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Release

Suppose you were fishing and weren't having any luck. You were about to head home but decided to make one more cast.

Suppose a fish grabbed your bait, then dived to the deepest part of the water. It is a heavy fish, but with great skill, you land it.

At first you think it is a trout, but then you see it's a young sturgeon, about two feet long. It is the color of hammered gold, scutes spaced across its back and broad sides.

The fish is hooked loosely. A quick wiggle, and the hook slips out. You are ready to release the fish into the creek.

Suppose the fish looks at you and speaks.

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(Anonymous)
Nov. 26th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
Suppose you share some of that (fill in the blank) with me. Scutes - good word.
patrick_vecchio
Nov. 26th, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
I had never heard the word "scutes" until I was doing a little light research about the mighty sturgeon. Fascinating stuff—really.
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