Lament the story of the Angler Boys. Surprise and joy befell the Angles household when Mabelle and Hank Angles announced she was expecting. The excitement grew further when Mabelle learned it would be twin boys. But, at birth, something was revealed as strange. The doctors called it “Acute Lophii-deformes” and it would seem the bouncing baby boys shared undisputed features of the Anglerfish. The Angles were advised to shut them away, home school them, and to investigate special therapies and operations to remove them of these “features.” Mabelle and Hank didn’t feel right about shutting them off from the world, so they decided to go on as if nothing was the matter.
Things were rocky, here and there, but the two boys lived together in a happy, loving home. It then came time to enroll them in school. Little Luke Angles did quite well; the other children thought his “lightning ball” was cool. He was the best to have sleepovers with because he could keep the blanket fort lit nicely. The girls thought it was cute too and they would sigh and dreamily stare, saying, “To be with Little Luke Angles was like being under the twinkling stars.”
All was not so well for Young Leopold Angles, who inherited the unfortunate features of an anglerfish teeth and tail. The girls were all scared of him, and the boys called him snaggletooth, jaws, and walrus. He was a favorite target for the bullies and often found himself escaping to the far end of the playground to be alone. Luke would try to stick up for him and include him in their games, but no matter his efforts, the other children would shove him away.
One day, Mabelle Angles came to wake them for school, but Young Leopold was gone. Hank, Mabelle and Luke looked all over town and asked everyone around, most of whom just laughed. Days passed, weeks passed. Leopold was nowhere to be found. Luke would search through the night with the help of his lightning ball. And thus, began “The Riveting Adventures of Angler Boy.” (A follow up to “Flashback: Angler Boy“)