When they discovered the cave, sunken deep into the furthest reaches of the mountain, every diver within a thousand miles ached to be apart of the initial expedition.
Only the best in the field were chosen. Even then it did not go according to plan. Those few who escaped the watery tomb told others of what they found beneath the surface, warning them away from the subterranean dangers. Luckily, people listened. No one wanted to risk ever again disturbing what lie within.
No diver had set flipper there since, and now, decades later, the legend of the cave is shared in whispers within close-knit circles. To the older generation, it is the undeniable truth that to enter the cave is to seek certain death. The younger generations, however, believe it is only a ghost story, an urban myth, meant to keep them from testing their strength in the most challenging, unexplored, underwater cave system in the world.
“No one can dive here. It is not safe.” One might argue with another.
"Why? Are the rocks unstable? The water rough? Bit of a tight fit?” The answer would come, as it always did from those of his age, with a touch of scorn. The young diver would laugh at the older man, thinking him too grey and stiff and easily frightened by superstitious nonsense.
The experienced diver might show his teeth to the other, and, bemoaning the follies of these young punks with their fancy new gear and reckless attitudes, he would spit out a vehement reply, “No. Fricking scuba vampires!”