I still feel TERRIBLE about this one.

I have a younger brother, Kyle.  I used to refer to him as my little brother, but now that he’s a foot taller than me, and is basically a fully grown adult, I suppose that calling him “little” doesn’t really work any more.

Like most brothers and sisters, my brother and I played jokes on one another, as only siblings can.  For the most part, we got along exceptionally well and never had any of those knock down, drag out fights that so many siblings I know have had.  But, Kyle did remind me of one of the unintentionally meanest, weirdest things that ever happened, and just how AWFUL I still feel about this to this day.

Kyle had this fish when we were little.  It was a beta, and had some stupid name (sorry, Kyle) like Sharky.  Sharky was a happy member of our family for quite some time, until one day, he started swimming around crazily.  Seriously, this fish was losing his mind in the tank.  Finally, Kyle asked me what was wrong with Sharky.

Being the older sibling, I knew that Kyle would believe whatever I told him.  I decided to be a bit devious.

“Ohhh, Kyle.  Bad news.  When a fish swims like that, it’s bad.  It means that it’s going to die.  It’s getting out his last bit of energy before he dies.  Sorry, bud.”

My poor little brother’s big blue eyes filled with tears.

“Die?”

I immediately recanted, assured him that his fish was fine, and left to go somewhere.  I felt badly that I’d played a joke on my poor brother, but thought surely he’d forget about it, and everything would be fine.

Except for the fact that when I came home, THE FISH HAD ACTUALLY DIED.  Kyle was inconsolable.  And I felt TERRIBLE.

Thankfully, Kyle has recovered nicely and is only slightly warped.  He also had several fish, post-Sharky that got along just fine, thankyouverymuch.

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8 responses to “I still feel TERRIBLE about this one.

  1. If that’s the meanest thing you ever did to your brother, well, you’re a gem. I used to play mind games with my brother. And he used to take knives out on me. Thankfully, we’re a bit more mature and way more loving now.

  2. lol I used to do this with my sister too, it was SO not cool, and I did it all the time.

    We’re bad, lady. I don’t know what we’re going to do with ourselves. =)

  3. awmb

    Hahahaha aww! That poor little fella!

  4. Maria

    maybe your pet clairvoyance kicked in without you really knowing and your were just speaking your truth even if it felt a bit devious……..

  5. At that age, I’d be worried I had some secret power. I mean, you said the fish was going to die and then it did!

  6. ohhayitskk

    oh my god, girl, you know i have nothing but love for you, but if you ever told me that barnaby was about to die i would cry for days. barnaby is the best betta on earth!

  7. i have TWO younger brothers that i tortured. both still very much warped!

    xo

  8. Peggy

    LOL
    Love,
    Mom

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