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31st May
2011
posted by amber

What the Cats Saw

Something entered their yard, something large. En masse, the cats leapt from the bed and pressed their faces against the patio door. The three shy cats crept from beneath the bed, camouflaged with hanks of fur not matching their own, and hovered in the background, eyes wide, crouched  in anticipation of the imminent need for flight. The solitary cat thumped onto the floor from the top of the cupboard and tried to join the others but Rosey, the eldest, hissed at him.

Burns, one-eared and grizzled, had seen the thing, bigger than the Pontiac and possibly as hazardous, although he couldn’t imagine a trip to the vet in the thing, unless there was a vet in the sky where the thing had come from. The other cats didn’t see the large shiny thing, it had disappeared by the time they arrived at the window. But they all knew it was there, they could sense its massive presence in their yard, they could hear the high pitched sound it made, a sound they had never heard before. Sweet, like birdsong, enticing even, although when foolish Blackie made a move toward the cat door, Rosey snarled a warning at him, despite the fact that the cat door was locked for the night.

When the woman in the white dress arrived to make breakfast for Mum and help her to the bathroom, she fed them and unlocked the cat door. When she was ready to leave, she said, “I don’t know what’s the matter with the cats today. Not a one of them has gone outside yet.”

“Leave their door open,” Mum said. “Marie can close it when she comes tonight. I wonder what’s gotten into them? Every one of them was hiding under the bed when I woke up.”

The Story 365 project is a year-long marathon of short story writing, with a new story posted every day on this website from May 1, 2011 – April 30, 2012.  Stories must be a minimum of 200 words.  Please help me by adding first line suggestions in the Comment section.

1 Comment

  1. Candas
    31/05/2011

    Now I have two storylines to follow!

    Looking forward to seeing you this weekend, and I will tell you a real Crazy Cat Lady story…

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