“Dude, every inch of this place is crawling.”
“Believe me, there is plenty more space for aquariums, and I plan to fill them.”
Gary walked around the living room of the two-bedroom apartment that Ryan lived in, looking in aquarium after aquarium. Most of them had lights on, keeping what was inside of them warm. Ryan dropped food into one on the other end of the room and shut the lid on it.
“Nice corn snake!” Gary said, tapping the glass with a finger, which didn’t startle the snake in the slightest.
“Hey, ever heard of ‘don’t tap on the glass’?”
Gary moved to the next one and saw a leopard gecko.
“Man, that thing is neat. I’ve always wanted one of those.”
Ryan walked up beside him and looked into the aquarium.
“Yeah, he’s cool. He was actually my first one. The collection grew after that. Want anything to drink?”
“Sure,” Gary said without looking up from the aquarium.
Ryan went into the kitchen, leaving Gary to stare at the mini zoo in his living room.
“There are more in the spare bedroom. As much as I’d like to get more, I can’t afford to right now because…”
He broke off when he turned from the fridge and didn’t see Gary.
“Hey, where are you?”
“Looking at this frog…”
Ryan rushed into the living room and saw Gary standing in front of the newest addition with a finger moving towards the glass.
“Don’t touch that, please. You can tap on every other aquarium all you want, just don’t touch that one.”
Gary looked up.
“What’s up with this one?”