Firenza and Fria: A Fish Fable

Firenza and Fria were two fish friends who could not have been more different.  Firenza fulminated furiously at the flotsam that found its way to their part of the ocean.  She fastidiously removed each floating piece, fearing it would foul her home.  But she couldn’t stop the flow, furthering her frustration.  Fria, however, found the objects fascinating and festive.  One day Fria said, “Firenza, you must float off for four days; when you return I will have fashioned something fabulous from the fragments.”  Firenza thought it impossible, but she knew that arguing with Fria was futile, so she flitted away.  Fria examined each feature fully and she formed them into fanciful figures, and with each creation Fria felt more fulfilled.  Four days passed in a flash; when Firenza returned she was flabbergasted!  “Fria!  This is the finest ocean floor I have ever seen!”.  From then on Firenza faithfully brought her fortunate finds to Fria, who turned them into something fun and fashionable.

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Bonnie Prokopowicz

Oak Park, IL USA