"Tabby, you have to take my place at the show!" Tamara pleaded, and then
"I don't know in the least how to judge show-cats," Tabby said impatiently. "I
never much liked the idea of showing cats anyway."
Tamara, Tabby's nearly-identical cousin, had recently moved to Dream Valley and
was staying at Tabby's house until she found a home of her own. She was a show-cat breeder,
and had set up a cat-show at the Royal Paradise for the next morning, of which she would be the
judge. Unfortunately, she'd come down with a cold that evening.
"I can't just call it off!" Tamara wailed. "And I simply can't go in this
"Find someone else to be the judge," Tabby said, waving her hoof through the air in
"But, Tabby," Tamara continued in a wheedling voice, "it would look bad if I
wasn't there for the first show. You have to pretend you're me."
"And what about our eye color?" Tabby demanded. "Someone might see the
difference." Tamara had yellow eyes, whereas Tabby's were lavender.
"Color contacts," Tamara said promptly. "I bought some just last week in case of
an emergency like this."
Tabby looked horrified. "Those... things you put in yours eyes? I am not going to
wear contacts! And I'd have no idea how to pick the best cat, anyway."
"If you want to take the chance of being recognized..." Tamara said breezily. "And
judging... yes, I'll be right back!" Tamara got up from her seat at the kitchen table, and went on
to trot up the stairs. A few minutes later, she returned, holding a thick book in her hooves.
"Here," she said, tossing the book to Tabby. "Read through that, and you should
be able to do good judging."
" ‘Cat Show Judging'," Tabby read off the cover. "And I'm supposed to read this
whole thing?!?!" The book looked to be two inches thick.
"Just the highlights of each chapter," Tamara said nonchalantly. "Plus, you'll have
a few hours tomorrow morning to read before the show starts."
"I didn't say I was going to do it yet," Tabby said stubbornly.
"I know you, Tabby!" Tamara assured her . "You'll agree to it in the end. Now,
I'll tell you a bit more about how the show's going to run--"
"Hey!" Tabby protested.
"I only found seven contestants for this first one, and they're all princesses,"
Tamara explained. "They're the only ones with purebreds good enough to show."
"Hmph! Barn cats are just as good as purebreds!" Tabby retorted.
"But since admission is free for everyone," Tamara went on, "more ponies will be
interested in buying a purebred cat, so future shows will be larger." Tamara paused to blow her
Tabby's mind began to wander, remembering how she'd begun to ignore Callie, her
pet cat. after getting her Meowth Pokèmon. All Tabby ever saw of Callie anymore was when she
was curled up on the living room couch. At least Tabby remembered to keep Callie's food and
water dishes filled.
"...each of the princesses showing a cat will have a numbered table for their cat,"
Tamara was saying, though Tabby was only dimly aware of it. "You're to walk around to inspect
them and-- oh! Here, this'll be much easier to understand than me explaining it all." Tamara
paused and pulled a piece of paper off the fridge.
"It's a write-up of all you were going to do?" Tabby questioned, glancing at the
"Yep." Tamara nodded. "I compiled it myself."
"Hmm, hmm, hmm," Tabby mumbled as she skimmed through the
"I knew I could count on you!" Tamara beamed. "I'd better be going to bed now--
be sure to study that book! Tah-tah! See you tomorrow!" With that, Tamara breezed out of the
doorway, leaving Tabby alone in the kitchen. She listened to Tamara's sneezes fade into the
Tabby sighed. Tamara had beaten her, she knew. Might as well start reading. She
flipped to the first chapter of the book-- "Good Points to Look For".
Their ears are pointed, and so are their tails, Tabby pondered aimlessly to
herself. She winced at the recollection of her first meeting with Tarquin, her Meowth. Claws,
Shrugging, she jumped into her lesson.
* * *
Tabby woke to the buzzing of her alarm clock. She groggily opened an eye and
looked up at her clock, which read six-thirty. "It's Saturday..." she mumbled to no one in
"Tabby!" Tamara's voice exclaimed brightly. "I set your alarm clock earlier for
you-- otherwise you'd be late for the show."
Tabby groaned, remembering what Tamara had talked her into doing. She could
fuzzily make out her cousin's outline in the doorway.
