Happy Holidays my fellow fictioneers and readers! Today’s little ditty may have been inspired by, um, well, a book I’ve been reading A LOT over this last month. But I’ll fill you in on that later. First, the story:
‒ Dinner for Two ‒
The tree was trimmed, the table set.
He had better like surprises.
She glanced anxiously at the dinner plate.
He must love sushi.
She fidgeted, tired of waiting.
He must like cats. Of course he does. He’s definitely an animal lover.
A ruckus announced his arrival. He dropped his bag and looked down at the table set for two. “Well now, this is a nice surprise. I’m not used to getting more than milk and cookies.” Big Red looked down into her big, unblinking eyes. “But you know, Puss, I think the Misses is going to miss her gold fish.”
Today’s picture prompt was provided by Scott Vannatter. Thank you, Scott. Our group is kept in line by the beautiful and most talented, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Pop in to visit her if you’d like to join the challenge – or just cause. I’ll admit to being a bad little blogger and visitor these past couple of weeks. Illness and holiday demands have taken their toll, so visit and comment at your own risk. 😉
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Alright, you twisted my arm. The story behind the inspiration…it’s only a slight influence really. I have been reading Christmas for a Kitten with my daughter for the past three weeks or more. She keeps checking the same book out of the school library every week. She’s only slightly cat crazy. You wouldn’t know it by her four page wish list of stuffed cats on Amazon. Will she grow up to be a crazy cat lady like my aunt Bobby? Maybe.
Here’s a little interesting tidbit about my family. Quirky and fun, you got to love them. My aunt Bobby had a lot of cats. And when I say a lot, I mean A LOT. Her and her wife of many years cared for around 100 cats, about seven dogs and a blind donkey. Yes, blind. They did everything for these animals. They cooked their food – COOKED – gave them all their shots avoiding expensive trips to the vet, and did anything else necessary. They didn’t all live inside, of course. A select few (ten) got house privileges while the rest of the cats lived in a custom-built enclosure on the property. Could you imagine living that way? I don’t know, maybe you do, live that way I mean. Anyway, one holiday I received a card from her, it was also signed by the ten cats that lived in the house, the seven dogs and the donkey. That card was a gem! Allergic to cats? That was one place you’d definitely want to avoid.
The holiday is practically upon us. Are you ready? I don’t have a single present wrapped nor have I put any ornaments on my tree yet. Sniffle. Sniffle. Today marks the last day of school and so begins the holiday break. The entire family will be home, so I’ll be blogging infrequently, if at all for the next two weeks. If you follow the Thor tour, we hope to see a post or two from him during the next two weeks so you can look forward to that. If you missed his latest, check out what kind of trouble he got into up in Washington with Leslie Berry and follow his travels on the Thor World Tour page.
As always, thanks for stopping by. I look forward to your comments.