Estimated reading time: 2 minute(s)

Justin and Justina, two similarly-named friends, make up The New Leaf Journal’s resident fictional dialogue duo. You can find their past adventures and dialogues in our Justin and Justina series page. Today’s dialogue finds Justin and Justina having a text conversation (Justin uses JMP Chat). Justina’s friend informed her that he adopted an adorable kitten. This friend wants ideas for the kitten’s name. Will Justin be able to help Justina help her friend?

This kitten illustration was part of Diantha Horne Marlowe for Marshall Saunders' Pussy Black-Face, or the Story of a Kitten and Her Friends - available on Project Gutenberg.
This kitten illustration was part of Diantha Horne Marlowe for Marshall Saunders’ Pussy Black-Face, or the Story of a Kitten and Her Friends – available on Project Gutenberg.

(Probably not.)

A Cute Kitten

Justina: I sent you a picture!
Justin: That’s a cute kitten.
Justina: My friend Isabel just adopted him.
Justin: What’s his name?
Justina: That’s why I sent him. She’s asking me to come up with a name.
Justin: Do you have an idea?
Justina: No. Too much pressure! Help me!
Justin: Famous last words.

Revisiting a Guinea Pig-Naming Story

Justina: What do you mean?
Justin: Well, I did name your guinea pig that I am for some reason entirely responsible for.
Justina: Pumptake!
Justin: I’m looking at Pumptake now. He’s glad you remember him. You haven’t visited in a while.
Justina: Didn’t I name him?
Justin: In a sense, but not really.
Justina: I don’t really remember.
Justin: You never do.
Justina: Anyway, what about the kitten? You should have a good name if you really named Pumptake.

The Austro-Hungarian Guinea Pig

Justin: Eureka! I got it!
Justina: What’s the name?
Justin: Franz Purrdinand.
Justina: …What?
Justin: You can’t reject this idea.
Justina: I can and I will.
Justin: Do you know what will happen?
Justina: I won’t send this idea to Isabel.
Justin: World War III.
Justina: Where do you come up with this stuff.
Justin: All you had to do for a brigher future was to accept Franz Purrdinand.
Justina: You and Proton Von are both useless.

The First Baseman Kitten

Justin: You asked Von too?
Justina: Yes.
Justin: What did he say? No way it’s better than Franz Purrdinand. Knowing him, probably a baseball reference.
Justina: Uh… Mickitten Welch. Where did that come from?
Justin: Wow, that came from left field.
Justina: …Was that a pun?
Justin: Yes.
Justina: Why do I bother?
Justin: Very disappointed in Von.
Justina: Why? Because you like your “Franz Purrdinand” more than his baseball idea?
Justin: I do, but that’s not the reason.
Justina: Then why.
Justin: He missed Harmon Kittenbrew.
Justina: …
Justin: You can’t complain about my ideas here after what you put me through with my cards on Christmas and Valentine’s.
Justina: I’m going to ask someone else.
Justin: Long live Franz Purrdinand!