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We're getting pets today!!!!!! The best day of my life!!!! My mom said "Since you and your best friends were really good girls, I'm letting you pick one pet from the pet store and we're here. Calee and Opal, don’t worry. I had a discussion with your mothers and they’re okay with it". I jumped out in excitement. Calee and Opal joined me. We linked hands and skipped to the pet store. "Pick any pets you want, but remember you can get only one each". "Hey, Frida, what are you going to get?" asked my best friend, Calee. "Is that really a question to ask Calee?" I said. “ Fine.. you’re getting a dog, right?” she asked sarcastically. “Calee!”. I got sad, thinking she actually forgot. “Woah, calm down Miss Gullible. I know, of course you’re getting a cat!” You fathom my feelings so well Calee! What do you want to get?”. “I wanted to get a ferret but they don’t have any. So, I’m getting a dog!”. “A FERRET?!!” Opal exclaimed after being so quiet for some reason. Maybe she was lost in her thoughts thinking about which pet to get. “Why a ferret?” I ask keeping my hand on Opal’s mouth.”I think they’re cool and awesome, like me”. All three of us burst out laughing. After we stopped Opal pitched in. “I, the cute and adorable Opal, also want to get a dog". She said that as though she was saying the biggest speech of her life. We started giggling again and started looking for the perfect pets for us. I noticed this cute black and white cat was looking at me the whole time we were here. I decided it was probably fate I was supposed to take this cat. Calee and Opal chose their pet dogs." Calee, why did you choose that dog in particular?" asked Opal. " I chose it because it was looking at me the whole time we got here". "That's strange, I chose my dog for the exact same reason" said Opal. " Me too" I added. We exchanged glances. Then we burst out laughing, again. We thought about it, it was maybe just a coincidence. We showed my mom. She smiled and paid the bill. In the car, my mom asked us a question. "So what do you plan on naming your little furry friends?". "I'm pretty sure I'm going to name him Champ" Calee said. "And why is that Calee?" my mom asked. "I see great potential in his eyes, he is also my little champion". "I think I'll name him Cuddles because he is very cuddly and cute" I said. "I think I'll name mine Rita. I think it's a beautiful name and I always wanted to name my pet Rita" Opal said. "Those are incredible names girls!" my mom said. When we got home, we knew it was just the starting of an amazing weekend, where we could spend all our time with our pets. We decided to have a sleepover and start playing with our pets at that moment. We were playing in the garden, when we heard a masculine voice. "Do you know where I could use the loo?" said the unidentified figure. I suspected it was just my father cracking jokes, again, but when I turned around, I was surprised to see Champ, talking. Calee and Opal were looking for my father too, but they didn't notice Champ. " H-hey g-guys......". "What?!" both of them shouted, before they looked down at Champ. "What? Have you never seen a talking dog before?" said Champ. "Don't steal all the thunder Champ, okay?" Cuddles said. "Well I talked first, so I get to do most of the talking, you got that Cuddles? ". " Who made that rule?" Cuddles snarled. "Huh, I did". "Guys, stop fighting. Can't you see our new owners are still in shock over the fact that we can talk." Rita said, making them both keep quiet.
"What is going on?" Calee asked. "We have talking pets" Opal said. "I think we're hallucinating. What do you think Calee?" I finished." I think that this is awesome!". "Wait what?" Opal asked. "I mean, what's so bad about having talking pets. We can boast in front of the bullies, like Lily" ."I think Calee's right Opal, this is awesome" said I. "Yeah, I think you're right too" . "Excuse me? We're still here" Cuddles said. "Oh, sorry, my name is Frida, what's yours?". "Really Frida, really? You're my owner, of course I know your name". I blushed. I can’t believe I embarrassed myself talking to a cat. “Sorry, that's just how Frida is" Opal said. "She's our adorable idiot" Calee said. "Okay, since I have the chance, why did you stare at us at the pet store" Opal asked. "We needed your help" Rita said. "Wait.. help for what exactly?" I asked."There is a bad man" Champ said. "He comes to the pet store everyday and..." Cuddles said stopping, as though he was afraid to say another word. "And he what?" Calee asked. " Well we're too scared to say" Rita said. "Well, what do you want us to do about it?" Opal asked. "We want you to stop this bad man" Cuddles said. “Why us? Or at least why me? These two, they’re amazing, great choice. But why me? I fall for the most stupidest things.” I said dejectedly. Cuddles came up to me and slept on my lap. “Frida, it’s because we know how much you guys care for animals. And you would go to drastic measures to save them. We chose you because we knew you would do this mission. So, will you do it?”. I smiled. "Okay" all of us said at the same time. Calee was excited, “A spy mission with my best friends? This is going to be so much fun!”. Opal joined her and they both started doing a funky dance. “Why are you guys so crazy and weird? Well, that’s why I love you guys”.
