Deep Sea Fishing

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The boat smelled like dead fish.  I had never been deep sea fishing before.  On our vacation in Ocean City, my father, a Navy man, decided we were going deep sea fishing.  He even took us to breakfast.

It’s 1965.  I’m seven, and Dad says get whatever you want.  I am Dad’s fat son and he knows this will please me.  Three pancakes, three strips of bacon, three eggs and four pieces of toast.  I eat my brother’s toast too.

When I step on the Captain Bunting I have an overfull feeling.  The boat smells and so does its crew.  My brother’s eyes meet mine when a crewman passes by us: we know he is not a regular bather.  He’s missing his front teeth and two fingers.  He smiles at me as if he could eat me for breakfast.  I smile back but not my heartwarming smile–it’s a fake smile.  My brother motions to follow him and we walk to the front of the boat.  There are benches with seat belts so we sit down.  As the boat heads out to sea it goes way up through a wave, then way down.  My brother looks at me and says I looked pale.  That’s when I throw up all over my blue bathing trunks.  I usually cry in these situations, but I can feel more coming so I run for the closest bathroom.  My brother and I occupy both bathrooms for the entire voyage.  My Dad never takes us fishing again.

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