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Cosmo The Kitten

Rishi Harrison

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2015

Once upon a time there were three little kittens, and their names were Maria, Cosmo Kitten, and Margo. They lived on a farm high in the hills of central Corfu, surrounded by olive groves and pine trees.

It was a peaceful place where the sun warmed the surrounding fields and the crickets and swallows filled the air with the sound of summer.

They had little Greek waistcoats of their own so they would stand out from the other cats of the farm. Each day they would get into mischief and today was no exception as they played around the doorstep and along the edge of the farmer’s track that led into the fields.

However today their mother Mrs. Tula Takis expected friends to tea; so she fetched the kittens indoors, to wash and dress them, before the fine company arrived.

First she scrubbed their faces.

Then she brushed their fur.

Then she combed their tails and whiskers.

Cosmo was very naughty, and he scratched.

Mrs. Tula dressed Margo and Maria in clean dresses; and then she took all sorts of elegant uncomfortable clothes out of a chest of drawers, in order to dress up her son Cosmo.

Cosmo Kitten was very big, and he had grown; several buttons burst off his shirt as she tried to dress her son. His mother sewed them on again.

When the three kittens were ready, Mrs. Tula unwisely turned them out into the farmyard, to be out of the way while she made sandwiches.

"Now keep your clothes clean, children! You must walk on your hind legs.

Keep away from the dirty ash-pit, and from Aristotle, and from the pig-pen and the Pond-Ducks."

Margo and Maria walked down the farm track unsteadily. Unfortunately they trod upon their dresses and fell on their noses.

When they stood up there were several green smears!

"Let us climb up the rockery, and sit on the farm wall," said Margo.

They turned their dresses back to front, and went up with a skip and a jump; Margo's white cardigan fell down into the road.

Cosmo Kitten was quite unable to jump when walking upon his hind legs in trousers. He came up the rockery by degrees, breaking the flowers, and shedding buttons right and left.

He was all in pieces when he reached the top of the wall.

Margo and Maria tried to pull him together; his cap fell off, and the rest of his buttons burst.

While they were in difficulties, there was a pit pat puddle! and the three Pond-Ducks came along the hard high road, marching one behind the other and doing the goose step, pit pat puddle pat! pit pat waddle pat!

They stopped and stood in a row, and stared up at the kittens. They had very small eyes and looked surprised.

Then the two duck-birds, Rena and Justina Pond-Duck, picked up the cap and cardigan and put them on.

Maria laughed so that she fell off the wall. Margo and Cosmo descended after her; the dresses and all the rest of Cosmo's clothes came off on the way down.

"Come! Mr. Demetri Pond-Duck," said Margo "Come and help us to dress him! Come and button up Cosmo!"

Mr. Demetri Pond-Duck advanced in a slow sideways manner, and picked up the various articles.

But he put them on himself! They fitted him even worse than Cosmo Kitten.

"It's a very fine morning!" said Mr. Demetri Pond-Duck.

And he and Justina and Rena Pond-Duck set off up the road, keeping step, pit pat, puddle pat! pit pat, waddle pat!

Then Tula Takis came down the garden and found her kittens on the wall with no clothes on.

She pulled them off the wall, smacked them, and took them back to the house.

"My friends will arrive in a minute, and you are not fit to be seen; I am so annoyed with you all," said Mrs. Tula Takis.

She sent them upstairs; and I am sorry to say she told her friends that they were in bed with the summer colds; which was not true.

Quite the contrary; they were not in bed: not in the least.

Somehow there were very extraordinary noises over-head upstairs in the farmhouse, which disturbed the elegant afternoon party.

The three kittens were shouting out of the windows “We want our clothes back!”

But the Pond-Ducks ignored the kittens and continued to swim around in the pond. And Mr. Demetri Pond-Duck, and Justina and Rena, have been wearing them ever since to the farmers and the goats amusement.


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