"Did you finish that book last night?" Tamara continued.
"Mmm... yeah." Tabby's senses were beginning to wake-up. As a matter of fact,
she'd read two pages of the first chapter; by then, she had been so bored that she'd dragged
herself up to her room.
"Great!" Tamara said. "Then you'll know all about judging cats. Now, take your
shower, comb your hair, brush your teeth, and have breakfast; then I'll attend to putting make-up
on you." Tamara breezed downstairs.
She's certainly energetic for being so sick, Tabby thought to herself as a
million questions ran through her mind. The show certainly didn't start this early, so why did she
have to get-up at six-thirty?
Sighing, she pulled herself out of bed to prepare herself for Tamara's make-up
* * *
"There! You look great!" Tamara gushed, wiping a stray bit of powder off of
Tabby grimaced as she saw her reflection in the mirror. For the past half-hour,
Tamara had been fixing up Tabby's face, and kept changing her mind on colors.
"Unless I should have put magenta lipstick on you instead of pink," Tamara
"For Pete's sake, Tamara!" Tabby said impatiently. "What time is it by
"Seven-thirty," Tamara said distractedly. "I hope you're not late."
"What time does this show start?" Tabby demanded.
"It opens officially at ten, but you'll have to be there by eight-fifteen to make sure
everything is set up properly and that all the princesses and cats are there," Tamara explained,
talking a mile-a-minute. "And I still have to braid your tail and mane, maybe even add some
jewelry-- you have to look as much like me as possible. Sure you don't want the contacts
"You're not getting me to put those things in!" Tabby snarled.
"All right, all right." Tamara backed off. "Now, for the braiding..."
* * *
Another half-hour later, Tamara was inspecting Tabby for the last time. "You'll
pull it off great," she said energetically.
"What happened to your cold?" Tabby asked bluntly.
Tamara coughed. "I still feel awful inside."
Tabby raised her eyebrows. "Whatever you say," she muttered.
"Of course, we'll have to switch pets today, too," Tamara went on.
"What?!" Tabby shrieked.
"You'll have to take Persian along with you," Tamara explained. "She'll walk
along with you during the judging. The on-lookers should like that."
"Persian?" Tabby echoed. Tamara's Pokèmon was rather snobby, and she and
Tabby didn't get along well.
"I'll explain everything to her," Tamara said. "And I suppose I'll have to watch
that Meowth of yours."
"Tarquin doesn't need watching," Tabby sniffed. "Just be sure he gets cherry pie
filling for lunch. And he sleeps until nine in his windowseat, so don't wake him up until
"Here's Persian now," Tamara cooed, and scooped the sleek white cat into her
hooves. "Now, Persian dear, Tabby's pretending to be me at the cat-show. You have to go with
her and play along."
Persian twitched her nose snobbishly, but stayed at Tabby's side when Tamara set
her down there.
"Remember the list I gave you last night," Tamara said quickly as she opened the
door for Tabby and Persian. "And, Tabby, don't forget you can't act like yourself-- act like me.
Tah-tah!" With that, she closed the door, leaving Tabby and Persian standing alone on the
"She wouldn't let me get a word in edgewise," Tabby complained as they walked
down the steps.
"Persian," the Pokèmon said nonchalantly.
"The show is at the Royal Paradise, right?"
Persian stayed silent, and concentrated on walking daintily.
"Snob," Tabby muttered to herself.
"Tamara! Tamara!" a voice suddenly called out. "I'll walk with you to the
Tabby's blood ran cold at the sound of that voice. It was Tex, her arch-enemy--
but Tamara rather liked him.
"Shut up, you--" Tabby snapped before she could stop herself, and remembered she
couldn't give the act away. "Why, Tex, how nice to see you," Tabby said in perfect imitation of
Tamara, her voice dripping with sugar.
"You certainly look pretty today, Tamara, like you always do," Tex complimented
her, finally catching up. "Your Persian, too."
Tabby batted her eyelashes furiously as she so often saw Tamara and Tiffany do--
personally, she thought it was a waste of time. "Thank you," she cooed, making a mental note to
herself to really let Tamara have it once this cat-show business was over. "Persian is such a sno--
I mean, such a well-behaved Pokèmon."
