The boy stares into the stagnant fish tank. “Let’s get more fish today, Dad. There’s just one old catfish sheltering in that plant pot at the bottom of the tank. The rest have faded away. Disappeared. I think they’ve died.”
“I’m not sure I’ll have time. I’m visiting Mum in hospital,” says Dad.
“Please. And give my love to Mum.”
When Dad returns, he holds up a glass jar teaming with dancing Zebras, Harlequins, and Neons.
“Oh, boy, Dad. Let’s put them in the tank. Watch them swim around. Feed them. Keep them alive. So they never fade away. Never disappear.”