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Once Muna's parents had found out about Chip, they said that she could keep him as long as she took good care of him and her grades in school didn't go down. Muna was so happy to have a pet of her own. She held Chip, petted him behind his ears, and took him to her room. For the rest of the night, Chip remained in Muna's lap, purring, as Muna told him of all the things they'd do together-camping, going on adventures, running and playing outside together-there was so much fun to be had!
In the days after, the cat and girl became as close as an animal and human could ever be. They did nearly everything together. But unfortunately, Muna forgot her studies for school .At the end of the school semester, when report cards were given out, Muna gasped when she saw hers. Her grades had really dropped!
That night after getting her report card, Muna was nervous and couldn't even swallow as her parents looked at her report card. "Well," her father said with a sigh, "We didn't expect this when we let you keep that cat. If your grades don't go back up I'm afraid we'll have to give Chip away." Muna burst into tears. She couldn't think of giving away Chip! "Now, now, Muna. Just work hard during and after school and then you'll have nothing to worry about," Mother said to try to comfort her.
The next six weeks,
Muna worked very hard, because she was very behing in her studies. She had to
make up for not studying during the end of the last semester. Sometimes Chip
would look at her, upset, as if he were asking her, "Why aren't you playing with
me like before?" Seeing Chip like this, Muna would say, "Oh Chip, I'm sorry I've
been ignoring you lately, but if I don't get good grades we'll lose each other
forever!" And then a big tear would roll of her cheek and splash onto her
Soon came the last day before report cards would be given out again. Muna gave Chip some tuna to eat before she went to bed. It reminded her of when she first saw Chip and how thin and scrawny he was. After he finished eating, he jumped into her lap. He was so beautiful and his spotted, colorful fur was soft and shiny. "Oh Chip," she sobbed, "I can't lose you! I wish there was something I could do to keep you!" She hugged him and then brushed his lovely coat of fur, as he looked around with his yellow eyes that shone like a far away light. She wiped her tears and then tried to sleep. Tomorrow would be a big day.
The next day, 10 minutes before the end of school, Muna's teacher stood in front of the class with a pile of report cards in her hand. As Muna's name was called, she walked quickly to the front of the room to get her report card. Her heart started pounding as she opened up the envelope. Then a wave of happiness fell over her. She had gotten all good grades!
When her parents saw her grades this time, they both gave her a hug. "I'm glad that you learned to be responsible about two things at once: your grades and a pet. We are very proud of you," her father said. Chip meowed in agreement.