By the time the two had reached the Royal Paradise, Tabby felt like fading away
into oblivion rather than have Tex following her all day long-- and having to make-up
sugary-sweet Tamara lines.
"Which room is the show supposed to be in?" Tex inquired.
"I think it's through that door to the left, there," Tabby said, adding a few eyelash
bats. "The princesses should be all set up in there."
"Per-r-rsian," Persian agreed.
Upon entering the room, though, Tabby's mouth gaped open. The numbered tables
were set up... but only one princess was there.
"I hope I'm not late, Miss Tamara," Princess Twinkle Star said apologetically,
fluttering her dainty, glittery wings. "I got here a few minutes ago with Cataline, but there wasn't
anyone else around."
Tabby-- a.k.a. Tamara for the day-- walked over to the table Twinkle Star was
standing behind. "That's perfectly all right," Tabby assured her. "You're the first one here; that's
Twinkle Star smiled. "Would you like to see Cataline now? I haven't gotten her
out of her carrier yet."
"Certainly!" Tabby exclaimed. "What breed is she?"
"A white long hair," Twinkle Star explained, lifting the pastel pink cat-carrier up
onto the table she was assigned to. "Not exactly like a Persian cat; she doesn't have a flat
"A fine example of a show-cat," Tabby commented, peering through the carrier
door. "Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to check on some other details." She turned away and
smiled winningly at Tex. "Why don't you go-- err-- check to see if the refreshments are
Tex bowed slightly and rushed off to do her bidding.
Tabby shrugged. No bother that she hadn't told him where the refreshments would
be; he just wouldn't be around to bug her for awhile. Clever thinking on her part, she thought.
Now, where had Persian gone off to? Oh, there she was, napping in a windowsill already.
"Figures," Tabby muttered.
Tabby glanced up at the clock on the wall and whipped out her list of
responsibilities. It was now eight-thirty; the first item on the list was "Make sure the princesses
are all in the show room by eight-forty-five."
Where in the world are they? Tabby thought in annoyance to herself.
They probably forgot, she figured reasonably.
"Crystal should be arriving from Friendship Gardens soon," Twinkle Star supplied,
who seemed to be reading Tabby's thoughts. "I flew, so I got here somewhat quicker."
Princess Starburst sleepily trotted into the room at that moment. "Hello, Tamara.
Twinkle Star, what are you doing in Dream Valley?" she yawned.
Twinkle Star giggled. "I brought Cataline for the cat-show," she explained.
"Oh, is it the day of that show?" Pristina questioned in surprise.
I was right! Tabby thought triumphantly to herself. "Yes, Pristina," she
said cheerfully. "It starts at ten."
"All right," Pristina yawned again. "I'll be back with my cat then." She turned and
walked into the next room.
This is going to be fun, Tabby sighed to herself.
"I wonder what happened to Crystal," Twinkle Star said in alarm. "I hope she's
making the trip okay."
Tabby decided to forget wondering when the princesses would show up, and went
to the second paragraph on the sheet. "Set up the refreshments on the long table in the middle of
the room," she mumbled to herself. Tabby could see the table. "Well, if Tex can find the food, he
can set it up," she said craftily.
"What was that?" Twinkle Star called from across the room.
"I was just deciding whether or not Tex would like to set up the refreshments,"
Tabby explained sweetly.
Princess Sparkle entered the room a few minutes later. "Is the cat show still on for
today, Tamara?" she questioned.
"As a matter of fact, yes. Is your cat all ready? I can't wait to see her," Tabby
"That's right!" Sparkle giggled. "I forgot to bring Lucia down with me. I'll go
back and get her." She trotted back out.
Tabby went back to the list. "Make sure the microphone works for opening
speech." She glanced around in alarm. She had to make up a speech? Tamara hadn't mentioned
that. She hadn't mentioned a lot of things, like having Tex follow you around.
Princess Crystal, from Friendship Gardens, breezed through the main door, being
followed by a stocky Russian Blue. "I ran into Clever Clover on the way over," she sighed
dreamily. "He's so cute, and he told me all about the dig-site he's working at now. What's that
field of work he's into? Arcopology?"
