Once upon a time in the city of Kingston, on the
beautiful Island of Jamaica, there lived the Felis family. There were
Midnight Rose & Tiger Lily, who were sisters; Rose’s daughter Iris and
her cousin Jonquil.
One day they were all lying around doing nothing as usual
when Iris said “Hey, guys, when I go exploring as far as I go there’s
still more to see. Where do you think it all ends?”
Jonquil jumped on the chair & responded “You’re right cuz,
at night when Our Man & Our Woman are sleeping, I go on line & read
stories about all sorts of places.”
“Now look here girls,” said Lily, “Don’t get any
fur-brained ideas, we get fed lots of nice food & lie around on Persian
rugs all day. We have a great life!”
“But Ma,” protested Jonquil, “Don’t you ever wonder
what’s outside? Iris & I never meet any guys except Big Head & the
Orange Menace. Big Head is OK, I guess, but Orange Menace is really
weird. I’m glad I did those karate classes & can chase him off; &
besides, don’t you ever wonder where The Tattoo Man came from?”
“I liked him,” replied Iris, “He played with me & gave me
“Yes, “said Lily. “But when he left My Girl went with
him. They must have gone somewhere!”
“You’re right Ma.” Responded Jonquil, “Why don’t we go on
an expedition? We don’t even need to carry food, there’s lots of lizards
& mice around & if you & Aunt Rose don’t want to catch any we’ll catch
them for you!”
“All right,” responded Rose in an exasperated tone. “But
we’ll take Our Man’s laptop & Our Woman’s camera so we can keep a
“And I’ll take a cushion,” added Lily. “I’m not sleeping
on the ground! When do you want to leave?”
“After dinner!” replied the others in unison.
The cats made their plans.
"Remember, it's top secret," said Rose.
"Well," responded Lily "Top
secret from our humans; they'll only try to stop us. But maybe we should
tell our dogs, just in case."
"Yes, Ma. I agree," concurred
So they quietly went outside &
spoke to Zeus & his wife Hera.
"Can I go, Can I go!" were the
first words out of Hera's mouth.
"Take it easy," said Zeus in his
firm & calm voice "There are places cats can go that dogs can't. I
personally don't think it's the brightest idea I've ever heard but you
girls seem determined. I just have one thing." Zeus went into his kennel
but returned shortly. "Iris, you are the most agile & you have done more
exploring than the others. Take this, it's a magic whistle. If you get
into any trouble blow it as hard as you can & we'll come for you. I
might be getting on a bit but I am still an Alpha Male & have a lot of
fight left in me. Good luck on your expedition & be very, very careful."
And so, late that night, when the humans
were sound asleep, the girls packed up what they needed and headed for the
Soon it was light and dozens and dozens of cars started
to drive up and down at great speed. They were on a road much wider than
any they had seen before and there were as many cars as were in the
entire Universe going in both directions. Not slowly like the Man did
when he came home at night, but faster than any cat could run! The girls
ran off the road and continued on their way by jumping over wall after
wall until they came to a very colourful building. They read the sign,
for they had taught themselves to read all those late nights at the
computer, “The Bob Marley Museum” read the sign. There was wonderful
music playing inside.
“Let’s see if we can get breakfast,” said Rose. So they
jumped over that wall and were inside.