I had to get clear of the town. Had to surface now. I pushed my speed. Didn't even break my stroke to pull off the lampreys, though their bite burned and their heavy soft bodies thumped against my chest.
My eardrums throbbed as I swam against the tide, yet I couldn't make any headway. A powerful undercurrent was keeping me pinned beneath the town. I dove deeper to escape its drag, only to find that the undertow was even stronger closer tot he seafloor. So strong I was nearly swimming in place, unable to reclimb the water column, and I was growing weaker by the second. Close to blacking out. Only terror kept me conscious.