Posts Tagged ‘cat lady’

31st May
2011
written 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.

22nd May
2011
written by amber

Cats

All night long, like bubbles in a boiling pot, the cats rise one or two at a time, rub against her neck or hands, then sink back down to the foot of the bed.  At 4 a.m. they start to mew and miaow and yowl for food, but she does not respond.

Fifteen cats lie on the bed, an interlinked jigsaw of variegated fur.  Three more shy cats huddle beneath the bed and the solitary one watches from his perch on a high cupboard.  Friends and even strangers have brought some of them to her, but most find her on their own, gypsy cats reading the signs scratched on her fence posts.

The cats seethe and fuss, demanding food, but still she ignores them. Food comes, they have learned, after talking.  She might say, “Bugger off, it’s not even 5 a.m.” or “Can’t a person get a little sleep-in around here? You kept me up half the night.” But today there is no talking.

The sun peeks through the window, casting weak light across the furred bedspread, catching in the threads dangling from the curtain, the curls of wood festooning the lower reaches of the doorframe. And still she will not talk nor will she rise, grumbling, to feed them. She bats weakly at them when, en masse, they stand sentry on her shoulder and the pillow, staring.

Talking sometimes involves the talking stick. Rosey, the eldest, knocks it free and Burns walks across the buttons. A small voice emerges from the talking stick, “911, what is your emergency?”

And still she will not talk. The solitary one, the hungriest of all because the others kept him from the food the previous day, jumps down. Twitches travel up and down his back as he braves proximity, tail high and expanding. He dashes toward her face and swipes at her cheek, claws rampant.

“Bugger off!” she moans, “Can’t you see I’m sick?”

The cats nudge the talking stick toward her and finally she pulls it to her mouth, weeping, “I’m sick, I’m sick, help me.”

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.