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Catch and Release (1520.10.17): Dorom, Ereil, and Amaqor go ice-fishing near Itakith. (Supporters Only!)
~ 3045 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Ellen Million (Inspiration), Posted: 05/11/12  

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Amaqor led Dorom and Ereil along a trail that existed only in his mind, years of experience allowing the older ranger to find the perfect location. High overhead, three streams of Others conjoined to make a glittering bird-track in the pale blue sky. At last Amaqor waved them to a stop where the ice thinned slightly. He laid out an ice saw. Ereil unshouldered her axe and Dorom pulled out his drill. The laborious process of making a hole through all that ice naturally fell to the strong young rangers. Amaqor sat down on the first large hunk of ice that they freed, carefully assembling their fishing equipment.

They fished for several hours. They caught a basketful of gray cod, several yellow-eye rockfish, and one enormous blackmouth salmon. The latter took all three of them to land, and even then it nearly flopped back into the hole before Ereil managed to brain it with her axe. Dorom's mouth watered at the thought of supper, for he loved the sweet white flesh of yellow-eyes.

Eventually the supply of fish waned. Amaqor fixed his narrowed eyes on the circle of dark water. He hefted his harpoon. "Switch your gear," he murmured.

Author's Notes

This story came from the May Muse Fusion. It was inspired by a prompt from Ellen Million. It can be sponsored for $30.25 or 30 Torn World credits.

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