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my name is midnight. I am in the background yet I am on deck. the stars twinkle behind me. in my journey as I reach for the finish line. so close yet so far. I learn to use determination as a tool. the determination to move above what is usual and comfortable. comfort zones. to want it bad enough to start doing the things that will allow me to move a mountain

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how beautiful. would love to hear more.

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Love this story. Hope you continue soon.

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as the dawn breaks over the horizon I slowly raised my head to view my surroundings. OH yes, it was not a dream! I am curled up on my soft pillow on the white sofa, Pretty Lady indeed is just there in her bed snoozing & at last my world is as I wish it to be.
At this moment I vow to never leave the yard, to never be distracted by a bird or mouse or anyother thing that could lead me to venture past the safety of Pretty Ladies protection.
I stretched out my full length to loosen the muscles cramping from a hard nights sleep. Then jumped up on Pretty Ladies lap , curled in a small ball & set about dreaming of days in the sunshine with her kind hand caressing my fur.
Never no never again would I roam!
So closes this saga of Midnite. Will he wander? Will he roam?? Will he again find that he has left behind the comforts of his home? Ahhh dear reader that is yet to be seen.
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Man this is good!

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As surely as the death knoll tolls for those it comes for the cocks crow struck terror into my heart. I walked head high & with a staggering posture that was belied by the butterflies flitting about in my stomach. Each step echoed in my head like thunder on the hillsides. I had not a doubt that this was to be the moment I would surrender all of my many lives.
As I passed a narrow spot along the wall a hand swept out & placed in my paw a sliver of a needle.
A misty voice in my head told me to nick the finger of the Dark Lord then immediately before his blood could spill to force the needle into the ground to its hilt. Thus shall the battle be won or lost the voice faded with those words.
I turned the corner into the courtyard & there he stood. A towering column of a man, robes billowing in the wind & long strands of dark hair lifting with the breezes to reveal the coldest darkest eyes I have ever seen. My heart went cold as I recognized those eyes, the eyes of the Bad Man! In this life & in all others this person has pursued me & sought to end my lives.
Laughter filled the courtyard, curses poured forth from the mans lips. "This is your hero! This is your shining knight that will save you all! Curses upon you all tiny people of small minds & cowering bodies!
Today shall be mine & this place shall be rid of such as you!"
Without warning he slashed at me with a huge sword. The clang as it struck the wall next to me sent vibrations throughout my body. I jumped to the side then dashed between the Dark Lords legs to seek a site where I could proceed with my attack.
"Your attack, ha ha ha, what a foolish animal you are! You have allowed the foolish people of this area to convince you that you "are their chosen one"..that only you can save them. I am not sure for whom I have the most contempt, them for using a silly cat to battle The Dark Lord, or you for falling into their trap. Only you will die today, I promised that, but did I promise none would die on other days? No, that promise I did not make!, the Dark Lords voice carried over the entire courtyard as he roared with evil laughter at his own deceitfullness in dealing with the people.
My mind filled with the words~you are evil!
"Oh indeed I am Sir Midnite. Indeed I am. It is my lot my fate & my life. I serve a dark master that leads my every step."
Now I knew he had plugged into my thoughts, now I had to use those thoughts to lead him where I could do what I had to do.
A few more leaps from hay bale to wagon to the road led us down a path to an area where there were no paving stones, only soft newly trodden dirt that had been swept clean by the morning crew in preperation of the market day arrivals.
The Dark Lord followed me. I could see he was puzzled at my retreat & that he could no longer sort my thoughts out. I had begun a series of sing song thoughts jumbled & tumbling thru my mind without pattern or purpose. My plan was made, the course set. There was nothing for me to think of now.
Now was the time to act.
Again & again the blade swished past me, barely missing head or body. I could feel spots where the sharp blade had shaved off a few hairs.
The Dark Lord stopped & plucked a few hairs from the blade to place in his pocket. His thoughts were now clear to me. I cowered inwardly as I realized he was considering letting me live with only one life left as a spellbound servent to him.
OH NO~ ~ the thought excaped from my mind.
Ah Ha~ got ya cat. You thought you had me blocked but I was able to fathom the depths of your mind & now I know your plan. It is one of foolish actions leading to your death. Stop now, accept me as your Lord & Master & live as my companion thru your lives.
The words were soft, inticingly so. Behind them was the ice of his unfeeling eyes & the truth of bondage to such a personage.
I began to circle in larger & larger steps. The sword continued to sing its song of death with each strike made. Ringing out against rock & stone, throwing up puffs of dust that blotted out the sun yet not the final blow yet, he was playing with me for his amuzement.
I stopped turned to him & with every fiber of my being sent his way the thought most deep in my mind.
"I dispise your ways, you of the cold & dark heart."
The Dark Lord roared in anger & struck what was meant to be my final blow.
I twisted slightly the sword caught my tail & chopped it clean off, but as he withdrew his hand I cleanly nicked his pinkie finger.
As quick as a blink I buried the needle in the dirt at my feet, up to the hilt as told.
A silence fell upon the world, the Dark Lord turned into a vapor that followed the needle deep into the ground.
Quickly someone pushed me aside & rolled a massive boulder in place over the spot where the Dark Lord had followed the track of the needle to the place under the ground.
Cheers raised! Voices in chorus roared~ Freedom at last!
I was exhausted & only sought the comfort of my pillow by the fire. I briefly caught the words, "we will let him rest~tomorrow will do for celebration."
A soft hand caressed my head. A voice of the one I dearly loved disturbed my sleep. I was gathered up into the arms of Pretty lady as she spoke gently to me.
"You seemed restless Midnite, bad dreams my love?"

