It was Kittsmas time once again on Kittopolous; an alien planet about
900 light years away inhabited by glowing, pastel tinted, kitten humanoids.
They subsisted on 1 part oxygen and 1 part awesome… no seriously, the less
awesome their existence becomes they begin to fade into nonexistence. The
process can take anywhere from a month to a year, depending on the
Kittians can live for decades to centuries so long as they lead relevant,
happy lives. In the event things turn not so awesome, they’ll stop glowing,
fade to grey, then clear and then evaporate without a trace. They can also
cease to exist if they’ve tragically run out of their 9 given lives.
Kittsmas was the most joyous time of the year on the small planet of
Kittopolous. Not only was it one of the only holidays on the planet, it was
celebrated all month long. The local Kittians were in the best of spirits and
on their best behavior during this time. There had never even been a death
reported during that time due to the high levels of awesomeness in the
It had been a rough year for Kitt’iya Clawless, a beautiful, young, pink
hued Kittian. She was struggling to find a new purpose in life and was in the
very early stages of nonexistence. She had stopped glowing and had faded
to a dull, dusty pink. There was only one thing that could make her glow
She’d been out of work since her family’s declawing business went
under early in the year. She was from a family of skilled declawers that had
been declawing Kittians for centuries. It had been the only skill she was
taught so she didn’t have many options.
Up until recent years, declawing was tradition on planet Kittopolous; a
right of passage of sorts. Traditionally, a Kittian was declawed on the
anniversary of their 9th month alive. Once removed, their claws were burned
and baked into a cake to be consumed by their family in a celebration called
Times were changing and most traditions had become a thing of the
past. Nowadays, Kittians were choosing to keep and even decorate their
claws in protest, considering it barbaric and inkittane to remove them. Due
to these dynamics, conditions had become rather bleak for the Clawless
Out of options, Kitt’iya’s family chose to marry her off to Kitt’icus
Nipsen, a Kittian from a family of wealthy medicinal catnip farmers. Kitt’icus
was nice, but very boring and didn’t get her like Kitt’imole Fishman; the
kitten-next-door. To her, he hung the 9 moons.
Kitt’iya had a mutual crush on Kitt’imole for as long as she could
remember. They’d grown up together and were secretly in love. She often
wished that the tradition of arranged marriage would go the way of
declawing so that they could be together.
Kitt’imole was an artist from a family of fishermen who grew and sold
catnip illegally. Only he could give her the awesome, excitement filled life
she’d always dreamed of. His family made due but couldn’t give her the life
she deserved, as far as her parents were concerned. Kitt’icus was clearly the
safe, more logical choice.
For reasons unknown and never to be questioned, marriage was only
allowed on the planet of Kittapolous during the month of Kittsmas. This
caused a dilemma for Kitt’iya, as she was unhappy about her engagement to
Kitt’icus. It was virtually unheard of to not be happy during the month of
Kittsmas, yet there she stood.
She felt herself vastly fading more and more as “The Big Day”
approached. She showed no excitement as she went wedding dress shopping
with her soon to be in-laws and friends. She felt as though she was on
autopilot at her own bridal shower. To add insult to injury, her humdrum
rehearsal dinner was catered by the Fishman family.
No one seemed to notice or care she was fading away due to the
excitement and anticipation of Kittsmas. Even her drab state couldn’t dull
the jubilance of the holiday, it seemed. She longed for an alternative
solution to her somber situation.
“Take my hand, it’s not too late.” Kitt’imole whispered, just as Kitt’iya
was losing hope. “We can take my family’s fishing boat and just sail away. I
can fish or hunt mice for super, we could live a happy life together.”
Kitt’imole said to Kitt’iya, stroking her shoulder gently. For the first time this
year, she began to glow her lovely, pastel pink hue again.
“Oh, Kitt’imole! You’ve begun to fade too!” Kitt’iya cried. Kitt’imole
dried her tears with his paw, her pain caused him pain. He’d found purpose
in his art and with his family but nothing compared to how he felt about
Kitt’iya. He couldn’t bare to live in a world without her.
Until that moment, Kitt’iya had become a sad, lackluster gray,
approaching the final stages of nonexistence. She’d felt hopeless at the
thought of spending eternity with Kitt’icus. Sure, he could provide for her
but he could not make her glow like Kitt’imole could. Kitt’icus didn’t even
seem to care that she was fading away.
