“Nyami don’t go! Don’t leave me alone, please don’t go, noooooo …”
‘Hey, what happen? Wake up, wake up.’ Prince looked down into the crumpled box where the littlekitten was moaning in his sleep.
‘Who … oo … a.. are you?’ the kitten jumped and looked alarmed.
‘Whohoho … don’t be afraid, I’m, we’re friends, and I’m Prince.’
There was hard chuckled behind and Prince turned around immediately.
It was Mono.
‘I’m indeed a Prince, don’t you see I’m wearing a crown!’ Prince retorted.
‘He always boasted himself, just leave him alone,’ Shilo said in lazy tone and hide his head into the shell before Prince kicked it.
‘Hey, do I need to show you my palace!?’
BB and Mono looked at each other, and then laughed amusingly.
‘Okay, you’re Prince … well yeah a Frog Prince.’ BB eventually admitted.
Somehow their amusing argues relieved the kitten’s fear a bit.
‘Ah, who is your name?’ Prince asked to the kitten.
‘Umm … my name is Ciblue.’
‘A nice name, and let’s meet my silly friends –’
‘Hey!!!’ Mono protested by how Prince addressed them. Prince ignored this and cheerfully stuck out his tongue to tease his friends.
‘– he’s Mono the Monkey, and he’s the Lazy Shilo the Turtle –’
‘Just call me Shilo,’ Prince did not know if Shilo was already stretched out his head from his shell and Prince ignored this too.
‘– then he’s Blue Bird, we used to call him BB.’
‘Well, my name is Ciblue,’
‘Yeah, you’ve said that,’ BB laughed.
‘So, how do you end up here?’ Prince asked as he looked around the surrounding.
It is pretty weird for the little kitten being in this place alone.
* * *
Ciblue opened up his eyes sleepily, he was about to snuggle into his mother since he felt a bit cold when he realized his mother was nowhere to be seen. Ciblue opened up his eyes widely, fully awake now. His brother, Nyami was lying asleep next to him but their place now was different than before.
‘Where am I?’ Ciblue mumbled.
Ciblue tried to climb up the box to look outside, wondering maybe their mother was out there. He did not see his mother and what he saw was surprising instead, there was no big house he used to see, no food and milk nearby his box as well. All he can see were the big trees everywhere. A fear suddenly hit the little kitten.
‘Mummy!!! Mummy where are you!? Mummy …’ Ciblue cried calling his mother at once.
Ciblue’s mother did not show up and the little kitten’s sound not loud enough for the wild.
‘Mummy where are you!?’ Ciblue kept on crying calling out his mother.
‘Why are you crying?’ a voice came behind Ciblue.
‘Nyami, d – do you know w – where we are? And … where’s
Mummy?’ Ciblue asked his brother among his sob.
Nyami seemed realized the change of his surrounding by Ciblue’s question because he started looking around, observing the place.
‘Right, where are we? It isn’t our home,’
Ciblue’s sob was getting louder and Nyami hushed him to comfort his little brother.
‘Does Mummy leave us alone?’ Ciblue asked.
Although was Nyami almost sure their Mummy did but he did not want to admit it.
No, not yet.
‘No, I don’t think so; she’s probably out, looking for food for us,’ Nyami replied.
Hour passed by and the night had beating the day. The wind blew a bit hard and their place now was completely dark, the big tree gave the illusion; it was somewhat like a gigantic creature that ready to eat both the poor little kitten.
Their mother did not show up that night, and also the next morning and the day after that. Slowly, Ciblue acknowledged that their mother left them alone in the strange place or maybe their Master; because he was pretty sure his mother would never do such thing.
* * *
Prince, Mono, Shilo and BB are shocked upon hearing Ciblue’s story.
‘How come your mother did that?’ Mono asked.
‘Nyami said it was our Master, and I’m sure our mother won’t ever do that, she loves us. I know that.’
‘Nah speaking about Nyami, where is he?’ BB looked around and asked.
‘He was taken away sometime ago; I don’t know where he is right now,’ Ciblue replied with small and bitter voice.
A flash memory hit Ciblue at once, that day was a bright day, the sun brightly shone, delivered happiness to everyone. And so in the big park Ciblue and Nyami lived at, people gathered around with families and friends enjoyed the scene of nature’s beauty. But that day was actually not a happy day for both Ciblue and Nyami because out of nowhere somebody took Nyami away.
Ciblue clearly remembered how he cried aloud and tried to get his only brother back but the human was too gigantic for the little kitten like him.
‘Ciblue, don’t cry, don’t be afraid! You can survive, believe in yourself you can and you will!’
Those words were his strength until now; Ciblue still remembered how Nyami encouraged him.
‘I’m sorry,’ Mono said in a low voice.
Ciblue gave Mono a bitter smile.
‘Why didn’t you try to looking for them? Your mother and brother I mean.’ Price said all of sudden.
‘Is that possible?’ Ciblue hesitantly asked.
‘I think it’s possible, do you remember where your house was? Ahhh I think we can help,’ Prince cheerfully suggested but he gained stare from the three other that facing him instantly with – what are you talking about – look. ‘You guys don’t mind to help our friend to find his family, do you?’
The chorus of long but quite “ahhh” heard from Prince mates; and Shilo hide back his head into the shell which Prince kicked the edge of its shell, harshly.
Hiding his head was the way Turtle protested or shown his disagreement but he could do nothing to oppose it.
The Prince pouted with his mates’ behavior but he was glad that they were unable to oppose his idea since Ciblue was right in front of them.
Mono understood why Shilo dislike the idea since – mostly – Prince’s idea was always random and gave trouble rather than benefit to them. Meanwhile BB just shook his head and flying to the nearby branch without saying anything.
‘They’re now your friends too, so don’t worry. Mono may look fierce but he’s actually a loving creature,’ Prince winked to Mono who gave him – what the heck – stare. ‘And as I told you, Shilo is a lazy cozy one, doesn’t expect him too much, but sometimes his idea is brilliant.
Lastly,’ Prince pointed toward small bird on the branch nearby, and BB flying back, perched on Mono’s right shoulder.
‘It looks that I’m the only one, who should be careful here,’ BB grinned.
Mono laughed and Ciblue looked at Prince with question look.
‘He means, since you’re a cat, somehow he should be careful otherwise you may eat him alive.’ Prince explained and burst out into laughter by seeing Ciblue’s shocking face.
‘How come I eat my friend?’ Ciblue shook his head.
‘I was just saying a possibility,’ BB shrugged, ‘‘cause the three of them definitely won’t.’ He went on.
It did not taking much time for Ciblue to get along with the Four and gladly agreeing when he was offered to live together with his new friends.
Fanart by Min.a