Nemo has potential. Glossy scales, a feathery tail and the kind of slight imperfection that drives Gill wild with romantic possibilities. He's young, though, very young, and Gill tries not to stare, for fear of getting caught.
In the tank walls, Nemo's reflection looks older. Sometimes, Gill allows himself to dream of the impossible, swimming in erratic circles as his fins quiver with the thrill of forbidden thoughts. The ocean is a tantalising glimpse of blue through the window and Nemo is a constant reminder of the fish Gill once was.
It will be different for Nemo. Nemo is loved.
~fin~ (no pun intended)
22nd December 2003