We don't notice the boy, particularly, except that he's about right for what he is - very alive, very quick, very engaged with what he's doing - and that is satisfying to see. Then - "I think he's caught something" - he's holding the rod up above his head and it's bent down into a u-shape and then there's the fish - about a foot long, flipping, trying to breathe. He gets an audience of older men, boys, who are interested now in what bait he's using (prawns from his bucket). He accepts help releasing the hook, and then he races off to show his grandma, who is in a house on the front. "Could you watch my stuff?" Of course we can.
He comes back. His grandma was delighted, he released the fish, it swam off, all is well. We are back to eating fish, from boxes, on our bench. Each of us has a bottle of beer/cider and we are talking about future plans: a flat in Penzance; a flat in Bath; Swansea; perhaps Truro; the family diaspora. The water is multicoloured with the lights along the front. The ferry has been moored and left dark; now it wakes up again - there is a last boat across to Falmouth.
The boy catches another fish. This time, there is a problem. The fish has swallowed the bait. We go to help. Somebody in the audience says, and repeats, "I'm a vegetarian." The hook is set deep and there is only one thing to be done. But the boy hasn't killed a fish before. We show him what to do, and do it.
His grandma will cook it for him. "He'll probably have it with chips," somebody says, as we collect up our polystyrene boxes and the empty bottles.