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05 April 2011 @ 07:56 pm
Title/Prompt: Memory
Author: ozqueen
Rating: G
Word count: 707
Table: Table 2
Summary: "Andrew," Karen said, looking at him over the top of her book, "did you know a goldfish will forget everything after just three seconds?"

Notes: So while I was trying to post another fic to this community this morning (it's still not working - thanks lj!), I wrote this! Fluffy, light reading. Thanks to isabelquinn for looking it over! :)


“Andrew,” Karen said, looking at him over the top of her book, “did you know a goldfish will forget everything after just three seconds?”

Andrew looked up from his own book, the pages open to a colourful panorama of animals in a zoo. “No,” he answered, and he glanced over to Goldfishie and Crystal Light the Second. They were swimming around in their bowl happily.

“That means they don’t remember that I got them married,” Karen sighed, turning back to her book.

Andrew got up and went to the fish bowl, resting his chin on the table and gazing mournfully in at the goldfish. They swam around, nudging the blue pebbles at the bottom of the bowl.

“Hi,” he whispered. He watched them swimming for a while, wondering what they were thinking. He tried to think about what it would be like to only have a memory that lasted three seconds.

He counted, just to see how short the time really was.

One, hippo-lot-amus, two, hippo-lot-amus, three, hippo-lot-amus.

Goldfishie eyed him through the glass.

“Hi,” Andrew whispered again. “Remember me?”

Goldfishie swam to the bottom of the bowl and started nudging pebbles again. Andrew listened to them click together.

He thought about everything that had happened that morning, and then tried to imagine what it would be like to forget it all. He tried to forget what he’d had for breakfast (toast and juice); he tried to forget that it had been sunny when he woke up (even though it was raining now); he tried to forget that Charlie had promised to take him and David Michael for ice cream later (he was going to get strawberry).

Andrew dobbed his finger gently against the bowl, leaving a warm smudge. He thought it was sad that Goldfishie and Crystal Light the Second would forget about him as soon as he went back to his book. He thought it was sad that they couldn’t remember their wedding, or what they had for breakfast every morning.

His thoughts were interrupted when Kristy came into the room and Karen started talking to her.

“Kristy,” Karen said very seriously, “did you know goldfish only remember things for three seconds? Then they forget everything again.”

“I didn’t know that,” Kristy answered. She knelt and started gathering up their books. “Come on, guys, I know it’s raining, but you’ve got books and board games scattered from one end of the house to the other.”

Andrew turned back to Goldfishie. “That’s Kristy,” he whispered. “Remember her?”

Kristy bundled a pile of books into Karen’s lap. “Take these upstairs and put them back on your shelf, okay?” she asked.

Karen closed her book with a thoughtful expression. “How long can rats remember things, Kristy? Would Emily Junior remember meeting me?”

“I really don’t know,” Kristy answered. “I think rats are pretty brainy, Karen, so maybe...”

Karen clutched her books to her chest, looking pleased, and left the room. Andrew kept peering in at the goldfish.

Kristy blew her hair out of her face. “What’s wrong, Andrew?”

“Nothing,” he answered.

Kristy knelt beside him, peering in at the pair of goldfish swimming around the bowl. “Are you worried about Goldfishie and Crystal Light the Second?” she asked him after a moment.

Andrew dobbed his finger against the glass again. “No,” he answered, though he wasn’t really sure.

“Goldfish aren’t like us,” Kristy said. “They’re quite happy to be forgetful. I mean, every time Goldfishie sees Crystal Light the Second again, he thinks he’s made a new friend.”

This cheered Andrew slightly. “I guess,” he said.

“And they don’t have to remember anything important, like names or phone numbers,” Kristy said. “All they have to do is remember their way around, and you’ve never seen them looking lost in there, have you?”

“I guess not,” Andrew replied, smiling at Kristy.

Kristy grinned at him. “Want a snack?” she asked.

“Ants on a log?” Andrew asked hopefully.

Kristy sighed. “Gee, I don’t know if I can remember how to make ants on a log...”

Andrew smiled at her, because he knew Kristy was just playing a game. “I’ll remind you,” he said, and he glanced at Goldfishie one more time before he led the way into the kitchen.


Leithmarycontraria on April 5th, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
This. Is. So. Cute. ♥!!
Lisa: BSC: Sophistication Demonstrationozqueen on April 5th, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! :) ♥ It really came out of nowhere - I'm glad you liked it! :)
the littlest lattelittlelatte on April 5th, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
Aww, this is so adorable! This totally made me smile, great work!
Lisaozqueen on April 6th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you liked it :)
lucida: willalucida on April 5th, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
Aw, this is cute! It totally reads like a scene from one of the books. Great job (and kudos for pulling off a character so young)! ♥
Lisa: Cold Case: Lillyozqueen on April 6th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
Yay, thanks! :D I was totally unsure because I really don't know that much about Karen or Andrew, so I'm glad it seems canon-y! :D ♥
Genihepburnforever on April 6th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
Aww. Karen and Andrew are really cute. And Karen's not annoying in this!! :P
Lisa: BSC: Collecting the Mailozqueen on April 7th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
Thanks! Haha, I know, Karen annoys me 99% of the time in canon ;-) I don't think she's around long enough in this particular instance to get annoying :p

Thanks for commenting!
LuxKen27: BSC - solidarityluxken27 on May 20th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
Aww, this is really wonderful! =) Poor Andrew - it can't have been easy to be as sensitive as he was, and grow up around someone like Karen. I think you did a wonderful job of exploring just how serious he is, even as a little boy...and, well, I felt a bit of kinship there, since I was the same way.

Beautiful character exploration!
pingback_botpingback_bot on July 16th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
Reccomendations - The Baby-sitters Club
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gloriafan on August 17th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
Awesome~ yay for fluffy Brewer!fic.
Ashley in the Sky with Diamondschicken_queen on January 13th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
This is a fantastic story, I think Andrew is captured perfectly!!
Lisa: BSC: babysitters100ozqueen on January 14th, 2012 02:33 am (UTC)
Aw, thank so much! :D ♥
Mistraliwith_rainfall on January 18th, 2014 05:56 pm (UTC)
Aw, I love Andrew here!