“Who on earth is that?” Demanded Aubergine curtly.
“Eddy Eggplant. Isn’t he adorable? I’ve just adopted him.”
“What the?” Flumoxed Aubergine quite agitated, as Brinjaline had always emphasized she was a working girl and not the mumsy type and they'd both spent plenty of time ridiculing the notion of looking after young'uns. They did not consider themselves the Nana Mamacitas of the world.
“Because it’s the trend these days don’t you know?” Snapped Brinjaline.
Aubergine shot Brinjaline a calculating look smothered in smug silence and arrived at work next day with the sweet Beet Boy stuffed into a mod backpack on her back along with cute Carrot Cat. Not to be outdone Brinjaline turned up the following day with Eddy Eggplant, Kumquat Kitten and Bunny Beetroot in tow. So Aubergine arrived with Beet Boy, Carrot Cat, Radish Rabbit and Majool Date Dachshund. Highly annoyed, Brinjaline added Celery Sausage Dog to her menagerie plus the Shiitake Mushroom Quins. Naturally Aubergine was so incensed she didn’t bother to wait until the next day, she dashed off to the Live Produce Homing Home of Nana Nanamacita to gather up the Portabellini Mushroom Quads and just as she looked around to see who else she could adopt in stormed Brinjaline. The show down reached fever pitch as they simultaneously spotted tiny Tommy Tomato and lunged to grab him. Each latched onto an arm and pulled. Tommy squealed with fright:
“Oh my hellish naughty knickers!” blurted out Brinjaline “How could we?”
“I’d say it was slightly more you than me?” retorted Aubergine.
“You should both be ashamed of yourselves!” erupted Nana Mamacita, trying to comfort the tomato toddler “When eez zees crezeeeness going to end?” she bellowed in her strong French accent. “Zee Vegetable Hide Works eez being overrun weez all zeez adopshuns! C’est fou! Mad I say!” She bent over and picked up Tommy. “Look what you do to poor Tommeee. Ee eez a GMOooooo. Ee eez a special needz child not a fashON accessoreeeeeeee!”
The sisters blushed then gushed: “So sorry… really… sorry… YES really really sorry!” and sidled out surreptitiously shovelling back all their eclectic adoptions back into the Homing headquarters. All except for Carrot Cat and Kumquat Kitten that is, as Nana Mamacita insisted they keep them because cats hold their own, or rather, hold their owners and would keep those girls in check and from that day forward the sisters agreed to wear only bog standard issue pink petal fabric overalls with gingham head scarves to work to curtail any more insane fashion rivalry and resolved to pay more attention to their cats, who promptly ignored them because that's the kind of thing cats do ;-)