The large black cat settled in the nest beside his kits and cleared his throat. After all, the queens knew by now none of Briarbreeze’s kits would go to sleep without one of their father’s stories.
“Once upon a time a young tom met a pretty she-cat and she was the most beautiful cat he’d ever seen. She was so smart that she knew how to talk to all the animals in the forest, and she was probably smart enough to talk to the twolegs.”
“Wow!” The kits exclaimed. “Really, Daddy?”
“Yes, dear,” He smiled and quieted them again so he could continue. “But she was so smart that she hid it, so she wouldn’t intimidate anyone. She was so strong and brave though, she became the deputy, and saved many lives. Well the tom grew up too, and he had kits and loved them.”
“That sounds like us!”
“Yes, doesn’t it? Well, the she-cat was sad, because no one loved her. They thought she was pretty, but they didn’t love her for her brains and her good soul, just her pretty coat. Everyone, except the tom who grew up loving her.”
“Why didn’t he tell her, dad?” One of the kits interrupted again.
“I’m getting to that part, sweetie. Well, so one night she was out in the swamp all on her own, crying, because she didn’t realize that there was another cat that loved her. He thought she was in love with someone else. Someone who had died moons before. And when the tom saw her crying, his heart her so much for her that he fell over and cried as well.”
Briarbreeze paused, his voice starting to shake with emotion, and then continued, “when he had the strength, he went to her and he said, ‘You, you my deputy, you are so smart and kind and wonderful and I love you for what’s on the inside because you aren’t perfect. I love you for all your faults. You have always been beautiful and even if you lost all your fur, you would be the most beautifull cat in the world.’”
“Awww, that’s so romantic!” One of the kits said, while another asked, “So what happened then, Dad?”
“Well, so the she-cat finally realized that there was a tom who loved her and knew her better than she even knew herself, and they became mates and had kits together. And all of the tom’s kits loved each other and they were just one big happy family.”
One of the kits realized maybe the story wasn’t just made up and looked up at Briarbreeze. “Dad… if you have more kits, we’ll love them!”
“Yeah, we promise!” The others agreed.
“That’s great kits, but I don’t think anyone is gonna have kits with me any time soon.” The older tom said.
He didn’t realize outside the queens’ den Foxflight was sitting and listening to his story with tears in her eyes.