Fluffy and Stripes ran around the house chasing
Speedy. Speedy was much faster at running than they were, but they never
gave up trying.
The two cats slept in a basket in front of the
fireplace, where they could go to sleep feeling warm. The mouse slept in
his mouse hole, not far away, but out of harms way.
One night, after Mr. Puddlenog had gone to bed,
Speedy snuck out of the mouse hole. He saw Fluffy and Stripes curled up
in their baskets, snoring away peacefully. Speedy ran into the kitchen
and climbed up onto the table. He nibbled at the cheese that Mr.
Puddlenog had left sitting on out. “Silly Mr. Puddlenog. He left his
cheese out and now I'm going to eat it all.”
When he finished he saw that he'd made a big mess.
“Hmm. I think I'll get those cats into trouble.” Speedy took the cheese
crumbs and left a trail of them going from the table to the fireplace.
He had to be very careful when he got near the sleeping cats, but after
he'd left a pile near both of their baskets, he giggled and ran back to
the mouse hole.
In the morning, when Mr. Puddlenog woke up, he went
into the kitchen to have a cup of tea. He saw all of his cheese was
missing. “Who did this?” He looked around and saw the pile of crumbs.
Following it, he headed straight for the cats. “Bad cats!” He picked the
two sleeping cats up by their necks and tossed them outside. “You'll not
get away with eating my cheese, you greedy cats.” He slammed the door,
leaving the two of them shivering in the cold.
“What is he talking about? Fluffy, did you eat his
cheese last night while I was sleeping?” Stripes pointed at the other
“No. I didn't eat it. You must have. The trail led
right to your basket,” Stripes said.
They ran over to the window and peeked inside. Speedy
sat on the ledge laughing at them and holding a piece of cheese.
“That mouse did it! Why, I'm going to eat him when I
get my paws on him!” Fluffy held up a fist.
It started to rain. The cats had nowhere to go. They
stood on the porch dripping water. Speedy sat down and watched them.
They looked pathetic. He jumped off the ledge and ran to the front door
and pulled it open enough for them to come inside. Both cats ran to
their baskets and warmed up. “Thanks, Speedy, for letting us in. From
now on though, if you raid Mr. Puddlenog's cheese, don't leave the
crumbs near us.”
Speedy winked at them and ran back to his mouse hole.