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Old 01-26-2011, 04:31 PM   #1 
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A Betta Story

As the truck hits every bump possible, I'm one heartbeat closer to dying. And wherever I'm headed, I hope it's some place with halfway decent food. I extremely dislike flakes. I dream of pellets, maybe some freeze-dried blood worms...

I look at my brother next to me. He's probably already dead, I thought. Maybe he was even sleeping. I swam in circles hoping we would reach our destination soon. Then this would all be over. I would be in a place where I had some chance of finding a home. Soon enough, I thought.

It was nearing the end of the day as they unloaded me and my family into the store. The people were not the slightest bit gentle, I thought they might be nicer than the people who put me INTO the truck. I was annoyed by how they treated us like a toy; they handled us like we are nothing. It's just not fair, I thought. Why couldn't we live in something else but a cup for the time being? Just a bigger plastic bowl would be nicer. Just a gallon would make a big difference. 'Just a gallon...' That ran through my head for the rest of the day. I could barely sleep, not knowing where I would be tommorow...

Thanks for reading Part 1 of A Betta Story! All constructive criticism/suggestions welcomed. Part 2 Coming Soon!
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Old 01-26-2011, 04:48 PM   #2 
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Please write more, and as a suggustion, I have read a lot of betta stories where the main character has a buddy. I like those ones alot, so maybe you could have the betta have a friend?
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:33 PM   #3 
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A Betta Story Part 2

I woke up with the sun shining through the pet store windows. All the workers were coming in, groggy as ever, and they started to feed us. This wasn't too bad! At least we get clean water... Sometimes...

I ate my pellets happily. Then I noticed that they switched the fish around; I was next to a turquoise veil tail. He waved his fins at me. I waved back. "What a nice veil tail!" I said quietly to myself. Those were the only words I had said out loud in a long time. Hopefully I would find a nice, loving home soon. One with... you know, clean water.

I was flaring at Turquoise (my new name for my friend) when I noticed that a little boy picked him up. "Noooo! You can't leave!" I flared at the boy standing in front of me until I was exhausted and went to sleep. I would probably never see Turquoise ever again. He was gone.
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A Betta Story Part 2

I woke up with the sun shining through the pet store windows. All the workers were coming in, groggy as ever, and they started to feed us. This wasn't too bad! At least we get clean water... Sometimes...

I ate my pellets happily. Then I noticed that they switched the fish around; I was next to a turquoise veil tail. He waved his fins at me. I waved back. "What a nice veil tail!" I said quietly to myself. Those were the only words I had said out loud in a long time. Hopefully I would find a nice, loving home soon. One with... you know, clean water.

I was flaring at Turquoise (my new name for my friend) when I noticed that a little boy picked him up. "Noooo! You can't leave!" I flared at the boy standing in front of me until I was exhausted and went to sleep. I would probably never see Turquoise ever again. He was gone.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:11 PM   #5 
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A Betta Story Part 3

I can't believe I had already lost one friendship with a fish in the pet shop. He was taken away from me. I was sad; maybe even depressed just because of a fish I barely communicated with. It was shocking to me that I was picked up by the same little boy a day later:

"Mom, I'm SURE I'm responsible to have 2 fish."

"Are you sure? I'm putting you in charge of cleaning the tanks, feeding, and everything..."

"Yes Mom, I'm sure. Besides, he's the most pretty blue/green/red betta fish I've ever seen!"

"OK, fine! You have to remember to cle-..."

"I will. I promise."

They picked out the most splendid 2 gallon tank they could find with an airstone, light...

A Betta Story Part 4

I arrived home after being in the car. The nice boy put his warm hands around my cup to calm be down and reduce the shaking of the car. Before I knew it I was floating in the cup in my new home. They added blue glass gravel, two plastic plants, and turned the light on and the airstone. It was a wonderful moment. I knew just being in this tank would make me happier. Especially with a boy that looked like he knew what he was doing. This was going to be great. Especially that I could flare at the other lovely fish the boy had next to my tank...

TURQUOISE?!

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A Betta Story Part 3

I can't believe I had already lost one friendship with a fish in the pet shop. He was taken away from me. I was sad; maybe even depressed just because of a fish I barely communicated with. It was shocking to me that I was picked up by the same little boy a day later:

"Mom, I'm SURE I'm responsible to have 2 fish."

"Are you sure? I'm putting you in charge of cleaning the tanks, feeding, and everything..."

"Yes Mom, I'm sure. Besides, he's the most pretty blue/green/red betta fish I've ever seen!"

"OK, fine! You have to remember to cle-..."

"I will. I promise."

They picked out the most splendid 2 gallon tank they could find with an airstone, light...

A Betta Story Part 4

I arrived home after being in the car. The nice boy put his warm hands around my cup to calm be down and reduce the shaking of the car. Before I knew it I was floating in the cup in my new home. They added blue glass gravel, two plastic plants, and turned the light on and the airstone. It was a wonderful moment. I knew just being in this tank would make me happier. Especially with a boy that looked like he knew what he was doing. This was going to be great. Especially that I could flare at the other lovely fish the boy had next to my tank...

TURQUOISE?!

Part 5 Coming Soon!
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:15 PM   #7 
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Probably tommorow. Stay tuned :D
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:39 PM   #8 
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Can't wait to hear what happens next ^.^
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:01 PM   #9 
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A Betta Story Part 5

Turquoise?! I couldn't believe my fishy eyes when I saw him looking at me in the other tank next to me. We could flare and chat all day, my luck was unbelievable. I couldn't believe it! It was wonderful! This was probably the most lovely thing that ever happened to me. I ate bubbles from the airstone all day, and it was a great life for me. One day, Turquoise and I had an interesting conversation about our lives before the 'cup'. "Well, I just kept falling out of the bubble nest! My dad had to constantly pick me up and put me back into a new bubble!" I said. "Yeah, that's basically what kept happening to me too. It was sad because the breeding tank my father was put into had alot of sharp plants, so every time he would dive down to get me, he would end up tearing his fins! They finally got some silk plants, but that didn't help because his fins were already ripped up. You can tell they had no clue how to breed because I was kept in a bowl, and bowls are nothing to flare over. The tank was dirty, so my dad had fin rot and died shortly after we got our colors. My life as a baby betta were not fun." Turquoise said. "I'm lucky to be alive today!" Poor Turquoise. It was so sad that he had to live such a life. "That's so sad! What kept you going?" I said, flapping my tail fin.
"I knew I would make a good friend. You know, a friend like you."
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