Agwe steered the boat out of Montego Bay and headed to his favourite fishing spot about 100km off shore. Agwe, a 26-year-old man from Jamaica who had a great history of fishing just like his grandpa, his father and pretty much his whole family had been great fishermen. He travelled out with his older brother (Adme) to catch a certain fish, the blue marlin, around 90kg in weight as a full-grown adult.
“Can you get the spearguns ready Agwe?” yelled Adme over the crashing off the waves against the hull.
“Yeah sure, only if I get to take the first shot!”
“No, it was my idea taking the spearguns, so I’m taking the first shot!”
“I don’t think so Adme.”
“Oh, shut up!”
Agwe walked over to the spear guns and wound up the rope and Loaded the spear in the gun. He put the safety on the two guns and walked into the cab where Adme stood steering the boat.
“How far until we are there?” asked Agwe
“Not much longer, only about 15km,”
Soon after the boat came to a slow drift as Adme turned the engine off. Agwe hurriedly jumped in the water with his speargun, not watching where he was going, luckily there was no reef and the water wasn’t shallow. Adme dropped the Anchor and hopped in the water.
“You retard, you nearly hit me with the anchor!” yelled Agwe
“Well that’s your fault isn’t it, you just jumped in without waiting for me to drop the anchor,”
The rivalry was real now. The two looked around and waited for a while. Agwe grabbed the fish guts and off cuts and chucked it in the water to attract sea life. Soon after there was a flash of black through the water.
Agwe saw Adme quickly spin around and just as Agwe swam to face Adme he heard a faint yell.
“Adme what’s wrong?” yelled Agwe through the oxygen mask
There was no response.
“Adme what’s wrong?”
Adme had a sense of worry and disbelief.
“Adme, answer me!” Agwe screamed as he started to cry
Agwe swam closer and realised that in a try to spear the black blur that swam past Adme had accidentally knocked the trigger which set the speargun off straight through the right side off his chest.
“No, I mustn’t have put the safety on his gun!” Screamed Agwe “I’m such an idiot!”
Agwe knew he had to get Adme to the hospital as fast as he can. Agwe struggled to pull Adme up onto the boat, but after 15 minutes he managed too.
Agwe knew that if he pulled the spear out of his brother’s chest that he would most likely die, so he didn’t. He pulled his older brother which he looked up to for his whole life up into the cab.
“Is this the end!” thought Agwe
He found the first aid kit and pulled out bandages, he wrapped them around the wound to stop blood loss. He then sped off forgetting to pull the anchor up.
“Oh, I need to think straight!”
And in a hurry, he pulled the anchor up.
“Quickly, quickly!” “Good, let’s go!”
Agwe saw that the blood was seeping through the bandages, so he unwrapped them and rewrapped Adme up with new material. BUMP, BUMP, BUMP went the boat over the crashing waves.
“I better call dad!” thought Agwe
RING RING, RING RING
“Please pick up!” cried Agwe
“Hey, what’s up?” Asked his dad
“Dad, call the hospital and request an Ambulance to be in Montego Bay in about 40 minutes!”
“Agwe, what happened?” asked Agwe’s dad (Gertrude) with a firm but worried voice,
“Adme speared himself, I…I forgot to put his safety on!” cried Agwe
“Alright, get here quick, have you pulled his spear out?”
“Have you wrapped the wound?”
“Then just get here fast, I’ll call the Hospital!”
“Ok.” Said Agwe worriedly
Agwe hung up and kept driving,
“Only 10 more kilometres,” Agwe said aloud
“What was that?” screamed Agwe
He went to check the motors, one of them had overheated and conked out.
“Oh no can anything else go wrong today?” Agwe asked himself
Agwe could only drive the boat on half power back to the shore, so in another 30 minutes Agwe steered the boat back into the Bay where he saw his, father, mother and two Ambo’s waiting for him. Agwe pulled in, not bothering to put the anchor down. The Ambo’s and his father where rushing to get Adme into the Ambulance, while his mother (Serena) wrapped her arms around Agwe.
“Everything’s going to be okay,” said Serena to Agwe “I’m sure of it!”
And with that, the ambulance rushed off to the hospital. When the Ambulance got to the hospital, they rushed Adme into the emergency room with his father running along his side. “Is he going to be ok?” Asked Gertrude to the Ambo’s
“I’m sure he would be!” They replied.
Adme was taken away into the operation room, Gertrude watched the door shut behind them. He slowly wandered back to the waiting area with a tear in his eye. Gertrude sat down and drifted a sleep.
“Gertrude, Gertrude wake up!” whispered a nurse “Hi, my name’s Amanda, nice to meet you,” “Would you be so kind to follow me to your son’s room.”
“Yes, I would be!” Gertrude replied as he yawned
Amanda stopped Gertrude just outside Adme’s room.
“Just be quiet, he might be asleep,” whispered Amanda
Amanda slowly opened the door and Gertrude tip-toed inside.
“He’s alright, he’s alive!” whispered Gertrude with complete relief and happiness.
“That’s right, it took 3 hours of operating to get the spear out!”
“Wow!” “I must be the happiest father in the world right now!” Explained Gertrude!
Gertrude walked up to the bed sat down and gave Adme a hug. Then turned around, smiled at the nurse and walked slowly and quietly out the room with complete satisfaction!
KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK
“Its open!” shouted Serena from inside
“Ooh, smells good,” said Gertrude
“How’s Adme, is he alright, is he safe?” asked Agwe quickly
“He’s going…,” The suspense was too much for Agwe
“Oh, hurry up and tell us!” shouted Agwe
“Agwe, be patient!” said Serena “I know your worried but just be kind,”
“Sorry!” apologised Agwe
“Adme is going great and is well,” explained Gertrude
“What a relief!” said Agwe and Serena. The family kept going back to the hospital everyday to check on Adme, he was going well. Three days later after all the trauma that Adme went through, he finally walked out of the hospital doors.
As Gertrude walked Adme out of the hospital, Agwe and Serena sat in the car waiting for them. Adme slowly and painfully sat into the welcoming hands of his mother and brother.
“How are you, you poor thing!” Asked Serena
“Stiff!” replied Adme
“Yeah, I bet you are,” Serena said. The family drove back to their one-story shack on the beach, Gertrude had prepared a delicious and crispy Red Snapper caught by Agwe while Adme was in hospital.