It suctions in the entire fish then ejects

the scales and bones through its gills.

The water fills with glittering golden flecks.

One day the arawana refuses to eat. After a week, I go to the petshop owner and he says that it happens occasionally.
What happens, I ask.

Sometimes, the arawana becomes friends with the goldfish he is supposed to eat.

Will he starve, I ask.

No. Simply take the goldfish out and leave him alone for a few days. He will forget they are his friends and, after two or three days, you put him back.

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