The Mighty Waterfall and the Beautiful Little Fish: Chapter 3

The weak Waterfall ceased all activity and the beautiful little Fish was content. Quietness permeated through the lagoon. But too much of a good thing eventually turns bad. Stagnated water tends to grow stale. So over time, the lagoon did not smell as nice.

It started with specks of algae coating the top of the water. But the specks multiplied and multiplied until a heavy coat of algae covered the lagoon, wrapping the beautiful little Fish in a coat of darkness. Sunlight could not penetrate the thick green shield and she could not tell whether it was day or night.

One day, she swam up to the weak Waterfall. She threw her little fins up and said, “I am thinking of leaving the lagoon. It is so awful here. The lagoon smells rotten. And I don’t get any sunlight anymore! How am I supposed to see my beautiful golden scales without light?”

He asked, “What should I do?”

She huffed and rolled her eyes. “It is so simple! Get rid of the algae and the light can shine down on me again. Then I can see my beautiful golden scales!”

The weak Waterfall sighed. “Dear little Fish, I really don’t know what I should do. If I become mighty again and make the water fall and get rid of the algae, you cannot sleep due to the noise. But if I remain weak and stop the water from falling, algae will grow and block your beautiful golden scales from the light.”

“You are right. There is nothing you can do. If you stop making so much noise, the algae will come. If you stop the algae from coming, you will make too much noise. I don’t know why I should stay.”

The weak Waterfall was stunned. He did everything the beautiful little Fish wanted and it was not enough. “My dear, please think about what you are saying. Are you really going to leave after all I’ve done for you? I drove out all my friends from the lagoon because you couldn’t breathe. I’ve stopped the water from falling because you couldn’t sleep. All I wanted was for you to be happy and for you to remain by my side. Now you put me in an impossible situation and will leave if I cannot overcome it?”

The beautiful little Fish remained silent.

“What do you want me to do? Say it and I’ll do it! Just don’t go. Please.”

She turned away. “I am not happy here.”

“Three times, you told me you’ll stay.”

Her fins and tail drooped. She said in a quiet voice, “I’m sorry. I can’t. I’m not happy and I have to go.” She paused for a moment and quickly added, “It is not you, it is me.” Then she cried.

It was as if a knife pierced his heart. The weak Waterfall tried to cry, but no water came out. He was bone dry. He heaved dry sobs, as he could no longer produce water. “Please don’t go. You’re all I have.”

The beautiful little Fish continued to cry. “I’m sorry.” Then she swam away. She got smaller and smaller until she disappeared into the vast open ocean. She never looked back.

The weak Waterfall had nothing. No little fish, no friends. Just the foul-smelling, algae-covered lagoon.

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