Biff was a little black and white kitten. She lived in a big brown house with a little girl named Mary. Biff would lay on the bed with Mary while she watched the shows on TV. Biff especially liked the animal shows. There were so many animals that it was hard for him to imagine them all. After a couple of hours, Mary let Biff out into the back yard so he could run and play. When Mary shut the door, Penny and Booker-T ran into the yard to play with Biff.
“Hi ya, Biff,” said Penny and they approached Biff.
“Hi Penny,” said Biff. “Hi Booker-T. What are you two doing this morning?”
“What are you doing?” asked Booker-T. “Are you okay this morning? You are walking funny.”
Biff was stretching out low and steady as he walked across the yard. He appeared to be stalking something in the yard. “I’m a big white tiger,” said Biff.
“Sure you are,” laughed Penny. “You are just a kitten.”
“Not today,” said Biff. “Today, I am a big brave tiger cat. I’m stalking for food.”
“This is just another fantasy,” said Booker-T. “You are just a kitten Biff, and I don’t think your food is moving from the bowl.”
“I can be anything I want to be,” said Biff. “It is my fantasy so I can pretend to be anything I want to be.”
“Fine,” said Penny. “You be a tiger and I will be a hunter.”
“Why?” asked Biff. “You would make a good lion Penny.”
“A lion?” asked Booker-T. “Penny would make a funny lion. Ha ha.”
Biff finally talked Penny and Booker-T into pretending with him that they were big African animals. They ran around the yard pretending to rule the jungle. It was fun. Playing a fantasy with Biff was fun and he made Penny and Booker-T laugh. Biff was always finding something different to do. Life was too short to be serious all the time. Penny and Booker-T would usually always break down and join Biff in his fantasy for the day. It was more fun than just laying around on the porch or chasing some ball that some kid would throw.
“Well, Biff,” said Booker-T. “It has been fun being tigers and lions, but I have to go home now. Roar! I’ll see you tomorrow.”
“Me too Biff,” said Penny. “It is time to go home, but we will be back to play with you again tomorrow.”
“Bye you guys,” said Biff. “Remember that sometimes you need a little bit of fantasy in an otherwise dreary life to brighten the day and cheer you up. See you guys tomorrow.”
Booker-T looked at Penny as they walked out of the yard. “He watches too much TV with Mary.” said Booker-T.
“It was fun though,” said Penny. “Being a big mighty cat was fun.”