Chloe Naylor had one wish. She wished that she would someday get a cat. One day, her Mom came in to her room. "Chloe," she said. "Your Dad and I have been thinking, and we decided that you can get a cat."
"Really, mom!" exclaimed Chloe excitedly. She couldn't believe it was really true.
Mom nodded. "Tomorrow, when Dad gets home from work, we will go to the pet shelter." her Mom said as she walked out of Chloe's room.
Chloe was so happy and excited she could hardly get through the day. She kept looking at the clock and the day dragged on really slowly, That night, Chloe even went to bed without an argument. She hardly slept though.
The next day, she could barely get through the school day. When she got home, she did her homework. Then, she still had two hours and forty five minutes until her Dad got home from work. She did not know what to do with herself. She kept looking at the clock and wishing the time to go by faster.
Finally, it was time. The minute she heard Dad's car pull into the driveway, she ran outside. "Let's go! Let's go!" she screamed happily. She hurried into the car and put on her seat belt. "Hurry up, Mom!" she shouted as Mom came slowly out the door. Dad laughed at Chloe's eagerness.
The drive to the shelter was only about a half hour. It seemed like hours to Chloe, Finally, they were there. She eagerly jumped out of the car and hurried inside. Mom and Dad could barely keep up with her.
When she was taken into the room with the cats for adoption, she walked back and forth for a few minutes. At last, she saw a cat sitting with her kittens. They were so cute! Chloe went over to them. "Aw!" she gushed. "I want these."
Dad shook his head. "Remember, we said you can get only one cat."
Chloe frowned. She really wished she could get them all. She decided to get the littlest one. She felt like it needed her the most. It was a girl kitten. All six kittens were girls. "I'm going to call her Whiskers." decided Chloe.
Mom and Dad were surprised at what a good job Chloe did of taking care of Whiskers. Ever morning, she fed the little kitten. At least twice a day, she scooped the litter box. She gave Whiskers lots of love and attention. She bought cat toys with her allowance money each week. She even helped Dad change the litter.
After a few months, Mom and Dad told Chloe they had a big surprise for her. Chloe couldn't imagine what it was, Her eyes opened wide with excitement.
Then, Chloe realized Whiskers was missing. Whiskers had been by her side a minute ago.
"Let's go in the basement." suggested Mom. "That's where the surprise is waiting."
"But, what about Whiskers? I can't find her." asked Chloe worriedly looking around.
"I think I have an idea where Whiskers is." Dad assured her. "Just come with us." They led her into the basement.
When they got down to the bottom of the basement steps, there was Whiskers happily sitting with her mother and her five kitty sisters. "What are they doing here?" asked Chloe in confusion."
Chloe's whole face lit up. "Really?" she asked. It seemed like a dream.
Mom and Dad nodded. "Really." they replied.
Chloe jumped up and hugged them both excitedly. "Thank you! Thank you!" she exclaimed. It was the best day ever.
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