The Domino Effect

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Anne and Sprig are playing outside when they encounter giant wasps attacking a small creature trapped in the mud. After rescuing it, Anne discovers that the creature is a small caterpillar that resembles a cat, specifically Anne's cat Domino from back home. Anne immediately falls in love with the creature despite Sprig's reluctance to take it in, due to Hop Pop's strong stance and dislike against keeping pets, but Anne wins him over by a lick from it, dubbing the caterpillar Domino II. Anne asks Hop Pop directly about taking a pet in, but he instead angrily goes off on how Sprig and Polly once had a pet tarantula named Charlie Bigbottom who would cause a mess. While still uncomfortable with Domino II, who has begun licking and "play biting" him, Sprig distracts Hop Pop with stories on Charlie Bigbottom while Anne sneaks the cat-like creature into the basement.

The next morning, Sprig goes down to Anne's room to see that it is covered in cobwebs. He notices that Anne is covered in scratch marks from Domino II, but she insists that she is just getting used to this new environment. After spending a day hiding Domino II from Hop Pop and Polly while she showed interest in eating Polly, Domino II takes a nap in the basement as Sprig and Anne leave to get some food. Unknowingly, Domino II begins to cover herself in a cocoon and begins to grow. Anne and Sprig start eating upstairs when Hop Pop catches them and demands to know what they had been doing all day. After hearing a noise, the three rush downstairs to find that Domino II is missing. Sprig mentions that it was black with white spots and Hop Pop claims that they had taken in a coastal Kill-a-pillar just as she drops from the wall in front of them, already having transformed into a deadly butterfly. Polly bursts in at that moment to see what was going on causing Domino II to reacting ferociously and beating her wings as she rushes after the Plantars.

Despite Anne's efforts in keeping Domino II at bay, she begins attacking the Plantars forcing Anne to lead her outside with one of her mouse toys. After getting far away, Anne solemnly tosses the mouse toy into the wild as Domino II rushes after it as Anne watches her sadly. Upon coming back, Anne apologizes and Hop Pop initially furious, breaks down into tears, admitting that he missed Charlie Bigbottom. The next day Anne is cleaning up the basement while Sprig tells her that it is not difficult to take in a wild beast and keep it as a pet (referring to her) and offers an ugly stuffed doll version of Domino II to her which she lovingly hugs.

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