Clockwork Phoenix 1
Inspired by an Edward Lear lyric, this story relates the tale of how Old Man rejected the Jumbly Girl to remain with Old Foss, his sometimes talkative cat. While rejecting the Jumbly Girl saved the Old Man's life, Old Foss regrets how he'd convinced the Old Man otherwise. A moving tale. Deeper characterization might have made it more powerful, but still worth reading.