for the other cause. “Keep on the bailing and that i will row,” stated the Sevillano. “We head for the island. ” “I may particularly take my percentages on Los Muertos,” I stated and not in my existence intended whatever extra. as though he sensed what we deliberate to do, the Manta Diablo swam off to a distance, sank out of sight, and allowed us to arrive the island correctly. 15 LOS MUERTOS is barren like every the islands of our Vermilion Sea, however it has a comfortable, sandy cove the place turtles via the loads come to put their eggs. Into this we made our manner, beached the boat, after which climbed a low hill in the back of the cove, which supplies a very good view of the island. Isla de los Muertos is small and more often than not flat and at its southern finish the Indians reside out within the open, with out shelters of any type.

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