When Biloongra the kitten got to the park that morning he realized he had been there before. In fact, that time around, he had become good friends with Mr. Kachwa, the turtle. Hence, Biloongra was quite excited as he could meet his old friend again. There was a problem though. As the park was huge he did not know where to start.
Meanwhile, Noori’s parents decided to go for a walk…
…Saad looked around and then found this beautiful scenery to create an artistic masterpiece…
Since everyone else was being healthy, Biloongra too decided to proceed with his own morning walk, hoping to find his friend Kachwa. As he went down the trail, it split into two. “Now where?” he thought to himself.
As he preferred right over left, he went down the right trail.
Soon after, he met Mr. Red Wing, the blackbird, merrily talking bird with his two companions.
“Hello Sir! Have you seen my friend Kachwa anywhere?” asked Biloongra.
“Chirp! Chirp! Chirp!” was all that came out of bird brain. Biloongra thanked him anyway and continued walking.
After a few more steps he came across Miss Ally, the gator.
Ally seemed friendly as she was grinning away, so Biloongra asked her about Kachwa’s whereabouts.
“He’s moved to the other end of the park. You will have to go back the same trail and cross the swamp to reach that end”, said Ally, without even a pause in her grin.
Biloongra thanked Ally for being so pleasant in directing him to Kachwa.
By the time Biloongra came across Miss Gulheri, the squirrel, he had really started enjoying his walk. Gulheri was busy having breakfast so Biloongra did not disturb her with his small talk.
He then came across Mr. Gosh, the rabbit, who decided to hop along as he too wanted to meet the now famous Kachwa.
After a fairly uneventful trek they were happy to find Mr. Kachwa at home. The turtle was also happy to see Biloongra after such a long time. When Biloongra told Kachwa about his adventurous morning walk, the turtle was quite impressed with the kitten’s lack of fear of the wilderness.
And then it was time to reunite with the family. Although he dragged his feet, Kachwa was eager to meet Noori and the rest of Biloongra’s pets.
Noori insisted on taking Kachwa home, but her parents said no.
“He rightfully belongs to this park and he will not be happy inside our house”, said Saad. Noori felt like kicking him then, but she decided against it when her parents promised that they will bring her back to the park soon.
On their way out, Mr. Cardinal was whistling them an enthusiastic goodbye. “That dude will be my new friend next time”, decided Biloongra.
[Biloongra phase III prototype]
Reviewed & Edited by: Asad I. Mian, MD, PhD, a pediatrician-researcher, interested in creative ways of exploring & expressing through writing and photography / illustration. You can read his recent stories about birds & nature published in the Houston Inner Looper newspaper here: Jonathan; Saffron & Abigail; Gokotta.
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