793. Wilma's pet axolotl
© Bruce Goodman 12 December 2015
Wilma was enthusiastic. She had finished her teacher training. She had applied for a job at the local school. She landed her first teaching job after her very first interview. She was to teach a class of six year olds. How wonderful! Wilma spent most of her summer preparing for the up-and-coming new school year.
Her classroom was a picture: colourful paintings and posters and blocks and educational toys and everything… just everything. And pride of place was a real live axolotl. The children would learn to care for it; to feed it and keep its living quarters clean.
The first day arrived! Welcome children! Welcome! Let’s learn everyone’s names!...
… And last, but not least, is the classroom’s pet Axolotl. His name is Joachim. Say hello to Joachim, children.
Wilma enthusiastically gesticulated towards Joachim, who lay there, in his living quarters, stark raving dead. As stiff as a board.