Originally published in Tropus Magazine #1, "Belly Poachin'" is the second story I've set in the 'Underbelly' world. Fans of "Charred Kraken with Plum Butter" (Weird Noir & Crime City Central) should get a kick out of it.
by Christopher Irvin
The foul air inside the shack tasted of unwashed bed clams. So thick was the scent that Mudge felt like he could grab handfuls and stuff his pockets for a later snack. Pinching his nose, he watched river foam swirl through holes in the floor boards, waiting for the rotten wood to give way and drop him into the brine. It was a fear only the itch could overcome, and the itch was strong.