Its been 12 months to the day since Betty Blondes tabby cat Chloe was run over by a fully loaded 18 wheel petrol tanker and squashed flat as a pancake into the concrete driveway of the Contention Petrol Station. All that remained were Chloes brown leather collar, shiny chrome bell, pink name tag and the Contention City Council metal registration disc which Betty buried a week later in a small white cardboard coffin in the Contention Pet Cemetery.
Next morning Betty decides to visit her beloved tabby cat Chloe and gives Ruby Redhead a bell on her mobile phone. After a few chirps Ruby eventually answers and says, G' Day Betty what's up?.
Do you realise its been 12 months since my tabby cat Chloe passed away.
No i didn't, my how time flies, replies Ruby.
What i'm asking can you come with me this afternoon to the Contention Pet Cemetery.
No can do, i'm about to leave for work, i know somebody else who will go with you.
Who would that be?.
I was speaking with Jade Juniper last night and she'll be at a loose end this afternoon, give her a tingle.
Ok i'll give Jade a tingle, She hangs up, speed dials Jade who answers on the first ring and says, G' day Betty this is a pleasant surprise what's up?.
Will ya come with me this afternoon to the Contention Pet Cemetery and visit my tabby cat Chloe who passed away 12 months ago?.
I'll be happy to we can buy a bunch of flowers to place on her grave from the Contention Flower Shop next door.
Good idea i'll catch the next bus and get off at the bus stop across the road from your place.
Bonza see ya shortly.
Half an hour later Jade is waiting at her front gate for Betty when a bus pulls up across the road, spews out a few passengers, takes off in a cloud of black diesel smoke leaving Betty standing at the bus stop waving at Jade who ambles across the road and greets Betty with an air kiss and hug.
Sorry i'm a bit late there was a three car pile-up down the road a tad, says Betty.
That's ok the Contention Pet Cemetery is just around the corner only a short walk away won't take us long, replies Jade.
Ok lets go.
Down the footpath, around the corner Betty and Jade stroll reaching their first port of call the Contention Flower shop. Betty grabs hold of the front door handle tries twisting it and opening the front door at the same time with no result.
That's a shame its closed, i wonder why, asks Betty.
There is a Large Sign In The Window, replies Jade pointing in the general direction.
Betty stands adjacent to the window and proceeds to read it.
What does it say?, asks Jade.
It says: Sorry folks!
we will be closed
at 12pm today.
Mary's mother fell off
her perch & we all
need to go plant her.
Crikey the shop owners have a strange but comical attitude toward death, says Jade.
Ya not wrong, anyway lets move on and pay our respects to Chloe then head on home, replies Betty.
During my morning walk i came across the sign mentioned in a shop window but didn't have pen or paper with me at the time to jot it down. I went back the next morning hoping the sign was still in the window this time armed with pen and paper and this tale is the result of what flowed from my bizarre mind.
A quick note: That was the final of my regular Friday morning posts. Instead join me every Saturday afternoon starting "Saturday Week" for the usual mayhem that you come to expect from my regular Friday posts. For the reason why please read last Monday's post, until then keep smiling.
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