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The story unfolded like a movie as each told their part of the tale. It was like one of those movies we had watched on Pretty Lady's television. Only this is really happening.
I sat transfixed as the stories poured out. First Mama, then Andrea, then even Ralph had some to add.
The light outside had started to fade by the time the telling was finished for the day. Now I had to try to find in my memories a connection to all this.
Evening meal was brought in & served. A new tension was felt or perhaps I just was more aware of it since finding the truth of this place.
A dish deep with rich cream was set before me by one of the servants as they served the evening meal.
"Do not touch it!," a raspy whisper reached my ears just as my tongue was nearing the delightful meal.
Without a movement of my head I was able to see Ralphs beady eyes in the darkness of the corner.
"They have put somewhat in it. I do not know of what, the cook though said to the Lord before sending the cream that it would take care of the black cat problem. DO NOT touch it!!" Ralphs words were enough to cause me to not even consider a taste. The urgent tone of his voice concerned me even more.
"Do act as if you have. Go to your bed & do your grooming as you would, then pretend to fall asleep. It is what they will expect." Ralph was sounding rather bossy was my first thought. I was close to turning to him when I noted the servant watching me closely. I lowered my head & began to lap at the edge of the bowl. He then smiled & returned to serving the meal to the family.
A single leap to my bed & a few moments spent soothing the fur into place before I curled up for what I hoped would look like a deep sleep. A quick glance at the servant told me he was sure that the reward would be his for disposing of the "black cat issue." Now what would we do & where would I stay since it was to be assumed that I was gone.
Darkness was full upon the room with only the flickering of the fire casting shadows on the walls when Ralph came to my bed & called to me.
"Follow me, you will be safe here & we can make plan to proceed."
He trotted off towards what appeared to be a solid wall. Just as he got there an opening large enough for him to pass opened. He glanced back at me with a twinkle in his eye then stated, "you too shall pass."
Sure enough as I approached the wall the opening extended just enough to allow me to fit thru.
"What magick is this?" I was impressed & let him know that I was.
"Nothing, a trivial lil trick , we will need much stronger medicine than that to win in this battle."
I entered a tunnel that lead to a large room, many had gathered here as there were chairs , pillows, seats of various kinds.
"What place is this?"
"Hush! Can you not keep yourself quiet or are you so in love with the sound of your own voice that you will betray all of us!" Ralph did not speak aloud, he had looked deep into my eyes & sent his message without making a sound.
I returned his look with what I hoped was a glare, then sending the thought to him. I need to know what place this is!
Ralph grinned at me. Good! The return message came.
I realized then that speech was not such a great thing, this ability to speak without words though was wonderful.
"only if you are very careful with your thoughts, for many can pick them up. Not all are friends. So you must learn to mask your thoughts at times."
This is becoming much more difficult than I had anticipated. I only wanted a warm bed by the fire & a meal for my stomach. Now it would seem I am becoming entwined deeply in some sort of war between some powerful entities.
We passed days there in the chamber. Meals were brought to us & many new faces became a part of my life. The need for physical training was obvious for although plans could be made , actions needed to be taken. Maps of fields, chambers of the castle, areas for safe retreat were all set forth. The day was rapidly approaching for the battle to commence.
Each day I felt less like a cat & more like a warrior. A transition I had not sought but was foisted upon me by the fates. It would do no good to rant & rail about my lot, it was cast & so it would be.
As the tale became more familiar, indeed it also became a part of my memories. What I had thought were dreams were reality, the world I thought I had known was twisting upon itself & all I could do was try to prepare for the coming of the dawn of The Day.
Ralph was shaking me,"time to waken~time to go! If we do not act today it will be too late." The doormouse heard the cook tell that tonite would be the "last supper" he would cook for this group. He referred to My Ladies as the young & old witch. We must act now or loose forever!"
Our army was an interesting one, consisting of mice, rats, cats, a scattering of dogs & foxes. There were rumours of the woodland creatures preparing to support us, but we had no contact with them as yet.
Before the dawning had completed we were in place & prepared to proceed.
The door to the room opened & we rushed forth. Food flew against the walls as the servants threw trays at the hoards of mice & rats scurring toward them.
Running full force to the exits the servants did not take time to close the doors. We found that the circle of power was not present unless the doors were closed. The larger of the rats scrambled to place rocks to hold the doors open as the balance of the army continued across the couryard on the heels of the servants. Everything depended on being able to catch the doors to the central kitchen so we could access the castle main.
There was a shouting of alarm as the servants attempted to close the doors. Our planned suprise was not to be. Boiling water was poured upon the heads of those at the forefront, we clammered over the bodies of our friends & allies as we gained entry to the main buildings.
From the forest a sound arose much like the baying of a wolf. Although we did not see it we were told later that a grand appearance of foxes, wolves & coyotes appeared on the horizon such as to frighten the bravest of souls. Following them came the larger creatures, deer, elk , bear & even the elegant aloof moose. Row upon row they approached. The draw bridge had been let down for the morning merchants to approach, now the weight of the encrouching animals would not allow the bridgekeeper to raise the bridge.
Then wonder of wonders the villagers came with plow sheers, forks , staves of all kinds. A roar raised from the crowd of people as they marched across the fields. Freedom today!! Freedom today!!! The chant echoed off the tall walls of the castle keep.
Our battle surged on thru the day with the night bringing no relief. I had no idea where Mama & Andrea were. Only brief glimpses of them thru the day told me they were there battling side by side with the villagers.
Throughout the night the battle surged on. As dawn began to appear on the horizon I was sure that we had not the strength to continue for another day.
Many of the servants had turned against the Dark Lord, but many others continued to battle for his cause. The moans & cries of the wounded & dying filled our ears & tore at our hearts. Still the battle raged on.
Then on the upper ramparts of the castle the Dark Lord made himself seen. In a voice that filled the courtyard he cried out, "I will battle with one. Choose your warrior! At the second cock crow of the day have him prepared for battle. Winner take all!"
With a sweep of his robes he disappeared from sight.
MIDNITE....MIDNITE....MIDNITE~ the chant was deafening. I gazed about only to see all that were present in the courtyard gazing back at me. Staffs raised, paws set, eyes focused on ME!
Mama appeared in front of me, softly she spoke , "This is your fate, Midnite, this is what you were drawn to us to do." "You must battle the Dark Lord & win or all is lost for all time."
"What know I of battles?", the voice I knew was mine, the words unbidden as I spoke them.
"You know much more than most here. If you would allow your memories to come. You must open your mind to the possibilities. Success is there if you will only allow it." Andrea spoke softly but with conviction as she walked toward me. Her gown was spattered with blood. The strain of the night showed on her face & every movement.
"I have no strength left. Only you can continue. Come we must prepare."
I followed as she lead the way into the kitchen.
There the tables were used as beds for the injured, a doctor moved amoung the wounded offering comfort & care as he could. He looked at me nodding then smiled ," So you are here. I am relieved for now I know this was all worth while." As he turned away I was humbled in thought , how could this man that is doing so much good give such credit to me?
Mama again spoke to me, "you know the weakness of the Dark Lord. At the right moment you will strike the blow that will win." "You must believe this!"
We spent what time there was reviewing what I was to expect as the new battle began.
"Do not trust that he will fight openly or even fairly. He is not a man that achieved by fairness."
"Look only for deceit it is his manner." The words flowed on & on as each spoke their message to me.
Ralph appeared in the doorway a look of anticipation on his face, whiskers twitching with nervousness & his beady little eyes glowing with excitement.
"It is time, we must go now. I do hope you are prepared."
Prepared???? Prepared, how could I be! Only a few days ago, it was a few days I believe, I was a contented cat laying in Pretty Lady's lap.
With a sigh I stood , stretched & began what I was sure would be my last long walk into the sunshine that flooded the courtyard .


