The One that Got Away
Published by Matthew S. Lewis at Smashword
Copyright 2013 Matthew Lewis
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I had been standing in this place for hours, thinking about lasting images and the days that passed by in a flash. It had been years since I last visited, a lifetime ago really, returning now as an older man, wondering what to think of such a dreadful afternoon.
The world I had known was gone now, buried in a consumer avalanche, with so many things turning into unknown variables. Vanished were the days of free fishing, and departed were the ways of the old can and worm. This was the era of the powerboat, motoring through arenas they did not own, flashing plastic smiles to the saps that could not afford the lifestyle. People walked along concrete landscapes, ignoring the sands, communing on beaches littered with signs telling them "Beware of Tide." No one fished anymore; there were only scattered holdouts, burning time, casting lines into waters no longer welcoming their lures.
Things were in flux, washing the old away.
My gaze affixed on the old boardwalk I seemed to remember playing on as I walked, the planks as large as life but also burdened, their smell one of rot and lingering, the worst sort of forgotten demise. I tried to envision myself here in that once-ago life, tossing aside the little nuisances as people clamored on the waters, making way for memories.