As they were leaving the park they saw the booth for donations and Millie bent down to retrieve her last penny. Again she had difficulty getting the penny out of the little window and Honey came to her rescue and popped it out as easily as she did the first one. She dropped it in the slot of the machine and was turning to leave as a whirling light began to flash and a bell began to ring.
“Oh my goodness!” Millie and Honey said together, “What is that all about?”
Sir Thomas went behind the machine and flipped a switch, which immediately turned off the light and bell. In the silence, he looked down at a small computer screen and smiling, he looked at Millie. “Well, Well, Well! It looks like you have won a free gift, from the “Catatonia Amusement Park.”
“I am Sorry, but I don’t understand,” Millie Questioned, “We came here for a penny, we enjoyed this lovely amusement park all day and now we have won a prize? What can I say? I am overwhelmed!”
“Purr-fectly understandable, my dear lady, but each day one lucky group wins a prize at the Catatonia Amusement Park and it seems that today, it is YOU!” Sir Thomas handed Millie a slip of paper and announced, “On behalf of the Catatonia Amusement Park, LTD., and in conjunction with Instant Vacations, LTD., we are proud to present to you, your gift.” He lifted one paw toward the Instant Traveling Machine.
“I don’t understand yet. Is our gift inside the machine that brought us all here?” Millie asked.
Laughing a little, Sir Thomas explained, “My dear ladies and gentlemen, your gift IS the Instant Traveling Machine.”
“While it is quite unusual, as the gifts are normally from the amusement park gift shop. Although the traveling machine has recently been added to the gift shop ordering catalog. Anyway, it is now yours. Enjoy!” He said in a rush.
A riot of excited conversation erupted from the group as it dawned on them what Sir Thomas was talking about. Everyone had a million questions to ask and they were all answered one by one. “Yes, yes, yes, the machine is all yours. Unfortunately, it will still cost one penny to get it to operate on the journey out, but the journey back is always free. You can go any place you wish and Rose will be with the machine to help you with any questions.”
They stood around the machine and talked for a little while longer, but the setting sun urged them to begin thinking that it was time they headed home. So giving Sir Thomas Katt a nuzzle good-bye, they boarded the machine and all took their seats. Once they were seated, Rose asked if everyone had a good time and everyone agreed that it was a wonderful day. She smiled and thanked them for their glowing report and said that she would note it with the company as a positive experience.