Catch of the Day
Copyright (c) 2011 by Simon Haynes
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Ken Green leant on the weathered rail and stared out to sea. The sky was deep blue, the horizon tinged with red and orange where the sun's last rays duelled with encroaching darkness. In the distance, a strip of heavy cloud hovered on the skyline.
Ken raised his can of beer and drained it with a gurgle. He burped and scrunched the can, then tossed it into the nearby bushes. The decking creaked as he crossed the verandah to the screen door, which groaned as he forced it open. Inside, the hallway was a confusion of fishing gear: rods, nets, poles and oars propped against the walls and strewn on the floor. The screen door banged, and Ken's lips were pressed into a tight line as he surveyed the mess. He strode towards the door at the far end of the hall and stepped over a tackle box. He misjudged it in the gloom, catching his foot and teetering for a moment as balance and momentum struggled for supremacy. Momentum won.