We decided to strike at night. Since we had the sleepover, it was our best opportunity. We snuck out when we thought my parents and brother fell asleep. We made the pets stay, we didn't want to risk anything happening to them. We left and went to the address of this man's house. I don’t know how they got the address. I asked them how they knew so much about the man. They said one of the pets escaped from his house and told us everything. This includes what the man was doing to the pets. When we arrived at the man's house, we couldn't see him anywhere, until we looked in the basement window. We saw a tall figure holding a kitten and strapping it down on a table. The man pulled out a scalpel and put it over the kitten. Opal took a picture of it with her phone. I asked her why, she responded by saying evidence. I couldn't stand what I was seeing, so I smashed open the window. Calee pulled me down into the bushes. The man searched for a while and then went upstairs to check. I slithered in and unstrapped the kitten. After a while, Calee and Opal joined me. We unstrapped the kitten but, the man was coming down the stairs. Opal and I climbed out of the window, but Calee ran into the closet. She couldn't come back in time. The man was already there. He was surprised when he saw the kitten missing. He started searching around the room and went towards the closet. I had no idea what to do but Opal thought fast and went and rang his doorbell. He made a noise indicating he was annoyed and made his way up the stairs and the moment he was out of sight, I went to get Calee. We managed to escape, but Calee looked traumatised. I asked her what happened. "I saw them..... I saw the dissected animals. Frida and Opal, will we save them, or not?". I was really worried now because Calee was legitimately shivering. "Don't worry Calee, we'll stop that bad man" Opal said in a comforting voice. "For now, to cheer you up, we'll go home and I'll make you an ice-cream sundae" I said trying to cheer her up. “I want one too!” Opal whined. “Don’t worry I’ll make it for everyone!”. "And I also took a picture of the inside of the closet. You want to see it?" she said grinning. "Ewwwwww, no way Calee" Opal said giggling. We joined in her giggling and went home and told our pets everything. And of course I had to keep my promise, I started right away on that Sundae. While I was making it, my stupid, awesome brother showed up. "Where were you?" he asked firmly." How do you know we weren't here?" I asked grinning. " Answer my question first!" he said whispering shouting. " We snuck out to.... get some food for our pets, yeah that's it! I said hoping he'd buy it. " Don't you know, no pet stores are open at this hour?" . "That's why we came home empty handed Faron!". "Well I'm still going to punish you girls". "And how are you going to do that now, huh Faron?". "Well first, you're going to have to make that sundae for me too. And second is a secret" he said walking away. I rolled my eyes, "Stop being so dramatic Faron". I finished the sundae's, placed one in Faron's room and took the other three for us to my room. “Why did you take so long? I’m hungwy!” Calee cried out in a baby voice. “Faron figured out we snuck out and as a punishment he asked me to make one for him as well”. “Did he figure out why we snuck out?” Opal asked. “No... but there was something else. He said he would punish us another way as well”. “I’m sure it’s nothing. After all it is Faron. He’s too dumb to think about another punishment.” Calee said cracking up. We all laughed at her comment. After we finished, we decided we needed our beauty sleep.
The moment we saw light gaze into my room, we jumped up, got ready and rode our cycle's to the pet shop. We parked our bikes beside the building and raced in. Inside the pet shop, we ran to the counter. "Sir, we have something to tell you!" Calee shouted. "And what is that love?" he asked with a soothing voice." You need stop letting a man come in to this store!" Opal exclaimed. "Why should I stop letting him come in this pet store?" he asked, losing the soothing feeling in his voice. "He takes the pets here and dissects them at his house, and we have proof" I said boldly. Calee and Opal put their hand in their pocket to get their phones. They kept patting their pockets, but then they looked up and shook their heads. They forgot their phones at home. "You can't convince me until you have evidence" the pet store owner said. "W-we'll be, r-right back" I said stammering. We ran home and went on the search to find their phones. "I can't find them anywhere" Opal said while pulling the sheets off my bed. "Me neither" Calee says while looking through my shelves. "We don't have hope here, we've searched everywhere" I said disappointed. "I’m so sorry, pets. We failed you”. “Were you just talking to your pets?”. “Bad time Faron” I said. “Then, are you looking for some phones? Well I suppose I have them, this was your second punishment anyway". Turning around, we realize Faron took their phones the entire time. I ran and grabbed them out of Faron's hands. We booted to the pet store. "Okay *pant* *pant* we're back" Opal said. "Now *pant* *pant* we have evidence" says Calee. "Show him now" I said. They acted quickly, they pulled their phones out of their pockets and showed him. At that time, the man walked in. "Oh my god, you girls were right" the pet store owner said astonished. We turn around and see the man standing there, staring at us shocked. He turns around and starts running. "Hey stop!" Opal screams. "Talk about coincidence" I said. "Come on, need to catch him" says Calee. "I'll call the police" the shop owner says. We chased after the man and out of nowhere our pets joined us. "Thought you might have needed some help" says Champ. "That's why we're here" Cuddles says. "You've helped us so much, we decided to fight the last fight with you" says Rita. "Great, we have an opportunity" Calee said glancing at Opal and I. "That's right! We can corner him!" Opal says. "Opal, Rita take this turn and cut him off at that right turn. Calee, Champ stay here so that if he turns around, you can block him off. Cuddles, you and me will take this shortcut to cut him off at the front" I ordered. We parted ways to our assigned position. We cut him off in the front. He quickly turned around. There was only 2 more ways he could go, right or straight from his position. He takes the right and runs into Rita and Opal. He turns around and then runs in the direction he ran from. Calee and Champ stopped him from going any further. We cornered him. He had nowhere to go. We kept drawing nearer and nearer. The police showed up. "Sir, you are arrested for animal cruelty, please come with us" shouted a policeman. A police man came up to us. "Thank you girls. Thanks to you and your pets, you were able to catch this crook". "It's our pleasure" Calee said. We headed home. "This sure has been one crazy weekend, hasn't it? Opal asks. " Yep, craziest of my life" I replied. When we got home, we went to my room and plopped down on the bed. My mom walks in."Hey mummy”. "Must kill all humans" she replies in a robot voice."Mrs. Frida's mom, are you okay?" Calee asks surprised. Then, right there, my mom's head pops off and she starts dancing. I wake up. "It was all just a dream". I turn to my left to see Calee and Opal sleeping next to me. I turn to my right and see 3 stuffed animals. A cat and 2 dogs. I went up to them. They looked a lot like the pets we had in my dream. I picked the cat one up. It felt really real. I inspected it for a while, then I looked at my room. "Hello Frida”, a small male voice says. I looked at the stuffed cat. "It's me, Cuddles".
or maybe not.....