Fish: A to Z Challenge 2017 Post #6


Welcome to my A to Z Blogging Challenge Posts.

This month I’ve challenged myself to not only do 26 blog posts in 30 days based on One Word Writing Prompts, but also to try to link them together into some kind of cohesive whole.  I’d love to hear how you think I’m doing.  If you want to start the story from the beginning, check out the Angel post from April 1.

Today’s One Word Writing Prompt:

The definitions are from the Oxford English Dictionary via their on-line access (which I have through my University employer).  Feel free to skip down to the story segment if you don’t share my fascination with words, definitions, and shades of meaning.


fish, n.1
1.  a. In popular language, any animal living exclusively in the water; primarily denoting vertebrate animals provided with fins and destitute of limbs; but extended to include various cetaceans, crustaceans, molluscs, etc. In modern scientific language (to which popular usage now tends to approximate) restricted to a class of vertebrate animals, provided with gills throughout life, and cold-blooded; the limbs, if present, are modified into fins, and supplemented by unpaired median fins.
b. collect. sing. used for pl.
†c. God’s fish: see god n. and int. Phrases 3b(a). od’s fish: see od n.1 and int. Compounds 3.
d. Applied to the turtle.
e. U.S. slang. A dollar.
f. Naut. slang. (In full tin fish.) A torpedo; also, a submarine.
2.  a. Applied fig. to a person (also collect. to persons) whom it is desirable to ‘catch’ or ‘hook’.
b. Used (with prefixed adj.) unceremoniously for ‘person’.
3.  a. The flesh of fish, esp. as used for food; opposed to flesh, i.e. the flesh of land-animals, and fowl, that of birds.
b. Meat having the qualities of fish.
4. Astron.
a. the Fish (also Fishes) (Latin Pisces), a zodiacal constellation, situated between Aquarius and Aries.
b. the Southern (South) Fish (Latin Piscis australis, anciently Piscis notius major), a southern constellation, bounded on the north by Capricorn and Aquarius.
fish, n.2
1. Naut. ‘A long piece of hard wood, convex on one side and concave on the other’ (Adm. Smyth), used to strengthen a mast or yard; a fish-piece.
2. A flat plate of iron, wood, etc. laid upon a beam, rail, etc., or across a joint, to protect or strengthen it; in railway construction = fish-plate n. at Compounds.
fish, n.3
A small flat piece of bone or ivory used instead of money or for keeping account in games of chance; sometimes made in the form of a fish.
fish, n.4
1. An act of fishing. colloq.
2.  a. The purchase used in ‘fishing’ or raising the flukes of an anchor to the gunwale.
fish, v.1
1.  a. To catch or try to catch fish; to use nets or other apparatus for taking fish. Const. †afterfor.
b. fig. (with reference to Mark i. 17).
c. to fish in troubled watersfig. to take advantage of disturbance or trouble to gain one’s end.
2. To search by dredging, diving, or other means for something that is in or under water, e.g. sunken treasure, pearls, coral, etc.
3.  a. To use artifice to obtain a thing, elicit an opinion, etc. Const. afterfor. Phr. to fish for a compliment; also absol.
b. to fish for oneself: to get all one can; to seek one’s own profit exclusively; to rely on one’s own efforts.
c. Harvard College Slang (see quot. 1851): absol. to curry favour, strive to ingratiate oneself with another.
4.   a. To catch or try to catch (fish); to take as fish are taken; to collect (corals, pearls) from the bottom of the sea.
b. To use as a bait in fishing.
5. transf.
a. To draw or pull out of water, mud, etc.; to discover and bring out of a heap of lumber, a deep place, or the like. Also with outup.
b. Naut. to fish the anchor: to draw up the flukes to the gunwale.
c. Coal-mining. (See quot. 1888.)
d. To pull (a wire) through a conduit or between floors or walls by means of a stiff looped wire or other device pushed in from the nearer end.
6.  a. To try to catch fish in (a pool, stream, etc.). (Cf. similar use of shoot, etc.) to fish out: to exhaust the fish from.
b. transf. To search through (a receptacle, region, etc.) for (something material or immaterial).
7. Chiefly with out: To get by artifice or patient effort; to ascertain, elicit (a fact or opinion). Const. fromout of. Cf. Latin expiscari.
III.  8.  [A new formation on the noun.] trans. To dress (land) with fish-refuse as a fertilizer. U.S.
9. intr. Of water: to provide (good or bad) sport for anglers.
fish, v.2
1. a. trans. To fasten a piece of wood, technically called a fish, upon (a beam, mast, yard, etc.) so as to strengthen it; to mend (a broken spar, etc.) with a fish or fishes. Also to fish together.
b. To fasten (a piece of wood) on.
2. To join (the rails) with a fish-joint.