"Archeology," Tabby supplied. "Have you got your cat there?"
Crystal looked behind her in surprise. "Oh! Gwendolyn! I forgot all about her!"
she laughed. "I'm supposed to set her up at one of these tables? Which one is mine?"
Tabby looked all over the list Tamara had provided. It didn't list which table each
princess should be at. "Just pick whichever one you want," she said distractedly.
Crystal looked around the room as she picked Gwendolyn, her Russian Blue, up.
"That one looks nice," she murmured to herself, and trotted over to the large table meant for the
Tabby cringed slightly as Tex re-entered the room. "Tamara, I found a bunch of
stuff in the fridge. Should I bring it out?"
"That would be so kind of you." Tabby batted her eyelashes some more and
breathed a sigh of relief as he trotted off to the kitchen again.
Now it was nine o' clock; the princesses should have been set-up at their tables
fifteen minutes ago. There wasn't a sign of any of them. Tabby hadn't even noticed the table
Crystal had chosen. Instead, she walked over to the stairs which led to the second level of the
Royal Paradise. "Hey, princesses!" she shrieked in her most high-pitched voice. "Get down here!
It's the cat-show today!" Then she trotted back over to Twinkle Star's table.
"Was it you making that terrible racket?" Crystal asked, brushing
Tabby looked over at the princess and gasped slightly when she saw where Crystal
was. "Crystal! That table--"
Tex entered the room, carrying several trays of cheese and crackers. "Which table
is for refreshments?" he questioned.
"Well, the long one, but--" Tabby started.
"You said I could have whichever table I wanted," Crystal whined.
"Just set them on that table there-- the one with the "3" written on it," Tabby said
sweetly to Tex.
Tex looked at the small table. "It's not that large," he commented.
"You can make it fit, can't you?" Tabby said, lowering her eyes to the ground and
Tex's heart melted. "Of course I'll make them fit," he said quickly.
Next, Tabby turned her attention to the group of princesses that had just entered
the room. "The show's not until eleven," Starburst complained. "We shouldn't have to get ready
for another two hours, at least."
"You only have one hour left," Tabby snapped, losing her Tamara voice.
"You're picking of Tabby's voice, Tamara," Tiffany said in disapproval. "But at
least your fashion sense is still intact."
Dawn had her nose stuck in a novel. "Oh! Tamara!" she exclaimed. "I've actually
been up since six, reading. Do you need my Felicia for the show?"
"That'd be helpful; yes," Tabby said, trying to sound like Tamara.
"You'll be sure to pick Theodora, though, as first prize winner," Tiffany
Tabby smiled at Tiffany. "We'll see what the other cats look like."
Tiffany pouted. "Theodora is better than all of them."
Tabby sighed again. She couldn't wait for this show to get over.
* * *
Meanwhile, Tamara was sitting on the couch in Tabby's living room, flipping
through a magazine, with a box of Kleenexes at her side.
"Where's Tabby?" Tabby's Meowth Pokèmon, Tarquin, suddenly appeared in the
Tamara looked up. "Oh, you didn't hear yet? She's taking my place as judge at the
cat-show since I'm sick."
Tarquin frowned. "That means I have to spend the day with just you and Persian in
the house? I'm going over to the cat-show!"
"Don't!" Tamara said in a warning tone. "You'd give everything away if you went
to the Royal Paradise. I had Persian go with her, anyway."
Tamara giggled. "What have I done to you, Tarquin? You're just an un-evolved
"You stole my room, for one," Tarquin said menacingly.
"Tabby would've given it to me in the end, anyway," Tamara said breezily.
"Now I just have a windowseat to call my own," Tarquin went on.
"I love windowseats," Tamara sighed dreamily.
"I'll trade you," Tarquin suggested hopefully.
Tamara laughed. "Oh, no! What I'd really like is a windowseat in my
room. What's yours like?"
"It doesn't have much in it," Tarquin muttered. "Except for a picture of Tess." He
smiled and stared out the living room window.
"Who's Tess?" Tamara asked curiously.
