great fish

I witnessed something wonderful on my walk today.

We went down to the park, where the lake drains under a footbridge into a stone-lined gully that someone generous might call a creek. Usually it’s a trickle at best, but it poured last night, and the water was still moving pretty briskly. 

As we got closer, I heard kids yelling, so we went over to have a look. I was nervous, because earlier this summer we’d seen a mother cat and her kittens hanging out a few times in the (then bone dry) spillway. We hadn’t seen them in over a month, but I didn’t want to think of them being there when the water started coming down.

Instead, when I looked over the side of the bridge, I saw a skinny kid (maybe 8-10 years old) carrying an enormous catfish clasped in both arms.

The catfish had to be the length of this kid’s torso, and it was flopping around trying to escape, but the kid doggedly kept climbing over mud and slippery rocks until he reached the lake and chucked the fish in. And behind him came… another kid, holding a fish.

When the lake flooded, it must’ve washed a bunch of these catfish downstream, where they collected in pools. Now the water levels are starting to go down, and the fish are trapped, doomed to dry up and die. Not on these kids’ watch. As we watched, they rescued four fish, and one of the adults present said there were at least six left. The kids showed no sign of stopping. This is the kind of thing you love as a kid, a life or death mission you can throw your heart and soul into while getting gleefully covered in muck and slime. I was tempted to offer my assistance, but this was their Quest, and I did not want to impose.

When we continued on, the Great Fish Rescue was still going strong. Godspeed, kids. In a time of such great discord and meanspirited behavior, you will live on in my memory as a beacon of goodwill. 

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“Do you always understand everything you feel?” Cas asked, one day.

He thought, obscurely, that Spring was the right time for a question like this; or at least this Spring was - a Spring that felt fresh and light and hazy, still dazed by the wonder of Winter’s passing. Dean, sitting in the car beside him, looked washed out by it - or rather, washed clean, Cas supposed he meant. Softened, in any case.

“How d’you mean?” Dean said. He turned to Cas, the bright sun shrinking out the darkness in his eyes - turning them green. Green like go-lights, green like mazes - no, gentler than both of those; green like the water-full leaves of succulent plants. Green like book covers, like peppermint-flavour candies.

“I mean… do you ever feel something that you can’t explain? Something… ineffable?”

Dean pressed his lips together. Cas wondered if he needed to explain the word ‘ineffable’.

“Nah?” he said. “I guess most of what I feel, I know what to call it. I don’t always like it, but at least I know what it is.”

Cas nodded seriously. Dean let the silence rest for a while as they cruised down the Spring-morning road.

“What about you?” he said eventually.

Cas lifted a shoulder.

“I… have a thousand words for how things feel,” he said, “and a thousand things to feel within me. But I… I cannot make them match.”

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Energetic carnivores, long-tailed weasels spend most of the daylight hours scouring grasslands, pastures and saltmarsh for prey. Their slender heads and bodies allow them to enter burrows in search of mice, voles, snakes and large insects. The sharp teeth, keen eyesight and scrappy character of long-tailed weasels make them highly skilled predators, able to catch animals bigger than themselves. In mid-summer, whole families of weasels may be seen as males and females teach their young to hunt. Photo from Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming by Tom Koerner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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I love this collection of sigils, but it is annoying difficult to read and impossible to search, so I typed it up as best I could. This was mostly for personal reference and I’m not terribly familiar with demons so there’s probably a few mistakes, but if anyone wants it, knock yourself out. As far as I know, the source on this is totally forgotten, but if someone knows it, please feel free to add it on!

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HERE FOLLOWS A LIST OF SEVERAL DEMONS AND THEIR SIGILS OF SUMMONING:

ABYSS: Lord of Chaos 
ACIEL: The God Burner 
ADATIEL: Walks the Earth 
ADNACHIEL: The Hunter Demon 
AGIEL: Lord of Calamity 
AMBRIEL: The Changer 
AMNIXIEL: Demon of the Lines 
ANAEL: Demon of Lust 
APADIEL: Of Hell’s Electorate Musician 
ARATRON: Demon of Sorrow 
ARIEL: Of Hell’s Electorate Historian 
AVACHIEL: The Inquisitor 
AZERVIEL: Demon of Defeat 
BABALEL: Second Demon of War 
BARBIEL: Lord of Ancients 
BARCHIEL: Of Hell’s Electorate Mechanic 
BEFAFES: First Demon of War 
BLISDON: The Quick One 
BORNOGO: Lord of Power 
BRORGES: Arch-demon of Woe 
BUTMONO: Demon of Greed 
CAMAEL: The Destroyer 
CASSIEL: Lord of All Conspirators 
CASSRIEL: Of Hell’s Electorate Poet 
CHENOR: The Wish Granter 
DAGON: The Great Fish 
DECARAB: The Beautiful 
DIGIN: The Disordered 
ELIM: Lord of Attrition
EKSUSHA: The God Eyed

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EOLIGOS: Visible and Invisible 
FERUG: The Rusting One 
FOCALOR: The Demon That Drowns Men 
FORCAS: Teaches Logic and the Secrets of Plants and Gems 
FURTUR (FURFUR?): Demon of Storms 
GAMIGIN: The Horse Lord 
GARN: The King Tempter 
GRACHIEL: Arch-demon of the Dying Times 
HAGITH: Demon of Jealousy 
HAGONEL: Lord Under Grachiel 
HAMALIEL: Lord of Obsessions 
HANAEL: The Adversarial 
HASMODEL & HASMODAI: The Twin Bulls 
HISMAEL: The Acquirer 
IPOS: Knows Things To Come and Past 
JOCHMUS: The First Savior of Hell 
LAHAD: The Devil’s Voice 
LESIFUGES: Brings Riches and Shortens Life 
LUCIFER: The Morning Star 
MALCHIDAEL: Demon of Impatience 
MALPHAS: The Tower Builder 
MARBUEL: Of Hell’s Electorate Architect 
MARCHOSIAS: Gives and In Battles A Demon Bound (?)
MEEOD: The Life Restorer 
MEPHISTOPH: Lord of the Host 
MICZARIEL: The Warrioress 
MURIEL: Great Demon of UCS (?)
NABERIUS: Lord of Cunning 
NESTORATS: The Fire Master 
NYSROG: Lord of The House of Princes 
OCH: The Sun Speaker 
OPHIEL: Lord Messenger and God Teacher 
ORIAS: Of Hell’s Electorate Astronomer 
OZGIN: Demon of Madness 
PAIMON: Master of Infernal Ceremonies 
PARNIEL: First Lord Under Veguaniel 

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PHALEG: Demon of Discontent 
PSOHDON: The Inconsistent 
RONOVE: The Knowledge Staff 
RAUYM: Demon of Filth 
SABNAC: Demon of Poisons 
SAKATH: Second Lord Under Veguaniel 
SALEOS: Of Hell’s Electorate Panderer 
SCHETALIM: The Polygod 
STYGAL: Brings Death 
SULUTH: The Great Robber 
SURGAT: Who Opens All Locks 
SYTRI: Lord of Luxury 
TARTHANAC: Lord of Goldiron 
TEPHROS: The Ashwaker and Fever Curer 
UPHIR: Of Hell’s Electorate Physician 
VABAM: Who Tells True of Hidden Treasure 
VALAC: Lord of Snakes 
VEGUANIEL: Archdemon of Fortune 
VEPAR: The Water Master
VETIS: The Life Promiser 
ZABLAH: Of Hell’s Electorate Lawyer 
ZAGAM: Lord of Forgery 
ZURIEL: The Stone Master 
ZEPAR: Deforms the Unborn