>Maria sat there as tears filled her eyes, first welling up causing blurred sight, then one by one each drop began to fall, first lazily creating paths down her cheeks then as the momentum was created, the tears would fall and PLOP onto the letter she held in her hands. The ink began to run, twisting the words together until the words became unrecognizable. Her mother had written a carefully worded letter, she knew the pain Maria would feel, she knew the heartache that would ensue, but it had to be done – her cat had died.