The Cat Chronicles Day 56: The Accident

Wrinkly One, what are you doing? Even a cat can’t nap through all that racket, and if anyone is going to be up at such an hour, it should be for no other purpose than to fill the food bowls…

*Sigh* You can’t even hear my mews informing you the crumbly food-bits that don’t have the nice smells are all that’s left in the feeding bowls. Pathetic. No proper feline wants to eat that. But then, you hardly hear my mews these days anyway…

No matter, I’m a great hunter, master of the stand-off, you’d be surprised how long I can sit here swishing my tail and glaring unapprovingly. All things considered, it still beats going out to catch a meal in that much cold stuff…

Wrinkly One, what are you doing now…?

Oh, that is not a good sound. That is the sound prey makes when I pounce on it…

Wrinkly One…?

Wrinkly One? Hey, Wrinkly One! Wake up! You always twitch your face when I groom you here!

Oh, this isn’t good!

Hey!

Hey, Two-legger Kit! How can you still be asleep after all that noise! This is going to be harder than I thought…

Hey, Spotted Queen! The Wrinkly One is in trouble and the food bowls are in a terrible state! We must wake the two-legger kit, and two yowling kitties make more noise than one yowling kitty!

Heh. That worked, but she doesn’t look too happy about it…

No, no, no, bad two-legger! This is not the time to catnap a little longer!

You are going to get out of this comfy place…

Right now! Or so help me, I’ll swat you again!

You see this? The Wrinkly One is not sleeping in her comfy place! She doesn’t even look comfy! And she forgets a lot of things, but she nevers gets comfy before feeding the kitties!

Hey, Wrinkly One…

Hey, I just gave you a swat, you have to get up now! *pat pat pat* This worked on your kit, why is it not working? Wrinkly One?

Wrinkly One…

The house is so quiet. And the worst part is that I can’t find the Wrinkly One anywhere.

Wrinkly One? You under here?

Wrinkly One? Where are you?

Are you in your kit’s den?

*sigh* No…

She likes to clean the catbox– oh.

Wrinkly One? Are you trying to play with your leafy things out in this cold stuff?

Are you in here, Wrinkly One? I know it’s really comfy, but…

In the end, the Wrinkly One is just gone. She would never leave the den with the cat bowls not nice and full, so I know something is very wrong.

*gasp!* Wrinkly One!

…But it’s not the Wrinkly One. Only her kit returns to the den.

She seems upset…

Can’t find the Wrinkly One either…?

…Are things going to be all right, Two-legger Kit?

For now, I guess we just have to keep believing that will be the case. Your pets are soft and comforting, but only the Wrinkly One knows that special place right behind my ear to scratch.

Day 55 | Day 57

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About Mastress Alita

I'm a fulltime librarian, a chronic migraineur, a tea addict, and an avid Simmer that writes SimLit and maintains the Stories and Legacies Index, a link directory of SimLit on Wordpress. Though I obviously love cats, I actually don't own one! (Blame my apartment lease for that!) I do have a charming old cockatiel, Kali, that has been my companion for the last seventeen years!
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19 Responses to The Cat Chronicles Day 56: The Accident

  1. Oh how sad! I’m seriously wiping a tear away right now.

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  2. bmitjessesue says:

    So sad! I love it when stories are told from pets perspective! I was holding back tears!

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    • One does have to wonder what it must look like to a pet when there is no way to explain to them what is going on and give them context; a reader can read between the lines and get the context of the situation, but for the animal, I imagine they’d just be confused when their human is suddenly not around. It’s these things I try to think about when I write for Shadow.

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      • bmitjessesue says:

        This has made me think about what my dog will go thru when I am no longer around starting in September. My husband I will be running separate households so I can get my daughter into a different better school. We will be home a lot but I’m sure it will be confusing for her.

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  3. cathytea says:

    Oh boy . That was exciting , scary and sad.

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  4. Awesome chapter . Indeed Shadow is a hero for Rose but he also make me smile when he searched her everywhere ahaha. Good boy !

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    • Shadow is deeply attached to Rose. When she’s suddenly missing from his environment when she’s typically around, it does lead him to a lot of confusion. At least he seems pretty keen on the best places to check! (Well, except checking inside the cat tent, but ya know… he tries.)

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  5. Heartbreaking. 💔 I can’t imagine how scary it is for pets to loose their owners.

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    • The situation may not be what you think it is. When the Reaper comes for Rose, everyone will know it. Had Shadow not gotten help so quickly, that could have very easily been the result, though.

      From Shadow’s perspective, he has no way of understanding what exactly is going on; where his owner is, why she is gone, if or when she is coming back, so for him, it is as if she is simply gone, causing an area of confusion in his environment. I imagine just going on vacation must be similar to a pet. You can’t sit them down and explain, “I’m just going to be gone for four days, and then I’ll be back!” They’ll just simply see you missing for four days… and then suddenly be back.

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  6. raerei says:

    Poor Shadow. I love him looking under the sofa, at first I thought he was going to hide there, but I can just imagine him wandering around the place, mewing.

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