SF Drabble #24 “Opilio Season”

I’m not a racist or anything, I just wish you could tell the Others apart from us.

I hired this greenhorn to work the deck. Good worker, good attitude, didn’t mind the cold, wet, long hours. Always clean shaven, but I didn’t really give that much thought.

On our way to set another string of pots, we saw a pair of humpbacks close aboard. The greenhorn looks at ‘em, strips off his vest, his coat, his pants, everything, and dives over the side. Changed into some sort of fish thing before he hit the water. Now I’m short a deckhand.

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