Jaws Fanfiction: Jaws, The New Generation - 6. Chapter 6
DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN JAWS ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM
“Hey honey what are you doing?” Joe asked when he saw his wife going through their storage closet.
“Trying to figure out where I heard the name Hooper from,” said Thea, “I’m just wondering if maybe it was like an old friend from school or something.”
“You don’t seem to like the woman too much,” said Joe.
“Well, she’s just a little mad at me over killing that shark,” said Thea.
“Honey, you’re not going to do what your grandparents and father did are you and go crazy with the idea of the shark coming after you are you?” asked Joe.
“What do you mean?” asked Thea.
“Well didn’t you one tell me that your grandparents and your father got obsessed over the idea of a shark coming after them that it killed them?” asked Joe.
“Yeah, yeah you’re right,” said Thea. It seemed so long ago that her grandmother and father both died the same way her grandfather had died. She didn’t remember her grandfather. She had been a baby when he died. Most people said he merely died from a heart attack but her grandmother always insisted it from his worry and fear that the shark would come back for their family that killed him. At first Thea didn’t believe her until after the incident in the Bahamas where they were all more or less targeted by the shark. After her grandmother returned home to Amity she too seemed to become obsessed with the idea of the shark coming back that soon she too died. After that it seemed like her father fell under the same spell of the shark and kept worrying that another shark was coming for him as well. Her mother would always just say that it was just post pardon stress disorder from what had happen so often with sharks. Not matter what it was it didn’t change the fact that her father died from it.
“Well I don’t think I’m being too crazy about this whole thing,” said Thea.
“Are you sure? You’ve never killed a shark like that before,” said Joe.
“Joe, honey its fine, I’m fine really,” said Thea, “And if you want I’ll stop trying to figure out who Hooper was.”
“Sure honey,” said Joe sharking a kiss with her.
“Nick, surprised to see you here,” said Peter Benchley, the owner of Benchley’s when Nick walked in.
“I’m here on a date,” said Nick.
“A date, you?” asked Peter surprised.
“Yeah why?” asked Nick.
“You just don’t seem like the type,” said Peter.
“Yeah well, let’s just say there was girl who I think maybe my part,” said Nick.
“Oh yeah, and who’s the lucky girl?” asked Peter.
“That new grand student that’s studying up here,” said Nick.
“Oh very nice,” said Peter, “Is that her?” Nick turned around in time to see Carline walking in wearing a nice dark tight purple dress.
“Hey Carline,” called out Nick.
“Hi, hope I didn’t keep you waiting. I wanted to shower off after dissecting that shark,” said Carline.
“That was probably a good idea,” said Nick.
“Are you talking about that shark that attacked those people today?” asked Peter.
“Yeah,” said Nick.
“Did you catch it then?” asked Peter.
“Well we caught a shark but not the shark,” said Nick.
“Oh, oh well,” said Peter, “Here let me get you two a table.”
“This is a nice little restaurant,” said Carline as she and Nick sat enjoying their meal.
“It’s the nicest one in town,” said Nick, “You ever eat at a place like this?”
“More then once,” said Carline, “My family’s always been well off.”
“Oh yeah?” said Nick.
“You’d be surprised at how nice we have it,” said Carline.
“Well maybe I could someday,” said Nick, “So if you’re such a rich girl what made you want to go into a business like this?”
“Just like I said, with my uncle’s stories,” said Carline.
“Hmm,” said Nick, “Would he have not agreed with the idea of killing that shark today?”
“Probably,” said Carline, “He never really seemed to like sharks that much.”
“What do you think of them?” asked Nick.
“I don’t know. As far as I can tell they’re just creatures that are doing what they need to do in order to survive,” said Carline.
“What’s the closets you ever been to a shark?” asked Nick.
“You mean besides today?” asked Carline, “Well I got to interact with them a lot when I was an intern at this aquarium. Plus I got to go with one of my professors on a study trip and saw a bunch on the trip as well. It’s really interesting to see them bite down on their pray.”