“I’ll have the boat and supplies ready at the dock just before dusk
“I fear I will be a married kitten by then! It will have to be earlier.”
Kitt’iya cried. Flaking on a marriage was punishable by serious Kennel time
or banishment to the furthest moon. Kitt’iya loved Kitt’imole to the furthest
moon and back but could she really leave it all behind? Could she come to
terms with never seeing her family or friends again?
The stress of it all brought her newly acquired tint of color back down
again. She didn’t feel heartless enough to leave a kitten at the altar but also
couldn’t bare the thought of a lifetime with him. She couldn’t picture having
his kittens, scooping his kitty litter forever or even being a Nipsen. As much
as it pained her to leave her comfort zone and disappoint her family, she had
to go with her heart.
The Kittmas Day One Parade went off with overwhelming exultance.
The entire planet was decorated extravagantly for the celebration. There
wasn’t a house or building that wasn’t covered in lavish adornment.
Kitt’imole hoped that he could get the supplies onto the boat undetected, but
it was being used, to his dismay.
“Kitt’imole, sweetheart, come help us launch fireworks in celebration of
Kittsmas and the Nipsen nuptials. We’re taking the boat and setting up to
launch on the barge.” Said the Fishman’s. Kitt’imole was devastated, he’d
planned to be long gone with Kitt’iya before the wedding was supposed to
begin and long before “Kitt’iclaus” brought Kittsmas Day One gifts.
Fearing Kitt’iya would think he bailed on her, he tried to convince his
parents to do the fireworks tomorrow or later that night. “He’ll claw your
eyes out if he catches you peeking, he knows when you’re awake. He knows
when you’ve been bad or good so be good for goodness sake.” His mother
sang as she packed the boat with celebratory explosives.
It was tradition that all Kittians be in bed no later than 9pm during
Kittsmas; no exceptions. The Kittians of Kittapolous took Kittsmas and
Kitt’iclaus exceedingly serious. There was little time left; Kitt’imole had to
come up with another plan, one he wasn’t proud of. He would have done
anything for the love of Kitt’iya.
Low on time, Kitt’imole ran to the kitchen to whip up a batch of potent
catnip brownies for his parents, disguised as a Kittsmas gift. To his delight,
they graciously gobbled up the whole pan and promptly fell asleep on the
couch. Now was his chance.
Kitt’imole quickly loaded the supplies onto the boat to await his love. It
became later and later, Kitt’imole began to worry that Kitt’iya would change
her mind and not show. He felt his poor kitten heart breaking; he was a
misty grey hue at that point.
Kitt’iya had somehow managed to sneak away to pack a small bag.
She wouldn’t need much as an outlaw so she only packed the necessities.
Just as she tried to blend in with the background and slip away with the
over-the-top Kittsmas parade, she was spotted by her soon-to-be
“Let’s get you all dolled up and in your gown, little darling, it’s almost
show time!” Kitt’ison squealed as she grabbed Kitt’iya’s paw and lead her to
the powder room. A bunch of snoddy kittens and old alley cats cooed over
her like she was a delicious canari. They powdered, plucked, pinched and
stuffed Kitt’iya into her futile wedding gown.
She looked in the mirror and felt as ridiculous as a Kittsmas tree or 9
tiered wedding cake. She was covered in sparkles, flowers and bows making
it less obvious that she was rapidly fading. All she could think about was
poor Kitt’imole and how he probably thought she’d had second thoughts by
now. The the thought made her immensely sad, turning her a shade just
She couldn’t get a moment to herself to think of a plan B. Everywhere
she went she was greeted by displaced wedding guests, gushing family
members or Kitt’ison waving a glass of mimosa in her face. She planned to
ask for just a moment to herself and then sneak out the powder room
Alas! She made it through the window, snatched off her flower crown
and made a run for it. It took a while before her poor, tunnel visioned mind
could realise she was being held by the waste. She’d jumped out the window
into the best man’s arms and had been running in place for quite a spell.
“Hold on there little miss, I got ya! That would have most certainly
been a nasty spill there. Let’s get you back on in the house.” Said Kitt’icus’s
cousin and best man at their looming wedding. Kitt’iya was carried back into
the house like a newborn kitten. She was so down at that point, she was
almost crystal clear.