Today’s Story Segment:


Uriel’s shoulders rolled slightly, and Rosario watched as the man took in a deep breath, expanding his chest, which stretched his t-shirt.

Rosario’s eyes were pulled to the blood stain that remained on the shirt as evidence of the bullet Angelo had fired.  A chill ran down Rosario’s spine as he thought of what would have happened if Uriel hadn’t been there.

A slight ruffling noise brought Rosario’s attention back to Uriel’s face, and then what was now visible behind him.

Rosario’s mouth fell open as he took in the sight of wings spreading out behind Uriel.  The feathers were glossy black and the wings spread wide, easily spanning twelve feet.

Savino snickered, but Rosario didn’t bother to look at his brother.  There was an actual angel standing before him.

“You look like a landed fish,” Savino said, his laughter growing louder.

“Don’t be rude to your brother,” Evander said.

“So you really are an angel,” Rosario said softly.  “I suppose that means the Michael who was here is an angel as well.”

“Archangel really,” Evander pointed out.

“That is a human distinction,” Uriel said as he folded his wings again.  Instead of sitting on the chair he’d previously used, he pulled one of the footstools closer and perched on it, his wings trailing against the rug as he did.

“Was that what I felt when I caught you?” Rosario asked.  “Your wings?”  There had been a sensation of connection to the man in his arms and he’d not even known his name then.  Plus, it was the only thing that made sense since he’d felt Uriel’s back against this chest at the time.

“When they are incorporeal,” Uriel explained, “they can move through things and people.  It is possible you were able to sense this.”

“So an angel has really been sent to my aid then?” Rosario asked.  “You’re both sure you don’t know why?”

“My Lord sent me to look for you,” Uriel said, “and Michael came when I found you to explain what was needed.”

“And he did that?” Rosario asked.  Michael hadn’t been very forthcoming.

“I am to guard and assist you until I am called home,” Uriel stated.  “What more do I need to know?”

“I would want to know why, or at least what the threat was, but I am not accustomed to taking orders from anyone, so you may be less particular about that.”

Savino snickered again.

“I do not think I am particular about anything,” Uriel said, his head tilting slightly to one side.  “It is not in my nature.”

“Michael said I would have a lot to explain,” Rosario said, trying to think back over everything Michael had said to him.  “And he said precious little else.”

“He said Evander would explain what was needed,” Uriel said.

“Did he now?” Evander asked.

“He did,” Uriel said.  “And I would like to understand how you are still walking the earth.  The last time I saw you, you lived in Athens and were a devotee at the temple of Zeus.”

“That would have been before I made the contract,” Evander said.  “You did not look like this then, I assume.  I remember the feel of your presence, but can’t seem to remember when or where I knew you before.  I would have remembered a man like you during my time at the temple.”

“Our corporeal form is given to us when we are sent to walk the earth.  I have never looked quite like this before today.”

“We will have to enjoy the look of it while we can then,” Evander said with a smile as he stood.


5 thoughts on “Fish: A to Z Challenge 2017 Post #6

    • It was one of the words I felt I had to get a little more creative with. This is what I get for picking the prompts out essentially at random and then deciding to make it one continuous story.

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