(Photo Credit: Jodi McKinney)

“Is my Kiiro hungry?” a smiling Mizuno peered into the fish tank as he replenished the feed. However, his little resplendent fish was in no mood to satiate her hunger. Frantically treading water, Kiiro swam from one end of the tank to the other with barely a pause. So alarming was her frenzy that Mizuno feared she would crush herself to smithereens by hurtling herself against the glass.

Turning away from the fish tank, Mizuno made his way to the door attributing Kiiro’s peculiar behaviour to one of those inexplicable traits of aquatic existence.

At 11.00 A.M at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Complex where Mizuno was at the controls, the first reactor failed to the accompaniment of an ominous crack. As the fire engulfed the lab, Mizuno’s last thought was “little Kiiro was warning me.”


This story has been written as part of the FLASH FICTION FOR ASPIRING WRITERS – FFfAW Challenge #188, more details about which may be found HERE

For reading similar entries submitted in response to the FFfAW Challenge #188 please click HERE

Thank You Jodi McKinney for the photograph!




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