Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: The Great White North (NOT Alaska)
Hero: Part I
I watched the two young women take my sister away with mixed feelings. On one fin, there was the hope that her immediate purchase would spell early homes for the rest of us, but on the other, we were not nearly as colourful as she. Even our first human did not desire us because we were what breeders called "Wild Type." Whatever that meant. I was just happy to be out of the pyramids that we were transported in, and eventually it began to show. A few days elapsed since our sister was taken away, and the rest of us were beginning to despair that we would not find homes as our brothers began to leave the shelves below us one by one. Then a day arrived when they left us in pairs: even the boys with the fancy fins were leaving, but we never got more than the passing glance. Sometimes the humans that passed didn't even notice us where we were on the top shelf. The only other fish that never seemed to go anywhere was a blue plakat on the top shelf across from us: he swam around a much larger bowl than the others were housed in and waved his fins as excitedly as the rest of us, but the humans would look at the slip of paper on his bowl and declare that he was too expensive before taking one of the others home. We watched many leave before the two women who took our sister came back and started observing us.
"Look at this one," the smaller human said as she lifted my jar and put me down lower where she could get a better look.
"She's a dark one," the larger human replied, looking at me more closely.
"She's very eggy," the first one observed. I had been very self conscious of my burgeoning belly before now, but I never dreamed that it would earn me their favour.
"She's ready for breeding," said one of the humans who worked at this place. I had seen her often and she seemed to know these two women.
"I think we'll take this one," the small human replied, "but we'll need to take a closer look at these other girls..."