Stinky was ready for Periwinkle when she came tumbling out of the teleportation tunnel with the usual whoosh. He gave her a huge whisker kiss and paw hug then lead her to the front porch.
It was then Periwinkle noticed Stinky was wearing a bow tie, and she told him how handsome he looked. Blushing, he handed Periwinkle a fashionable hat. After helping her put it on, he led her to an elaborately set table.
When Periwinkle realized why they wear dressed up and what was happening, she clapped her paws and squealed with delight, “Oh Stinky, a tea party…how fun and grand! I have never been to a tea party.”
She, however, was surprised to see six cups at the table. But before she could ask Stinky about it, he led Periwinkle to a cushion on the floor. He explained that they would be sitting on the floor like Japanese people, as their guests were not accustomed to sitting in chairs.
Tea Party Guests
It was then that the other guests arrived. Attendees included Rumi Rabbit, Ginsberg Groundhog, Ralph Waldo Robin and Sandburg Squirrel. Periwinkle had met Rumi, Ginsberg and Sandburg previously, but not Ralph Waldo. She was really hoping he wasn’t on the tea party menu, though he looked plump and juicy. Sawyer had invited Cummings Chipmunk as well, but he and his friends were at a Chipmunk Convention.
Stinky’s mom was letting them use the fancy tea cups which had belonged to her mom, as well as the tea pot she and Dad Tom and received as a wedding present. The tablecloth had belonged to Stinky’s mom’s grandma.
Stinky’s dad, having received extensive experience as a waiter during law school, was called upon to serve the group.
Stinky and Periwinkle were having catnip tea, Temptations and Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Morsels. The others were having sunflower seeds and water.
After everyone was seated, Periwinkle asked, “Stinky, do we do anything special at a tea party, like play games?”
Stinky replied, “I don’t think so. We just chat and sip our tea.”
“What should we chat about?” asked Periwinkle.
Stinky, thought so hard, Periwinkle thought she saw steam coming out of his ears. Finally, he said, “I have no idea.”
Periwinkle replied, “I see our guests are named for different poets. Do you think they know any poems they could recite?”
“I don’t know,” said Stinky. “Let’s ask them.”
Guests Lack Table Manners
But before he could do that, Stinky and Periwinkle noticed their guests were sorely lacking in table manners. While Stinky and Periwinkle had been chatting some of their guests had jumped on the table and were eating all the noms as fast as they could. others were acting surly and rude.
Stinky jumped up and ran to get his dad, who quickly shooed all the guests away.
“What a disaster! That was not one of my better plans,” confessed Stinky.
Periwinkle took his paw and replied, “Oh, I don’t mind at all. I am happy it is just the two of us.”
With a big smile on his face, Stinky replied, “Me too.”
The two tabbies spent the remainder of the afternoon nibbling what was left of the noms, drinking their tea, holding paws and occasionally chatting. But mostly they stared into each other’s eyes and purred happily.
Finally it was time for Periwinkle to return home. She thanked Stinky and his dad for the party, gave Stinky numerous whisker kisses and huge paw hugs. With tears in their eyes, they said their good-byes. Then Periwinkle was gone in a whoosh, as she held onto her hat so it wold not fly away.
p.s. If you missed the news posted previously, Periwinkle and Stinky are proud to announce that their very first adventure, “Leapin’ Lizards,” received a Certificate of Excellence Award from the Cat Writers’ Association. You can see it on the sidebar.