up in a ball, tucked his tail under him and went to
sleep. He dreamed of chasing mice through the alleys
was sleeping, two boys, Vincenzo and Nicolo, snuck
up behind the cat, picked him up and put him in a
box. They took the box and hid it inside Nicolo's
father's gondola. After giggling for a few minutes,
the boys ran off and hid.
An hour later
Nicolo's father arrived at the gondola. The boys
watched as he changed into his black and white
striped shirt, straw hat with red ribbon, black
pants and shoes. He pushed the gondola into the
water and picked up the oar. Heading for the
cathedral across the lagoon, he rowed and rowed.
his eyes. He didn't know where he was. He stuck his
head out of the box and Nicolo's father saw him. He
picked up the box, with the cat, and put it on top
of the gondola. A smile spread across his face as he
stroked Winky's head. "Nice cat. How glad of you to
join me on my gondola. How did you get here?" He
turned back to the square and saw his son and
Vincenzo chuckling. "I think I know how. Anyway,
you'll have to come with me. I've got to pick some
people up at the cathedral."
like the water. He stayed in the box the whole time,
whining and crying.
father picked up his fare, they rowed back towards
the square. Nobody dared to touch Winky. He was
shivering and frightened. Once they reached the
square, Nicolo's father picked up the box and held
it in his arms. "I think I'll take you home with me.
Cats as pretty as you shouldn't be running around
the streets of Venice." He took the cat home and fed
him some fish and milk.
Winky was very
happy. The next day Nicolo's father took Winky to
the gondola again. Winky was scared and stayed in
the bottom of the gondola. The day after that he
went again and this time he dared to climb on the
seat. From then on Winky went on the gondola every
day and soon was so brave that he sat wherever he
wanted. He was happy and so was Nicola's father.