A free flash fiction piece by Siri Paulson
There's a new fad in town. It took me ages to win over the 'rents. Too much upkeep, they said, even though I promised to take care of it. Too big, too expensive, too dangerous, the aquarium wouldn't match the rec room decor. But I knew they'd give in. Can't be those parents.
My dad still doesn't like the new pet. Too creepy, as if it's watching him as it swims. But I like that. I watch it and it watches me back as it circles the tank, lifting to breathe, the water closing again over its domed head and webbed feet. It's as long as I am, and the aquarium takes up half of the rec room, where the VR used to be, but this is better than VR. Not human but not just fish anymore, smart but not really intelligent – the ads promised you could teach them tricks, showed them moving in tandem in different labs. But I don't want mine to be tamed.
Tis the season for sparkly cat vomit. (Cats + Tinsel. You do the math.)
It's the season for my 16yo to prance around the house like a velociraptor in a Santa hat saying “Chrisssstmmaaaass...”
“Child, did you put the dishes away?”
“Did you feed the cat?”
"Do you want some gravy?”
It's the time my inner Evil comes out, as I wrap the three new videogames that are cool but not what she asked for in the same wrapping paper (no disguising box either, she KNOWS those are games), and then hide the game she begged me for in the very bottom of the only gift bag, with another present on top so she'll be more surprised when she finds it.
It is, alas, the time of year when I run out of holiday spirit well before the holiday. It doesn't help that I've been sick for a week and my 16yo is currently down an excellent impression of a seal.
Here we are with my final progress report for my Year of No Fear. It has been a crazy year, and I did accomplish a lot. But not everything on my list, unfortunately. So here's the run down:
Ice skating - My first time was 1/4/14, and I didn't fall! Hubby and I managed to get out another two times, plus one last Saturday, 12/13/14. We are planning on doing more after Grave Touched is turned in.