Saturday, 22 October 2016

Drabble #9: A story in 100 words

I used earthworms as bait to catch tiny crabs. I dug them out of wet earth, dropped them into a bottle and ran to the jetty. I put a hook into a wriggly worm, leaned over the side, and lowered the line past a million barnacles. A dozen crabs crawled out of nowhere and clawed at the dangling bait. When one got lucky and held on to its lunch, I pulled him up and checked him out. I let him have the worm and lowered him back into Mandovi river. He ate it without getting impaled. Fishing sure was fun.



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16 comments:

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    1. Thank you, Charles. I enjoy experimenting with this medium of storytelling.

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  2. I like the sense of place and atmosphere in this one, Prashant.

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    1. Margot, thank you. I remember my crab-fishing days like it happened yesterday. I have vivid memories of my childhood and teenage years.

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  3. (Somehow I missed the joys of fishing though I tried.) Fun short, Prashant.

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    1. Thanks, David. Catching crabs was the closest thing to fishing. I never caught any fish though I took rides on fishing trawlers behind our house in coastal Goa.

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  4. That is a lovely story, Prashant. My grandparents loved fishing (on a river in Alabama) but I never got into it.

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    1. Thank you, Tracy. I didn't actually go fishing though I enjoyed catching crabs and watching trawlers come in and go out.

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  5. Not like trout fishing, but a good st ---- drabble.

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  6. A very nice piece, Prashant. Good imagery. (Sorry for the delayed response. Just now catching up with things.)

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    1. Thank you, Elgin. I haven't been visiting blogs either due to home renovation, which is still underway, and Diwali holidays. I hope to get back to routine, including blogging, this weekend.

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  7. I can happily say I've never fished. Nice one.

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    1. Thanks, Col. I have never fished either, though catching crabs in my early teens was a lot of fun.

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    1. Thank, Sergio. I thought I'd lay off the dark and macabre drabbles I usually write.

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