By Jude, age 11, Co. Wexford
There once was an old man who lived alone in a small house in the countryside. His only friend was a cat. The cat had been a stray, but the man had adopted her and called her Sooty. Every day he and Sooty would walk through the woods. The old man could almost tell what Sooty was thinking sometimes. The man had no relatives except his niece who made cars in the city (the old man hated the city).