One day, the kittens overheard Miss Maggle talking to a friend of hers on the telephone about something called "sushi".
"What is it?" Wiggles wondered, playing with a ball of yarn near the front desk.
"I heard it's a land of fish!" Bill replied knowingly, licking the back of his paw. Wiggles stopped playing, and sat straight up.
"A land of fish? How do you know?"
"I've heard her talking about tuna sa-.... something, and that's a fish, right? So it must be a land of fish!"
Miss Maggle bent over and pet the kittens both on the head.
"Be good, I'm going out for lunch with a friend and will be back in a few hours. Miss Adelle is here to watch over you while I'm gone." And with that, she grabbed her coat and left through the front door.
"Wiggles, we should go too!"
"But how are we going to get there? Besides, we have to stay, we're being watched!"
Sir Billingsworth rolled his little kitty eyes.
"That lady will be too busy reading books to notice that we're gone for a little while. I know a secret way out of the library!"
Wiggles knew that if they were caught, they'd be in big trouble. Even worse; they might get lost on the way to this Fishland!
"How do you know so much about it? What if we get lost?"
"What... are you scared? It's a land of fish! Think about all the yummy things we'll be able to eat when we get there!"
It's hard to argue about food when you're a hungry little kitten.
Bill, true to his word, led them through a broken grate in the back of the library. Both of them knew about places outside their library, but being out there alone was entirely different. Birds kept a safe distance as they strolled through the grass of the lawn out back, and quickly they came upon stairs that led downwards into a dark place.
"It's smelly down there, Bill, I don't know if we should go."
"But this is the way to Fishland! It's a magic people-mover... at least, I think so."
They both stood at the edge of the stairs. A few people walked up and down the stairs, not expecting to see two kittens there, so not noticing them. People sure were busy! Bill put one little paw onto the first step, then grinned.
"C'mon! I had to go down here once with our Lady, when I was sick. And I'm pretty sure the doctor was right near Fishland!"
"You sure are guessing a lot, Sir Billingsworth." Wiggles said, following him down the stairs into the ground.
A train was waiting when they got down the stairs. Wiggles wrinkled her nose, thinking it smelled worse down here than she'd expected. Bill wrinkled his nose as well, trying not to say anything about it. They got onto the train and ran to the very back, hoping no one noticed them sitting in the seats. They'd be in trouble then for sure!
"So do we need to do anything for this to take us to Fishland?" Wiggles asked.
"Maybe there's a button..."
Before either of them could look for a button, the train took off! They couldn't see anything except for the flashing lights outside their window, which scared both of them. They hid under the seat for the rest of the train ride, not used to things going by so quickly in the dark. When the train stopped, they both moved toward the door.
"Oh my goodness, what are two little kitties doing on the Subway?" A high voice asked.
"Oh no! Run, Wiggles!" Bill and Wiggles ran out of the train, onto a more busy platform, and straight up the stairs into the sunlight.
As luck would have it, Fishland was right next to the subway! A giant, smiling fish blinked on and off above a sign that said
"The Yellow Chopstick!" Bill said excitedly. "That's where our Lady said she was going before!"
The two ran to the back of the building, knowing that someone would be sure to notice two kittens going into the front door. A delicious fish smell filled the air, and Wiggles, for the first time, was not sad that she had come.
The back door was open a little, and the two walked into a clean little kitchen. No one seemed to be in sight, and there was a very conveniently placed chair against the counter. Almost as if it was made to allow kittens a look at the tasty treats above them!
Bill jumped first, leaping from the floor, to the chair, to the counter. Wiggles followed, and they found themselves staring at plates full of strange looking foods. Some of them smelled like fish, but others smelled like something else.
"What is all this? I thought fish had eyes?" Wiggles asked, poking the nearest food with her paw. It was in a little circle of rice, and only the red part of it smelled anything like the fish she knew. Bill looked upward, at a menu that hung as a guide near the fridge.
"I see the word tuna, but I don't know the other words!" Both of them turned around, and saw a large fish laying not so far away. It was the biggest fish they'd ever seen! "C'mon Wiggles, let's try it all!"
They both used their little paws to scoop up the bits of the dishes that looked most like fish. Some of it was creamy, some of it was crunchy, but all of it was delicious. Neither of them had ever tasted anything as wonderful as this in their whole kitten lives! They got through 13 different plates before someone appeared in the door way. They'd been so busy enjoying the sushi that they hadn't heard someone walking toward the kitchen.
"CATS! IN MY KITCHEN!" They both froze on the counter, and Sir Billingsworth had a few grains of rice stuck to his face. Another person appeared... their Lady! Oh no!
"Wiggles! Sir Billingsworth! What on Earth are you doing here?!"
Neither kitten knew what to do! This was their Lady, but shouldn't they run? Wiggles tried to look like she hadn't been eating sushi, but she also had grains of rice stuck all over her face.
"These are your cats?" The man said, sounding astonished. "How did they get here? Don't you come by subway?"
"Yes, I'm not sure how they got here, but I will take them home immediately! I'm so very sorry!"
The man chuckled.
"Well, maybe they deserved a little sushi after a trip like that."
Their Lady scooped them up into her arms, thanked the man, then took them back through the Subway, and to the library. She tried to scold them, but had a smile on her face the whole time she was doing it.
"Now, really, I want you two to stay here this time!" She said, setting them down next to the yarn Wiggles had been playing with before they left.
"Wasn't that good? That was the best food in the world!" Bill said, starting to clean himself.
"We could just have waited til she brought some back for us." Wiggles said, playing with the yarn again.
"A Princess always gets what she wants, Wiggles." He said, noticing for the first time that he had rice on his face. Wiggles stopped playing and stared at him.
"Bill, you can't be a Princess. Only girls can."
"Well... whatever. I got what I wanted, anyway."