「猫の災難/The Cat Did It」
猫の災難/The Cat Did It
One morning, a man named Goro comes back from the public bath.
“Ah, what a relaxing bath!
I’m not working today, so I want to drink sake and eat good food.
At that moment, his neighbor Ume walks by.
She has a fish with only the head and tail.
The middle part is just bones.
“Hey, are you going to throw that away?”
“Yes, my cat was sick so I gave her the best part to eat.”
“May I have it?
I heard that fish head tastes good.”
Goro takes it home and covers it with a plate.
But the fish is too big.
You can only see the head and the tail, so it seems that a big fish is there.
Just then, Taka, Goro’s friend, comes to visit.
That’s a big fish.
Let’s eat sashimi together.
You have the fish so I’ll get the sake.
I’ll be right back.”
If Taka finds out that the best part of the fish is missing, he’ll be angry.
What should I do?
Oh, I have an idea.”
Soon, Taka returns with sake.
He sees the fish and is surprised.
“Goro, what happened to the fish?”
“Well, I made sashimi, but my neighbor’s cat suddenly came in and ate all of it.”
“That’s a bad cat.
I’m going to tell your neighbors about this.”
“Ah, no, no, no.
Don’t do that.
They are nice people and the cat was probably just hungry.”
“Well then, I’ll go and buy another fish.”
After Taka leaves, Goro notices that big bottle of sake.
“I’ll have a little bit of sake before he comes back.”
Goro starts to drink sake.
It’s so good that he can’t stop.
“Oh no, the tatami mat is drinking my sake and there is no more left in the bottle.
What will I tell Taka?”
Goro starts thinking but falls asleep.
After a while, Taka comes back.
“Goro, wake up!”
“You are back.”
“You are drunk.
Did you drink my sake?
“I drank a little, but the cat from next door came again.
She ran around the room and knocked over the bottle of sake.”
I’m going to talk to your neighbors.”
At that moment, Goro’s neighbor Ume comes into Goro’s house.
I gave you that fish head because you said you wanted it.
And my cat is sick so she can’t run.
You are a liar.”
“Is this true, Goro?”
Umm, Taka, can you go and tell the cat that I’m very sorry?”