The Tuxedo Terror

The evening sun was waning over the city, and the cats were on the prowl. Leo Socks was walking down what he thought was an empty alley way just minding his cat business when from out of a bin sprang a red fox. Leo regarded the newcomer with consternation. He’d seen foxes before, but few as bold as this one. He was after all deep in cat land.

“Say, what brings you here Mr. Fox?”

The red fox skulked as he crept sideways but always maintaining eye contact with Leo.

“Who are you?” Croaked the fox.

“Socks, Leo Socks,” said the cat cooly.

A broad toothy grin slipped across the fox’s face. Leo instantly recognised the meaning of this grin and pounced forward just as the fox did the same. They connected in mid air except Leo landed on the fox’s back sprang back off again driving the fox’s nose down into the ground in an dramatically uncontrolled landing. The baffled fox snarled uncomprehendingly at what Leo had just done as cats generally run away from foxes.

“You’re very brave for a cat!” Hissed the red fox. Continue reading “The Tuxedo Terror”

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Herbert the Platypus

There once was a platypus named Herbert who lived in a river deep in the bush. Like most platypuses, Herbert was happy living underground or exploring the riverbed believing. If you asked a platypus what the world looks like they will tell you it is equal parts water and land, with the land at the bottom and the water mostly near the top. This satisfied all the platypuses except for Herbert, who was different to the other platypuses: Herbert had doubts.

Herbert would often ask difficult questions, especially during the long nights sitting underground in his little cave counting the worms wiggling by. He often wondered if there was more to the world than just the riverbed and the little underwater caves the platypuses lived in. However, platypuses pride themselves on knowing everything and whenever he spoke to the other platypuses about his doubts they smugly told him that there was nothing beyond the riverbed but more riverbeds.

Herbert asked what lived in those other riverbeds and the answer always the same, “some of them have other colonies of platypuses, but most of them a full of monsters that would eat a platypus if they could! So a platypus must never ever leave their riverbed else they will get eaten by a monster.” Continue reading “Herbert the Platypus”