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After a lovely snooze by the fire I woke feeling my fur had been ruffled while I was sleeping so I set about correcting it with some careful grooming.
As my tongue swept over the base of my spine a sudden feeling of being stuck hit me & I cried out, "OUCH!"..
I looked around to see where the voice came from. There was no one close by, but I heard a voice, a rather familiar one come to think of it.
"Ahh so you are awake Midnite, I thought I heard you call out," Mama was looking at me with anticipation.
"So whadda ya think that I am gonna talk to you?"
"well yes Midnite I do, how else can we go about setting our battle plans?,", Mama was looking straight at me waiting for an answer.
"Stupid woman, she thinks she can talk to me..yeah right!"
"Midnite you need to be more careful, you are speaking outloud & all can hear you. I don't care if you think I am stupid or not, but if the Palace Lord hears you speak he will have all of us burned as witches. Now be more careful!"
Now she had my attention. What does she mean she can hear me. I was thinking not speaking or at least , oh me, can she read my mind? Is she a witch??
"Come now Midnite, the spell will allow you to talk to us. So please let's get on to the important plans we must make to escape this prison we are in."
Once again the old woman sounded mad to me. Prison, a comfortable room , food, a fire to curl up & doze by, if this is prison ...lock me up!!!
"Why old woman do you call this a prison?," I suddenly realized I was speaking human,, that she could hear & understand me. Not sure if this is good or bad, but it certainly is different.
"We cannot walk the grounds without a guard. We even have "companions" that accompany us to the bath. There is no movement we make that is not regulated. I suspect even the servants we have answer to The Lord of the Palace. It is a velvet prison, but a prison no less. When we have served out purpose then he will find a way to dispose of us as he has others."
The urgency in Mama's voice could not be denied.
I moved towards a window to take a look at the day when a voice called out , "All be aware, The Great Lord of the Palace is arriving!" I looked for the source of the voice when I saw a large rat grinning at me from the edge of an opening by the stove.
"Good day Sir Cat, I am Ralph! The one that watches & warns. It has been brought to my attention that you are the one that is to lead us into battle. So I came to get a look at you & decide for myself if I choose to follow you." "I must say at the moment I am not too impressed you are just another black cat in my eyes, I see nothing special or impressive about you." The look in Ralph's eyes was one of dismissal & near contempt.
I leapt towards the stove only to be caught midair by
Andrea.
"No, No!! We cannot battle amongst ourselves if we are to form a collalition for this battle we must put aside all our former issues & focus on what must be done."
She gave me a firm shake & told me that my job was to listen & learn for now. I was set down rather firmly on a chair & told to stay. Humph, that sounds rather like a dog command & I am NOT a dog. I stood to leap off the chair & was zapped right back. There seemed to be a circle of power surrounding the chair & I could not get thru it.
"Now you know one of the problems. We have finally found how to make the "circle" but we do not know how to get thru one when it is not of our making."
"It will not harm you, but it will not let you pass either. It is like an invisible fence. It surrounds this building & the only time we can leave is when The Lord's people open a door in "the circle" for us."
"Only by accident did Mama find the spell to set the circle. Then we found each circle works for the spellmaker only. We have yet to find if it bars spears or other weapons, all we know is that it will keep others out."
"Now Midnite,,ahh perhaps you want to get more information on what is expected of you. You will find as time goes by that more & more will become familiar as this was once your home. Your memory of it was sent to another place & you were sent to the future I believe. Only you can tell us where you came from."
I began to speak, it was a strange sensation making such noises & at times the words just did not come out as I meant them. "I can only remember a short time. I was in a place where a Pretty Lady gave me a home, there was a Bad Man that sought to harm me, perhaps even kill me. I wondered off & got lost from the Pretty Lady. Some other people took me in, but then it gets hazy again. Next thing I know Andrea was picking me up..well no I remember feeling I was meant to come here, but did not know why. So are you ready to do some explaining please?"
No one moved, not a word was spoken yet I could see them exchanging thoughts by their eyes & facial expressions. I sat quietly awaiting their reply.

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The day was closing as I trudged down yet another path. I was beginning to think I would be passing the night in the forest when an opening in the thick blanket of folige appeared.
Before me was a village above which towered a castle.
The kind of place that one dreams of but never expects to really see.
I skirted the edges of the village not sure of who was there. Yet somehow knowing that it was ok to be there. I came upon a well trodden trail leading arrow straight to the open doors of the castle wall.
Well no time like now , I thought. I did sit for a moment & do some necessary grooming. I had picked up a fair amount of stickers & such while passing thru the forest & if I were to be greeted at the castle. Well I did want to look my best.
Once my fur was settled to my satisfaction I set upon the road with anticipation of what wonders I would see next.
At the great door to the castle there were guards waiting. They glanced at me..NO...they bowed ....bowed....who am I that they should do such.
"OH Midnite, you made it.!!! I am so happy. I sent forth the message but had no idea you would appear so soon. Welcome my prince." There standing before me was Pretty Lady...well coulda been if she had lived in a castle & dressed like a princess.
A deeper voice came from beside me, "do you wish to enter the great room or will you be dining in your room, My Lady?" A tall rather large fellow was there looking at the princess.
She bent over to gather me up in her arms, then turned to him & stated abruptly, "we shall retire to our quarters good sir."
With that she hastily turned & retreated.
We walked up a tower of stairs, rather dark & gloomy only lit by an occassional torch.
The creak of the heavy wooden door alerted the servants that we had arrived.
What place is this that I have come to & what meaning does it have?
"Andrea my dear, please sit down for supper." an elderly lady spoke gently, while indicating a table set with steaming foods.
"Oh mama, can you not see! Midnite has returned, it will all change now!"
Mama shook her head, "the dreams of the past must be done with. We are the guests of the Prince & no longer can choose our comings & goings at will. Did he see the cat? Does he know who the cat is?"
I was becoming more & more puzzled with each sentence. Did who see the cat..the cat?? Did she mean me? Must be I am the only cat around best I can tell.
"oh Mama, we must break the spell. You can, I know you can."
"My darling child, a spell needs to be known to be broken. I do not know the words of this spell, only the results. It may be time for things to change, however we must proceed with greatest caution. We could make things worse if we trod heavy without the knowledge we need."
With a sigh Andrea sat down & began to dish up her meal. As she took a bite I jumped into the chair next to her & put on a pitiful face with a sad meow.
"He is hungry too child, put down a dish for him."
I do believe Mama maybe becoming a favorite person to me. She sat down a dish of meat with drippings that would tempt any creature. I did want to demonstrate good manners but the rumbling of my stomach gave me away. I dived into the food with all the gusto I had licking every trace of food from the plate. I sat back & began my post meal grooming. I do not believe I have purred so loudly ever.
Just then a loud knock & the sound of the door to the quarters pushing open. Again the loud voice of the Prince echoed off the walls.
"I hear you have a pet in here. I wish to see it."
"Tis only a small cat, I will share my portion of food with it. Oh please allow me to keep it," Andrea was pleading with him. Why should a princess have to plead so to just have a pet?
I was puzzled at this.
"Every morsel is precious at this time. There is no food to spare for animals that do not work. Are there rats that need killing or are the mice running thru your grain? If not then the cat must go." The prince spoke firmly without a doubt he will gladly toss me out the nearest window. His eyes told me that he had no fondness of me. Cold & cruel gray eyes that were set in a chisled face scarred from battles. One fairly recent I would guess as the scar across his cheek was still red & angry looking.
"Again I beg you. I beseach you. I have not a brother or sister to be companion. The horses are gone from the stable, there is no creature for me to pass time with. Then this tiny bit of fur appears before me. Oh my Lord, let me keep this ragged creature."
A look passed over his face almost compassion, more like pity.
"You sad frail being. Where is the warrior princess I heard of. Instead I am greeted by a sniviling child. Hold your tears & keep your cat. But know this. If I find the cat outside , it will die. No food will go to it. Either the cat hunts or it starves. Is that clear!"
"Yes my Lord, I do understand." Andrea rushed over, fell on her knees & kissed the mans hand.
As promptly as he had entered he exited. The rush of robes on the steps told us he had left without another word.
Mama sighed, "you did well child. We will yet come thru this", she then turned to me & stated, "Midnite you must help us figure this out. What our next step will be is a mystery to me. I will work a spell so you can talk to us yet remain safe as a cat for now."
I was totally perplexed now. Having no idea what any of them were talking about I decided to do what cats do best, find a soft place & take a nap.
Over by the fire was a large velvet covered pillow that was just calling me. I leapt upon it & did my circle dance till all was just right, then curled up into a tight little ball & dozed off to dream of battles & warriors & things I seemed to remember from lives past.


