Giant Squid is an excerpt from Benjamin's novel Fidelity.
Benjamin gives an overview of the book:
When we met Juan, he was in his Panga just off shore, exhaling into the fuel line of a 150 horsepower Yamaha outboard motor. He was trying to clear the line with the force of his lungs. His fifteen-year-old grandson was in the bow of the little fishing boat.
"¡Nos lleva la chingada!" The boy was frightened.
"No pasa nada," the old man was speaking softly, "No pasa nada. Está muerta."
"¡Nos lleva la chingada!"
"Está muerta," the old man reassured the boy. His hunched back was to us. "Es una ballena muerta. No es nada."
Neither the old man nor his grandson paid any mind to the approach of the Mystic.
I’m unbelievably fortunate to be an English teacher at Jefferson County Open School in Lakewood, Colorado, one of the last high schools in the country where students still love school.
I get up around four to work on these stories. Writing is akin to an...