I started writing a novel about a month ago, and its been going pretty well, I guess. I've basically have everything in place when I wrote my synopsis, but I've hit one little (OK, major) snag. I don't want to put too much detail in, but here it goes. A swarm of giant Humboldt Squid travel up the Pacific coast, wreaking havoc and nearly killing the son of a teuthologist (squid expert), who now looks for revenge. Now for my problem. After all my main characters meet up to find and destroy the swarm of squid, they find out something about the squid that makes it impossible for them to go through with their mission and kill them. And that is where I'm stuck. The researchers attempt to contact the squid by flashing colored lights, but I can't seem to think of anything beyond that. I can't find a way to make it believable that the squid "understand" the people and are going to stop attacking them. Yes, the researchers are making contact with the squid with colors, but there is only so much you can "say" without words. In the story, the squid respond back by changing colors themselves. But it is like learning a new language, there are differences. There isn't a human-squid translator. An idea I entertained in my head for a bit was based on a Nature program on PBS. In it, the divers swam with the squid carrying an array of red and white lights. When exposed to the lights, the squid became docile and the diver could actually go close and touch them. But I feel that if I use that, the story (which was building up in tension) will fall flat. It just seems so, anticlimactic. I've been stuck on this for over a week, and reading a couple hundred pages of books and scientific papers on squid communication hasn't helped much.