So, the convergence of things today makes it extra special for me. It's the uncommon occasion when my birthday is on the First Day of Fall. I woke to a wonderful breakfast with my daughter and we watched a special episode of a favorite show together before I left for work. Then I decided to write something and found this writing prompt picture online. Below is my short piece inspired by these two young fishermen.
“Aww do I have to get up?!” moaned Dave as he hunkered further under his covers. Only the glow of the digital clock illuminated the room.
“Yes!” Jason implored as he shook Dave’s shoulder. “It’s Mom’s birthday and we’re making dinner, remember?!” Jason stood back as Dave finally peeked out from the covers voluntarily.
“This is the best time to fish. If we wait, they’ll all have swum away. Now get up!” Turning on his heel, Jason left the room.
Dave swung his feet over the side of his bed and reached for his pants. Pulling them on he stood up and fastened them. Wrestling a shirt over his head, he finished dressing by the backdoor where Jason stood waiting, tapping his foot.
Down at the river, the sun was barely a glow on the horizon when they threw in their lines. Now they wait. And wait they did. It seemed like forever ‘til one of them got a bite.
“It’s as if they know how important this is and they’re not going to bite!” Dave exclaimed painfully. “Why does this always happen?!”
“Just relax. They’ll bite.” Jason said calmly as he moved his line a bit.
And who got the first bite as the sun was now fully over the horizon? Dave. He felt a great yank that jerked him forward. “Wow, this is a big one!”
Jason dropped his line and reached out to grab Dave’s. They both tugged and Dave started to reel in the big fish. They both gasped as the fish jumped fully out of the water. The sun glistened on its scales as it arched and dove back in, wriggling and pulling.
Excited, Jason grabbed their net and took a step into the cold water. Dave pulled a few more times and cranked the reel.
With one fell swoop, Jason caught the fish in the net, “Woohoo!” he hollered!
“We did it! No, you did it! This’ll feed half the town!” Jason yelled.
Dave stood there, awestruck. He’d never caught anything that size before. All he could do was stand and stare, savoring the moment. Jason pulled out his camera and took a picture of Dave. Then he tossed the camera at Dave.
“Hey, get a picture of this.”
The camera almost fell, but Dave caught it on the way down. Shaking off his reverie, Dave aimed the lens at Jason and snapped a couple, then put the camera in his pocket.
I hope you like this little ditty. I've never fished before and that's kind of why I selected this picture as a prompt. If you're inspired and write something out, please share it.
Happy Fall! Here's another lovely picture for your enjoyment or to use as another prompt.