I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges, and I caught Lady Human in the act of sneaking out again today to go to her short scratching stick show.
Me: Not sneaking out. Not short scratching sticks. Pens. And it’s not a problem for you all. It’s all over for another year.
Stella: I understand liking sticks. I enjoy a good stick now and again myself. But I never scratch them on paper. And I would never go someplace just to stare at them. What’s the point?
Me: Exactly. The point is a big deal with pens.
Stella: I beg your pardon?
Stella: You are starting to sound like me, Lady Human.
Stella: So why all the interest in the short scratching sticks?
Me: Pens. Pencils. Humans use these tools to make marks that communicate.
Stella: You mean marks that talk?
Me: Marks that talk without sound.
Stella: No noise?
Me: And anyone who knows how can read them.
Stella: Oh! Reading! That thing that you do when you frown at paper.
Me: Do I frown when I read?
Stella: Sure. That’s how I know what you are doing. All right then. Scratching sticks have their uses. Tell me. How do they taste?
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