Hooked

The sun was falling into a blaze of fire as his wrinkled eyes screwed up drinking in its demise. He sipped the last of his tepid coffee in the full knowledge that within thirty minutes a thick darkness would envelop him within a shroud.

The river ran black as coal, his two rods stretched over the deep as aerials seeking distant signals. Murky images flooded his gaze whist tears fought for escape. It was a year to the day since he lost his dad. His body had never been found.

“Beep-beep-beep”. He tore his eyes from the emotional scenes dancing within the distant molten furnace. The alarmed line, which was already taught, was twitching. Earlier he’d caught some smaller fish and was using them as bait for larger prey. Looked like he was in luck.

He struck with a speed which would have surprised even a cobra, and after deft handling brought a large Jack Pike towards his landing net. ‘Twelve pounds I reckon’ he said, to no one in particular.

He took hold of the fish behind its gills as his father had taught him so many years before. He was careful to avoid the sharp teeth which would so easily tear through his flesh. As he removed the hook, he became aware of something unusual.

‘What the..?’ he exclaimed as the fish shot upwards towards the darkening ink stained sky. A millisecond later, he too, was careening through the blackening air.

Some time later he came to, confused, dazed. He had no idea where he was, or how long he’d been out. His right arm felt as if it had been wrenched from his battered body. His hand was bleeding from a large gash. He vomited. His mind raced to assemble vast tracts of impossibilities. He was attached to what appeared to be a steel chord. With a large barbed hook sticking out of his bare back. Dangling over a terrifyingly black hole..

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Hooked

Mark Bateman

Joined August 2008

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Entry for Star Twisters 76

Prompt “fishing” – max 350 words.

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