After I wrote this... jeez I'm REALLY going over board...
Part 10: Attack
Now is the time to execute my plan.
For a few hours I flared with nervous excitment as hundreds of Bettas started swarming in. Soon there was nearly 300 Bettas.
When they were all talking and the sound of it was deafening, I Flared and called, "Welcome! Today we'll drive these catchers away before they destroy us all!" The sun was just rising, and the feeders would soon be out. All the Bettas cheered, a sound loud enough to alert the bugs over the water.
I flared again for silence, and once again repeated my plan for the new Bettas. They started getting excited, too. After that we waited in hiding until the catchers were out.
Once the rice paddy was getting crouded from them, I signaled it was time to do the plan. We all moved through the water, swimming to a open spot. One last time I repeated the plan, again. "Now, remember. We will all jump together and the catchers will come. Then we jump around them, so they panic. Then we bite them and chase them and bat them away!" They Bettas nodded their heads, while I was ready to burst with anxiety and excitment.
I braced myself, and motioned with my tail. As one Betta we leaped into the air, what a fantastic sight it was. We jumped higher than I ever had, going nearly a foot into the air. I assumed it was due to all of our extra energy. This was more than just getting food, we were defending our homes and our lives.
Time seemed to go slowely as once again, I began falling through air. Suddenly memories were upon me. Living life in a dirty cylinder, watching all of my siblings die one by one, being forced into the rice paddy when I wanted to remain in the cylinders, meeting longfin, the drought, defeating my enemies and avenging his death, attracting all of these catchers, and now this.
We hit the water with a splash, and didn't have to wait long. Soon catchers started to show up, holding... grabbers. We surrounded them and began leaping around them to confuse them. They were too slow to catch us in the air. As a mass, we were the size of a catcher. We swarmed around them in the water and attacked. They had creepy smooth skin instead of scales, and were more vulnerable than I thought. I nipped one and smashed my head into it. There were around 50 Bettas attacking each feeder.
At first the catcher seemed to regard us as pests, as if it could barely feel us. But as our attacks grew more and more brutal, it stuck its clumbsy hand in the water, which we easily avoided. Then after it couldn't get us, it shouted with frustration and started running towards the land. We chased it and kept on attacking until it was out of reach. Most of the catchers had been chased away, except one.
It was just catching Bettas to keep them away. "No!" I said. I rushed at it and leaped into the air. It seemed shocked and delighted to be faced with the white Betta that it had been searching for. But I wasn't going to give it the pleasure of catching me.
I found a spot on it that I could bite onto when I was falling and I quickly grabbed it and was hanging above the rice paddy. The other Bettas mimicked me and we all grabbed onto this catcher. Soon its legs were covered with Bettas.
It shrieked and ran away, and we dropped off. We all stared silently at eachother for a moment, before shouting a deafening cheer. That copper female slided through the water towards him, and all the Bettas gave her room because she held a certain air of authority. "Good job, moontail." She said. Then she whispered, "Meet me at the center tonight." Before swimming away. The Bettas around me started cheering "Moontail! Moontail!"
My plan had worked! But would it really keep the catchers away?