Chapter 1 : Family Traditions⁠

Chapter 1 : Family Traditions⁠

The Tales of New Yarn City : Chapter 1 : Family Traditions⁠

Mortimer Nocturne comes from a long dynasty of venerable vermin exterminators. His family tree goes far back to the famous Rat-Catcher of Hamelin. Generations of proud Nocturns have dedicated their lives to the glorious battle against fleas, bed bugs and cockroaches.⁠

In search of new challenges, Mortimer's great-grandfather left the family estate and boarded an ocean liner to America. Aboard, He earned a good reputation by saving the ladies from a dreadful mouse and setting up a world record for caught water fleas.⁠

Arrived in the New World and in modern times, his son – Mortimer's grandfather – founded an emerging pest control company. In the spirit of the family tradition Mortimer's father became a passionate moth hunter and found his calling in his profession. He often took his son on the hunt – little Mortimer thought it was terrible. ⁠

While his father indulged in the cruel moth hunt in a local yarn shop, little Mortimer was hiding in a wool closet in the back room, pretending he was looking for moth's in there. In the cozy darkness of the wool cabinet he found comfort and solace. ⁠

One day Mortimer actually found a moth in the closet! The Golden Daydream Moth – a very rare species. If his father would detect her, she surely would become another hunting trophy in his father's room. Mortimer had to save the moth! Carefully he hid her under his knit vest, carried her home and gave her a new home in the dark safety of his wardrobe.⁠

It went well for years, but one day Mortimer's mother grew suspicious because of the increasing number of holes in her son’s clothes.

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Talking to Mortimer was not very productive. He seemed rather uninterested and the only idea he came up with was that the wool might have been eaten by moths. How stupid!
Hailey joined her grandmother's friends – seven women of different ages met here for their weekly tea party, all of them with a love for yarn and most of them even owners of craft shops or yarn manufactories.
Mortimer had to laugh out loud! The books on the desk not only showed that the company's finances were really bad, but also the reason and the success of his father's secret moth breeding were documented...
All of a sudden the magic was gone. The tragic accident of his parents throw Mortimer back to reality. He had to reluctantly accept his legacy.
Hailey opened the door of a yarn closet. There was a boy, sleeping the middle of wool balls. He seemed to be lost – what a luck Hailey had found him!
"Today is a good day for a good day“, Hailey O’Kitty thought, when the warm morning sun fell through the attic window and tickled the tip of her nose.
We don’t know for sure whether Mortimer's secret pet was responsible for his perforated clothes, or if it's just natural for boys this age to wear jeans and socks full of holes.
Mortimer Nocturne comes from a long dynasty of venerable vermin exterminators. His family tree goes far back to the famous Rat-Catcher of Hamelin.