Herbert and Hobart were twins. Almost.
They’d spent every minute of the three months of their lives together. They liked the same things. They did the same things. They went to the same places. Kinda.
Every morning when the sun came up, Herbert would open his eyes, move over to the bright pink wheel in the center of his home and begin running around and around and around.
Hobart would wake at the same time as Herbert, only he didn’t have a wheel, he’d just move to the edge of his house and swim around and around and around.
All day long the two best friends, a hamster and a goldfish, kept busy going. They had so many places to go and things to see in their little world.
One day as the two brothers were making the circuit around the world, Hobart noticed something odd outside his glassy home. He stopped swimming to stare. Herbert stopped running in his wheel and tumbled to the wood shavings on the floor of his home.
“Hey, what’s up?” the hamster protested as he turned to see what his twin was so interested in.
Hobart ignored his brother and rose to the top of his fishbowl. Taking a big gulp of air he called out, “You! On the wall! What are you doing?”
The snail on the wall stood still in his thin trail of slime. Turning his antennae, he saw the two twins on the table, each peering over the edges of their glass houses.
“I didn’t see you fellas there. It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m Solomon and I’m on my way up the wall to the window. I’ve dreamed about a big-wide world out there just waiting to be discovered. More snails than I could ever imagine. This adventure has taken me three days so far, but I’m on my way. See, I spend the day climbing up the wall and then each night I slide down a bit, but I’m certain to reach the window sill in a few days.” Solomon couldn’t resist adding, “Then the world’s my … oyster!”
The twins looked at each other and sneered. “Up the wall.” They both laughed simultaneously, Hobart’s gills choking on a wave stirred up from laughing so hard. “That’s nonsense! A world waiting to be discovered. We’ve seen and done everything there is to see and do.”
Herbert, however, was a bit more curious than his twin. “You mean you climb up the wall a bit … slide down a bit … then keep climbing? What’s the point?”