Fish Out of Water

“Emperor Angelfish – Harlequin Tusk – Pyjama Cardinal”

Fish facts flowed off his tongue, releasing pressure from the information compressed in his head and filling the silences with a reassuring certainty.

With absolutely no understanding of the subtle, non-verbal dialect of adolescent attraction, he still didn’t know how he had invited her along to the aquarium, but she was brilliant at logarithms and he liked the dimple that appeared as she tasted the names in her mouth.

Noticing the shine of her strawberry lip balm so close in their reflection, he snatched a breath.

“A purple Tang” she said. He was hooked.


This story was shortlisted in the April Monthly Micro Competition.

About the author: Jan Erskine-Power. An ex-civil servant, I enjoy gardening, reading and crafting. I love short fiction especially flash and micro.