“How do I get myself out of this mess? Maybe I should just make it
clear that I will never marry Kitt’icus.” Kitt’iya thought to herself trying to
remain hopeful that she would see Kitt’imole again. All she could think of
was his face and how sad he must be by now.
As everyone was stuffing into limos outside of the Nipsen estate,
Kitt’iya desperately scanned the area for an escape route. Fortunately, there
were a number of Kittians crowding the area after the parade. Kitt’iya
planned to swiftly slip into the mass, the only problem was she stuck out like
a sore paw in that giant, preposterous cake of a dress.
Kitt’iya swiftly crept into a limo, slipped out of her dress and wrapped
herself in Nana Kitt’ilou’s black pashmina. She quietly slipped out of the
other door, crawled on paws and knees and tried to disappear into the sea of
“There she is! Over there in that crowd!” Exclaimed the flower girl. She
somehow spotted Kitt’iya making a run for it from a few yards away. “Uh oh,
looks like someone had too many mimosas.” Said Kitt’ison in a mocking
voice, chasing Kitt’iya down and leading her back to the limos.
“No, stop it! Let me go!” Kitt’iya cried. Somehow, someway, she had
to break free of Kitt’ison’s Kung Fu like grip. “I need to run home, I forgot
my “Something Blue”, I cannot get married without it!” Kitt’iya heard herself
lie but was impressed with the outcome. “This just might work.” She thought
almost out loud.
“We’ll have someone go get it for you. You can’t be late for your own
wedding!” Kitt’ison vehemently insisted. “I’ll be fast, just let me go!” Kitt’iya
said forcefully snatching away from Kitt’ison, kicking off her kitten heels and
running as fast as her paws could carry her. Nothing could stop her now.
Kitt’iya reached the dock just moments before dusk. The boat was
there waiting but Kitt’imole was nowhere in sight. “Kitt’imole! Kitt’imole, my
love, where are you!” Kitt’iya shouted, climbing aboard and frantically
searching for him. She spotted a pile of clothing on the floor of the dock; she
feared the worst.
“Oh, Kitt’imole, no! No! I got here as fast as I could! I’m so sorry I’m
late!” She fell to the floor sobbing and cradling his clothing in her arms. The
pain was just too unbearable for her, how could she go on without him? She
looked down at her liquid clear paws as they began to turn to mist. She
closed her eyes and began to blow away in the wind.
“Kitt’iya! I’m here, where are you, my love?” Kitt’imole said boarding
the boat, desperately searching for her. He spotted her clothing in mid air,
surrounded by a vague twinkle. He called her name repeatedly but she could
not hear him, she was too far gone at that point. He dropped to his knees
and prayed to the Kitten Gods, even offering the 7 lives he had left for her
Just as he had begun to lose hope and fade into mist as well, he heard
Kitt’iya say his name in a mellifluous voice. She was glowing her lovely pink
glow again. He floated toward her embrace. They both, miraculously,
returned to existence in a slow, strobe-like motion.
“You’re here, Kitt’imole! How is that possible?I found your clothes on the
floor, I thought you’d left me.” Kitt’iya cried, touching Kitt’imole’s face to be
sure she wasn’t dreaming.
“I would never leave you, my love. My Dad’s just a messy house boat
keeper.” He answered; they both laughed happily.
Just as they were getting lost in the moment, they were brought back
to reality by the roar of angry wedding guest. They were bombarded by the
mob, with questions they didn’t have answers for. They knew they had a lot
of explaining to do and owed answers but where would they even begin?
Just as things were getting heated, the anchor began to aweigh and
the boat took off. Puzzled, Kitt’iya and Kitt’imole looked around to see who
was spiriting them away. Suddenly, Kitt’imole’s parents emerged, just as the
boat was safely away from the dock.
“You don’t need to explain your actions, we understand, we always
have. Be free, we love you!” Kitt’imole’s parents exclaimed as they strapped
on life jackets, jumped from the boat and swam to shore. “Don’t worry, we’ll
take care of everything, farewell!” They said as they blew kisses and waved.
Kitt’imole and Kitt’iya held paws and stared up at the moons and
stars; they were together, alas. They both were glowing bright at the joyous
thought of a lifetime together. Maybe they would return to their hometown
someday, maybe not. All that mattered was that they had each other; the
world was at their paw tips. It was the merriest Kittsmas yet.