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Apr 21

Kell!

Category: Life,Opinions

Meet Kell!

So, I often do things on a whim. Some weeks ago, out of nowhere I said to my assistant, Jillian, “Okay, we’re going to the pet store… I want a fish.” Specifically, a betta, true fishy loners. Male bettas kill each other on sight, and females don’t fare much better, save for their brief mating periods. They’re an odd breed. Still, they’re gorgeous, and require very little care aside from their meals. They breathe air from the atmosphere just above the water’s surface, making them ideal for folks who want a beautiful fish that doesn’t take up much space.

At any rate, I’m quite fond of my mysterious little betta, Kell, named after the equally mysterious magician from V.E. Schwab’s spectacular Shades of Magic book trilogy. Kell hides in his skull, or his cave, or rests on his little Betta Hammock. Really, a Betta Hammock, a plastic leaf anchored near the water’s surface so the betta has a place to relax and breathe easy. I bought it because it was pretty, but otherwise I figured it was a scam. Turns out, Kell’s enjoying a nap right now, it’s his favorite furniture.

More tomorrow.

4 comments

4 Comments so far

  1. Georgette April 21st, 2017 4:01 am

    Hello Kell! Nice to meet you!

  2. Shawn April 21st, 2017 7:23 am

    A fishy? Really?
    Just kidding. I have spent some happy hours watching guppies swish about and know the allure of fish.
    Happy pet ownership.

    Shawn

  3. John Boyen April 21st, 2017 12:26 pm

    Hi Michael, congratulations on the new addition to your family! I also have always admired the beauty and mysterious nature of Beta fish.

    To add a kind of funny note on Shawn’s comment on Guppies, we had a bit of a horror scene when we got Guppies for my oldest son when he was only five or six years old (he’s 17 now).

    Not knowing anything about fish, we took him to the pet store for his first parenting experience so to say. Following the advice of the salesperson, we walked out with a full setup, no expense spared.

    Life was good, and he liked being a daddy to his Guppies. Well, within a week or so, he became a grandfather, as he was graced with a whole hoard of baby Guppies magically appeared. He ran downstairs to share his excitement.

    I think he was still working on a list of names for the new arrivals, when the massacre occurred. Within a day, the babies disappeared, and the only indication that a family unit ever existed was the floating carcass of the other adult guppy floating at the top of the water. Only one guppy remained, and she had blood on her hands…

    That’s the day my son learned that life doesn’t always go as planned, and is rarely perfect.

  4. Otavio Pacheco April 24th, 2017 10:40 am

    Hello mr. Phillips!
    I used to have betta fishes when I was younger, but in contradiction, nowadays I’m an adult and my personal life is so unorganized that I don’t think I can take care of a pet! But I used to love fishes at all, even tried without success, to have a salt water aquarium when I was 15.
    These days I’m working on a job with two guys that were born in Tampa FL, Lemuel and Ryan. They don’t live there anymore, but I remembered you. We are shooting a TV show in the Amazon, for a north american TV channel.
    Greetings.

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