“Wait, you already added the compound to the pool?”

“Yes, Nat. Only ten parts per million… But you know what that can do, don’t you? You formulated it.”

“Well, yes, it will… it will… my legs… feel so… warm”

“I’m sure they do, Nat. Warm and weak.”

“Warm and… weak… Oh! Marie, why are you… I should… get out…”

“You should, Nat. But you’re not going to. It’s so much easier to sink. Legs so weak, so warm. The water’s so warm… warm and sleepy, Nat…”

“Oh… oh… but…”

“That’s right, sliding down, deeper, deeper into the water… it’s shallow, and warm, and I’m here, and you’re perfectly safe…”

“Warm… safe…”

“That’s right, just lay your head on your hands… close your eyes, Nat… listen to me closely…”

“I… so sleepy… why… Marie…”

“If you could see yourself in that swimsuit, love, you wouldn’t need to ask. Now, sleep…”