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Tis a tragedy to use cliché's, but ahh I am only a cat & thus am limited in vocabulary. So to say that time stood still is the only way to describe what happened. It seemed all things about me froze in place, there was no wind, no ruffling of the curtains, no sense of movement of air or being.
Then a sudden whoosh of sound & a dazzling light began to appear. Did I say dazzling~more like blinding. I could not see anything but the light. It was like a star fell in front of my face.
Then in a haze I saw the green eyes I sought, the face I recognized as being so familiar yet not quite known to me.
A jolt of recognition came to me when a voice, The Voice, Pretty Ladies voice , gently urging me on . Come now Midnite, come on we need to leave. Our journey has just begun.
I was so bewildered by all this. I sat down to groom myself , a comforting thing to just have each hair in place, each claw clean & sharp ready for battle.
Battle where did that come from!!
I did not even realize I was now up & walking steadily toward, what? The light only showed enough to let me know there was a surface there to be trod upon, but I could not see to the left, right or even behind me. Where was I ? & what is this all about?
Still Pretty Ladies voice urging me on.
"Come Midnite, come my friend. We need to hurry. "
Her voice was so soothing so steady that I just kept trotting along. I felt like I was on a treadmill, walking along but going no where. The sights did not change , there were no odors to sniff, the air even lacked any clue as to where we where.
Then it all changed, a wide opening revealed a valley stretching as far as the eye could see, with rolling hills & deep dark forests crowning the hills. Sunshine was glorious after that cave,,mm cave is that where I was? In the distance glittering waters indicated a lake. Birds flew over calling out with their usual abandon. This place brought joy to my heart I felt like I was home.
Now to set out to find Pretty Lady. I trotted to the top of a small hill & sat down to survey the area.
"Midnite.....Midnite...." The call seemed to come from nowhere from everywhere all at once.
I called as loud as I could with every fiber of my strength. The meows echoed off the hills & came back at me twisted in an erie mocking of my desperate call. The voice was becoming faint, I could still hear her calling but it was fading rapidly.
I began to run first this way then that to find the best route. But the hills caused a repeating of each sound that was confusing. I could not sort out where the calls came from & I was using my strength to run about in circles.
I sat down again realizing I had moved down the valley some in my haste without learning where I had been or how to get back there should I need to.
I raised my head to sniff the winds. If they were friendly winds they would help me move towards my Pretty Lady. At first a gentle odor came to me, reminding me of Lilacs & lovely flowers. I felt dreamy almost like going to sleep. Then a harsh odor came thru the barest hint of sulphur. Yuck, gross!!
I sneezed & sneezed to get that scent out of my nostrils. Then realized there was no sound, no odor, no birds flying by. The valley had become hostile & unwelcoming in those few seconds.
Another voice sounded out. It was a voice I had hoped to never hear again. The words struck terror to my heart.
"You will tell me where that cat is! You will , I have my ways before I am thru with you woman you will beg me. Then you & your consort will pay dearly for the grief you have caused me. Believe me I mean each word!"
Sobs followed with a rush of wind lifting the fur on the nape of my neck. I could feel dampness in the air as if the air itself were crying.
I called out again ..only this time words, real words came from my mouth.
"I am coming My Lady. I will find you!"
I set off across the hills & valleys at a trot with no idea of where to go, only trusting the spirits of good to guide me in my search.
The sun was fading as I reached the river that led on down the valley to the lake. I continued into the night following the course of the river. Intuition told me that it would lead me to where I was meant to be.



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NO! Don't stop! I need to know what happens to Midnight... I've been following the story... like it a lot... keep going please.

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I am going to wrap up the tale of Midnite. He will show up someday again but for now, tis the end of my tail!
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I slowly stood gazing at the green eyes of this woman. I knew her of many lives many times we had shared. Now once again she was here for me.
I tingled all over with excitement & anticipation. For I knew that wherever she led me there would be battle, wrongs to be righted, we were on an epic journey one that might take all of my present life.
But we all know that cats have many lives, so what is one? We also know that only cats have eyes of emerald green that glow in the dark!
I am coming My Lady! Wait for me just beyond the light.


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I spent the night in restful sleep. Awakening refreshed & eager to start the day. The only thought in my mind was to find my way home, back to Pretty Lady.
The Silver Haired woman was sleeping in a chair by the fire. The flickering lights dancing across her face changing her expression rapidly. Her eyes were closed but I could see or sense that she was awake.
"good day Midnight, today you will decide. I will tell you what I know. You have the choice to continue on the journey or return to the comfort of home.", she sighed then her eyes opened to engage me in their depths. I could see there scenes of green fields with a stream cutting across a valley. I was transported to the site & knew it was where I was to be. "As I said, Midnight, you can go home to Pretty Lady if you so choose. Think on these things while I fix your morning meal, but be warned once you choose you will be committed. There is no turning back."
I stretched out to my full length, then began my morning ritual of cleaning , with long lingering strokes of the tongue I washed & groomed myself till satisified I again curled up.
As quietly as she had left the room the Silver Haired lady returned with a bowl of cream with titbits of goodies floating in it. As I happily lapped the treats up she took a seat & appeared to go back to sleep. What a strange woman I thought.
"Ahh perhaps strange to you Midnight, but I will be the door thru which you either return to your previous life or accept the challenge set before you." She did not open her eyes nor did her lips move, yet the words were in my mind clear as any spoken word had ever been.
I lifted my head to gaze at her & discovered a beautiful woman with Silver Hair & eyes of Emerald green studying me.
"What can you see ?," she inquired of me.



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A knock on the door wakened the household. I had been up & was in the process of my morning bath when the noise started.
A voice announced it was from Animal Welfare, there was a report of a cat being abused at this address.
The individual pushed into the house without being asked.
"ahh there's the cat. You been not feeding it or what? Looks pretty bad from here!"
Another person came toward the door & opened it.
I had realized that the voice I was hearing was the Bad Man. So I rapidly put in place my plan of escape.
As the front screen opened just a bit I jumped up & ran at full speed for the door.
As I passed the "animal control" person reached down & grabbed my tail. I bent my head back & sunk my teeth into his fingers. Before he could react I was out the door & headed down the street. No idea where I was going, but by golly I was going!
I could hear footsteps behind me & voices calling. Not going to sort out who or what, just keep running as fast as I can. The pain was nearly unbareable, but I knew the end result of leaving that house in that mans company. Cats might have 9 lives but he fully intended to extinguish mine, all of 'em.
As I tore around yet another corner I saw a nice house with a yard filled with flowers. A place to hide! I scooted thru the slats of the fence & hunkered down under a bush full of huge red flowers.
Footsteps passed & voices became more distant before I finally peeked out from under the bush.
There gazing at me was a lil ole lady with silver hair & the cutest little kitten I have ever seen.
The lady was talking to the kitten , "see Mittens, there that cat is. Oh my it needs to come in & have a rest & a snack don't you think?"
The silver haired woman reached for me I backed under the bush & hissed at her. I just did not know who I could trust. But was taking no chances today.
The lady turned & walked back into her house with Mittens in her arms.
I watched for a time, no one returned from the house or the street. Exhaustion took its toll & I curled up for a snooze. The smell of some lovely meat woke me. There just inches from my nose was a plate of meat & a bowl of water. The silver haired lady was sitting on the steps of her house waiting.
"Well Midnite I see you have awakened."
How did she know my name? I looked at her questioningly. But the temptation of the meat was too great I lowered my head to munch a few bites.
"Oh I know a great many things Midnite. I can tell what you are thinking & I know you have had a bit of trouble lately." "I believe you will be safe here at my house, most of the folks around here are a bit frightened of me. They call me a witch, but I am just a healer of things."
I lifted my head & she was gazing directly into my eyes. What magick does this woman possess I thought.
"you can trust me, come in if you will or stay out here. Up to you, but I must be about my day. So you choose."
It was as if she had a velvet rope on me, I could feel myself being pulled into her house. One step at a time somehow each step became easier & less painful.
"The medicine is working, good. I only put enough in there to relieve your pain, but it might make you a tad sleepy since you are already so tired."
Tired is not the word for it. I could not keep my eyes open, there was a soft velvet covered pillow right at the end of the sofa that to me had my name on it. I jumped up , did my circle dance to find the most comfy postion & collapsed in a heap.
I have no idea how much time had passed but it was no longer light outside, the silver haired lady sat doing some knitting by lamplight.
"Well I see you are awake. Let me get you some more food, no medicine this time. But you do need to build your strength, there is a battle ahead & you have been sent to me for preperation."
As I munched on the food she sat before me I pondered on her words. What could she be meaning, a Battle, Me? I am just a cat not a warrior.
Again she read my mind, "you will be a leader of many in the days to come. It has been shown to me".
Perhaps in days to come but for now, the comfort of the velvet pillow was all I could think of.
I fell asleep once again curled on the soft pillow feeling safe in this home. I purred as I dreamed of Pretty Lady stroking my fur & speaking soft words to me. This night I will rest well.


