It was twisting and turning helplessly on the rocks when he first saw it. Its silver sparkles caught his eyes as he was walking cautiously on the rocky banks of the mountain river.
The river was roaring and foaming as it dived to the valley below.
He quickly reached it; it was a small fish that somehow landed on the rocks.
He picked it up and released it in water.
He was standing in the valley below half an hour later; a little distance away the river has formed a calm pool. The water was absolutely still and tempting. He has discovered this spot yesterday during trekking.
His friends were sleeping in the camp, too tired to move, as per their repeated complains; thus he decided that he will utilize the time they spend sleeping.
He quickly changed into his shorts and slipped into the water.
The water was truly refreshing. He stayed close to the shore because he did not know how to swim.
All of a sudden he felt something tugging at his leg, it was a violent pull and he lost balance, he saw a mysterious creature, it had tail of a fish and torso of a man, its eyes were like fish and had claws in its hands.
It started to drag him deeper and deeper, he tried to tear free but it was far stronger.
Suddenly he saw a shoal of fish attacking the creature. They started to hit it from all directions, soon his leg slipped from its claws.
A pair of big fishes gently nudged him to the shore. He scampered outside and ran as far as he could and then crashed on the ground.
“What are you doing here babu (Sir)?” a voice startled him out of his exhaustion.
“Did you enter that pool? Thank God you are alive. That pool is cursed. It kills anyone who dares to enter its water.” The little shepherd boy said gravely.