Here's another installment, folks. :o My fish are all crazy. As is clearly evidenced in this post.
You know how you get that feeling that everything you do has to revolve around one specific girl? And then the feeling that your world is over when you aren't talking to her? Well, that's how it's been with Harmonia. She's been ignoring me ever since the divider incident. I got the horrible, sinking feeling that I had overstepped my bounds with her. But I was the male! She was the female, she was supposed to submit to me and I was supposed to take charge! That crazy female had it backwards, apparently. I flared my fins out, letting them ripple slowly in the water as I ventured over near the divider again. Harmonia was over at Spiridion's side, watching him wiggle dance with a moderately blank look on her face. I instantly felt a surge of jealousy.
I darted up and down the divider, and side to side along the top, even zig zagged along the length of it. Finally, Harmonia looked my way. She looked once, then swam back into her tall silk plants with a haughty huff. I rammed my nose into the divider. That was a challenge! I saw it in her face! And who was I to back down from a challenge?
Well, this time I didn't have to get over the divider. Harmonia finally swam up to it later, after a good while of me waiting patiently for her to. When she came, I instantly started up with the flaring and nipping and tail swishing. She couldn't help but return my less than chivalrous actions, and soon, I had her jumping. Harmonia was an excellent jumper, better than any other fish. She could jump right over the tees on top of the dividers, as I had seen her do many a time when she thought our human was taking too long to feed her. She would hop right over and eat Spiridion's food, and he just let her do it. Across the room, our human spoke up abruptly.
"Phaistos, quit being such a tease. Leave her alone." The girl said, thinking I was just playing around.
She didn't look our way again, so I resumed with the routine. Harmonia was starting to really get riled up. "Phaistos," she barked, "I swear to-" And she jumped again, so I could hardly hear her. This time, her body landed on my side of the divider. I gave a triumphant laugh. Harmonia, though, looked confused. She sat there motionless for a moment, until I swam up close to her. Then, she bolted. Harmonia swam around the tall glass in my side, into and out of my cave, up and down the sides and front of the tank, and jumped frantically every time she reached the surface. I chased her the entire way. When she got too close to my bubble nest, though, I saw what was going to happen before it happened. And then, she jumped again.
Her body tore through my bubbles, and when she landed in the water again, they popped and scattered apart.
"NO!!!" I shouted, and swam up under it protectively.
By this time, the human girl had definitely taken notice of our romp. She had scrambled for the net in a panic. She came up to the tank and flipped the lid in the front up. I resisted the automatic urge to swin up there- there was no food in her hand, only the net. She dunked it into the water, her eyes scanning the tank for Harmonia.
"Harmonia, how did you get over here?" She asked, and swished the net around in the water a few times. "Harmonia? You poor girl, where are you?"
"Here!" Harmonia squeaked. I shot my eyes down her way. She was sitting the front right corner, cowering with her head down. I inwardly groaned. Now is a great time to be submissive, Harmonia, right when you have to leave... When she saw the girl she swam up hopefully, until she realized the net was there. When she saw the net, she started to panic, but the girl just scooped her up and plopped her back in the water on her own side. Having short fins, Harmonia swam eagerly right out of the net. She looped around back to the fron of the tank when the net was gone and wiggled happily at the girl.
"Ah, thank you!" She twirled happily.
The girl smiled and rewarded her with a bloodworm. I was instantly right there at the surface, giving her the stink eye.
"Why does she get a bloodworm? She was on my side, not the other way around!" I reasoned.
I guess there's no reasoning with humans, though. She gave me a much smaller piece of bloodworm, and then went to the other side of the tank to give a piece to Spiridion, too. When she closed the lid, she went across the room to what looked like another tank.
"Hey, when did she get that?" I asked around a mouthful of worm.
Harmonia didn't answer, just swam away like it was my fault she jumped over the divider. Spiridion shook his bloodworm around in his mouth and gulped it down in one bite. Then, he swam up to his divider and jerked his head toward the other tank.
"That's what the other fish live in." He answered.
"What other fish?!" I was instantly outraged by the very idea. Since when are there other fish, you're bad enough!"
"There's always been other fish, genius!" Spiridion said disdainfully. "There's a big blue one and a little yellow one. Do you ever see anything but your little girlfriend?"
"I'm not his girlfriend." Harmonia chimed in, her voice firm and adamant. "He's my stalker."
"You jumped over here, Harmonia!" I reminded her, and then, I didn't even want to talk, anymore. It was off to sulk in my corner. But hey, maybe Harmonia would go for the damaged thing. She was obviously not into the normal chasing and nipping routine. I was starting to think I had over estimated how perfect our romance could be.
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” - Albert Einstein