Aquarium – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, the standard, and the prompt photo.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture below, which this week is supplied by Anne Higa.

Click here to hear the author read his words:


It’s just an underwater zoo.
Beautiful creatures who should be free, swimming in the great oceans, are trapped behind glass.
For your entertainment.
Some are made to perform tricks just to eat.
They are confined, farmed and displayed, all for money.
So I’ve decided to change things.
Just a little.
I have locked the aquarium doors.
And I’m flooding it.
You, the paying public, are below sea level, of course.
Very soon you will realise the biggest difference between yourselves and your erstwhile prisoners.
You’ll really appreciate what they have that you don’t.
The ability to breathe under water.

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53 Responses to Aquarium – Friday Fictioneers

  1. trishsplace says:

    Hello there, looks like you’ve disallowed comments on your latest FF post? 😢 If that was a true farewell to the FF family, that’s very sad. Thankfully, we can still follow your other writings, I hope. Take care friend. I’ve enjoyed your FF flash points.

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  2. Your story has the mood of a Grimms fairy tale, the unexpurgated edition, with dark forests and no fairy tale endings. I went to a Sea World aquarium once and felt very uncomfortable about the tiny space the creatures have.

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  3. Nobbinmaug says:

    We only paid to see the fishes, not sleep with them.

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  4. athling2001 says:

    Scary. I agree that the animals shouldn’t be locked up in aquariums, but the narrator went to the extreme.


  5. earthskyair says:

    Sounds pretty righteous until that dark side comes out. Yikes!


  6. Bear says:

    Wicked! Great story, but wicked!


  7. ahtdoucette says:

    LOL. For a second there I thought, oh CE did a sweet piece on an aquarium this week. Maybe it won’t be violent, just a reminder that animals shouldn’t be caged. Silly me! Sinister and well done as ever.


  8. A pleasure to hear the words read by you.
    It seems fitting to give it back to those who’ve confined nature from it’s freedom.
    I’d better start taking swimming lessons or bring a life vest. ~~~ : – )
    Be Safe … 😷 Isadora 😎


  9. GHLearner says:

    Feeding the fishy, how nice. 🙂


  10. Next time I go to an aquarium I’d better take my Speedos and water wings.


  11. draliman says:

    Taking activism to its ultimate conclusion. Nice one!


  12. msjadeli says:

    You’ve taken this photo and run with it. Bravo. I wouldn’t wish any better ending for exploiters of the innocent.


  13. granonine says:

    Truly chilling, as always.


  14. Aquariums make me sad. I loved your solution though. My husband laughed out loud when he listened to the story. That was a fun one, C.E.!


  15. Dora says:

    Some lessons have to be taught (and learned) the hard way. They’ll be hoping there’s someone around to pull the plug on this one.


  16. jenne49 says:

    And serves them right too!
    Excellent story.
    Makes me think of other situations where I’d like to see the tables turned.


  17. Oh to turn the tide and make the people feel like the animals trapped in the zoo. Nice one!


  18. Tannille says:

    Knowing my luck there would be sharks behind the glass… I always wonder about the glass breaking. Great take, C.


  19. Iain Kelly says:

    Revenge for the fish, plus they will have a good food supply of fresh meat for the next few weeks… Put me in the mood for fish ‘n’ chips tonight.


  20. Lindsey says:

    Found myself gasping for breath at the last line. This certainly makes a point!


  21. pennygadd51 says:

    Slaughter on an industrial scale now? Are you remembering to take your meds?
    Nicely paced with a killer last line, CE!


  22. Dear CE,

    I’ve often wished I could have gills surgically implanted. Swimming take on the prompt.




  23. Michael says:

    Bravo, bravo, thus shout the creatures of the aquarium


  24. neilmacdon says:

    Sinister and amusing by turn. Well done!


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