Thanks a lot! Okay, second part is right here, and it's REALLY long!
I blinked as I tried to further remember what had happened but the whole mess of it made my head hurt. Instead I focused on what was going on here, now. For instance, where on earth was I? I suddenly realized I was lying on my side, on the bottom of this bare container, looking up though my strange blue water, with one eye at a bright glaring light. I winced and closed my eyes half way, letting them adjust for a moment. Then I heaved myself up, with quite some effort, I was stiff and sore. I swam up to get some air, and as I did, I realized two things: I had reached the surface very quickly, and above me, I saw a light blue and pink betta swimming around in the same kind of blue water. He was in a very small container. I realized, I must be in the same kind of container as him, too. I swam around the perimeter of my container in a quick second, and felt panicked. This was even smaller than the bag I had been in! It was cold, and there was loud noise all around me. I darted around a few more times as uneasiness crept over me, and then I just felt tired... tired and worn out. I sank to the bottom of my container in dismay. Was this going to be my life from now on? I wriggled around trying to get comfortable but it seemed impossible with such little space. Just as I finally settled, there was a harsh whisper that seemed to come from right next to me.
“Is that YOU making all that racket? Keep it down, will you? Some of us are trying to rest.” I flinched in surprise and spun around to see who had said that.
“Over here!” the voice hissed.
I stopped moving abruptly and then swam quickly to the back of my container. On the other side, I could see a shiny blue male, flaring at me from his own container.
“I – I'm sorry...” I said, really meaning it. I hadn't seen him there, and I was just so scared from all this stuff suddenly going on. I was about to explain, but then I noticed how he was carefully scrutinizing me, and then he left his long, flowy fins droop again and his gills went back to normal.
“So, you're a newcomer, huh?” he asked with a bit of amusement in his voice.
“Yes! Yes!” I said eagerly and wiggled up against the edge of my container. “What about you? Did you just arrive as well?” Maybe some of my brothers and sisters were here with me! Maybe I wasn't the only one!
“Am I? No no no...” he sighed rather sadly. “I've been here as long as I can remember.”
“Oh...” I said, uncertainly “What's it like?”
“Kid, it may seem harsh, but I'll warn you now. You have the right to be uneasy about this place. You'll always be trapped in these small containers, which never get cleaned by the way. As we speak I can nearly feel my fins are disintegrating from all this rotted food in my water. There's all sorts of noise and feeders are constantly stomping by. I'm sorry you had to end up here like I did, kid.”
As I heard him speak, my heart drummed desperately. I let it all soak in for a moment just hovering there, frozen to the spot as this stranger watched me with a grim expression. Finally I looked at him, and realized that his long fins were black and ragged at the edges and there was brown and orange gunk littered all over the bottom of his container.
“Try not to worry about it though,” he said, obviously feeling bad about how he had just scared me “Just think, one day, a great feeder is gonna came, take us away, and put us in a beautiful warm home full of plants to swim and sleep in! And your water always stays clean, and you never go hungry. That's what I've heard.”
His words were uplifting, but for now, I was stuck here. I swam to the front of my container and looked down, where I could see what looked like a long fall to the floor, it was as if we were on some sort of shelf. I returned to the back of my container slowly.
“Thanks for the advice.” I sighed, and sank to the very bottom corner. I let that warm, happy thought pass through my head, of a caring, faithful feeder coming to take me, and it was comforting enough that I was able to forget all my problems and gently drift off into a long rest.
Thanks to Amaya Yu for the great drawing in my avatar!
♡ Churro, Orange VT Male ♡
♡ Jade, Black Female Kitty ♡
~~♥ Rest in peace Venus 09/25/09 - 06/20/10 ~ ♥
Last edited by akjadestar; 12-12-2010 at 10:41 PM.