That night, Alexandra found she just couldn't sleep. She tossed and turned, and even resorted to counting sheep, but nothing was working. She sat up, and looked in the corner of her room, which was where Sebastian's cat bed was. It was strange for her to see it empty. Finally, she sighed, got up, put on her robe, and walked downstairs into the kitchen. She noticed the light was already on when she got there. When she walked in, she found her brother sitting at the table, with a plate of Oreo cookies in front of him.
"Hiya, sis," he said.
"What are you doing here?" Alexandra asked.
"Same as you," Alex said, shrugging. "Couldn't sleep."
Alexandra sat down, and Alex slid the plate toward her. She picked one up, but just held it. Alex wasn't eating them, either. He was just twisting them open, and crumbling the cookie with his fingers, absently. It was obvious neither of them were very hungry.
"You miss him as much as I do, don't you?" Alexandra asked.
"Yeah," Alex replied. "I mean, sure, he's your cat, but still, he's part of the family. I mean, I was with you when you adopted him from the pound. He'd sleep on my lap from time to time, not to mention he'd sleep on my bed as well."
"There must be something to that old phrase, absence makes the heart grow fonder."
"You said it, sis."
That was about all the twins had to say then. They sat there for a few more minutes, then cleaned up the cookie crumbs (if they left the cookies out, they would have attracted ants, and not only would their mother would likely kill them if she found ants in the mansion, the servants would, as well), and went back to their rooms to try to get some sleep. After about five minutes, Alexandra got up again, and knocked on her brother's door.
"Alex, are you asleep yet?" she asked.
"No," Alex said. "What's the matter?"
"This isn't easy for me to ask this. But do you think maybe you could get your sleeping bag and camp out in my room?"
Alex sighed, got up, and went to his closet to dig out his sleeping bag. He was only going to humor his sister, because he knew she wasn't used to sleeping without someone else in the room with her.
"Thanks, brother," she said, once she and Alex went back to her room.
"You're welcome," Alex said.
Alexandra crawled into bed, and closed her eyes, hoping she would get at least a little sleep. Alex was tempted to make some cat noises, like Sebastian would when he was sleeping, but he figured that might only irritate his sister, and cause her to pound him. That, and he didn't really feel like teasing her. She was miserable enough as it was. He wasn't about to kick her when she was this down. Instead, he reached up, grabbed his sister's hand, and squeezed it, gently.
"It'll be okay, sis," he said. "We'll get through this."
"Thanks, Alex," Alexandra said.
Morning rolled around. Sebastian was wandering the streets of the city of Megatropolis, looking for the Shady Grove Apartment complex. That was where Franky lived with his guardian, Mathilda "Tillie" Templeton. Once he found the building, Sebastian found the buzzer for the apartment number. He had to climb up a potted palm in order to reach the button, but he managed, and pushed it. Then he jumped down, and waited, though he was still wondering if he made the right decision. As he was waiting, he noticed a sign on the wall: "No Animals Allowed In This Building." When he saw this sign, Sebastian began jumping up and down, meowing happily. Suddenly, he heard the door open, and Franky came out.
"Hi, Lightning!" he shouted, picking up the tuxedo cat. "Glad you finally made it! Aunt Tillie's upstairs in the apartment. I can't wait for her to meet you! And I can't want to introduce you to my friends!"
Sebastian tapped Franky's arm with his paw, and then pointed at the "No Animals Allowed" sign. Franky looked at it, and smacked his hand to his forehead.
"Holy Mesopotamia, I completely forgot about that!" he shouted. "I forgot the apartment has a no pet policy!"
Sebastian shrugged, jumped out of Franky's arms, shook his hand, grabbed his suitcase, and ran off. But before he could get far, he stopped, and turned back toward Franky.
"Don't worry about me, Lightning," Franky said. "I'll be fine. Maybe it's for the best, anyway, considering you weren't sure if you wanted to come live with me or go back to your old owner. I think you'd rather go back to your old owner, anyway."
Sebastian put his suitcase down, ran back toward Franky, gave him a hug around the legs, and ran off.
