Actually, the day started really well for Leo the cat. He lounged neatly on his beloved windowsill and yawned relaxed. The first rays of sunlight illuminated the large room and announced a beautiful spring day.
“High time for a delicious breakfast,” Leo decided enthusiastically. He stretched and strolled leisurely into the kitchen. People were still asleep and that’s when Leo had a wonderful idea. “Always having breakfast alone is boring! Today I’ll really surprise my family and set the breakfast table for everyone,” he mused. In a really good mood, Leo got started.
With a nimble jump he landed on the countertop, opened the cupboard doors and rummaged out colorful cups, plates and egg cups. He very carefully transported them to the table. “I think this is everything they usually put on the table,” he reflected briefly. “Well, they might be amazed!” he gloated.
To be on the safe side, he looked over his handiwork again, but still wasn’t quite satisfied. “Oh yes! It’s still missing a few flowers. With flowers everything looks cozier.” That’s what he always heard from his humans before.
He quickly dashed out to the patio through the built-in hatch and plucked three tulips. These were the only flowers in the garden right now. Quietly, he walked back inside. “Shhhh, don’t wake anyone up! It’s supposed to be a surprise,” he thought to himself.
Conveniently, the vase Leo needed for the flowers was already in the sink. “So fill it up with water and put in the flowers,” he purred happily.
The vase full of water was heavier than Leo imagined but somehow he managed to place it in the middle of the large table.
“Meow!” Now I’m really hungry. Now all that’s left is to put the flowers in the vase and then breakfast can begin.” He grabbed the tulips and was about to put them in the jar when suddenly a large bumblebee – buzzing loudly – flew out of one of the tulips.
Leo was startled! He had not expected that at all. He hadn’t had much experience with buzzing creatures before. He reached for it with his paw and forgot that he was standing in the middle of the beautifully laid breakfast table.
And there it was! A plate and a cup fell from the table and broke on the tiled floor with a loud crash and clink. The cat was still standing on his hind paws, flailing his two front paws at the buzzing bumblebee in an attempt to catch it. The bumblebee was quite unimpressed by this, however, and flew off toward the window.
Leo jumped off the table, chasing the bumblebee. He landed on the broken dishes and a loud and whining “Meeeooooow!” resounded throughout the house.
The cat had injured one of his paws and a shard was still stuck in his paw. “Meow, it hurts so much!” wailed Leo. “What am I going to do now?”. And when a small drop of blood appeared, Leo felt queasy.
“What’s all that noise this morning?”, Leo heard his humans shout. “And why is there such a mess around here?” They were standing in the kitchen by now, bending down to the cat. Leo’s master took an examining look at the paw, very carefully pulled out the shard and dabbed it with some stuff that burned a little.
“It’s not too bad, Leo,” he said to the cat. “We’ll get that fixed up.” “It’ll heal real soon,” he comforted him. And then he carried the cat to his basket.
So now Leo lay there. Injured, alone and also quite hungry.
“I had this morning sooo beautifully thought out. It was supposed to be a great breakfast together,” he grumbled. “And then such a mishap! Meow. Luckily they are not mad at me at all,” which calmed Leo down a bit.