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Known Unknowns

by Andrew Atkinson
Originally published by on 17/09/2017

Anders Anderssen peered down below with rheumy eyes. Six fishing boats bobbed and nestled along the harbour wall. The ever-present smell of herring was always more pronounced when the fleet returned home. Six boats out of a fleet of seven.

Anders was very familiar with the absent vessel. He had been its skipper for over twenty years before passing that role to his son, Magnus.

In the bar the previous night, the fishermen had avoided eye contact with Anders. Knowing.

Now, he turned away from the harbour. He’d be back tomorrow to check. And every following day. Until he knew.

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