We were retracting one of the pods from the ocean surface, and it was nearly at the top when it jammed.
Most people think that it’s the turbines that keep the city flying. But if they’re the city’s heart, the pods are the nose and mouth. They bring in water and air and expelling exhaust. We’d choke without them.
As I clipped on my harness to take a look, my buddy handed me something. “Just in case,” he said.
I looked from the orange life preserver to the water hundred s of meters below and had to admire his optimism.

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