The Cages Room (flash fiction)

(This piece was an exploration of a funny kind of grammar I call Malka Speak, and is one of a series of writings about the impact of relationships between aminals and their people)

We stayed close together, Maura and I did.  We would rather be in the cages room with each other cat, than be taken out alone.  Maura got people’s attention first – they wanted to call her Boots or Socks or Slippers, but she would get bitey if they didn’t want me too, and they would put her back for someone shyer.

I got lost in the sea of cat faces.  People would calling me Tabby, if they called me at all.  Lots of us cats got called Tabby.  Maura and I were not kittens anymore.  Actually, we still were kittens at ten months old, but people usually wanted us cats more when we were the tiny ones with baby whiskers, and too big of ears.

Once upon a day, Maura and I were just getting up from a sleeping when we saw his biggest brown eyes looking at us.  We looked into his eyes and we cats saw our way home.  We both of us saw it!  We got so excited that Maura, she forgot to be bitey. 

Oh boy!  He is looking at me first and he is calling me Sweetie!  I snuggled close to Maura so he would know for surely that we were together girls, and he saw us both cats. He asked to meet us two together! 

That was the beginning of us three.  Boy did Maura and I have an important job for doing!  We could see the heart of our new person right away, and we were seeing the depth of his hurt and his lonely. We knew we were home.  He rescued us from the cages room, and we rescued him right back.

6 comments

  • houstonalle

    houstonalle

    Sweet story. It's always so hard to go to the shelters to find the right pet for oneself. Hard to leave any behind. Glad your story had a good ending.

    Sweet story. It's always so hard to go to the shelters to find the right pet for oneself. Hard to leave any behind. Glad your story had a good ending.

  • Denise

    Denise

    I know Alle. Those places break my heart. I wish they all had happy endings. In my story, it made me feel better to know that my two had a friend in there! Always great to hear from you. Thanks for reading along...

    I know Alle. Those places break my heart. I wish they all had happy endings. In my story, it made me feel better to know that my two had a friend in there! Always great to hear from you. Thanks for reading along...

  • harry

    harry

    folks where i live do talks like this most times. i find it charming and engaging as i have to pay more attention and that's a good thing. i just can't visit the cage rooms anymore. breaks my heart. once again you have penned a story that says so much to me in very few words. thank you for opening my eyes a little wider today

    folks where i live do talks like this most times. i find it charming and engaging as i have to pay more attention and that's a good thing. i just can't visit the cage rooms anymore. breaks my heart. once again you have penned a story that says so much to me in very few words. thank you for opening my eyes a little wider today

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thanks Harry, I have a hard time going there too, and generally don't anymore, although I do send them donations. Thank you for your kind words about my story. Appreciated...

    Thanks Harry,
    I have a hard time going there too, and generally don't anymore, although I do send them donations. Thank you for your kind words about my story. Appreciated...

  • Kathy

    Kathy

    I thought this was Tootsie/Tinkie-speak! I loved this, Denise. Thanks for sharing. I think all pets rescue us right back!!

    I thought this was Tootsie/Tinkie-speak! I loved this, Denise. Thanks for sharing. I think all pets rescue us right back!!

  • Denise

    Denise

    I share it with T&T! It comes out of me when animals are around. You are right, they do rescue us right back. Thanks for checking in Kathy.

    I share it with T&T! It comes out of me when animals are around. You are right, they do rescue us right back. Thanks for checking in Kathy.

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