The house is quiet. Everyone's asleep. It's completely dark in the house. I know that darned coffeemaker is going to start up soon, spilling acrid fumes of something they call "hazelnut" into my atmosphere. It's freezing in here. Have I mentioned I'm wet?
I wish I could reach the thermostat.
That stupid owl out there keeps taunting me with those stupid owl eyes. Big and yellow. It must be neat to fly, though. The closest I've ever been to flying is when I got my claws stuck in the comforter right as Mom was making the bed. That was embarrassing.
Here comes my brother. He's always eating. I'm surprised he isn't as fat as that loudmouthed thing next door that bounces all the time and looks like it introduced its face to a wall at one-hundred miles-per-hour. The silence of my secret haven is crushed by sloppy crunch-crunch noises. He's looking up at me when he's crunching and I want to knock something onto his head.
The coffeemakers starts with a beep and blast of steam, and scares my brother back into the other room in a flash. Ha.
That stupid owl isn't there anymore.
The sky is starting to turn the color of when Mom is watching that show about people diving in the deep oceans. I like to sit with her and watch, too. There are fish that I would like to sink my claws into. Sometimes I wait until she leaves the room, then I'll try to catch the fish. One time she caught me and I hid for a long time. It ruined my reputation for awhile. At least she didn't tell Dad about it.
I guess it's time to go have a bath and sleep for awhile on my favorite pillow. It's going to get loud around here as my humans start stomping around getting ready for whatever they get ready for.
Participants are given the first sentence and then write 300-500 words using the same starting sentence. Each week a “winner” is awarded the opportunity to choose the next opening line.
Dodie Smith’s “I Capture the Castle” whose opening sentence is:
I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.
I like your perspective in this piece! Very creative!ReplyDelete
Thank you! As soon as I saw the prompt I thought of my cats. :)Delete
I had a cat that liked to sleep in the bathroom sink. Weird.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Eric! I had a cat that played in the sink all the time. I loved this prompt.Delete
I love it. I love that its all from a cat's perspective. Delightfully funny too. Thanks for the morning laugh. I especially liked the description of the neighbor cat's face. That was fabulously funny. Lol.ReplyDelete
Thank you for this.
Thank you, Sam :) I had a great time writing this one. It's fun imagining what's going on in their furry heads.Delete
so cute! my cat sits in my sink all the time, she doesn't care if there's anything in it, either.ReplyDelete
Hi Melissa :) aren't they strange creatures?Delete
HI...I love all the ways people are seeing this line. It's wonderful to watch each story take shape.ReplyDelete
From the CAT..it's so inspired :)
I so love this writing group! There is a lot of brainpower and creativity out there!Delete
Giggling at the ruined reputation over trying to catch on-screen fish :) You did a great job capturing the perspective of the cat and telling us about the humans living there, too. (And oh! to curl up and go to sleep just when it's time for people to start the day. That sounds divine.)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Angela! Yes, she is quite a refined creature and gets embarrassed easily. :) The perk of night shifts is being able to sleep through rush hour ;)Delete
I had a cat who used to drink out of the sink tap all the time. The POV of this was great, written in a very believable voice.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Tara! I had a wonderful time being a cat for awhile, if only in my mind.Delete
aw, i like this! at first i was all indignant, like who would call an owl stupid? huh? but, of course, a stupid cat would.ReplyDelete
Your comment made me laugh, Marian! It's this haughty look kitties get sometimes that inspired the "stupid owl" comment lol.Delete
Of course it's a cat! Well done!ReplyDelete
Thank you very much!Delete
Story from a cat's perspective... Cool!ReplyDelete
Thank you! I often think from their perspective. I guess I'm odd that way LOL.Delete
Loved the angle, and the way you captured the cats personality!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much. They do have personalities!Delete
I'm going to trip her... I'm fairly sure my cats lived for those moments. And my small dog, who seems to be part cat (with a face that"looks like it introduced its face to a wall at one-hundred miles-per-hour") is equally gleeful about it.ReplyDelete