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Topic: Reading (01/25/07)
TITLE: Sammy the Salmon
By Allison Egley
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"Fishing accident. What about you?" Harvey replied.
"No way! How did you get away?"
"It was close, let me tell you. But just as he was about to clamp down, I switched directions. He only nipped my fin. See?"
"Wow. Do you think you'll swim again?"
"Oh, sure. I've seen fish with worse injuries than mine swimming around just fine. So you said your injury is from a fishing accident? I've heard of those, but I've never believed it. Sharks are what you have to worry about. But something as innocent as a worm can't hurt you."
"It can when it's attached to a hook. Look I've got a hole in my mouth! How else can you explain that?"
"Worms attached to a hook? That's stupid. You probably just bit your lip," Sammy wisely explained.
"Look... Sorry. I didn't catch your name. I'm Harvey."
"Sammy. Nice to meet you. Now what were you saying?"
"I was going to ask you why I would make up a story about a fishing accident if I just bit my lip."
"Because you're too embarrassed to admit the truth."
"Suit yourself, but I'm telling you, this was the worst experience of my life. I thought I'd catch a nice juicy worm for lunch. Next thing I know, I’m being pull up out of the water. I couldn't breath! This monster grabbed me, looked me over, took the worm and hook out of my mouth, and tossed me back in the ocean. I could have died, Sammy. I'm lucky I only have this hole in my mouth."
Sammy chuckled. "Now, see, that's where these 'fishing' stories get preposterous. If you had just told me you ate a worm and something sharp poked you in the mouth, I'd probably believe you. But no. All of these 'fishing' stories involve the fish getting pulled up out of the water. And they either disappear, or they claim they came out of the water and saw this monster who threw them back in. Well, I don't believe it. There is nothing beyond this ocean. Nothing."
"Hey," Harvey retorted, "I know what I saw and experienced. You don't have to believe me, but if I were you, I wouldn't eat anything I didn't see swimming in the water and catch myself. And if you ever feel yourself being pulled along, fight. Fight with all you have in you, because it's not just a fun ride. I was one of the lucky ones. I survived."
"I'll do whatever I want."
"Ok, but don't say I didn't warn you."
"Hey, Goldie, watch this. I'm going to bite that worm so hard, he won't know what hit him."
"Sammy, I wouldn't do that if I were you. What about that guy you met in the emergency room? Didn't he tell you not to eat anything you didn't see swimming around first?"
"Oh, come on. He was making up that story. Here I go."
"Boy. That kind of hurt. But this worm sure tastes good. Wheee!! Look at me! I'm going up, up, up!"
"Fight, Sammy, fight!"
"This is fun, Goldie. You should try…"
Sammy broke through the surface of the water.
"Can't breath," Sammy, gasped. "Must get into water."
The monster looked at him, and tossed him in with the other victims.
"Harvey was right," Sammy gasped. "I should have...."
"Boy, Derek. That sure was some good fish, wasn't it?"
"Yep. Do you think any of them knew what was coming? Had any warning what would happen to them?"
"Nah, of course not. It's not like fish go around telling others about their fishing accidents."
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