After a few days, Andrea ran to my tank, crying. She looked at me, a soggy tissue clasped in her hands. Tears ran down her cheeks.
"I'm s-sorry, Fire-" She began. In the middle of her sentence, she stopped and began sobbing.
I wished that I could jump out of the tank, but then I would die and make her more upset. I wished she would tell me what was wrong!
"We have to sell you. I don't want to! I told - I told -" She paused to let the tears flow, "I told mom and dad that we could take you, but they are divorcing..." She laid her head on the table and cried.
I understood. Since they were getting divorced, I wouldn't be taken care of regularly, because she would be switching back and forth between houses so much.
"I'll miss you." She said softly. With gentle hands, she stuck the net in my tank.
NO! I don't want to go! I swam around and around, darting between rocks and live plants... but finally I gave up and let her scoop me up and put me in a plastic cup.
"A-aunt M-marie will t-take good care - of you..." Andrea whispered. Then, with a sigh, she ran out of her room.
A few seconds later, she held my cup and climbed into the car. Her dad, the strong, caring man, started up the car with a solemn expression.
We soon arrived at a nice, neat house - it was so different from Andrea's! Andrea stuck her finger in my cup, and I bit it gently. I had to say goodbye.
Tears rolled down her cheeks as she embraced my warm cup. "Goodbye, Fire..." She sniffed, thrusting the cup at an old lady.
"Here's the tank-" Andrea's father began.
"Uhhhm... NO. I already have a 1/2 gallon..."
Andrea froze. On her face was shock and horror. "Dad. Please come into the car with me." She asked politely. Her father cast a fake smile at Aunt Marie, guided Andrea into the car, and shut the door.
A few minutes later, they rolled down the window. With obviously fake and forced smiles, they looked out the window.
I could tell that the "Goodbye" was through gritted teeth.
Dante - Dragon, red/gold/white - plakat - Male
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