Death By Comics
Written by Bonnie Watson
He learned to read from the many comic books left daily down by the creek. There were all sorts to choose, from Marvel to DC, to the less familiar independent titles. His favorite was an older version of the Aquaman series. The way the hero dived and swam, able to dwell above and below the waters surface, was simply amazing! He even nicknamed himself Aqua in honor of the superhero.
Aquas least favorite was the Incredible Hulk. To him, Hulk resembled the giant bullfrogs that frequented the lilypads. Their steady croaks echoed around the creek in eerie unison, clumped together in a mix of green and blossoming white. Just past those lay the shore and where Aqua spent many a morning studying the comics.
Today, he purposely missed the school for another adventure of Aquaman. Besides, the school was so close he could almost hear his classmates over the singing of bullfrogs.
Suddenly, the frogs stopped. Someone was coming.
Normally, Aqua never stayed this long. Yet today he was feeling rather bold, and decided he wanted to see exactly who was leaving the comic books by the creek. From a nearby hiding spot, he watched as two boys came plodding down by the rivers edge. They soon settled in the wet grass, drawing up the unused comics and pulling out new ones. Instantly, Aqua spotted a fresh favorite.
Hot dog! Aqua thought as he eyed a newer version plop next to the water. I wonder how long before they leave?
Aqua hated waiting, so as soon as their backs were turned, he darted from hiding to read the first opened page.
Pow! His vision rippled black and white. What was this? A net? Did the boys think he would steal their books?
Aqua was known throughout his school for being the smallest, and he quickly made use of it. The holes in the net were far too large, and he immediately dived right through just as Aquaman would have done.
Feeling proud, he made for the lilypads, confident the boys would not follow.
Too late, he saw a plump form crash into the water above him.
The Hulk? No, wait! Thats not-
The mouth opened. The tongue flew out.
The minnow was eaten.