Magikarp and the Lake
Once upon a time, there was a lush green forest. In the middle of the forest laid a lake. It was not sparkling or clean. No, many companies used the river the drained into this lake as a dumping ground for all their waste, turning it into a sludge filled hole in the ground. Many Magikarp that lived in the lake died, and no one bothered to remove their bodies. Their red-orange scaly bodies were blackened by the poison, while their frail fins were either decomposed or separated from their bodies.
However, there was still one patch of clean water left. There swam a single Magikarp. His fins were not blackened, and he retained his long yellow whiskers. He predicted that the sludge would inhabit his little clean area by the end of the day.
“If only I could survive on land,” Magikarp thought to himself
Suddenly, the nearby bushes started ruffling. Out walked his friend, Benny, a Turtwig, a light-green tortoise-like Pokémon with a brown shell on his back and a seedling on his head.
“Good morning, Magikarp!” Benny said as he drew closer.
“Help me!” Magikarp tried to say. However, this Magikarp was special. He could only say his name; even other Pokémon couldn’t understand him.
“Haha, that’s a funny joke.” Benny liked to humor Magikarp. “Where are all your friends? I wanted to see if you all wanted to play.”
Magikarp turned and waved his hand towards all his dead brethren. Their bodies slowly drifted with the sludge.
“No, I don’t want to swim, silly Magikarp. I want to play!”
Magikarp saw that Benny was obviously oblivious to the current situation. He tried splashing as hard as he could, trying to make the falling water spell out “help” on the dry dirt.
“Hey, you don’t have to be mean about it. Fine, I’m just going to leave.” Benny turned and walked into the forest.
“Magikarp!” was all the fish could say as he saw his chances at survival dwindling. He turned and saw that the sludge was about another few inches closer to him. “Magikarp!” he screamed into the forest, hoping that someone would hear him.
Soon a net swooped up Magikarp. He turned to see a boy in a straw hat, white t-shirt and green shorts. Magikarp had seen many people dressed like this pass by the lake before.
“Wait a minute… you’re not a bug!” the body exclaimed before flinging his net behind him.
Magikarp soared through the air and landed in a patch of grass far from the poisoned lake. At first he was glad that he had escaped the lake, but then he remember that he couldn’t breathe on land. Magikarp flopped as hard as he could, but he couldn’t move away from where he’d land. Thinking that this was the end, Magikarp stopped flailing and just closed his eyes.
Suddenly, Magikarp heard a voice laughing. In the distance, Magikarp could see a little girl in a pink dress skip through the forest. Magikarp cried out, getting the girl’s attention. She swung around and ran towards him.
“Oh noes!” she exclaimed, placing a hand on each cheek. She picked up Magikarp and cuddled him against her soft head and blonde pigtailed hair. “You ok, little Magikarp?”
“Magikarp,” he said, shaking his head.
“Well, I know what you need.” The little girl smiled and carried Magikarp away, cradled in her arms like a baby.
Magikarp smiled for now he was safe. He felt the wind brush against his fins and then the impact of crashing water all around him. He looked around and saw that the girl had thrown him back into the lake.
“There, you can’t survive without water.” And with that the blonde girl in the pink dress skipped away.
Magikarp turned in horror as he saw that his small haven had grew even smaller. He could smell the decomposing bodies of the other Magikarp in the lake. He knew that it wouldn’t be a quick death and prayed that a miracle might happen.
The sun began to set, wiping the colors of the sky from blue to orange and red to black. Magikarp backed up as far as he could. The pollution had overtaken all but a few feet of the lake. Magikarp tried calling out again, but no one had passed by since the bug boy and the blonde girl. All hope was lost.
And then, a large spotlight appeared. Magikarp looked up and saw a large circular object floating in the air. His body started floating up, as if this beam was pulling him towards the flying metallic entity. He looked down and saw that clean and polluted water, along with the dead bodies, were also being drawn. Soon he found himself within a large dome, giant circular windows along the circumference. The place was filled with computers, electric coils and these big-headed gray humanoids. They gazed at him with their green eyes, some of them pointing with their red, green and yellow fingers.
“Put them in the tank!” one called out.
Surprisingly, Magikarp could understand the aliens. He saw the large glass tank as the beam of light hovered him over it. The light disappeared, and Magikarp plummeted on the bottom. He felt the water follow, but luckily he found himself in the clean water, which only took up a corner of the tank.
Magikarp swam to the side of the glass and saw the aliens walk up, inspecting him like an experiment.
“Hmmm… this life form seems to be different from the other, favoring the clear liquid.”
“It also seems so be a lot more active than the others.”
“Try mixing up the tank. See how this one will react to the dark liquid.”
Magikarp watched as two large metallic claws popped out of two holes in the ceiling. They held onto each side of the tank, lifting it up, and started to shake it. The clean water began washing into the dirty water, and Magikarp knew he didn’t have long. He didn’t want to fight it anymore and just relaxed his body. He felt the bodies of the others brushing against him.
That is when he heard sirens go off.
“No! The arms are going haywire!” yelled on of the gray aliens.
Magikarp saw that one of the metal arms let go of the tank and flail around. The second arm started acting crazy too, rotating all around the room. The first arm crashed into one of the windows and then into the tank. The water poured out of hole, and the second arm smashed the tank into the broken window, spilling Magikarp out of the alien ship. He tumbled down and splashed back in the lake below in a three- by-three-feet sliver of clean water. The space ship above him started wobbling as it tried to zoom away.
Magikarp was back in the lake, and the pollution hadn’t halted its approach. It was a crazy day, and he felt himself falling to sleep. He didn’t have any more strength to care about his fate anymore.
The next day, His friend Benny appeared from the bushes, a large hose in his beak-like mouth. He pulled it closer to the lake and walked up to Magikarp, who was floating near the edge of the lake.
“Hey, buddy. I thought that your lake could use some cleaning.” He just stared at Magikarp, unresponsive due to death.
Benny looked over the lake, which was completely filled with the trash and dangerous chemicals. He turned back to his friend, spitting the hose out.
“Fine, if you don’t want to talk to me, we’re not friends anymore,” he said as he ran away.
The moral of the story: Don’t pollute. You’re killing Magikarp, and they never get a break.
Story Notes - Please do not read until after story.