On my evening walk with the pooch tonight I saw both the cutest and saddest sight. Rather than me describe it, I'll show you the very bad picture I took. Can you make out what it is?
I first noticed a flock of sheep moving together into the corner of a paddock. And then I saw the brown thing trotting towards them and thought what a porky little dog it was.
And then I stopped in my tracks.
It wasn't a porky little dog but a porky little porker! A wild piglet who must've come down from the bush and was running as fast as his little legs would carry him towards the big white woolly pigs. Of course, the big white woolly pigs thought he was a porky little dog and so were racing from one corner of the paddock to the other. I just wanted to jump that fence and give that poor piggy a hug. Doesn't he look forlorn in this shot?!
And it got me thinking about one of my favorite romance tropes - Fish Out of Water. I LOVE a story about someone in a situation that's completely foreign to them - the businessman visiting the girl on the cattle ranch, the corporate woman who has to do community service and falls for the guy working in the soup kitchen.
There are some great Fish Out of Water heroes and heroines, too. Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady" is the first heroine that springs to mind. I loved the way she struggled and ultimately triumphed in a world that was so foreign to her. And heroes? I happen to be writing a Fish Out of Water hero right now. He's a tatooed, mortorcycle riding private detective specialising in philandering spouses and he has to take over his parents' Wedding Hall business...
Do you have any favourite Fish out of Water stories?