Iara released my hands to grab my face. She ripped the regulator away and put her mouth onto mine, sucking. She pulled the water out of my lungs with a vacuum from hers. I saw her gills flare and water blast out of them for two full seconds. She looked supersonic. Her gills settled a bit, and then I caught my breath. From hers. She was breathing for us both, and though I knew I was still in trouble I realized that she had just saved my life.