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All the people of the house were outside tending to what ever event had caused the screeching noise. A lot of talking & mumbling going on outside the screen door, but they were leaving me alone that was good.
I picked Sam's voice out of the jumble of noise.
"I jus bet tha man thought that there was Midnite. Poor critter, we needs to put it out of its pain. I never seen no critter tore up so bad."
A loud sound that shook the floor then everyone was quiet for a moment.
"ya'al boys go get the shovel. We needs to bury this here critter ."
The voices began to fade in a haze as I tried to get up. I needed to see what was going on. What critter was tore up, why & who would think it was me? I managed a full stand up before the pain became so bad I just sat down hard, then dropped my head on my paws.
I was doing an imitation of bathing when Sam walked back in the door.
"ya needs to be glad you is in here cat. Some ole black cat got hisself tore up bad out there. Real bad." Sam picked up a plastic bag & headed out the door again.
Mama came back in & I put on a show of cleaning myself. Maybe if I am doing the job she won't feel she needs to dunk me in a tub of water & soap. She stopped to watch me for just a few seconds then moved on into the front room.
I think there were lil glistening drops on her face. Wonder do people clean their elves like cats do?
Kerry came in with the rest of the folks about then.
He stopped by my box & stared for a minute.
"yep sure nuff, that there cat outside was a dead ringer for this one!" He laughed out loud & slapped Sam on the back. "Hey that was a funny one HUH...dead ringer!!" Sam did not appear to find the humor in it that Kerry did, but he smiled & laughed a bit to make Kerry happy.
I must have dozed off for a time. When next I realized what was happening Mama was bustling about the kitchen fixin a meal. Sam & the other kids were sitting at the table quietly playing a game.
Once again I felt like my world might be ok, not wonderful, but at least ok for the time being.
The jingle of the phone cracked the quiet causing all of us , even me to jump.
"Pa, some feller wants to talk to you!"
"What , who is this? I do not understand why you are saying that. A cat? yeah there was a dead cat in the yard, WHAT!!" The receiver slammed down as Pa hollered out.
"Thas it , I is calling the police. That fool is threatening us all if we don't put that black cat outside tonite!" " I do not know what the thing is, but no one is gonna tell me what I can do in my house. No sir, that is not a gonna happen."
I settled down feeling even more secure. If only I had known what daylight would bring I might not have been so smug.


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The day was strange or I was , not sure which applies. I kept drifting off to sleep but never felt rested. Each time I woke my heart was pounding & I was breathing rapidly, humans call that a panic attack I believe, have heard them talking about it when Pretty Lady had coffee at her house with the ladies.
Awww thinking of Pretty Lady made me sad again. I was thankful for all Sam & his family were doing , had done for me, but I missed Pretty Lady so much!
I began the process of waking once again, trying to slow my heart & clear my head. I even tried to move.
That was a whole new experience~a very painful one indeed. Now how is a cat of all things supposed to get around if it can't even stand!! This is getting stranger & stranger to me!!
Without meaning to I stretched once too far & let out a horrible moaning cat call. Mama came running to look at me.
"Oh me , oh my..that there cat could be sick. He could be having rabies or cooties, them things that crawls on critters. Oh yeah, fleas!!", she shuddered at the thought. "my Mam tole me long ago how to treat those , a nice hot sudy bath will clean this up."
As she reached for me I realized there was no where on my body that she could grasp me without intolerable pain. I shrunk further back in my box of protection & hissed loudly at her.
"Oh ...." thru the tears she blurted, " dumb cat, I will have new babies soon & you will be here alone!"
Just as she finished that statement Kerry the neighbor let out a screech!! It sounded very similar to the one I had heard earlier.
Most of the people in this house dashed out onto the lawn. I knew that something was up, That cat 6th sense ya know!
A hand reached down & picked me up , none to gentle were they.
"Don't know what to do with this sickly cat! He needs to go out with the garbage from the looks of it!"
Mama screeched at them to put me down & they did!!
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Sam wakened me with soft strokes around my ears. I rewarded him with the loudest purr I could manage with my aching ribs. I only pray that Bad Man is gone. I do not understand why he keeps following me nor why he seems to take such pleasure in hurting me. Hurting heck, he was gonna kill me, let's be real here!
The room was warm & I was falling back to sleep when I felt Sam's arms around me.
"come on feller, ya got to go way from here. Ma's about to set breakfast on the table & don't reckon she'd be a likin having a cat in the middle 'o the table." Sam's voice was soothing to me. There was a feeling of safety connected to that sound.
After Sam set me in the lil bed he had made of old pillow cases & rags I tried to get up for a good stretch. Well that was not wise, I let loose with a yowl that had all the kids running to my side. I looked at them to let them know I was ok, I just had some very sore ribs. Here came Daniel, in a blustery voice he told the kids to get back to the breakfast table & then get ready for school. He didn't have all day to mess with them is what he said!
But when the kids were gone, Daniel bent over & spoke softly to me. "you ok cat, that was some hollering ya did there." To himself more than me he wondered if he should wrap the ribcage or put dressings of some kind on the injuries.
Well in my opinion I needed to go see the vet. Myra, I liked her & she would take great care of me. I once again tried to meow, the sound that came out was sad to say the least.
"now now cat, you just settle down. It's gonna be ok, just rest for now.", Daniel pulled shut a door & the darkness decended on my like a silent veil.
I was still so tired & worn from the previous evenings events that I am not sure I really paid much attention to what was going on around me.
I just know that all of a sudden I had a strong sense that the Bad Man was close by.
"Hey there Norman, ya ready to head for work, man??"
"Sure am, ya get ya a new cat? Where'd it come from?"
Although the words seemed innocent the tone was evil & I now could smell the odor that was the Bad Man.
As he came closer I cringed down in my bed trying to make myself as small as I could.
The man they called Norman leaned over me & in a voice only I could hear he spat out the words.
"I will get you cat! I would not get too comfy here, cause you are gonna be leaving...SOON.
Just then Daniel came into the room. "Oh I see you wanted to visit with him HUH!"
"oh yes, Darkie & I had a nice visit."
"oh his name by the way is midnite & that is what we will call him, OK!"
Once again the Evil Man leaned over me. He trapped my head in his hands.
"I could crack your jaw & no one would know." I was beginning to worry about this exchange, this man seemed just a little off center to me. He had once again begun to lean toward me when Daniel came buzzing thru. He threw a coat at the Bad Man & hollered, "come on now les go we gonnna be late!"
If looks could do one in, the last glance I got from the Bad Man woulda fried me to cinders. He hates me & I am not even sure why. But I am sure I will stay clear of this man no matter what effort it took to do so.


