That the Leviathan of the Canals existed was taken as given by the people of the city. They used the creature to explain every capsized gondola and the occasional large iridescent scale that washed up on the quayside.
They held the annual Leviathan Boat Parade and put the creature’s supposed image on anything they could sell to tourists. Never mind that almost nobody in the city had ever seen the beast.
But she had. She went to their secret gathering spot and wondered who had dropped the first one in the canal, not realizing goldfish grow to fit their containers.

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