It began in mythology class, mentioned alongside so many other bizarre creatures that began with the letter "k": the Kappa, a Japanese water demon that fed on cucumbers and the blood of small children; the Kraken, a huge squid-like beast that lived in the deepest depths of the ocean and devoured ships; the Kongamato, an enormous flying creature, almost like a pterodactyl, that carried off whatever food it could.
And then there was the Kelpie.
Professor Wagner scratched the name out on the damp blackboard with the soggy squeak of chalk echoing throughout the tiny classroom. All our desks were crowded together in one corner, although this was more our own personal choice than because of the limitations in size. The classroom was fine, only a little smaller than average, with a pinhole Styrofoam ceiling and cheap fluorescent lighting that was always going out at the most inconvenient times. It was just that we liked to avoid the glass displa