A Wish for Koko (Ch. 1)

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Someone called over from the lunch tables.

“What’s so funny?”

“Nothing,” I called back.

Today I didn’t want to talk. I wanted to read.

Koko never scolded All Ball.  She was always gentle and called him, “soft, good cat cat.”  She loved All Ball like her own child, and he was never afraid.

Penny wanted to know if gorillas can record things they see.  She gave Koko a canvas and paints and asked her to draw All Ball. And Koko did, using all the right colors. Penny got her answer, all right!

Then something terrible happened.

All Ball was hit by a car—and died.

I wasn’t expecting that. My chest hurt, like it did when Collie died. One day she got sick, and we couldn’t save her.



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