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Jakarta Post

A Boy and a Boat

  • Wendy Bone

Jakarta   /   Sun, October 4 2009   /  11:57 am

The boat rocked gently on the waves, like a cradle. It would have comforted the boy but he was too scared. He was huddled beneath the fishing net, heart flopping in his chest like a landed fish, trying not to shake with fear. The net reeked of fish, and it made him want to throw up. He tried to stifle his gag reflex, but the more he tried to suppress it the more he wanted to be sick. The engine of the boat next to theirs growled and churned in the water. "Just fishing, officer," he heard the man say. "Maybe I will get a good catch this time. But you know how it is. Not as much fish these days." "What is your name?" "Azhar, Sir." "Well, Azhar, you are about to enter international waters. Are you aware of that?" "Sorry, Sir, I was not." "Do you have any others aboard?" "No, Sir, just me and the fish. trying to get a few more. My family is depen...