Do you two think you’re up to a visit with Ling Ling? Pretty name but whose this Ling Ling? Why Tyebe she is Mrs. Odboddy’s legendary kitty. REALLY!! Yes, me’s would like to visit a legend. How bout you Budd? Well, I don’t get to meet any special kitties but you two and I’m up for a change.
OK, now you’ll both have to pay attention cause I got the Magic Carpet up and running again. There are safety precautions you must abide by on the Magic Carpet. Where are we going, Shokos? Isn’t Ling Ling coming here? No, we’re going to visit her in California. You mean we’re leaving BC and Canada too? Hot diggity, I always wanted to be on the post office’s most wanted list! Yeah!! We’s fugitives! No we’re not!! We’re taking a trip to see a friend. You mean I won’t be one of Canada’s most wanted? Crap on my nip, why don’t cha?
Let’s get going, make sure you are seated firmly on the Magic Carpet. Get comfy cause we have to stay seated while we’re in the air or we’ll tip over.
WATER!! Lots of it. Hang on tight Budd. Stay still Tyebe, we’re not going to fall in as long as you remain cool! That’s the coast of California.
We’re here. Careful your claws don’t get stuck in the Magic Carpet Budd and Tyebe. There’s Ling Ling.
Ling Ling, you look fantabulous!! This lovely warm weather agrees with you. Shoko, you devil. Still got the Magic Carpet I see. Who are these two? This white ball of fur is Tyebe, she’s my little sister. This big tough looking guy is my brother, Budd. Pleased to meet a furry that lives in California.
She seems nice Budd. Shhh….
Ling Ling let’s start the interview now. Go ahead Shoko.
So This story is called, “And Then There Was a Tiger.” Terrific title by Elaine Faber. I expect to see some action in this book.
As the book begins, a package is delivered to Mrs. Odboddy. How did you get into it, Ling Ling?
Surmising a rodent intruder in the package, I promptly extricated said rodent by tooth and claw, thus eliminating any smelly threat level to zilch. Shoko, that sucker stunk like a pile of crow food.
Good grief, I know rodents are pretty tough fighters. Did you kill that thing in the package?
Unfortunately, no. It entered the house and in my ensuing pursuit, many household items were severely damaged and it got away. (Not my fault!)
It’s understandable that some items will be broken and ripped in your pursuit of a smelly rodent. Casualties of warfare, I say, Ling-Ling.
What is it like living with an eccentric old woman who ‘fights the war” from the home front? What makes her a hometown patriot? She seems like she should take up a less hazardous hobby.
Feeling compelled to expose conspiracies and spies, and her multiple volunteer projects, Agnes is often away from home. Her amusing tales ‘after the fact’ almost makes up for it, though she is prone to stretch the truth when it puts her in a better light.
Since we are both Siamese, we sort of look alike. Is it possible we are related?
Descended from royal blood myself, it is doubtful that we are related, though I suppose it is possible. Have you done a DNA test through Ancestry.com yet?
Apparently, I also have royal blood and a DNA test through Ancestry.com is just the way for me to find out. I know what I want for Christmas.
‘Scuse please Lady Ling Ling but I would like to know if Mrs. Odboddy can’t find a home for the tiger, Shere Khan, any chance she’ll bring him home to live with you? How do you feel about that?
Oh my stars! It’s one thing to bring a homeless cat into one’s life, but I don’t think Shere Khan would fit in our bed. I don’t plan to give up my spot any time soon. Budd, you don’t have to call me Lady cause I’m not officially a Lady.
You are so graceful like Shoko is. I respect that. It’s not easy to look chic when one’s gettin’ on with business but you two do.
Can I ask you a question too Ling Ling?
Of course, little one.
Should an elderly lady like Mrs. Odboddy have a boyfriend? Do you want her to marry Godfrey? How would you feel about calling Godfrey…”dad?”
Every old lady should have a boyfriend, or a ‘friend-boy,’ as the case may be. Godfrey’s pretty cool but Mrs. O will never marry him. She’s too set in her ways and I expect Godfrey would cramp her style.
mol..*hic* Mom doesn’t have a boyfriend and she’s old. She has your dad as a boyfriend. I never thought of that Ling Ling.
One more question before we leave Ling Ling. Which of Mrs. Odboddy’s three published books is your favorite?
My biggest role was in Hometown Patriot, so I suppose that’s my favorite. When Mrs. O put six chickens in the bathroom, I did a pretty good job of messing with that project, if I do say so myself. MOL!!!
We all enjoyed your efforts at herding up those chickens.
Thank you for your time Ling Ling We’re going to head home now. Say hi to Mrs. Odboddy for us. Bye. Bye Lady Ling Ling. Bye Bye