Kai the drenched kitten looks up in horror as the alien death ray device (aka the hair drier) looms in from above. Xena can't look - she has to hide her head in her paws.
Naturally there is a story behind this picture and naturally, it being Kitten Picture Wednesday, that story will be told. It all started last week when Xena commenced First Contact talks with large woolly aliens she later learned were called sheep. At first the talks went well - as can be seen below. Xena listens intently to the woolly delegate.
The talks go so well that, back on planet Kitten, there is dancing in the streets. Mouse tariffs will be lowered and kibbles will be free!
Then an over exuberant gang of young woolly aliens (aka a lamb gang) bursts upon the meeting, leaping over and off boulders and sending the Kitten delegation racing for the nearest tree. It's a large tree. Kai is the black shape in the lower circle and Xena is the camouflaged kitten in the trees troposphere. A large woolly alien looks on from below.
And, finally, an explanation about the first picture. Coming back from the negotiations Kai decided to celebrate his tree-climbing prowess by tucking into the specially prepared meal he found on top of the fridge. Unfortunately the sustenance found was neither specially prepared nor a meal. It was chicken fat cooling off in a foil container before being thrown out. Kai, a kitten of the messy eater persuasion, managed to coat his chest, stomach and front legs in gooey fat. First contact with the shower spray swiftly ensued - in which there was much struggling, much clawing, some spilt blood (all ours) and much water. Ten minutes with the hair drier restored Kai and his fur to his previous lustrous - and very dry - state.