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"That's not water."
"What is it?"
"Let me put them in the cooler for you then."
"We put them in the thermos," said Rudleigh, "so we don't have to put them in the cooler. We like them where we can get at them. In case we need them, you know, real snappy."
Tom Skelton looked up at him. Most people when they smile expose a section of their upper teeth; when Rudleigh smiled, he exposed his lower teeth.
"Hold the thermos in your lap," Skelton said. "If that starts rolling around the skiff while I'm running these banks, I'll throw it overboard."
"An ecologist," said Mrs. Rudleigh.
Mrs. Rudleigh reached out one hand and bent it back so her fingernails were all on display. She was thinking of a killer line but it wouldn't come.
Skelton knew from other guides he could not let the clients run the boat for him, but he had never expected this. Not on his first day. Now all three of them were glancing past one another with metallic eyes.