NaNoWriMo: The Islands Beyond, Day 3

Day 3

Still riding the wave. The boys are stranded on a sailboat, thrust into the first of many situations in which they must work together or fail miserably. I ended at 7410 words.

They spent a few moments tying on hooks and sinkers before fixing on the frogs and worms. Because the wind was blowing the boat sideways across the water, it was easiest to cast from the prow, one boy on either side. They watched the hooks disappear beneath the water’s silvery surface, not certain if they should expect to catch anything.

But when Ethan’s rod suddenly jerked forward a few minutes later, he let out a loud cry.

“Whoa! I’ve got something!”

Pete lunged forward, struggling to keep hold of his own rod. “Me too!”

They braced themselves against the railing and wrestled with the rods, turning the reels slowly, pulling the line in inch by inch.

“I think it’s a big one!” cried Ethan.

“I sure hope we’re not just caught on each other’s hooks,” said Pete, laughing.

Ethan hadn’t thought of that. Just to be sure, he stopped reeling in for a moment. “Still got something?”


“Ok, let’s get these suckers out of the water!”

It took nearly fifteen minutes to wrestle the fish up from the depths. When they finally broke the surface, it was with great splashes and flashes of grey and silver.

“Wow! Do you see the size of that thing?” Ethan could hardly contain his excitement. “It’s got to be three feet long!”

“Look at mine!” cried Pete. “It’s as long as my leg.”


About jackfrey
Jack Frey lives somewhere in Northeast Asia with his wife and two young boys. He finds the letter K to be the most aesthetically pleasing of all the consonants, in both its upper and lowercase forms. Like many of us, he is currently seeking publication of his first novel.

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