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Thru the haze of sleep a voice kept stirring me.
"MIDNITE!"..."Oh Midnite where are you?" To contain all the warmth I could I only rotated my ears searching for the source of that voice.
It was Pretty Lady , she was searching for me. I jumped from the pile of rags to throw myself at the window yowling & crying as loud as I could! I scratched at the door then to the window again! How I wanted her to hear me, to find me, to come hold me!
I yowled pitieously I know, but pride was gone I just wanted to go HOME!
Her voice was fading, I could amost catch a whiff of the scent that was her. The strong came the scent of HIM.. the Bad man!
The door flew open. I rushed out threw a pair of legs. Something flew at me but I was out of reach of anyone or anything. I was on my way to Pretty Lady.
With a clunk something hit me behind the shoulder knocking my breath out of my body. My legs quit working as I stumbled , then fell on the wet ground.
A kick to the side caused me to hiss as loud as I could, then another & another. I realized the Bad Man was screaming but I could not hear his words.
All things were becoming fuzzy & I knew if I did not move soon he would kill me.
"Hey, whatta ya doin Man!" "Thas my kids cat, get outta here now or I will shoot ya. I swear I will!"
As suddenly as he appeared the Bad Man was gone.
Sam was there at my side reaching for me when his Dad called out. "No Son, the cat is hurt he might bite you & cats can be a carryin rabies ya knows."
Sam replied calmly, "no sir Papa this here cat he won't bite me. He knows I is his frien & is only a trying to hep him." Sam gathered me up in his arms & held me close to his chest.
It hurt so bad to be held that tight, but felt so good to be next to his warmth. I let out a sigh which caused a cough & Sam almost dropped me.
"OH he is bleedin Dad. We got to get him some help!"
Next thing I remember is being on the kitchen table with blankets under me & a lady looking at me like she thought I had germs of many kinds that I wanted to share with her. Big brown eyes blinked from the doorway as trickles of tears flowed down cheeks.
"Now now babies, this ole cat he's a gonna be ok. I will take care of him. Jus like I does you." The woman did not look excited at the prospect but there was a general sigh of relief from the audience in the doorway.
Sam's voice came from behind the rest of the group.
"ya'al go on up to bed now & let Mama take care of Blackie."...hmmm so the lady is Mama & they think my name is Blackie. Well we will see about that.
"Sam this here cat, he got a collar. Says Midnite on it, you can't be going changing his name now."
"yeah ok Mam, just thought to name him would make him more MINE." Sam sighed & shuffled off to oversee the nite preperations of the younger children.
The lady reached out to touch me. I lifted my head & she jumped back as if she had been bit! Ahhh this is going to be a rough nite.
"Honey, I wonder if he wants some whiskey? Ya know to eaze the pain?" Dad was serious,,Whiskey who ever heard of giving a cat WHISKEY!!
"Daniel, you jus go drink yur whiskey & don be a pushin it off on this helpless critter here," Mama was my defender now. Without thinking she had begun to stroke the one spot on my head that wasn't bloody or sore. I purred in response to her kind touch.
Perhaps tonite will turn out to be not so awful after all. My eyes were closing as her soothing touch opened the gates to dreamland for me.

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I was just drifting off to sleep, the smells & sounds of this place had me on edge. I had no idea where I was but I knew I longed for the warmth of my bed & the comfort of Pretty Lady stroking my fur.
"Cat, ya there?", Sam's voice was wispy & soft. He came toward the box with a beam of light in his hand. It reminded me of the light the bad man had, so I hissed & raised my fur to warn the light away.
"Now you stop that! I jus came to hep you."
Sam put a dish of something down close to me. It smelled weird but I was ravished so took a tiny bite. It was not good but it was food, so I gobbled it down.
"Yeah knew you'd like my Mom's cookin, we all does."
Sam reached out to pet my head. His hands smelled of something I had never smelled before. They were clean but not the flowery sweet scent of Pretty Lady thas for sure. As Sam stroked my back I began to relax, I laid down & was contently purring & cleaning my paws when the garage door flew open.
A huge gust of cold wind swept thru the garage followed by a sweet sour smell I had never experienced before.
Slap, wham.. the person was hitting my new friend. I jumped from the box with all claws extended & landed on his back, hissing & attacking with all my strength.
"Ahh so there's that damn cat. Tole you boy, no more critters! We can barely feed us. We don't need no beggin critters at our door." As the man took another swipe at Sam I bounced off the garage door where he had slung me. Sam ducked & cried out "Run cat run now , he's a gonna kill ya."
"Ain't no cat no where worth feeding good food to. Iffin they wants to eat they can catch rats! Now get you mangy critter!" The man took a kick at me as I scurried across the floor. "We never kept no critter on the farm that couldn't make its own way & we ain't a starting now. I know we is not in Arkansas anymore boy, but we ain't no rich folk neither. Now you get to the house & do your work. I'll take care of this cat."
Sam ran for the house like the devil was after him. I had about decided that was who this man was.
"Yes Pa, I's sorry, he was cold & hungry & we been taught to tend to the critters. I was just doing what we was taught at Sunday School."
Once Sam was gone the big man sank down to the floor. I thought he was gonna get me for sure. I had made the mistake of running into a corner & there was NO way out. Then I realized the big man's shoulders were heaving & I could hear him sobbing.
"We can't 'ford no critters for the kids. Hell we can't even get 'em gifts this year. Moving to the city was a bad decision. I was thinkin I could get me a job & Ma & the kids would be better off." The sobs got deeper & I could now see glistening moisture on his cheeks.
"Damn cat I'd be lettin you stay iffin I could. Them kids they needs sumthin to love on. & truth be known I likes cats myself. We can't tend ya thas all there is to it. Now if you decide to hang around & catch mice & rats thas ok, but we can't be a feedin ya. Got that?"
I knew the big man really believed I could understand him. Although I did not exactly know what each word meant I did understand the emotion he was expressing. He was a kind man living thru hard times.
I sat up & looked right at him & without even realizing it I started to purr.
He reached out a big ole hand that smelled like the boys hand had. "Mmmm not sure if you will like the smell of this lye soap, so don't be bittin me, ok?"
His breath was where that sweet sour smell had come from , but was not as strong now. I began to realize that this might not be the home I had with Pretty Lady, but it was a place I would be safe.
I jumped up onto the box that Sam had made for me & curled up. The big man looked at me , "reckon yur gonna stay then HUH, well I will let the kids know."
As I tucked my paws under me I heard the garage door close. I wrapped my tail over my nose to catch all the warmth I could then drifted off to sleep dreaming of Pretty Ladies voice calling ,,,"midnite where are you sweetie."


