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The cat carried a chocolate bar, wrapper still intact, to a shady spot under the pier.

It groomed itself as it waited, ears alert to the calls of gulls and eyes fixed on the waves as they approached and retreated timidly, edging further from the shore with each motion.

A mermaid emerged, grabbing the felines pilfered candy, leaving a flounder in its place.

The companions ate in silence, enjoying each others company.