I’ve been here for as long as I can remember. This is a place where food rains down from above, and the water that surrounds me extends as far as I can see, maybe farther. It is a pebble-bottomed paradise with bright pink coral and dark seas.
But I cannot go beyond, a force field blocks my way. When I clash with it, a sharp pain spread throughout my body.
I spent a very long time exploring all six sides of my cage. I moved the rocks. I tried reaching the top, but it took a physical toll on me; I couldn’t breathe. I stopped trying eventually.
One day, I noticed a new, mysterious figure. She was on the other side. I couldn’t hear her over the constant rumbling, or touch fins with her. Yet, my determination soared again. We would meet, no matter what it took.
—The goldfish kept headbutting its reflection. ’That fish wants to escape really badly. Almost like it failed to become a Pixar protagonist.’
“Honey, it’s time to go home.”
“Finally!” And so the mother and daughter exited the doctor’s office.