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Playing the Line

Title: Playing the Line
Author: ciaranbochna
Characters: Harry, Malcom
Fandom: The Dresden Files
Disclaimer: I own neither the characters nor the world.
Warnings: I don't normally have aught to do with happy, so this may be horrible
Length: 354 Words

A/N: Done for this prompt on comment_fic The Dresden Files, Harry & any other character, a happy childhood memory.

“Just a little further, Harry.”

“The water will get into my boots.”

“No it won’t. The hip waders are high enough and it isn’t deep out here. Come on.”

Harry stares at his dad, one foot testing the depth of water.

His father waits in the center of the river, smirking.

“You really think I’d let you drown? That defeats the entire purpose of fishing, you know.”

Harry frowns at him. “Maybe you’d give me gills first.”

Harry walks out slowly to join him. He stares dubiously at the rod in his hand.  Seems like too much effort when you can just go to the local fish market.

“Stop looking at it like that and watch me.”

His dad stares until Harry rolls his eyes and stops fidgeting.

“Spool out a bit of line. Enough that you can play it in front of you, but not so much that—“

Harry pulls out his line and starts flicking it in front and behind him. His line is twice as long as his fathers.

“This is easy. When do we start catching—" Harry yanks on the line but it won’t come back to him. He looks behind him and sees it caught on a low-hanging tree branch.

His father stares at him and sighs. He pulls in his line and puts the rod in the pack behind him.

“If the line is too long it will catch the wind and get caught in the trees.”

“Uh, yeah. Right. Sorry.”

“Stay there, Harry. I’ll get it.”  His dad walks back to the shore and pulls down the branch, freeing the hook from the leaves.

“Pull in your line a bit and watch me first. Got it?”

“Yes dad.”

Five more branches and one river dunking later, Harry thinks he might have the hang of this.

Dad catches three fish. Harry nearly catches one, panics, and stabs his hand with the hook.

Neither of them can stop laughing on the way home. Dad nearly drives off the road because he can’t see, and Harry catches the wheel before they head for the ditch.

Fishing is awesome.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 14th, 2014 07:30 am (UTC)
This is wonderful, and happy. *hugs*
Apr. 14th, 2014 03:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks:) Not my normal fare..lol
Apr. 14th, 2014 04:21 pm (UTC)
:D :D :D :D
:D perfect :D
:D :D :D :D
Apr. 14th, 2014 05:53 pm (UTC)
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