The Kitten


Once there lived a brother and sister- Vasya and Katya. They had a cat. Once, in the spring season, the cat was lost. The children could not find it anywhere, though they looked for it everywhere.

One day, they heard many soft meows from the roof of the barn, while they were playing nearby. Vasya climbed onto the roof, and found to his great joy that their cat had given birth to five lovely kittens. He screamed in delight, to Katya, “I’ve found her! It’s out cat..and she had five kittens..They look so sweet. Come here, quick!”

Katya and Vasya visited the roof of the barn everyday. They fed the mother cat very well so that she will have enough milk to feed her babies. The barn roof had become the home of the cats.

The five kittens grew very fast. When they were big enough to crawl, Vasya and Katya took one of them with them to their house. It was grey and had white paws. The children’s mother gave the other kittens away to her friends, but let Vasya and Katya keep the grey kitten.

One day, the children decided to take the kitten to the meadow in front of their house, to play with it. The tall grass was stirring in the wind and the kitten happily played with it. Then Vasya and Katya saw some strange-looking leaves and began to pick them, forgetting all about the kitten.

Suddenly, they heard some sounds. Someone was shouting, “Come back, come back!” They saw a hunter riding a horse, and his two dogs were running ahead in the direction of the kitten. The dogs were getting close, and the kitten, instead of running away, stiffened and crouched, ready to face the dogs. It looked so tiny in front of the big dogs.

Katya screamed, and Vasya ran to the kitten as fast as he could, and fell on the kitten just as the dogs were about to pounce on it. Luckily, the hunter galloped up at that same moment, and drove the dogs away.

The children took the kitten home and they decided to never bring it out with them to the meadow.

Bahasa Indonesia:
Suatu ketika hiduplah seorang saudara laki-laki dan perempuan- Vasya dan Katya. Mereka punya kucing. Saat musim semi, kucing itu hilang. Anak-anak tidak dapat menemukannya di mana pun, meskipun mereka mencarinya di mana-mana.

Suatu hari, mereka mendengar banyak suara kucing yang lembut dari atap lumbung, sementara mereka bermain di dekatnya. Vasya naik ke atap, dan gembira karena mendapati kucing mereka melahirkan empat anak kucing yang cantik. Dia berteriak kegirangan ke Katya, “Aku telah menemukannya! Kucing kita yang hilang ... dan dia punya empat anak kucing ... Mereka terlihat sangat manis. Kemarilah, cepat! ”

Katya dan Vasya mengunjungi atap lumbung setiap hari. Mereka memberi makan induk kucing dengan sangat baik sehingga dia memiliki cukup susu untuk memberi makan bayinya. Atap gudang telah menjadi rumah kucing-kucing itu.

Kelima anak kucing tumbuh sangat cepat. Ketika mereka cukup besar untuk merangkak, Vasya dan Katya membawa salah satunya ke rumah mereka. Kucing itu berwarna abu-abu dan memiliki cakar putih. Ibu mereka memberikan anak-anak kucing lainnya ke ke teman-temannya, tetapi membiarkan Vasya dan Katya memelihara anak kucing yang abu-abu.

Suatu hari, anak-anak mengajak kucing mereka bermain-main di padang rumput di depan rumah mereka, untuk bermain dengannya. Rumput tinggi itu bergoyang-goyang oleh angin dan anak kucing itu dengan senang hati memainkannya. Kemudian Vasya dan Katya melihat beberapa daun yang tampak aneh dan mulai memetiknya, sehingga melupakan anak kucing itu.

Tiba-tiba, mereka mendengar beberapa bunyi. Seseorang berteriak, "Kembalilah, kembali!" Mereka melihat seorang pemburu menunggang kuda, dan kedua anjingnya berlari ke depan ke arah anak kucing. Anjing-anjing semakin dekat, dan anak kucing, bukannya melarikan diri, tetapi mengejang dan berjongkok, siap menghadapi anjing-anjing. Badannya tampak mungil di depan anjing-anjing besar.

Katya menjerit, dan Vasya berlari ke anak kucing itu secepat yang dia bisa, dan jatuh pada anak kucing tepat ketika anjing-anjing itu hendak menerkamnya. Untungnya, pemburu itu berlari pada saat yang sama, dan mengusir anjing-anjing itu.

Anak-anak membawa anak kucing pulang dan mereka berjanji tdak pernah membawanya ke padang rumput lagi.

Short story by Leo Tolstoy.

The Kitten Rating: 4.5 Diposkan Oleh: Yohanes Octa

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