She kept a comet goldfish in a glass bowl on her nightstand, a big ugly thing that swam in lopsided circles and opened and closed its mouth as if it were gasping for air all the time. She got her first goldfish when she was six and went to the carnival two miles down from her house, a big one that served funnel cake and cotton candy and had all these cheap carnival games for fifty cents. She was playing this game where you throw the ring onto the glass milk bottle and it always bounces off. She bought five rings and they all bounced off and she kept buying them until one landed and she finally won and the guy behind the counter gave her a goldfish, and told her that it would've been cheaper to buy one. She wanted to play again and win him a friend, but the guy told her to keep her money and go buy a glass bowl. It was probably cheaper.
This is back when she was in first grade and her favorite movie was Pinocchio, when she dreamed about wooden boys and carnivals and