Launch – The Monksville Chronicles #87

Monksville wets the hull of The Giant’s boat, the only one stored at the southmost launch. When the fishcatchers of the Fishing Village wish to make a go at Monksville, they either load up a deer-drawn carriage or just foot it up the main roadway to the Minelands. From there they have a choice – the north launch or the south launch, depending on which stretch of Monksville they want to fish in that moment. The Giant, however, is the alpha fishcatcher of the two tribes, and therefore he has a smaller launch close to his village, a private launch all to himself.

With his supplies loaded – all the usual stuff, plus an extra blanket in case the night air gets to his bones – his feet trade dirt for wood and the vessel is launched. The grip of the oar feels cool in this left hand; in his right hand he feels nothing. The plan of action: row first to Lure Cove, drop the spoonplug into the drink, and then paddle hard and swift over to Muskellunge Cove. If the Great Spirit is willing he shall catch the muskellunge off its guard and release it before it has a chance to start thrashing about like the first one did, the one he caught so many cycles ago, the one which caught an oar to the crown. Then The Giant will wait, or perhaps he’ll paddle away using only his hands, just to ensure an untimely death does not befall his catch. Not again… it cannot happen again.

As The Giant paddles into the southernmost outskirts of Lure Cove, he catches what sounds like the scream of an owl carried over the water from the north. The Giant has never encountered an owl before – he’s heard them hoot and screech, but he’s not often on the water at night, and he’s never seen one up close. The plan changes, then – first a detour in the direction of the screech, then over to Muskellunge Cove where he’ll drop his spoonplug and troll south to Lure Cove, then reverse and head right back up again. He will fish ‘til the great shine rises and then he will fish ‘til it sets once more, and maybe, just maybe, he shall do some catching as well.


This has been the fifth subchapter of the last chapter of the book The Monksville Chronicles. Here is everything you need to know about it:

The Monksville Chronicles

I’ve written a few other books, too. Even fixed the link. Click here to see the list.

If you’re there, hypothetical reader, thank you for being there. From this day on, we move forever forward~

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