It is a well-known fact that I am not the most social of people. I tried going to a party a couple days ago--my first college party. It sucked. The music was too loud, I didn't know anyone there, and I'd just gotten finished being chewed out by my mom for being single. I didn't catch the eye of a single guy in the room. I left in tears, my only consolation being a bag of free cotton candy that I clutched in a limp hand.
Anyway, to help with my crushing loneliness, I got a fish.
My sister had a Betta fish named Corey who recently passed away. My sister has a habit of naming her pets after men she admires--not romantically, I might add. Corey was named after a professional hockey player. About a month ago, she got a hamster which she named Harm. After Harm from the TV show JAG, which she and my parents watch religiously. Anyway, Corey sort of exploded last year, and I inherited basically everything I need for a small aquarium.
And so, slightly on a whim, I went to the pet store and walked out with the most beautiful Betta fish I've seen in my life.
His name is Lunar. Let me explain.
I love to stare at pretty things, especially sunsets. My bedroom window at my parent's house (it's weird that I have to clarify now) faces west, and I get some absolutely breathtaking views. In fact, the picture that I use as the banner of the Where the Clouds Catch Fire Facebook page is actually a picture I took from my backyard. But after the beautiful reds and oranges and pinks fade away, another color takes their place for just a few moments. And that color is a beautiful, deep blue.
This is not a shade of blue that is used in home decorating. You can't find a Crayola marker to match it. It isn't navy and it isn't royal blue, but it's a living, pulsing, dark yet vibrant color. It's the shade of blue you would find in a fantasy book, gracing a beautiful immortal. It's the sort of blue that is eternal, everlasting, galactic. It is the color of gemstones.
That's what color my fish is.
(Since a picture's worth a thousand words, I went ahead and included one. This fish isn't mine--my photography skills aren't good enough to capture his likeness, and plus Lunar is camera-shy. But my Lunar is about the same color as this Shutterstock model.)
Have you ever had a fish? Tell me about them in the comments below! God bless you, dear readers, and don't forget to review us on Amazon!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.