"what i really need," he thought," is accomplices!" so off he gambolled to find his kitten friends.
but they were snoozing and lazing about. and besides that, they didn't want to get in any trouble with the mama. so they politely declined to participate.
next he checked at the songbird cafe to see if any of his bird friends were dining out there. but the cafe wasn't even open! it was deserted, as you can see.
so black cat went back to his magic stem. of course, he took the long and scenic way back around the house. his grandfather had often admonished him to always take the scenic route and always go back a different way than the way he had taken to get there, the reason being that you saw more magical sights that way!
not a thing happened except that he got hot and cranky in the noonday sun. so off he stalked to hide under his favorite pink rhodie bush to cool down and pout about being comrade-less.
by an by, he grew refreshed and bored. and he left on a hunting trip. he arrived back to his home with lovely yumminess for lunch and dined under purple rhodie and then took a nap.