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I just kept walking in the direction that I thought would take me home. The day got longer & began to fade into night. Now the legends say that cats have amazing powers of intuition, mine was telling me that I was in serious trouble. I got too busy watching the yards for birds & other fun stuff so I didn't really pay attention to where I was nor where I was going.
The neighborhood was looking a little less hospitable, the eyes gazing out of the darkening alleyways seemed to glare at me. I was beginning to think I was a bit of a foolish investigator indeed.
Quick as I could I turned on my tracks & scooted fast as my legs could go in the other direction. It had to be the right direction as it was obvious I had taken a wrong turn somewhere along the way!
There ...just up the way I can see the gate. Panting with anticipation I did not notice the big fellow that walked into my pathway. Whooomph! I bounced off of his leg. The he kicked at me. Damn cat that got me the other nite. "I'll get you now. No one here to rescue you. I am gonna wring your sorry little neck!"
As the mean man jumped at me I lashed out with all my claws at his hands. Slashing like mad I gathered my strength to jump over his shoulder as he reached out to grab my neck only getting my back legs as they passed his face.
I yowled & hissed then puffed up my fur to let him know how angry I was. He reached out again to grab me only to pull back a bloody finger.
"Hey what's the noise? Say ..Who are you?" the voice was not one I knew but it was one I loved at that moment.
The bad man took off down the street again after taking one last kick in my direction.
Gentle hands reached for me as a soft soothing voice reassured me that all would be ok.
"This cat sure got a hard hit from that guy,Sally, come on over here & help me."
"Ah come on Sam, you know Mom said no more animals, especially no more cats!" Sally didn't sound happy that Sam wanted to help me. I looked up at her & cringed down to become as small as possible.
"It is hurt, I can't just leave it. We will hide it in the garage till it is better then let it go, OK?"
"Ok Sam it is on you. I tole you MOM said NO MORE & she meant it." Sally turned on her heels & marched off without a backward glance.
Sam gathered me up in his arms then headed down the alleyway. When we got to a tall gate he stopped & worked the latch then stepped into a yard that could only be described as , oh forgive me, but ....
it was a trash heap, cars & junk & stuff everywhere.
No grass nor flowers, no lovely places to lay & rest.
My spirits began to sink as he opened the doors to a garage that reeked of gasoline & solvents.
"Sorry cat, but this is where you will have to stay for now. I will try to fix you a bed where no one can see you. Then I will bring you some food."
Sam dug about till he found a small box then took his shirt off & put it in for a bed for me. He gently lowered me into the box then closed the lid!
I fought against the lid & tore at the flaps as he was closing them.
"Calm down cat, I will make a hole for you where no one else can see it. Just wait a minute!" Sam began carving an opening on the back of the box, I crouced down to watch him as he worked.
"There now you can see out but no one would suspect you are in there," Sam seemed pleased with himself.
I meowed in appreciation.
"NO NO you have to be quiet. Don't make any noise..NONE! You hear me!"
Sam turned away toward the door just as he was about to open it he said, "I'll be back with food later."


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Pretty Lady was picking flowers from her garden in the back yard, so I decided to explore. I knew they were going out tonight so I might not get another chance to be outside today. Susan, although 'my pretty lady' didn't like the idea of me roaming the streets. She said there was danger everywhere.

But while I'm out here, I'm going to check out some of the interesting garbage cans. Here's one that is so full the lid doesn't even go all the way down, it is the kind I like best. And can you believe this? Some people actually throw good food away, this looks like someone's steak dinner.

I was so engrossed eating away at that big piece of steak that I paid no attention to outside noises. All of a sudden I felt the entire garbage can being lifted up rapidly into the air, flipped upside down and shook. Needless to say I fell out of the can, along with all the garbage. Lost my steak too. I'm scrambling around trying to stay on the top. Just in time I see a huge piece of metal coming down on top of the garbage, and with my last bit of strength I fling myself through the very narrow opening between the opening into the garbage and the huge metal descending onto me. I felt it brush against my tail as I sailed through the air.

Lucky that cat's can land on their feet, for I went sailing through the air, and it was a long, long way to the ground. I landed safe enough, but where was I? Nothing looked familiar. Looking down the street I could see a noisy garbage truck, stopping to pick up other garbage cans the same way they had done with the one I was in. Close call.

Now my only problem was finding my way back to Pretty Lady and John. I wonder if they would notice that I was not home?

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Pretty Lady handed the paper to John, who looked at it and started to laugh.

"My God! What a stupid thief we have here! It's our name and address written on the back of this envelope -- but the envelope he wrote it on is addressed to him! We've got him now, not only his name but even his home address. Susan, go out and see if the Cops found anything in the backyard, they will certainly want to see this."

Just then there was a loud pounding on the rear door, and as Pretty Lady opened the door, one of the policemen who had reached for me, came inside. "Oh," he said, "there's where the cat went. We saw this black cat and when we reached for her, she acted like she was going to attack us, grabbed some piece of paper and ran off."

"Well, here's the piece of paper, see for yourself. Lucky for us the thief was quite stupid." John said as he handed over the envelope.

The policeman examined the paper, and gave a satisfied smile. "I see what you mean, sir. It should be pretty easy to wrap this case up now."

Another policeman came in with a notebook in hand, "Would you mind if I took down some information from both you and your wife? And do you think you need medical attention to the cut on your forehead?"

John shook his head. "No, the bleeding has stopped now, I think it will be fine. I'm glad you got here when you did. Go ahead and ask your questions, both my wife and I are happy to cooperate."

In the meantime I was curled up in Pretty Lady's lap and she was stroking my fur and I was feeling quite good about the way things were turning out. I had saved the day yet again. Living here certainly had it's exciting moments, but everything was going very good for me right now. I wouldn't change a thing.

Pretty Lady leaned down and said to me, "I think you deserve a nice dish of milk for your part. You had the best clue to all this so far." And she walked over to the refrigerator and poured me a nice dish of milk. The end of the day was great in my eyes.



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John plopped into a chair holding his head & moaning.
Pretty Lady got a cloth from the drawer & put water on it.
"Here hold this on your head, it will help."
Mmm that is a curious thing to do. I usually just lick my wounds & they feel so much better.
"We should have just called the police," John stated, "whoever it was waiting outside for me." Brilliant observation thinks I.
"Now they will get away for sure."
Not if I can help it, I snuck out the backdoor while it was open to check out the yard. If the bad guy was still there I would show him what an attack cat could do!!
I overheard Pretty Lady saying the police are on the way. Oh yeah , now!!!
As I was slinking around the edges of the tree by the shed I smelled a new odor. One I could not quite place. Then I was nose to nose with THE BAD GUY!! He was laying quite still making funny noises, kinda like what Pretty Lady called "snoring" when John did it.
I set up a ruckous like mad , yowling & jumping on the guy, just generally making as much noise as I could to get attention.
Here come the cops! OH Hurrah Hurray , just in time.
Suddenly I was flying thru the air , again. Landed with a whoomp against the shed.
"*#@# cat, I'll be back & I'll fix you. Pull them claws out one at a time while your mistress watches."
"This ain't over", he bailed over the fence just as I sprang at him.
A flash of light told me the cops were searching, out in front!!! HELLO!! Finally one of them said, "might be out back guys, let's go see."
"Well hello kitty, what you doing out here?" the man that reached for me was greeted with barred teeth & raised hackles. I will trust no one but Pretty Lady & John from now on. There was a piece of paper on the ground I grabbed it in my mouth then ran for the kitchen.
"Hey catch that cat, he has something!"
I dashed back thru the open door & leapt into Pretty Ladies lap. Settling down in a crouch in case anyone should dare to think of grabbing me away.
"Now what do you have there Midnight?" She gently removed the piece of paper I was holding in my teeth.
"OH, John, Oh look here. Look what Midnight brought in."


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John came over to the drawer and opened it. He saw that things had been shuffled around a bit inside. He looked at Pretty Lady and said, "Susan, the keys to the storage building are missing." Pretty Lady looked at John in distress, so I guess her name is actually Susan. I like Pretty Lady better, so I'll continue to think of her that way.

