Monday, March 21, 2011

Goldfish Crusade


The goldfish bowl teetered in Rio's arms as he stood, sobbing over the toilet.

"Okay ...it's time to say good-bye." I nudged.

"But I love him!" Rio cried.

"Honey, he's been dead for a week," I explained. "It's time to let him go."

Reluctantly, Rio tilted his fish bowl over the toilet.

"Wait!" My husband snatched the bowl from him and held it up. We stared with disbelief.

"He's alive!" Rio's prayers were answered.

"Tell me that didn't happen," I mumbled. "I haven't fed his fish in two months..."

"Why won't this fish die?" My husband chuckled.
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51 comments:

  1. Ha! Love it!

    Still haven't done this one yet, but now I'm going to have to get with it.

    EJ

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  2. Haha. I loved the 'been dead for a week' part. I once had a roommate who was fish sitting for a friend and the fish died. She was convinced that the friend would want to say goodbye herself so she put the whole bowl in the freezer until the friend came back into town.

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  3. Hahaha, evil, evil parents. Nice.

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  4. Hahahahaha That's an awesome story, I love it!! And Sierra's story rocks, too :D

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  5. So funny! I'm really in tune with this - we had wondered if the fish in our pond had finally succumbed after the snow this Winter (they stay at the bottom for yonks) but up they've come...
    great story!

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  6. Fabulous story. It has so many threads hidden in so few words. Love it!

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  7. Lol, that was cute. Nice job and I love the goldfish picture.

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  8. Aww! I'm glad the fish isn't dead, but without food, it makes me wonder what else is special about this little goldfish.

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  9. Aaw, love feeds.

    P.S. I just love what you said in your profile.

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  10. I'm chuckling and saying ew at the same time. LOL!

    The ew is for the fish being dead a week and still in the fishbowl, because our fish died when my husband was away on business and I didn't want to have to tell my son (I think he was 3 at the time) by myself. So I waited for my husband to return. That fish got really gross.

    And of course I'm chuckling at the cute story.

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  11. We had a fish like that. It floated on top of the water. Oh no, it's dead. Then it flipped over and swam to the bottom. No, it's not. I found out later that they can get a disease or condition where their stomach fills up with gas and it causes them to float belly-up. Good luck with that.

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  12. I think the store will eventually run out of fish....

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  13. Neat, a fishie funeral! Hadn't seen that one yet, good job. And nice twist at the end. :)

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  14. LOL! A burial at sea that wasn't meant to be. Love it.

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  15. I love the humor in this story - what a fun read. Great job.

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  16. Get a louder pet. They'll remind you to feed them.

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  17. Fish can be hard to kill. :) I had two goldfish (Harry and Ron -- during my Harry Potter phase) that survived almost everything -- cold apartment, hot apartment, forgotten feedings, not enough cleanings, etc. I think Ron kicked it first because I ended up getting Ron Jr. to keep Harry company,

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  18. Good twist. We had a fish like this as well. After it started hopping out and flopping on the floor, I started leaving it longer and longer. The darn thing made it a whole night once. Magic or something.

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  19. Great job! Love the twist. :) I'm a follower.

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  20. Ahh, soo cute. I love that. Darn that fish! Nice ending. I didn't expect that.

    ~Angela

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  21. Dude, this fish is resili-ENT! hehe

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  22. Great story. Why won't that fish die? Guess I had get mine ready.

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  23. Loved it. :-) Though I'm sure not ALL parents are this devious and sadistic....

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  24. LOL! I had images of a stinking fish that had been dead a week. This is reminiscent of childhood nightmares of forgetting to feed animals. I didn't forget but I used to dream about it :O)

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  25. Mean mama! This is very easy to read, great flow. Well done!

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  26. Aww, that's so sad! I'm glad the fish keeps surviving [g]

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  27. LOL- the fish has a will to live- for the kid!

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  28. like this - what will the murderer try next - will goldfish take revenge - watch this space!!

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  29. You just can't keep a good fish down! ;) Pretty sadistic, trying to off the kid's beloved pet! Lol!

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  30. Hey this is a different sort of take. How do I work this out? What are they trying to teach this kid? How not to be a marshmellow?

    Denise<3

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  31. Love the unexpected end. Very nice.

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  32. Loved it! We learned a lot about these characters in such a short space. Very clever!

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  33. Lol! So well-written! Hang in there fishy!

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  34. Cute story! I know the feeling well! Cheers!

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  35. We have a fish just like this one! It plays dead all the time and just when we think he's a goner, well he's not. Stupid fish! I like your story!

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  36. Awwh so cruel, great twist. Love it!

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  37. So funny, I can't believe we used to bury ours in the garden. Well the first few anyway. Great post.

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  38. I stopped buying gold fish cause they always died on me!

    I joined the A to Z Challenge and saw your blog listed so I just stopped in to say "Hi". I look forward to reading your alphabet posts in April.

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  39. Love this! I had a fish that I gave up on two or three times, but he always came back. And then there was the mean bird that would never die. It is amazing how long they stick around sometimes!

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  40. this is where OOPS will come in handy. That was a close call. :D

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  41. Zombie fish? Soon it will leap out and eat you in your sleep.

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  42. LOL, zombie fish is funny. How many times have we wanted our kids pets "gone"? Thanks for sharing.

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  43. Good thing -- that week-dead fish would have been mighty ripe!

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  44. Hey Nikki, just wanted to let you know that you've been shortlisted as one of the top 5 in the judging round! Congratulations :)

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  45. Thanks Michelle! This was a fun challenge!

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  46. LOL - such a fun take on the prompt. Good job!

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  47. What a great flash! I haven't read one with that angle yet.

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  48. i remember when my daughter went through all that - we have a regular pet cemetary in our backyard - but like you - we flushed the fish : D

    A week ?

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