Cats in the City of Vanity
|In the city of vanity, a timid black cat was happy to meet a mischievous white cat, for he has found a friend.
The black cat was scared to be alone so he followed the white cat. When the white cat noticed that the black cat was following him, he sighed and said: “Come along black cat, as I find a place to stay for the winter”. The black cat was thankful and said with a smile: “What a felicitous life!”
Winter came and the two homeless cats were shivering in an alley, an old woman was astounded of the white cat and said: “Oh, pity white cat, come and be my pet”. So the old lady carried the white cat on her way home.
When she noticed that the black cat was following them, she shooed the black cat away and said: “Stop following us, you wicked black cat!” But the black cat still followed them until they have reached home.
The old lady fed the white cat, and then brushed his fur. The black cat was shivering as he watched the white cat at the window dreaming of being pampered. But when the old lady saw the black cat, she hurriedly pushed the window. The black cat fell that broke his right leg. The old lady shouted: “Get lost you black omen and don’t you ever get near our house!” So the black cat ran away to the market.
One day, when the white cat was conceitedly walking while the old lady was buying fruits in the market, the white cat saw the black cat and told him: “How sad for you to be homeless with a broken leg. Why don’t you follow us secretly, just hide as I give you food in the garden so you don’t have to roam around in this stinky place.” The black cat was relieved and followed them back home.
One sunny morning, the white cat threw the yarn ball to his friend in the garden and told him to play around with it so he won’t get bored. The white cat also gave him all the food that he could get from the kitchen. The black cat was thankful.
For several days, the old lady was curious to know where the food and her yarns for stitching are. So she started to look for her yarns and screaked to see the black cat playing with a yarn ball. The old lady got her broom and went out hurriedly. When the black cat saw the old lady getting near him, he was scared as he ran fast with his sore leg.
The following day, in the market, the white cat saw the black cat wounded and starving. The white cat invited him again to be back in the garden. The black cat was depressed and declined, he told him: “My life has been cursed. People call me with evil names that you can’t even imagine. I was judged by my features, degraded and even wanted to be executed.”
The old lady was bursting with anger when she saw her white cat with the black cat. She screamed: “Get that evil black cat! It stole a lot from me!” Then she called her white cat in a soft voice: “Come to mama my angel”. The white cat didn’t think twice of going back to the old lady. He told the black cat: “I’m sorry my friend, but I have to go back home. I know you can survive in this place.” The black cat was disappointed, thinking that he has a found a friend who would be there when he needed it most.
The old lady told her white cat: “You shouldn’t go near that black cat, it is a witch!” The black cat can’t do anything. He was afflicted. Yet, he was thankful that the old lady just left instead of hurting him.
The next day, the white cat was haunted by his conscience and went back to the market to look for his friend. He was happy to see his friend near the trash. As he gets near, his heart was palpitating, he felt the cold wind and found out that he has lost his friend.