Saturday, April 21, 2007
circle of friends
It would be hard for Serena to sneak out of the house tonight, but she knew she must. She couldn't live an existence bereft of friends, without others like herself. Her days were so lonely that sometimes she felt like weeping.
And yet, even as she yearned to be part of this circle, she knew that she was still alone in one important way: she was a housecat, not a stray. The strays were united in their quest to look after one another, and their meetings were all about how to obtain food enough to divide amongst themselves. Sure, there were a couple cats, Silvertabby and Calico, who had humans looking out for them, and these two were admired for their ability to carry extra food out to others. They were lauded and worshipped as the most generous of cats. And then there was Abyssinian, who could charm the biggest, meanest dog in the neighborhood into pushing his leftovers in her direction--which she would selflessly share with others. Abyssinian was the purest of the sweet, the most wonderful soul Serena had ever encountered, and the dreadful sadness she would feel if ever denied her company was the chief motivation behind Serena's stealth.
And Serena had more to do than sneak herself out--she didn't want to go empty-pawed! Her humans were always wondering why she'd been slowly, steadily losing weight. They'd even made her endure extra tests at the vet's. Obviously, she couldn't show up looking well-fed.
Having friends meant a lot, but Serena knew that she was false. What would happen if they found out that she was really a pampered housecat? Surely, they'd call her pathetic, send her home, and laugh at her behind her tail.
It would surely be more fun to sneak out with a bunch of housecats, but it was impossible for them to meet. And even if such a group could be started, she'd miss Abysinnian. And, oh, she'd die if her cherished one found out what she was.
And as Serena had this short daymare, she heard Actonbell shout, "Oh, man! Right after Ekim got home, too!"
Serena had quite forgotten herself, and urinated on the spot. She slunk away as Actonbell hurriedly cleaned up the mess before Ekim got back from running around outside.