One summer day, Collin went to stay with his cousin, Russell, who was thirteen. Colin was four years old (practically full-grown!). Together, they had an adventure involving a river, a key and a talking fish.
They bellied down on big rocks by the Bass River. They held their hands very still in the water, hoping a fish would swim into them. Collin’s hands got very cold, and he fidgeted. Russell was still as stone. A large fish swam into Russell’s hands. He moved like lightning, and he threw the fish onto the riverbank.
“Let me go! I can’t breathe!” the fish exclaimed, its mouth gasping and its brown speckled sides heaving.
Russell was startled and fell into the water, shouting: “It talks!” He stood up, hair dripping.