|From phone camera|
Martha and her Collette had spent much of their fish lives gracing the tank in Dr. Reman’s medical office. Their job was to flutter their golden fairy fins, float effortlessly from one end of the four foot tank and then back again.
No sense of time ever ruled in their world.
Martha and Collette had normal fish expectations: food, swim, release waste products. Repeat. This was absolutely fine.
Then Jerome arrived. Tiny Jerome.
His job was to buzz around furiously, a gray and browned striped tiny shark-like fish. Jerome was not there for looks; he was there to eat the waste products and clean algae from the rocks, wafting sea plants, and the castle which served as a place to linger.
Jerome expected nothing else, until he saw Collette. Gazing into one eye on her side and then the other eye, Jerome sensed a shift in the tank world.
What is more, Collette sensed it as well.
Martha saw the exchange and fluttered in between them. Jerome sped down to the castle, behind a rock. He waited, hoping that Martha would forget Collette and wander off to the aerator.
Then, Jerome darted out, flying through the water to Collette. Their side fins brushed lightly against each other briefly, but just enough to send vibrations of deep emotion shivering through them.
Martha broke up the sensual caress and chased Jerome away. Watching his retreat, Martha felt the same exultation Collette had felt, the same longing.
Jerome. Tiny Jerome. Jerome the Gigolo.
One's imagination runs rampant while waiting in the doctor office.