Chapter 9: The Shop At Last.
By now Anton was living in small bedsit and making a few more roubles because he was winning a lot of his boxings. It was hard work, often he was bruised, but it was a living.
One day there was knock on bedsit door. When he opened it, he saw a familiar bedraggly face. It was Stanislav. He had now finish school and had come to join his friend. Good old faithful Stanislav.
Anton was very happy to see him, and together they decided that Anton must finish the boxings, and they must set out to make their fortune comparing meerkats.
The next morning they loaded an old cart with as many meerkat paintings as they could carry and made their way to Moscow flea market (which, puzzlingly and disappointingly, was not actually a market for flea selling). Anton neatly arranged the portraits of Knightkat and Paintkat, and Soldierkat and Factorykat, and Stanislav got on box with his speaking trumpet. They did not have success. Passer-bys could not work out what point of compairing kats was.
Anton and Stanislav decided to swallow their prides and sight their aims lower. They bought up all the scruffy muskrat portraits they could find and made their way to seedy back alleys. Thoughout the nights, they could let dirty old muskrats compare creepy muskrat paintings. It was shameful times.
During the days, they continued comparing meerkats in the market. They painted up the comparethemeerkat.cart and made purchases of a little pointer for better comparing. But it was hard work. And for long time no one was take much notice.
Then one day the crowds went quiet. Along the street came Maxim Mandovich, Mayor of Moscow, and his beautiful daughter Valeria. Anton looked at her and felt his insides go all wobbly. And when she stopped in front of comparethemeerkat.cart, he thought he might faint. Gesturing with a silk-gloved claw, Valaria told Anton to hold up the Soldierkat and Knightkat, two of the most handsome meerkats.
Holding paintings in his shaky paws, Anton await Valeria’s verdict. Imagine his astonishment when she said, “The one in the middle”. He was overcome with adorings. And this was the beginning of the big romance that led to my parents’ marriedness.
After Valeria’s comparing, my Papa’s business went through the ceiling. Word of comparing reached outside Moscow and the crowds came crowding in from miles around to see Anton and the faithful Stanislav compare meerkats. The two entrepreneurkats sold comparethemeerkat.cart and bought the first comparethemeerkat.shop. On the day it opened Anton’s parents, Grigory and Anastasia, came to visit. Grigory shook his son’s paw and Anastasia kissed him on the cheek. Any my papa got tears all over his new cravat.