A'ight, guys, I'mma go ahead and make a new post. It's Walking Dead night, though. So.... I'll be watching last week's rerun while I type. Lol... Well, here we are!
By the time the girl returned with the bucket of fresh water, I had started to seriously wear myself out trying to get to my nest. She spotted my frantic activity and peered around to my side of the tank. Her eyes came to rest on my nest, and I darted quickly from side to side underneath it.
"Oh, geez, buddy, I'm sorry." She frowned. She stood back up at the front of the tank, and started to pour the water.
She was moving her mouth, but I couldn't hear her over the rushing of water pouring into the tank. The current was gentler than normal, though.She had poured the water in very slowly, and my eyes lit up as I saw my nest float back up to the top of the tank, intact and beautiful as ever. I waited for her to stop pouring, and watched her squeeze several drops from a bottle into the flow of water that fell out of the filter. When she was paying attention again, I fixed my eyes on hers and blew a bubble of thanks. She just waved one finger at me and turned back around to go to her nest.
I swam up to the divider, and shimmied back and forth in place, letting my fins ripple in the water. Harmonia was busy playing in the bubbles, but when she turned my way, her eye was caught by the pink shimmer. She flitted over, popping a few bubbles with excited bounces as she came. She stopped abruptly right at the mesh.
"Yeah? Look at all these bubbles!" She chirped, and did a little flip. "I love them!"
"Look at my bubbles." I told her, with a proud smile on my face. "They're strong enough to last the water change."
Her gaze shot that way, then went back to me. "That's pretty good." She said slowly, and I could see the tiniest of an impressed light in her eyes.
I was instantly filled up with joy. I playfully nipped at her from my side of the mesh, and showed off my fins as I danced through the water for her. She courted back with me for a second, swirling and flicking her tail. She seemed to catch herself, though, and paused. After a second, she switched off her playful, carefree mood and darted inside the large, square vase in her divider section. As her blue shimmer disappeared between the broad leaves hanging from the top, I heaved a sigh.
"Harmonia...?" I said softly. Across the tank, Spiridion flicked his tail impatiently.
"Phaistos, she's hiding from you for a reason." He said, as if he knew everything about everything in the world.
I looked his way with a steady glare. Spiridion is bigger than me. He's stockier, with longer fins and perhaps manlier colors. He's dark, dark indigo. His body is. His fins are a golden shade of yellow, with bright blue edges and indigo spots on his dorsal. I've got crayon pink fins and white dragon scales. I'm a deltatail, though, where he's only a veiltail. And while I came to this home and this tank first, Spiridion was a bit older than me. I'm the only one making bubblenests, though. I secretly hold that in my head as a reminder of who was really the better fish.
"Yeah? And she's danced with you before, right? Because you have such a great bubblenest over there." I said sarcastically.
Spiridion attacked the mesh with righteous fury. I just turned and showed him my tail end, with a good flick of my fin just for lasting effect. Even though I had just basically showed my rear to him, even though I knew full well if there were to be a divider accident of any type, I would be toast, I felt on top of the world. I blew a few more bubbles. Thickened my nest. Rested in my cave for a while. Curled up in the gravel behind it for a nice nap. When I woke up, I looked up to the top of the tank and saw Harmonia hovering in the water at the divider's edge, with her eyes fixed on my nest. My heart soared- I had caught her showing interest without my prompting! I decided to surprise her. To go pay her a visit so we could dance together and I could bring her over to my side of the divider to see my nest up close. I glanced once at the girl across the room. She had a black and purple square in her lap- the thing that was continously playing music and that her fingers flew over at incredibly rapid speeds. Typing, she called it, although I wasn't sure if the thing was called typing or the activity was. She wasn't paying attention to us. I felt adrenaline pump through my body as I set out to find any hole anywhere in the divider that I could possibly squeeze through. I scanned the sides of the dividers, front and back for little spots where the mesh didn't entirely fit in and I could nose my way through. No such luck.
Determined to get to Harmonia, I swam to the bottom of the tank. With my face down close to the gravel, I nosed at the little blue spheres insistently. There were no holes underneath it, either. I paused there for a moment. Harmonia had seen me when I swam up to the front of the tank. She had just quickly swam away, though, to play in the sil plants and scan the bottom of the tank for a snack. I was watching her stick her little white nose into the gravel when an idea came to me. If she could dig for fallen food, couldn't I dig underneath the divider? I set to work. It took a good while, but eventually, I managed to make a sizeable tunnel. The mesh was still there, though, halfway into my tunnel project. I gave it a look to freeze hell over. I wasn't about to give in when I was this close to seeing Harmonia! I flailed about until I had my nose underneath the mesh. Finally! I didn't even bother with trying to be discreet anymore. I burst through to the other side, and Harmonia spun around, wide eyed. Instantly, I swam over to where she hovered, and the chase began.
“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