Tradition

Following in their fathers’ footsteps, cousins, Kevin and Stuart lugged their heavy duty sea fishing gear down the floating landing.
Stuart’s brother Gavin worked for the river police; that was how they got access to the jetty, and how they got to hear about the eel.

They set up, cracked open their cans, and settled down for the night.
One of Gavin’s mates brought them over two cups of hot Bovril and they waited.

Kevin got a bite and tried to reel it in, but it was just too strong.
“Fucking hell Kevin; it must be massive!”
Jointly unable to land it; they had to tie the line off on the railing.

The commotion brought some of the lads out from the little river police office at the end of the jetty.
The eel kept the line taut and still; they usually thrashed around when they were hooked.

A pleasure boat passed with its cargo of revellers, its gaily coloured lights lit up the water and Kevin’s taught, wet, still line.
It was then they realised they were not fighting an eel, but a piece of flotsam and the current.

The cops scrambled the launch to remove the hazard to river traffic, and fished out the body of a young Caucasian man in his twenties.
No distinguishing marks, or any form of identification.

Further up the river a streetwise 2nd generation Cockney was pondering how to deal with the next suitor her parents lined up for her.

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