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“Kittens? No. Oh, why do you want more pets, dear?” Amelia sighed. She had enough to keep the roof over their heads, and other basic needs.

“We’ll do better and the kitten can play with It.” Her youngest held out a jar of coins.


“They’re so cute, though.”


“I’ll do my chores for a month!”

Amelia shook her head. “Try a stronger argument. The answer’s still ‘no.'”