He's a good kid, he thought.
Elsewhere, Alexandra, Josie, Valerie, Melody, and Alan were sitting around the Cabot Estate, not really doing anything. Alexandra wasn't in the mood.
"I know this isn't a good opportunity to ask this," Valerie said, "but have you even thought of getting another cat, Alexandra?"
"No way," Alexandra said. "I'm through with cats. I don't want to go through this whole thing ever again!"
"I don't blame you," Melody said. "Incidentally, where's Alex?"
"Oh, I don't know," Alexandra said. "He went out for a walk or something. If he comes back here with another kitten, I'll clobber him!"
"Well, going out for a walk sounds like a good idea," Josie said, standing up. "Come on, Alexandra. The fresh air will do you good."
Alexandra sighed, and stood up. The others did the same, and left the estate. Alexandra figured she might as well. She didn't have anything else to do.
Meanwhile, Alex was walking along downtown when he stopped at the pet store. The little tuxedo kitten he and Melody had seen days before was still there. It waddled up to the window, stood up on it's hide legs, pressing it's front paws against it, and meowed. Alex was tempted to go inside and buy it for his sister, but he decided against it.
"No, if I bring her a kitten, especially one that looks like Sebastian, she'll clobber me," he said, and he kept on walking so the cuteness of that little kitten wouldn't tempt him (though it wasn't easy!)
Alex walked around a little more, not really paying attention to where he was going. He passed the butcher shop, and saw a black and white cat sitting in front of the window, staring into it. Alex knew the butcher shop was one of Sebastian's hang outs, and it drove the butcher out of his mind. Alex was about to go on his way, when he stopped. That black and white cat looked awfully familiar. He looked back at it, and noticed there was a suitcase sitting next to it. The cat turned, picked up his suitcase, and started walking away on his hind legs.
"Sebastian?!" Alex asked, incredulously. The black and white cat turned around, and sure enough it was Sebastian!
"Meow!" Sebastian cried, happily. He dropped his suitcase, and ran directly for Alex, jumping into his arms, nearly knocking Alex to the ground. Then he immediately began licking Alex's face.
"Boy, am I glad to see you, Sebastian!" Alex shouted, stroking the cat from ears to tail. "Come on, let's go find the others!"
Alex grabbed Sebastian's suitcase, and ran off down the street. They didn't have to go far to find the others, though. He ran into them shortly afterwards.
"Hey, gang!" he called out. "Guess who's back!"
"Huh?" Alexandra asked.
"Look!" Alan shouted. "It's Sebastian!"
"Sebastian?" Melody asked.
"He's back?" Josie asked.
"He's back!" Valerie shouted, and she and the others immediately ran for Alex and Sebastian. Melody got there first, and she scooped Sebastian up and gave him a hug.
"Hi, Sebastian!" she giggled, and then kissed the feline's nose.
"What are you doing back here?" Valerie asked. "Did you change your mind?"
"Meow," Sebastian said, nodding.
"We're glad you're back, Sebastian," Josie said, taking him from Melody. "It just wasn't the same without you around."
"You said it, Josie," Valerie said, scratching Sebastian behind the ears. "You're definitely one of a kind, Sebastian."
"Come here, you crazy cat," Alexandra said, taking her cat from Josie. "Just to make sure, are you really back to stay, or are you just teasing me?"
"Mrow!" Sebastian shouted. He crawled up on Alexandra's shoulders, and rubbed his head against hers, purring like a kitten. He even gave her face a couple of licks.
"All right, all right, I'm convinced!" Alexandra shouted. "Knock it off, you fur-brained feline!"
"Meow!" Sebastian shouted, and climbed off Alexandra's shoulders, and into her arms. Alexandra sighed, laughed, and gave him a hug.
"You stupid cat," she said, nuzzling the side of Sebastian's head. Sebastian began purring like an outboard motor.
"Welcome home, Sebastian," Alex said, scratching behind Sebastian's ears.
Dorothy was right, Sebastian thought to himself. There really is no place like home.