Tarquin pawed his way out of the room and returned a little while later, holding a
picture frame in his paws. "That's what she looks like," he explained to Tamara, holding it up to
"She's a very beautiful Meowth," Tamara agreed. "Where does she live?"
"She belongs to Merry Treat, but I usually see her at the Pokèmon Center when
MT volunteers." Tarquin looked downcast. "She hasn't been there for the past couple of days,
"Why don't you call over to Merry Treat's house?" Tamara suggested.
"Hey!" Tarquin exclaimed brightly. "Look up her number for me, would
Tamara pulled the phone book out. Maybe Meowths aren't so hard to get
along with, after all, she mused to herself.
Tarquin was pondering similar thoughts.
* * *
As ten o' clock rolled around, Tabby had somehow managed to assemble all the
princesses who had entered the show and their cats each at a table. Tex had crammed as many
food and drink trays onto table number 3 as he could.
Ponies started filing up the walk and coming inside. "I wonder what a cat-show
will be like," Flowerbelle giggled to Skyflier.
"Look at all the cats," Skyflier cooed. "I love that Siamese."
In no time at all, it was ten minutes after ten; that's when the sheet said Tabby had
to give her speech. Walking up to the microphone displayed at the head of the room, Tabby
started talking. "Err... right! Well, this is the first ever cat-show in Dream Valley," she said
brightly. "And seven of the princesses are kindly showing off their cats."
"Mine is the best, though," Tiffany declared snobbishly.
"Ha!" Starburst shot back from across the room. "Jewel has a more expensive
collar than your Theodora."
"More expensive?!" Tiffany shrieked. "How dare you insult me like that?!"
"Uhh... anyway..." Tabby stuttered after the arguing had died down between the
two princesses. "I am going to go around to all the cats and pick which one is the best. All of
you on-lookers, you may wander around this room and look at all the beautiful cats as well. If
you're interested in purchasing a show-cat of your own, look my number up in the phone-book--
that is, Tabby's number," Tabby finished. "Is that understood?"
The crowd was about to start spreading through the room when Munchy called out,
"Why's the refreshment table so small?"
"That's a good point!" Princess Sparkle agreed. "How come Crystal got that huge,
long table and all the rest of us just get these puny ones?"
Tabby sighed in exasperation. "Don't ask questions; just look at the cats," she
snapped. She was sick of acting like Tamara.
The rest of the ponies took that as a valid answer, and began to mingle. Tex
walked up to Tamara. "The food's almost gone already," he said in concern. "The table really
doesn't hold much."
"Just put some more out," Tabby said frostily and stomped off.
"You're not mad, are you, Tamara?" Tex pleaded.
Tabby ignored him and walked on into the crowd, silently fuming.
"Tamara!" Sugarberry flagged Tabby down, with Chocolate Chip at her side. "Is Tabby
Chocolate Chip laughed. "We saw you and hoped it was Tabby, but when we saw
all that make-up, we knew it had to be Tamara."
Oh, great. Some of my friends, Tabby thought sarcastically. "Oh,
Tabby?" she said sweetly. "She's stuck at home with a cold."
"Oh, that's sad," Sugarberry said sympathetically. "I know Thomas was planning
on taking her out tonight, too."
Chocolate Chip shook her head. "I had a cold a few weeks ago; I felt really
"We'll have to stop in and see her after we've looked at all the cats here,"
Sugarberry went on. "Well, see you, Tamara!"
Tabby seethed as she watched them disappear into the crowd. It would serve
Tamara right to put up with two of her friends while pretending to be Tabby. On top of that,
she'd have to think up of some more punishments to inflict on her cousin. This was not turning
out to be a good day.
"Tamara," Tex said breathlessly, running up to her. "I've restocked the
Tabby couldn't look him in the face, for fear of really giving herself away. "That's
great," she cooed, using up the last of the energy she had for imitating Tamara. Then she fled into
the crowd to start judging the cats.
It didn't take long to glance over seven cats. At this point, Tabby just wanted to
get done as quickly as possible. There were Starburst's Siamese, Jewel; Twinkle Star's white
Long-Hair, Cataline; Pristina's lilac Burmese, Diamond; Dawn's seal-point Balinese, Felicia;
Sparkle's shaded Cameo, Lucia; Crystal's Russian Blue, Gwendolyn; and last, Tiffany's Bombay,
"Theodora is simply the perfect cat, isn't she, Tamara?" Tiffany beamed. "You
have to pick her! I am the one that invited you to that dinner party, you know," she added
"I'll pick the one I like best," Tabby mumbled. She had tried to refrain from talking
to the other six princesses.
