Join Date: May 2013
Location: Missouri, United States
I see the small group of fish I saw earlier, and they were chatting it up again.
I'm still listening to the conversation when something catches my eye. A large black and navy-tipped betta is swimming with a smaller betta. I flare, he looks evil merciless and I'm about to fight him.
I'm about to confront the betta when I see another betta swimming toward me. I turn to him. He's flaring and angry. I prepare myself for a fight. I'm used to this. It was my job at home. If he thinks he going to get me he's dead wrong. I've dealt plenty of enemies at the kingdom, and when I'm done with them, they're nothing but a couple of scales. If he's challenging me, it's not going to change. I'm a protector. I protect my kingdom, my legacy. No one will come between me and that, no one. And this fish isn't going to change that.
Before I can fight the light blue halfmoon the black crowntail rams into me and backs up satisfied. I shake it off as quickly as possible. The betta is stronger than I imagined, but I'm just as determined as ever to beat him. He doesn't no what he's up against. I lunge forward and bite into his fins hard. I didn't bite as hard as I could have but I wanted to know if he was the enemy. I push forward and ram into him as hard as I can and he looks like he's going to double over for good. I slam him into the riverbed and shout to him, "Who are you? Some kind of enemy?! Tormenting these poor fish?! I'm warning you AND your little guppy, I'll get you both!" I didn't want to hurt the small helpless guppy, but if he was with the enemy, I wouldn't have a choice.
I'm about to attack again when the blue halfmoon with a crooked back charges straight at me at me. We stood flaring at each other.
Just before I could attack, a huge dark shape flew over the water, and both of us knew inside that it was a bird, and that its mind was set on eating fish. We both darted in opposite directions, I behind a rock, he behind a clump of weeds. The bird swooped over the paddy without noticing us. He sighed in relief, and turned around. He ended up looking right into the eyes of a terrified red and purple veiltail. I could tell he's lost any desire to fight, but the small fish didn't seem to know that. He cowered against the clump of weeds, but he ignored the gesture. "Hello, my name is Manny."
I'm watching the two bettas from behind the rock. The one I was just fighting, "Manny", is talking to a red and purple pipsqueak. My fin hurts really bad but I've dealt with worse injuries at the kingdom. It's funny, really, these petty fish don't know the wild life of the kingdom. I bet they've never seen such a glorious place, I don't care if they lived in their human's mansion, there's nothing as beautiful as my home. I shake the pain of my fin as best as I can and make my way out from behind the rock. "Hey blue-face, pipsqueak!" I shout toward them, they turn toward me and the pipsqueak cowards in terror in aww at me, while blue-face glares at me, although he doesn't flare. "I understand you're not the enemy after all, considering you haven't eaten pipsqueak yet. I'm here to ask your assistance to the Waterflash Kingdom, which I'll teach you about. You up for it blue-face? Pipsqueak?"
Pipsqueak hides behind blue-face (Manny) he looks up a manages to squeak, "Uh... sure?"
Blue-face glares at me "My name isn't Blue-face." he says. "And his isn't Pipsqueak." He gestures to pipsqueak, who was now shrinking back a little. "I don't want to take part in anything that involves you, so leave me be!" And he swam away. Pipsqueak looks at me then turns around to watch his blue friend swim away, he looks up to me and stammers, "Uhh... Yea, me too... Sorry..." With that he turns around and hurries off to catch up with the blue betta, "Hey, wait for me!" He calls out. I look down and sink down to the river bottom. I'm all alone. I feel so cruel. How can I act this way? I'll never make it home. I'll never see my father, or my kingdom again. I'll never be able to save my sister. I think if my father was watching me right now, he would be so disappointed. How did I become so weak? I don't deserve my title as prince. I'm not a prince. Not anymore.
I decide to hide away in pity and shame when suddenly an aquamarine green female catches my eye. I stare at her for a while, she catches me staring and I turn away embarrassed and angry at myself even still. I slowly swim away. I look up to see a nearby cave. Perfect. The current drags my pitiful self along and into the darkness of the cave...