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Table of Contents
1 - The Bay
2 - Robert Masserpound
The bay stretched out gray and cold. Roy blinked at it through the rows of tall spindly trees crowding the shoreline. Directly across was the other side of the bay, while to the right there was an opening where the bay connected to the sea. An eagle sailed past the tops of the trees. Roy craned his head back to watch the eagle pass. A wind gusted, and he shivered and stuck his heavy-coated arms more tightly under his armpits. At least it wasn't clouded over and misting or raining hard, he thought. When he'd come to the coast he hadn't counted on the high moisture. It never got very hot, even in summer, but it never got really comfortable either. There was always too much wind, or too much moisture.
He grunted and peered through the line of trees at the fisheries and docks farther into the bay. Shellfish was one of the main products of the area. At night men went out on their barges and scrounged for clams, or oysters, or some other shellfish. Roy saw the faint orange lights of the barges moving through the dark, and an occasional red light blinking. Did any of the oystermen choose their careers? Roy wondered. Or had necessity thrown them into it? Did the oystermen dream of becoming doctors or lawyers or some other high profession as they dredged shellfish off the muddy bottom of the bay? He didn't know.