She flung herself into the threadbare train seat, closed her eyes and thought of her friend Pünktchen, her parents´ cat. The constant sound of speed made her sleepy. "Darling", Pünktchen said to her once, and she remembered that day very well, "you and I, we are of the same kind. We´re not made of sugar! See, even if it rains, I´m not afraid and I stay outside. The world can even be more fascinating during a rainy period. And we are strong, don´t you forget that..." - and with a wink she ran away to catch some mice. With these consolating words and the train´s cradling rhythm Mali fell asleep.