Once upon a time
There was a little kitten
Who was very different
From the others in her litter
She was born in a barn
Her mother was a brown tabby
Her brother was black and white
Her sister was also a brown tabby
But this kitten was white and cream
Her hind paws, tail, ears, and face
All looked as if
A queen had lightly spread
Pure gold dust on her fur
Wasn’t the only thing that
Separated this kitten from her siblings
She was also unusually curious
While her siblings were struggling to stand
This little cream cat
Was exploring the rest of the barn
It was no surprise
When she left first
Weeks before her siblings
Even began to think of leaving
Outside the barn
She found large, hairless cats
Walking on their back paws
She watched them plant seeds
And collect the fruits from trees
She saw one write in a piece of paper
And another read aloud from a book
She found their barn
And saw wonderful things inside
The kitten spied on the strange cats
For days and days
But stay hidden all the while
The kitten felt extra confident
“They haven’t seen me yet,”
She thought to herself
“So I’m going to get closer.”
The kitten wandered around
Until she found a small hairless walking cat
Playing beneath a tree
Ever so slowly
The kitten inched her way
Towards the creature
Staying low to the ground
Keeping silent as possible
As if she were hunting a mouse
The kitten froze
It saw her!
The creature walked towards the kitten
And reached out a long, gross paw
The kitten squeezed her eyes shut
Expecting the worst
She opened her eyes
And gazed up at the creature
It’s eyes were practically oozing
With love and wonder
“Kitty hungry? Kitty want nummies?”
The creature meowed a strange meow
The kitten blinked
“Yes, kitty want nummies cause’ I want nummies.”
It wandered off toward the barn it lives in.
The kittens stayed beneath the tree
In a daze
The creature came back
Holding something wrapped in cloth
It unwrapped the cloth
And set a few pieces of chicken and cheese
In front of the kitten
“Mama is makin’ dinner, so I got some for kitty.
Eat your nummies, kitty, eat your nummies!”
As the kitten began to sniff and nibble at the food,
The creature kept talking.
“What your name, kitty? You have a name?
My name Abelia. I am four years old. What you, kitty?”
The kitten did not respond, as her mouth was full of chicken
“I call you Boots. Because you wear gold boots. See?”
Abelia gently touched the kitten’s hind paw.
Boots decided that she liked Abelia.
She was kind and gentle.
Boots licked her hand,
Which made Abelia squeal with joy.
They spent the rest of the day playing
They would meet underneath the tree
To play and learn together
Boots taught Abelia
How to hunt, sleep with one eye open, and meow
Abelia taught Boots
How to count, walk on two legs, and talk
Abelia brought Boots
A pair of golden knitted boots
“These are gift for you, Boots.
I made them myself.”
Boots graciously accepted the shoes
And placed them upon her hind paws
“Thank you,” she said,
A tear in her eye
The next day
Abelia ran to Boots
And gave her a long, tight hug
“Are you okay?” Boots asks
“Mother and Father say
That I must work
Like my siblings
I can’t play with you anymore.”
Boots gently licked the tear
That traveled down her best friend’s cheek
“I just want to be a princess, Boots
Then I would never have to work
And we could play everyday.”
With that, Abelia left.
Boots was alone.
Boots waited for her friend
Hoping that she would come back
But she didn’t.
Boots set off into town
Knowing that she had to make
Her best friend
Into a princess
Or they would never
See each other again
She convinced a miller
To give her to his son
As his inheritance
She had the boy
Find her a pair of real boots
And in return
She deceived the king
Into thinking he was a young lord
Fit to marry the princess
This all took time
Gaining the king’s trust
Getting the boy fancy clothes
Defeating the ogre that lived in an old castle
Planning the wedding between the boy and princess
There was just one more step.
Boots went back
To Abelia’s house.
“Abelia! It’s me, Boots!
I can make you a princess.”
Boots knocked on the front door.
A girl with her hair in a bandana answered.
She smelled like Abelia,
But couldn’t have been her
For Abelia never wore her hair like that.
She said it made her look like a poor maid
“Greetings, miss! I am Boots.
I am searching for my best friend.
Her name is Abelia.”
“I am Abelia.”
The girl answered.
“We are not best friends.
Not anymore, you stinky cat.”
Abelia started to close the door.
I can make you a princess!”
Boots ran past the door and into the house.
“Abelia, don’t you remember
All the time we spent together?
You said you wanted to be a princess,
So we could play everyday!
I know how to make you a princess!
I helped a boy become a lord and marry a princess,
And I told them I know a beautiful young girl
That they can adopt!
They will take you in
And you will become a princess.
Just like you always wanted.”
That was when
You were a kitten.
Now you’re a cat.
I don’t like cats.
I don’t want to spend time with a cat.”
Boots looked down at herself
Yes, she had outgrown her kitten boots
A while ago
But was that a reason to end
An amazing friendship?
Boots fell to her knees
Begging for Abelia
To remember their friendship
To call Boots her best friend again
To go with her and achieve her dream
Abelia forced Boots out
And told her to never
Boots moped towards the town
Towards the old orge’s castle
Where the lord and princess lived
She told the lord
“When I die, put me in a gold coffin
As a thanks for all I’ve done for you.”
The lord agreed.
Boots pretended to be dead the next day.
The lord told his wife
To put Boots in a bag
And throw her into the river.
Boots didn’t realize what was happening
Until it was too late.
Her last thought
Was a question