Tiffany looked at Tabby closely, and something dawned on the princess. "You're
not Tamara at all!" she exclaimed. "You're--"
Tabby swiftly clamped a hoof over Tiffany's mouth. "Don't say a word to
anyone," she hissed, "or I'll tell everyone that you're the pony who took down all the posters
advertising the perfume Royal Blue patented."
"It didn't smell good in the first place," Tiffany said reluctantly after Tabby took
her hoof away. "But if you're Tabby-- you have to be, because you have Tabby's eye color--
what happened to Tamara?"
"She has a cold and couldn't come," Tabby said in a low tone. "So she made me
take her place and doesn't want anyone to know about the switch."
"Just don't tell anyone about the posters!" Tiffany pleaded.
"I won't as long as word doesn't leak out!" Tabby winked and walked back down
the row of tables.
On her way back, she stopped and looked at Twinkle Star's cat, Cataline, again.
Something about the cat's face was so familiar... that was it! Cataline looked like Callie, both in
the face and the long fluffy fur. Of course, Cataline looked rather sweet, and Callie was... well,
Strange, Tabby thought to herself.
* * *
Several minutes later, Tabby was back up at the microphone. "Yes! I've selected
the first-place winner, along with the second- and third-place ones."
The crowd gathered around. The seven princesses held their breath.
Tabby quickly want to place the third-place ribbon on Jewel the Siamese and
second-place on Felicia the seal-point Balinese.
"Jewel-- in third place?" Starburst seethed.
"My Felicia deserves first-place, not second!" Dawn declared
"First place," Tabby announced, ignoring Starburst and Dawn's outbursts, "goes to
Cataline, belonging to Princess Twinkle Star." Tabby placed the blue ribbon on Cataline's carrier.
"Tamara, I can't believe you picked Cataline out of all of them!" Twinkle Star said
excitedly, fluttering her wings and making glitter fall to the ground.
"She's an exceptional cat," Tabby commented, and headed towards the door. "I
hope you've all enjoyed this cat show!" she called. "And now... tah-tah!" Tabby scooped-up
Persian-- who had stayed in the window the whole time, not walking along with Tabby as Tamara
had instructed-- and dashed out the door before Tex could catch-up to her.
"Persian," Tabby said in exasperation, "run faster. We have to get home quick, lest
Tex find us."
Persian obligingly hurried-up. "Per-r-rsian," she said agreeably.
Tabby was taken by surprise. Persian had actually sounded friendly in that last
"Persian." Persian shook her head in distaste.
Tabby got the feeling that Persian wasn't directing the head-shaking at Tabby
herself, like she did all the other times. "You don't like Tex, either?" Tabby said in
"Per-r-r. Persian," Persian said, growling at the mention of Tex.
"Persian, maybe you're not as bad as I thought you were," Tabby said
"Persian." Persian seemed to say fairly much the same thing.
And when we get home, Tabby thought, Tamara is really going to get
Of course, Tabby had forgotten one thing...
* * *
"Tabby!" Sugarberry exclaimed as Tamara opened the door. "We heard from
Tamara at the cat-show that you were home with a cold, so Chocolate Chip and I came to see
how you were doing."
Tamara's mind raced. She hadn't counted on having visitors for Tabby. What
would Tabby say...?
"And we brought chocolate chip cookies for you!" Chocolate Chip said
"How thoughtful of you!" Tamara said sweetly, and recoiled in terror inside. No,
that wasn't what Tabby'd say at all...
Sugarberry and Chocolate Chip exchanged glances. "How have you been passing
your time?" Sugarberry asked.
"Oh... watching... the My Little People shows!" Tamara exclaimed.
"You watch those a lot, don't you, Tabby?" Chocolate Chip giggled. "May we
come in? I actually haven't tasted any of these cookies we baked yet."