"We'd better change the lock immediately," John said. "Susan, you drive down to Walmart, they're open all night, and buy a new lock. In the meantime I'll go out and cut the old lock off with bolt cutters. Whoever did this doesn't have us beat yet."

With that, Pretty Lady grabbed her purse and left. John sat down by me and scratched my ears. He did it a little different than Pretty Lady, but it was still quite nice. I don't think he has spent much time being friends with a cat. Being this was my new home I decided to give him the pleasure of hearing me purr and press up against him. I don't do that for just anyone.

I decided for my part I would be on the alert just in case anyone came to the house while my two owners were busy doing these important things like buying locks and replacing them. I certainly did not want to go out by the shed with John, not as dark as it was.

About 20 minutes later I heard the car arrive in the driveway and I knew it was "our" car from the sound. So that meant Pretty Lady was back. She came inside and not seeing John anywhere, went back out into the darkness calling out John's name.

In a few minutes she was back. John was leaning against her and I saw there was blood on his forehead and I wondered what new mishap was going on now! This seemed to be an exciting home to live in.

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I was having a lovely nap when a sound broke into the silence of the house. It was ever so tiny, but I heard it. Ever since John dubbed me a "guard kitty" I have taken the job seriously. I knew he meant it as a joke, but yes I can do this!
I cautiously stepped into the kitchen & looked around. There was something moving along the wall in the dark. A form, a smell not the smell of my people but of another. I started to yowl to wake my people to warn them. Somehow I knew that would bring Pretty Lady , but was that the best thing to do?
A light split the darkeness temporarily blinding me. The a pain in my side knocked the breath out of me. I hit the cabinet with a whump. "DAMNED CAT, stay the hell out of my way," hissed a voice I did not know.
I laid there with the breath knocked out of me as this person opened drawers. He seemed to be searching for something. He pulled open the drawer by the door. "ah there they are." He put some object in his pocket & headed for the back door.
I sprang at him catching the bottom of his pants with my claws. He shook & kicked at me till I flew thru the air. This time I did let loose with a squalling cry that woke all in the house. The thump when I hit the kitchen door should have shaken all the windows.
Footsteps rang out down the stairwell. As the light came on Pretty Lady cried out, "Midnight is hurt!"
"Damn cat, I told you he would be trouble. Getting into the cabinets & fell I bet!", Johns angry tone was painful to hear. "& why is the back door not latched, what the ...is going on!"
"Why John , look here. Midnight has been injured."
Pretty lady was carefully lifting me in her arms I cried out in pain as she touched my ribs. OWWW they hurt bad!
"He has some material in his paws. There is blood on the floor , we have got to call the police now!"
Pretty Lady was nearly in tears. I settled in her arms & purred as best I could to comfort both of us.
John reached out & loosened the tattered cloth that was stuck in my claws.
"Well well we do indeed have an attack cat here. Good job ole mate, sorry I misjudged you. Won't happen again." "If only the blasted cat could talk. I am sure he could tell us exactly what happened."
I clammered to be put down, then ran directly to the drawer & scratched at it. I looked around at John , will he understand what I am trying to tell him?
Again I meowed & scratched at the drawer.
"Hmm, he might be able to tell us at that."



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It's not easy to live in a home as busy as this one, as it seemed there was always some human ringing the doorbell and many times they seemed to bring their animal with them. Those animals always being dogs. My arch enemy! Why anyone would choose to have a dog is beyond me, they are always barking and carrying on while cats curl up on the sofa or a chair and are hardly ever a nuisance. Whatever this "week-end" thing is I am assuming is some special time of the week for humans as they keep making remarks like, "When the week-end is over I'll have to get that done." Maybe there will be some peace and quiet after that.

Pretty Lady has gone to the Pet Store and brought home everything I need. I have my own room now, and although I have to share it with the washer and dryer I like it. They keep the door shut and any time I want peace and quiet I can retreat there. My bed is very nice, my bathroom (which they refer to as my 'sandbox') is adequate and I've even got a little basket of toys that they keep near the fireplace. My favorite spot is on the sofa, however it seems to be John's favorite spot also. Sometimes I share it with him, it's really cozy when I curl up on his shoulder, he's very warm.

Pretty Lady let me go into the back yard with her yesterday. I saw some birds. Even thought about catching one as a gift for Pretty Lady, but then decided not to and instead I just curled up in the warm sun and soaked up the heat. I can see there is a lot of exploring to do here, but for the time being I'm happy just inspecting all the nooks and crannies of the home.

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As predicted John came home. I was curled up snoozing on the sofa when the frontdoor flew open and a voice boomed, "pretty lady where are you?"
I lifted my head & answered as best I could with a fairly loud meow. Only then did I realize that he meant the golden haired lady..hmmm 'pretty lady', that is a nice name for a human, most of them have such boring names. I shall enjoy knowing a human with such a neat name.
Pretty Lady came into the room with a huge smile for John. He grabbed her in a hug that was so tight she gave a lil squeek. About that time he noticed me. The smile on his face gave way to a frown & his voice changed.
"What is this? We agreed no pets!"
"ahh John, the poor thing was prowling about in front of the store looking so sad & lost. I had to bring Midnight home with me."
"MIDNIGHT, you have already named it!" "oh no, no!"
Pretty Lady sigh as she reached for his hand. She pulled it toward me. I was torn between cowering or bravely standing to allow his touch. As it was I had to do neither as he grabbed his hand back & stalked out of the room.
Pretty Lady looked at me & winked. "We'll get him to come round , wait & see." As she followed John into the other room I just knew that she was right. I belonged here, this was the place I was meant to be.
A sudden jingle of the doorbell startled all of us.
A feeling that beyond that door was danger overwhelmed me. I jumped off the sofa to run toward the door. Then pulled myself up to my full height , puffed up the hair on my back so who ever it was would know I meant business. Then I hissed in my most forcefull manner to warn them to go away and leave my people alone.
"HA HA HA, we have an attack cat on our hands. Ok ole feller, let's open the door & see who it is."
As quick & easy as that John accepted me.
I am now part of a family & have a home!


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I watched as the human came into the room. A very pretty lady, long golden hair, and eyes nearly as green as my own. When she saw me grooming myself on her white sofa her eyes narrowed, but she said nothing. She did not give me a shove and say "Scat" as so many do.

If fact, she walked over to me and scratched a little first behind one ear and then the other. I think her and I will get along just fine. And then she sat down and talked to me. "Midnight is a perfect name for you, it is as black as the ace of spaces, same as you. And how did you come to be at the store last night might I ask? All alone, no nice family to take care of you."

And she looked at me as though expecting me to answer so I did the next best thing and rubbed up against her and purred. That seemed to satisfy her and she went on talking.

"John will be home soon. I wonder what he will think of having a cat in the house. No that's not a question -- I just wonder, that's all. If you play your cards right and win him over you'll get anything you want. But if he becomes your enemy, well, I'll feel sorry for you."


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Just thought to let you know before you start with some cutie lil names that you humans tend to give to cats. I will not respond to any name but that. Well actually I will only respond if I so choose anyhow.
For now I will jump up on this lovely white sofa to groom myself. Then take a nap in the sunshine.
I do appreciate you picking me up there at the store. Why those folks just dropped me off I am not sure. But they were not very nice people anyhow. They had told me that my job was to catch mice & to stay under the house. Humph, as if!!
Now I can tell you are the kind of people to appreciate me and my little quirks. But don't want to say too much too soon. It would leave no mystery and mystery is what I am all about.


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