The Most Important Sign that Goldfish Revolution is COMING


One of these days, those humans will get their comeuppance.  They’ll understand the excruciating mental torture of being confined in a space just big enough to ensure happiness while a theoretically more intelligent species ogles them.

But woe!  Woe is me right now!  The treasure in this sunken ship is all plastic and ceramic garbage.  Sometimes I pretend that I’ve never seen a certain part of my enclosure, or that I’ve never met a fellow fishy sibling before, but it is all only dross.  Just a part of the show to make sure the humans don’t remove me from this aquatic sanctuary and force me to flop in the dry air.

But ooh!  Oooh!  There’s my human now!  Is she… Is she going for the bottle – yes?!  Yes!  Food food food food!

(132 words)


This was written for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers #188.  I thought this one was hard because it was so easy to tell what was going on.  The final product reminds me of a crappy version of my earlier story, Caching In, about squirrels.

5 thoughts on “The Most Important Sign that Goldfish Revolution is COMING

  1. joanne the geek says:

    I often wonder about the quality of life for fish in small bowls. If I had fish I’d get a huge fish tank and try to make as interesting for them as possible.

    I think you captured what I worry fish are feeling when they are in a small tank. No one wants to be judged by their fish 😀

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      Haha, thanks! It’s been a while since I had fish – I had a betta named Johnny Fever a while back, and I still think bettas are pretty ok with their little jars. I should post a Johnny Fever story…

  2. Joe Owens says:

    So sorry I took so long to read this. As the week goes on I revert to only checking once a day for new additions to the link up. Isn’t funny how humans and fishes alike lose so much of their focus and anguish over their situation when food enters the equation. This is so good.

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