A small red cat crept around a junkyard, staying hidden in the shadows. She stopped to see muscular gray legs in front of her.
"Who are you?" The male voice asked. She looked up to see a gray and black tabby looking down at her.
Before Grenadine could answer him,a red,black, and brown female came up beside the tabby.
"His name was Llyadon."
"Unfortunately, I don't know Llyadon, but the Jellicle leader, Old Deuteronomy, might. Oh, by the way, I'm Munkustrap, and this is Demeter, my mate."
"Hello, Munkustrap and Demeter." Grenadine saw a little calico kitten come up to her.
"Munkustrap, who is this?" She asked.
"This is Grenadine, our newest Jellicle cat."
"I'm Sillabub. My humans call me Jemima, but you can call me either." Sillabub smiled as another gray tabby came over to them.
"Hi!" She said. "I'm Etcetera, and you are..."
"Grenadine." Etctera seemed as friendly as Sillabub.
"Let's go introduce her to some more Jellicles." The three kittens went off into the junkyard.
They wandered around, where they met Bombalurina, the same red color as Grenadine, Victoria, a white cat who joined them, Pouncival, who seemed to like Gren, and Alonzo, a black and white male, and his mate, Cassandra, a sleek Siamese. They met Electra, a brown and red kitten, and the Rum Tum Tugger, who Etctera and Sillabub were crazy about.
"New girl, huh?" He asked.
"This is Grenadine, the newest Jellicle."
"She's cute. Give me a hug, girls." Sillabub and Etcetera went to hug him. Grenadine and Victoria stayed.
"I have a mate. His name is Mistoffelees, and he is a magic cat. We can see him next."
The cats went to a dark cave. "Misto, come out!" Victoria called. A black and white tom came out and rubbed Victoria's chest with his head.
"Who is this?" He asked.
"This is Grenadine, she's the newest Jellicle."
"Can you do a trick for me?" She asked him.
"Sure!" His paws flashed, and lightning shot out.
"Wow! That was cool!" Grenadine smiled at him.
"I believe it is Old Deuteronomy!" Coricopat and Tanotmile, the mystical twins, smelled the air, and sure enough, there was Old Deuteronomy!
"Old Deut will want to meet you!" Sillabub and Etcetera squeezed her paws. Munkustrap came up to her and took her to see the leader.
"My dear Munkustrap, who is this?" He asked his grandson.
"This is Grenadine. Her father was Llyadon. Do you know him?"
"Llyadon was a very respected Jellicle. He went to the Heaviside Layer five years ago. Grenadine, you are a Jellicle already!"
"The Jellicle Ball is tomorrow." Sillabub had said it was a fun experience.
"We sing and dance, and it's fun!"
Since Grenadine was a stray, she slept in the junkyard, in an old stove that had a blanket and two pillows in it. She made herself comfortable and went to sleep.
The day of the Jellicle Ball dawned clear and warm. Slowly, closer to night, the cats who had homes came to the Junkyard, and the ball began! They sang and danced, and Grenadine met Jennyanydots, Bustopher Jones, and Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer, among others. Grenadine had a really good time at the ball. She really liked being a Jellicle.
After the ball was over, the cats slept in the Junkyard. Curled up in the stove with Pouncival, Gren decided to stay in this place. She was glad she was a Jellicle.
Author's Note: Look for the sequel, "Grenadine to the Rescue!" coming soon!