“Yeah I know,” said Nick, “I’ve seen some attacking and eating before. You ever hear the thing about sharks’ eyes?”
“What?” asked Carline.
“It’s just something my mother once told me that her father told her,” said Nick, “Sharks got lifeless eyes, black almost like a doll’s eyes. When it comes at you it doesn’t seem to be living, until he bites and those eyes…,”
“Roll over white,” said Carline.
“How did you know that?” asked Nick.
“My uncle once told me the same thing in his story about the big shark he fought. He said the fisherman that helped him and the police chief told him the same thing. He was like a WW2 veteran that was stationed in the South Pacific,” said Carline.
“Really?” said Nick, “I think my mother told me my grandfather was WW2 veteran too. In fact I think she said he was on the USS Indianapolis.”
“That is so weird,” said Carline, “That was the same ship my uncle said the fisherman was stationed on.”
“That is a little weird,” said Nick, “Either your uncle had a wile imagination or he really did fight off that shark.”
“No, that couldn’t be,” said Carline, “No shark acts like that.”
“What about what happened today?” asked Nick.
“What about it? The shark just breached the water and the chief in blinded rage attacked and killed it,” said Carline.
“Well I want to believe you, but you never heard the chief’s stories,” said Nick.
“I guess I will,” said Carline.
“So you want to go for a walk after dinner, along the docks?” asked Nick.
“Sure,” said Carline. Nick quickly paid and the two of them headed out together.
“So have you lived here your whole life?” Carline asked as the two of them walked along the board walk.
“Yeah pretty much, my mom moved here after marrying my dad and the rest was history,” said Nick.
“You like it here?” asked Carline.
“Oh yeah, I love it here,” said Nick.
“It is rather nice here,” said Carline.
“So what are you going to do after you’re done with your studying?” asked Nick.
“I’m not sure. I have a lot of potential offers from aquariums all over the country and several research labs as well,” said Carline.
“Well you know this place isn’t too far away from the university and aquarium,” said Nick.
“Are you dropping a hint or something Nick?” asked Carline.
“I’m just saying,” said Nick with a smile putting his arm around Carline. Carline blushed a little.
“Well I’ll have to think about it,” she said. Suddenly out of nowhere the both felt the dock shake a little.
“What was that?” asked Carline looking over the side of dock.
“It felt like something hit the dock,” said Nick also looking over the edge. Both suddenly felt the docks rock a bit causing the two of them to fall over.
“What the hell is doing that?” asked Nick as he and Carline both stood up.
“Nick look, there’s something out there in the water,” said Carline pointing.
“What, what is it?” asked Nick as he moved towards more of a lighted area, “Oh wow it’s a shark!”
“A shark, really?” said Carline standing next to him, “Is it coming back this way?”
“Uh, uh I think it is!” said Nick as he started to help push her back away from the edge. Suddenly they felt the docks rock again causing them both to fall over, and as the same time, cause the docks themselves to start falling over a little.
“What the hell is going on?” asked Carline.
“I don’t know,” said Nick as he managed to stand up, “I never know a shark to attack the docks like this, and whoa!” He toppled over back onto Carline.
“Ah!” Carline shouted as Nick fell on top of her.
“Sorry,” said Nick as he tried to get back up. Suddenly they both started to feel the docks shake a bit more aggressive until finally they both saw a big piece of it fall off, just inches from them.
“Whoa!” said Nick as he managed to get up off of Carline and walk to the new edge. There he could easily see a shark fin in the water swimming around.
“Nick?” said Carline.
“I think we should get off the docks!” said Nick as he did his best to push Carline toward the nearest edge. They could still fell the dock shake around them as they ran.
“What the hell is going on?” asked Carline.
“For some reason, this stupid shark is attacking the docks!” said Nick.
“But why?” asked Carline.
“You’re the expert, you tell me!” said Nick when they suddenly felt a huge blow that once again caused them to fall over and to also make the dock they were on start to slant and both could feel themselves slipping downwards towards the water with the shark still swimming in the water below.