“Hey Booker-T!” called Midge as she got to the gate.
“Hi Midge,” said Booker-T as he came from behind the house. “What are you doing?”
“Are you ready to go to Jake's house?” asked Midge.
“Sure,” said Booker-T. “Lets go and get Melody on the way. She wants to come along.”
“Okay,” smiled Midge.
They walked along the sidewalk toward Melody's house who lived around the block. They stepped onto the front porch and called out to melody.
“Melody!” called Booker-T. “Where are you?”
They stood staring at the door and waited. Melody didn't come outside. They ran to the back yard and poked their head in through the doggie door.
“Melody!” called Midge. “Are you in here?”
Midge looked around the room and noticed it looked bare inside. “Booker-T,” said Midge. “Look inside. What do you see?”
Booker-T poked his head into the door and looked around the room. He crawled inside the room and walked to the other room and looked around it also. In a few minutes, he came back outside.
“The house is empty,” said Booker-T. “I don't see anything in the house. No furniture and no Melody.”
“Did you know they were moving?” asked Midge.
“No,” said Booker-T. “Maybe she didn't know her owner was going to move.”
“That's sad,” said Midge. “We found a new friend and now she is gone.”
“I wonder where she moved to,” sighed Booker-T. “She was a good friend.”
“I don't know, Booker-T,” said Midge. “She was a good friend. We will all miss her.”
“Lets go to Jake's house,” said Booker-T.
“Are you going to be okay?” asked Midge. “I know you really liked Melody.”
“I will miss her,” said Booker-T as he and Midge hurried along the sidewalk to Jake's place.
They entered the yard and found Jake napping on the swing.
“Hey Jake!” called Midge. “Time to wake up.”
“Hi guys,” said Jake as he sat up. “I was awake. I was only resting my eyes.”
“Oh okay, right,” laughed Midge. “I think you were snoring when we walked up here.”
“I never snore,” said Jake.
“How do you know?” asked Booker-T. “We heard you snoring when we walked up.”
“Was I really snoring?” asked Jake with a puzzled look. “I don't remember falling asleep.”
“What do you want to do this morning?” asked Midge.
“I don't know,” said Jake. “What do you want to do?”
“We haven't been to the zoo for a week,” said Booker-T. “Do you want to go and see what animals are there now?”
“That will be fun,” said Midge. “Looks like they finished building that new house on the corner.”
“It sure is a big house,” said Booker-T. “Do you have new neighbors?”
“No,” said Jake. “No one has moved in yet. The house is empty right now.”
“Guess what is in the backyard,” said Jake.
“What?” asked Midge.
“There is a swimming pool back there,” said Jake.
“How do you know?” asked Booker-T. “There is a big fence around the house.”
“I saw them put it in before they put the fence up,” said Jake.
“Can we go see?” asked Midge. “I want to see the pool.”
“I don't know if we can get into the back yard,” said Jake.
“We can go try,” said Midge. “Lets go.”
“I want to see it too,” said Booker-T. “Can we go look?”
“Hey look!” said Midge. “A big truck just pulled up in front of the house.”
“Maybe someone is moving in,” said Jake. “Lets go see.”
They ran out the gate and up the street and sat down on the sidewalk to watch the big truck. In a few minutes a bright red car pulled in front of the big truck and parked.
“Booker-T!” said Midge. “Look in the back window of the car. It is Melody!”
“Melody!” said Booker-T. “What is she doing here?”
“Maybe it is her family who is moving into the new house,” suggested Jake. “Come on lets go across the street.”
They walked across the street and stood at the car staring up at the window where they saw Melody.
“Hey Melody!” called Booker-T. “Melody!”
“Are you sure it is Melody?” asked Midge. “Maybe it is another cat who looks like Melody.”
“Melody!” called Booker-T again.
The cat inside the car put her paws against the window and pressed her nose against the window staring out at the three sitting on the sidewalk beside the car.
“Booker-T!” smiled Melody. “Hi.”
“Are you moving into the new house?” asked Midge.
“Yes,” said Melody. “I didn't know until yesterday when the big truck came to take our furniture from the house.”
“We went to your house and it was empty,” said Booker-T. “Wow, you are going to be in a really big house now.”
“And you have a swimming pool,” said Jake.
“I want to see your swimming pool,” said Midge. “Can we come in and see it?”
“Sure,” smiled Melody. “I will show you when they let me out of this car.”
“Why are you still in the car?” asked Booker-T.
“I don't know,” said Melody. “Do you see my owners?”
Jake looked around the yard and didn't see them. “Wait I will go see,” said Jake as he walked away from the car.
In a few minutes, Jake came back to join Midge and Booker-T. “Did you see them?” asked Midge.
“They were inside the house,” said Jake. “Here they come.”
A man and woman came walking toward the car and opened the back door. Melody jumped out and joined her friends, Booker-T, Midge and Jake. “I am happy you are here,” said Melody. “Do you like my new house?”
“It is really big,” smiled Booker-T. “How can you come out and come play with us with that big fence around the back?”
“I don't know,” said Melody. “Maybe I can jump over the fence.”
“Is the gate to the back yard locked?” asked Midge.
“I don't know,” said Melody.
“Lets go see if it is open,” said Booker-T. “I want to see the swimming pool.”
They walked around to the side of the house and found the gate standing open and followed the truck man carrying a chair through the gate into the back yard. He set the chair near the back of the house where there were several other chairs and a round table.
“Wow,” said Midge. “I like the big pool. Can we go for a swim?”
“Lets go,” said Melody as she ran and jumped in the pool. “Come on in.”
The others jumped in and joined Melody in the pool.
“I'm so happy you will be here,” said Midge. “We thought we lost our new friend.”
“Me too,” smiled Booker-T as he nuzzled Melody's neck.