A Friend For Chloe
The little pink Kadoatie sighed. Feeding time was coming
up, her first here in the Kadoatery. Along with that, many people trying to shove
food in her face. Boy did she wish her owner would finally come back from her
vacation in the Presidential Palace.
"I'll be back next week!" the Shoyru had promised
a few days before.
Or maybe that was only yesterday, Chloe had
lost track of time there. She admitted, some people were very kind and bought
all the Kadoaties food, but she wished she was home, where she could dig in
the refrigerator when she was hungry, much to her owner's dismay.
"Okay Chloe, what would you like for lunch?"
a funny looking lady with a weird hairdo asked her.
"Um, I don't know." Chloe wasn't that hungry
at the moment.
"Well here, look at this catalog. It shows all
the foods you can ask for. Please hurry!" The lady slipped her a small packet
labeled 'Approved Foods'.
This was just great. Now she had a restricted
diet. She placed her paw on the little picture of a happy Kadoatie. That was
most likely the furthest thing from her mood right then. She bet to herself
that even the foods here weren't very good, but as she looked through the catalog,
she saw most of the foods looked very good. She settled on a 'Lime Jelly Burger'.
It looked very good, since Chloe was a big fan of lime jelly.
"Have we decided yet?" asked the lady impatiently.
"Yes. I would like a Lime Jelly Burger, please,"
Chloe replied, nervous about going out in the main feeding room.
"Ooh, a good choice! Now that you know what
you want, I can bring you into the feeding room," the lady said as she opened
Chloe's cage, and Chloe happily jumped to the floor.
She followed the lady (who she found out was
named Ms. Kadler) through a long hallway. Throughout the hallway were gold and
silver statues that each displayed a Kadoatie eating something. When they reached
the main feeding room, it surprised Chloe that the room looked nothing like
the rooms in the back. It was a large space, with room for about 20 cages. Clean
floors, polished metal bars, and there was no rotten food smell. It was certainly
better than the room she had just come from.
As Ms. Kadler opened a cage, she jumped into
it, curling up in a corner. Ms. Kadler put a small sign up under her cage that
read "Chloe is very sad, you should give it "Lime Jelly Burger!"
"I will come back in about 15 minutes, when
all the Kadoaties will be in their cages and ready. Please stay quiet until
That made Chloe feel special. Not. Just as she
started feeling sorry for herself, she heard something crying in the cage next
to her. She peeked over in the cage and she saw a sniffling green Kadoatie,
curled up in the corner. Her eyes were big and her paws on top of her head,
like she was trying to hide. Perplexed as to why the Kadoatie was crying, Chloe
decided to try to talk to her.
"Why are you crying? Feeding time hasn't begun
yet!" she said, looking through the little hole in the side of her cage, where
the two cages were connected.
"I know," the little ball said. "You would be
crying too if you had been here a month and no one wants to feed you!"
The Kadoatie's voice was weak, she sounded like
she had been crying a while. Chloe looked at what she was asking for. She was
asking for a Grape Slurpship. Chloe had seen it in the Approved Foods catalog,
but she had decided against it. Chloe also noticed that her name was Socks.
"Why is nobody feeding you?" Chloe asked, still
clueless as to why nobody had tried to feed Socks.
"I am asking for an unbuyable item. I didn't
mean to, but I am too afraid to ask Ms. Kadler to change what I want." Socks
slumped back against the wall and started bawling.
"It's okay… Er, Socks, right?"
"Yes. Your name is Chloe, right?"
"Why yes it is!" Chloe hoped she was doing the
right thing by trying to make Socks feel better. "Well, you need to get the
courage up to ask in the next 15 minutes, because that's when the next feeding
is, and I really want you to come back to the regular cages with me." She really
meant it too. It would be nice to have a friend here in this sad place.
"Really? Will you help me?" Socks face brightened
Socks and Chloe worked on getting Socks' courage
up, which was quite easy. The real challenge was getting Ms. Kadler's attention.
She was very busy, but when they finally got her attention, Socks went right
to the point.
"Excuse me, but may I change my lunch preference?"
Socks asked, in a very polite voice.
"Well, I am not supposed to let you, but I guess
you can, since you have been here quite a while. What is your new preference?"
Ms. Kadler replied.
"Um, I didn't really think of that…" Socks looked
"Non-Magical Blueberry Chia Pop," Chloe
"Oh, a Non-Magical Blueberry Chia Pop!" Socks
"Okay, let me change your sign, and we will
get going!" Ms. Kadler quickly switched out signs, and headed to the door.
"Everybody ready?" Ms. Kadler smiled. "Okay,
Once the doors were open, the Kadoatery all
became a rush. Chloe heard the contented mew of Socks immediately. It took a
little longer for Chloe to get food shoved down her throat, but she soon stifled
a mew and munched on the other half of the burger that wasn't already in her
stomach. The sign on her cage now read 'Chloe has been fed! Thanks littlej001!'
Chloe looked at her feeder. She had a baby pet
tugging at her pants leg, and she was pleasantly chatting with a fellow feeder.
She couldn't get the girl's attention, but the pleased sigh of Socks next to
her brought her back to thinking of her food.
"Okay, so it wasn't that grand of a meal, but
I am happy!" Socks sighed happily again.
"Mhmmm… Hmch…" Chloe attempted to say, between
"Chloe, I advise you swallow your food before
you talk!" Socks laughed.
"Mhm… Okay, better!" Chloe smiled back.
Over the next few days, Socks and Chloe became
good friends. The two never went to a feeding time alone, they were always side
by side, and they even caused mischief among the other Kadoaties.
One day, Chloe spotted the familiar pink shine
of her owner. Ms. Kadler came over to her unlock her cage, and Chloe leaped
into her owners outstretched arms. She was so happy that she was going home,
but not as happy as she should be. Socks let out a little sob, and Chloe went
over to Socks' cage to say good-bye.
"Wait a second, are you Socks?" asked the pink
Shoyru, looking at Socks as if the Kadoatie was familiar.
"Yes I am, why? Do you know my owner?" Socks
"As a matter of fact, I do. I met her on vacation!
She should be here… Oh! There she is!"
Chloe looked where the pink hand was pointing.
She saw a Speckled Uni run over to the cages with Ms. Kadler right behind her
with another set of keys.
"Socks! I missed you so much! I didn't mean
to stay away so long, but my ride home got canceled, and I had to wait two more
weeks until I could get another one!" The Uni picked up Socks, giving her a
After all the hugs and introductions were over,
Chloe hugged Socks good-bye.
"I will miss you! Thanks for keeping me company,"
said Chloe sadly.
"I know. I wish there was some way we could
see each other every day." Socks hugged Chloe again.
"Why are you two acting so sad," asked Chloe's
owner. "It's not like you will never see each other again. We live just a few
blocks away from each other. You can see one another any day you want!"
The two little Kadoaties looked at each other
and smiled. They knew that from this point on, they could be friends forever.
Author's Note: I hope you enjoyed this story! The Kadoatie names used are
all names of actual kads; even the food asked for is the food asked for in the
Kadoatery! All feedback on this story is welcome! Thanks for reading!