Xorbert snoozed under the tree outside Booty Bay. He came there hours before, on the trail of this blasted cat. Though he knew now that Aimin had been asked to watch Tiddles, and the bruisers had been checking in on it, he still felt responsible for it. After all, it was all he had of Ella for now, while she was gone. Certainly kept him busy, when it ran off after rats and bugs and climbed up trees and got stuck.
So he sat under this tree, waiting for Tiddles to find his own way down. But in the tropic heat, it wasn’t long until Xorbert was a snoring lump. Until Tiddles flew from above and crashed down upon him with tiny claws and fluttering leaves. Xorbert snorted awake, flailed out his arms and pwang! There goes a button high in the air. “Mow!” Tiddles raises the charging cry and springs off Xorbert’s jelly belly to chase after the button.
Xorbert sighs and slumps back on the tree. Why couldn’t he be babysitting a snail?