AFTER WRITING: Whew. Is it just me or am I getting a bit carried away? XD
Part 6: Alone
Eventually to water level rose to its normal height. I looked back at my naming ceremony with awe.
Long fin had jumped into the air and shouted "Come meet here under peace for a naming ceremony!" Somehow it projected his voice and it sounded louder, and soon some Bettas gathered around, peacful for the occasion. They still cautiously flared at eachother, but they were peaceful. Longfin started talking, droning on and on about how I had learned to live like I should, and he concluded his speech by saying, "Now we shall all jump to tell the moon of her new warrior!" For the first time I jumped, and time seemed to slow down. Dozens of Bettas surounded me and waterdroplets flew everywhere. "Moontail!" Everyone had called. Then after that the fightng began and everyone dispersed.
I shivered at how I had some how not even felt the urge to attack. It's like the wild is changing my personality. I thought, because wild Bettas weren't that aggressive.
One thing that was really irritating was having to constantly trim my tail. "How come my tail is so biiig?" I complaing to Longfin one morning.
"How am I supposed to know? Moontail, don't complain. At least you are here instead of that cylinder thing you were talking about." He stared at a bubble and bit it thoughtfully. "I think we should explore the rice paddy." He said. "Come."
I followed him as we barrelled through plants and caves. We didn't see any bubblenests, so we stopped paying attention. I wish we had.
They came on us out of nowhere, flaring their fins, their eyes glinting. Three males seemed throughoutly angered, I couldn't tell why. Then I saw. There was a bright white shape, I knew who it was. It was my sister. I felt myself flare up at the thought of 3 unknown males fighting over her.
"Hey, this is our female! I'll kill you for her!" One shouted. The three gave eachother a look that seemed to mean "We will begin fighting after these two are out of the picture". Me and longfin flared up and prepared ourselves.
One of the males charged at me with the speed that every wild Betta posses. I became distracted in fighting him, relentlessly nipping his scales. This male was a bit slow to me, so I knew exactly which move would send him swimming. The same move that was once performed on me by one of his kin.
I made to bite him on the tail and he twisted so that his head was facing me. I bit his lip and flipped, I was powerful enough to restrain him after training this move with Longfin. I kicked my tail and thrashed my pectorals in hope of staying upright, but his weight made us drift on our sides to the bottom. I held on tightly, suddenly feeling desperate for air. I had to release him.
The male jerked and swam away as fast as he could. I said, "Ha! You better watch out for me next time!" And I turned to face the other enemies.
I froze. They were doing a tactic. Both males were bigger than Longfin. One would grab his dorsal fin and drag him almost to the bottom while the other breathed. Then the other male would come and switch places. They got air, and Longfin uselessly struggled and I could tell he really needed to breath. Longfins struggles were slowing, and I knew it was too late.
"NOO!" I shouted, rushing at the males with all of my speed. "You aren't supposed to let the fighty go this far!" I screeched. The males turned to face me, grinning like minnows. I rushed at them with far more strength then they expected, my anger speeding me up. I crashed into the side of one like a train and barrelled him a full 6 inches, his scales damaged. The male turned away and I grabbed his tail and shook my head as hard as I could. The other male fleed in terror, but I was a demon. I gave that fish bad wounds before he got away, and I suspect they eventually got infected and killed him.
I swam to Longfin. He may have been another male Betta, but he was more dear to me than anything. Even more dear than my sister, who had sswam off. I nudged Longfins body under a rock as if I was trying to give him shelter even though I knew he was already dead. Eventually stopped, and with a last glance, left Longfin forever.
"Don't worry Longfin. Our enemies will tremble with terror when they see my might. Your work has saved me."