"I suppose," Tamara sighed, getting into Tabby's lines. "Just don't disturb
Tarquin. He's on the phone."
The three ponies filed into the living room, where Tarquin was still chatting away
with Tess via the telephone. "I didn't know he was into using the phone," Chocolate Chip
"Just calling Tess," Tamara explained. "But these cookies are actually pretty
"Been reading fashion magazines, too?" Sugarberry raised an eyebrow as she
looked at all the slick magazines spread out over the couch.
"Oh, those are just some of Tamara's things," Tamara said quickly. "I couldn't find
anything else to read, and I was deathly bored."
"You must have been, to touch fashion magazines!" Chocolate Chip giggled.
And then all three perked up their ears when they heard a slamming door and hoof-steps
"Is that Tamara getting home from the cat-show?" Sugarberry questioned.
Tamara giggled. "Well, I don't know... umm... err..." She glanced around
"TAMARA!" Tabby's voice could be heard plainly now. "YOU ARE NEVER
GETTING ME TO IMPOSTER FOR YOU AGAIN!! DO YOU HEAR THAT?!?!?!" She
appeared in the living room doorway, and was a very intimidating sight.
Tamara laughed nervously. "Err... Tab-- Tamara, you have our names mixed
"Have you any idea how infuriating it is to put up with Tex all day long?!" Tabby
demanded, oblivious of Sugarberry and Chocolate Chip. "Or getting all the princesses assembled
by ten o' clock?!?!"
"Hmm, did you two switch places?" Chocolate Chip questioned.
"Yes!" Tabby hissed. "And it's all her fault!" She pointed at Tamara.
Tamara finally found her voice again. "I guess we can't make a secret of it
anymore," she sighed dejectedly.
"So Tamara's actually the sick one and made Tabby go in her place," Sugarberry
pondered. "Why didn't you just come out and explain it in the first place, Tamara?"
"It would've looked bad if I wasn't the judge for my first cat-show," Tamara
"You'll never believe what I endured doing that thing!!" Tabby said
"Your reasoning makes sense, somewhat," Chocolate Chip admitted to Tamara.
"Tabby, what in the world did happen?"
"And where's Persian?" Tamara demanded.
"Where's Tarquin?" Tabby retorted.
"He's right here on the phone, Tabby." Tamara rolled her eyes.
"...sorry about the noise, Tess; Tabby got home..." Tarquin was saying into the
Persian entered the room after Tabby. "Persian!" she exclaimed gleefully and
leaped into Tamara's lap.
"Such a sweet cat," Tamara murmured as she stroked Persian.
Tarquin hung up the phone and jumped off the couch to Tabby. "That was Tess,"
he explained. "And it's after noon. Let's have cherry pie filling for lunch."
Tabby's heart was softened at seeing Tarquin. "Of course," she said as her
Meowth jumped on her back. "Come into the kitchen, everybody, and I'll see if I can find
anything for those of you who don't have a taste for that delightful cherry pie filling!" She
After Tabby finished telling her story to everyone at the kitchen table, everyone was
laughing... even Tabby. Persian seemed to be smiling.
"Oh!" Tamara giggled. "What a terribly arranged cat-show!"
"It was a positive failure," Tabby tittered. "And I had to put up with Tex on top of
"I think," Sugarberry stated over the laughter, "that we should all just forget about
this show and never mention it again."
"What a great idea!" Tamara beamed. "And you won't even give away that we
"Of course not!" Chocolate Chip exclaimed. "It wouldn't be nearly as funny if
everyone knew about it!" She cracked up.
"But of this moment," Tabby declared, "I have made a miraculous recovery, but
Tamara has come down with the same virus that I was so stricken with." She posed with the
most sorrowful face she could muster. "How long it will linger on in my dear cousin, we don't
kno--" And then she couldn't keep a straight face any longer, and burst out laughing.
"And I won't be able to see Tex at the Satin Slipper Sweet Shoppe this evening,"
"He'll think you're pretty strange after hanging around with Tabby as Tamara all
morning!" Sugarberry giggled.
And as the ponies' merry-making went on, Tarquin and Persian got into discussing
Pokèmon battle tactics. Maybe they'd just learned to get along, too.