Celia woke up, and for a moment she had forgotten about the excitement from the night before, and then it all came back to her. She had a talking kitten!
“Wake up Muffin! Wake up! Today is the day!” Celia said as she rubbed Muffin. Muffin opened one eye looking at her, not feeling very happy about having been awakened.
“Must you be so cheery in the morning!” Muffin replied stretching out her body and yawning.
“I just so excited, Tulag is going to meet us by the sandbox, right?”
“Yes, but do you have any plan figured out of just how you are going to help him find Myrtle?”
Celia pulled her knees up to her chin as she sat on her bed thinking. “Hmmm….not sure. I can’t cross the street by myself, so I can’t go very far. What do you suggest?”
“You are asking me? I am just a simple, innocent, cat, how am I supposed to be able to help you.”
“But you TALK!” said Celia.
“That doesn’t mean anything. Lots of animals talk. I have heard of a talking cow before and a gnu. They got in to all kinds of trouble. I also heard of a talking chicken, and … well his story is pretty sad.”
Celia got serious for a moment, “What happened to the chicken?” she asked.
“We really should go meet Tulag, he probably is waiting for us.” replied Muffin, purposely changing the subject, he didn’t want to make Celia sad.
Celia looked at Muffin for a moment, then shrugged her shoulders and said, “Well what are we waiting for, lets go!”
She picked Muffin up in her arms and ran down the steps and out the door before anyone saw her.
Running to the sandbox she made sure to keep an eye out for Tulag so she wouldn’t accidentally step on him again. No worries, he was sitting right at the edge of the sandbox.
“Good Morning! I am feeling happy today, looking forward to finding my Myrtle. So where are we going to go?”
“Lets go in the woods, Mommy and Daddy let me play in the woods, as long as I don’t go too far. Maybe Myrtle is hiding in there. Perhaps she got lost and can’t find her way out.”
Muffin and Tulag agreed that it seemed a good place to start, so they entered the woods in Celia’s backyard.
Walking through the woods it was full of noises of chipmunks and squirrels scampering around. Muffin wanted to give chase, but knew Celia wouldn’t want her catching them, so she behaved. Maybe she would sneak out tonight and have some fun while Celia was sleeping.
A Magpie was singing from high up in a tree and watching the little trio walk through the woods.
They came to a little stream and Celia said that was as far as she could go. Celia sat down on a rock, as they watched the water flow. “Hey I see a turtle in the middle of the stream! Is that Myrtle?”
Tulag’s heart started to race as he inched his way closer to the stream to see. Then he called out “Myrtle!” Myrtle! Is that you?”
Myrtle lifted her head, “Tulag! I didn’t think I would ever see you again! That day Patrick took me from the pet shop, I thought was our last day together.”
Myrtle splashed through the water to get to land as fast as she could, which was still pretty slow.
Finally she made it and Tulag gave her a little kiss. “I can’t believe it, I actually found you! I escaped from the pet shop a few days after you left and have been looking for you ever since!”
Celia was jumping up and down, not believing what she was hearing and seeing. Tulag has found his mate. Her heart was bursting, she wanted to share the news, but who would believe her. It was a secret that she would just have to keep to herself. She smiled, feeling pretty special. She didn’t know of anyone else that had a talking kitten and helped reunite 2 turtles who were in love. She picked up Muffin and hugged her tight against her.
“isn’t this the bestest day ever Muffin?” she exclaimed!
“Well if you let me breathe, it just may be!” Muffin grunted.
Celia laughed and put her down on the ground. “We better get back Muffin, Mommy will soon be calling me for breakfast. Are you coming Tulag and Myrtle?”
Tulag and Myrtle looked at Celia, with her eyes brimming with excitement. “Sorry dear, but we got to head back to my owner Patrick’s house. He is probably going crazy looking for me.” said Myrtle. “I am sure he will be surprised to see Tulag!”
“Will he let us stay together?” asked Tulag
“Oh yes, not a problem, he is a nice guy and he knows all about love. He found his girl and they are very happy together. On our way back to his place I will fill you in on all the craziness that has happened since leaving the Pet Shop. You will never believe everything I witnessed from living with Patrick. It was really cool, I helped him catch this girl named Tanya and…”
Celia and Muffin watched as the two turtles walked off talking, unaware of anything else around them.
“So sweet, I do hope they come visit me again,” said Celia.
“Yeah, yeah… but can we get home, I am hungry for some tuna!” and the two of them ran through the woods towards home.