I regret to inform you that sometime last night, Sparkle the Fish passed away.
I found out when I returned from a particularly brutal night shift. The Boyo was very sad, and many tears were shed. But we had a really good talk about dying, and convinced him that Sparkle was now hanging out with Rascal and Shoba and maybe even Bobbi was taking care of him.
So it was decide to bury Sparkle out under the birch tree in the yard, and the Boyo picked out a suitable headstone and wrote Sparkles name on it.
Then we all said a few words. I liked the flashy colors that Sparkle always showe off. The Wife liked the way he sometimes jumped out of the water in his covered tank, and splashed back in. The Boyo didn't know what to say at first, but decided that what he liked best about Sparkle was that he was happy.
So, sad news from here. But after a joyous celebration of his life, a nice little fishy funeral, and the great idea of going for another Beta fish someday soon, we were all feeling a bit better.