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The Kitten’s Mittens: A Mystery Short Story

IN THE May 5 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
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by Chris Eboch

Enjoy this fun little never before published short story.

A Persian slinked into my office. She looked at me with big blue eyes. “I hear you solve problems,” she purred.

“What’s the trouble, kitten?” I asked.

“I’ve lost my mittens,” she yowled.

I hate to see a dame cry. “I’m on the case.”

I asked questions at Horner’s Corner Pie Shop. That annoying Mary Mary refused to talk about anything but her garden. The Three Blind Mice hadn’t seen a thing. mouse

“But I heard something through the grapevine,” Three said. “Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep.”

Missing sheep. Missing mittens. Wool. I had a clue.

I followed up. B.B. Black Sheep sure looked like a crime victim. “Someone steal your wool?” I asked.

“Bah!” he said. “It’s in those three bags right there. I just got a haircut.”

Little Boy Blue was fast asleep. Anyone could have stolen his sheep, but she was right there in the meadow.

And Mary’s little lamb was sitting under her school desk, chewing on a pencil.

I did find a small pair of pants in Mr. McGregor’s garden. But I wasn’t looking for pants.

And then Little Bo Peep’s sheep came home, all on their own. Maybe I was wrong about the wool connection.

They had some pretty tough characters over in Fairytale Land. A surprising number of witches and evil stepmothers. A snotty gang of billy goats who keep harassing the poor troll under the bridge. A big, bad wolf known for intimidation and cross-dressing. And that cute blonde kid who got busted for breaking and entering at the Bears’ house. But I never heard of them working this side of the tracks. And The Knave of Hearts was still in jail for assault and buttering.cat

I was getting nowhere fast. The little dog laughed to see such a sight. I’d like to give him a knick, knack, paddy whack.

“Oh Sam,” Kitty wailed. “It’s hopeless.”

I said, “Hush, little baby, don’t say a word. I’m not done yet.”

I considered my informants. Humpty Dumpty used to know everything, but he had cracked. Jack was still in bed after the so-called accident on the Hill. I was running out of leads.

Then a white cat came slinking down the lane. She had the longest fur I’ve ever seen. “Yow! Who’s that?” I asked.cat

The hair went up on Kitty’s back. “My sister, Pussycat. Pussycat, where have you been?”

The fine feline stopped in front of us. “I’ve been to London to visit the Queen.”

“London, my tail!” Kitty hissed in my ear. “She’s probably been running around with that owl.”

I detected a case of feline rivalry. That gave me an idea.

I edged closer to Pussycat. “You have such lovely long fur,” I murmured. “Is it as silky as it looks?”

Kitty steamed. Pussycat purred and ran a paw over her cheek. I noticed a suspicious bulge below her jeweled collar.

“Why, it looks long enough—,” My paw shot out. “To hide a pair of mittens!”

Kitty stared. “Why, those are my mittens, with the mouse pattern! Yours had pink bows.”cat

Pussycat started to cry. “I only borrowed them! I lost my mittens. I had to visit Mother, and you know how she gets about lost mittens.”

Kitty sighed. “You could have asked.”

“I didn’t want you to tease me,” Pussycat said. “Anyway, it turned out all right. You met this handsome tomcat.”

“The name’s Sam, not Tom,” I said. “Come on; let’s go to Miss M’s Tuffet Club. I’ll buy you ladies a saucer of curds and whey.”

Case closed.

All of the pieces of art in this story were done by Drusilla Kehl of The Illustrated Rat. To see more of her work go to her website and check out KRL’s article about Drusilla.

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Chris Eboch’s novels for ages nine and up include The Eyes of Pharaoh, a mystery in ancient Egypt; and The Well of Sacrifice, a Mayan adventure. Learn more at chriseboch.com or her Amazon page. As Kris Bock, she writes action-packed romantic adventures set in Southwestern landscapes. The Mad Monk’s Treasure follows a treasure hunt in New Mexico. Whispers in the Dark involves intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins. What We Found is a mystery about a young woman who finds a murder victim in the woods. Read excerpts at www.krisbock.com or visit her Amazon page.

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1 Sheryl SensNo Gravatar May 6, 2018 at 4:17pm

I love this! The story is so cute!!

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2 Chris EbochNo Gravatar May 7, 2018 at 9:37am

Thank you! I came up with it several years ago, during middle-of-the-night insomnia. I’m glad I finally found a place to publish it. I don’t think kids today are as familiar with nursery rhymes, so they might not get it as well as adults do.

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