Friday, August 04, 2006

My Story - Part 3

Gradually Junior became a regular part of the household. At first he would only stay for short visits and wouldn’t venture out of the kitchen. But as he got used to the hoots, chirps, and tweets of the bird clock, and got used to being in the house, he would stay longer and longer.

One thing that puzzled Junior was why the humans kept rolling little balls at him and dangling yarn in front of his face. The humans were puzzled too, because he wouldn’t batt or chase the toys they offered him. They thought that maybe Junior didn’t know how to play. They thought that because he had been on his own all his life, he had been too busy trying to survive to have learned how to play. So Dad began to spend time enticing Junior with yarn and catnip mice. Once Junior caught on, they had great fun playing ambush, pounce, and chase.

Mom had some jingle bells hanging on the inside door knob of the back door. Whenever Junior wanted out, he would reach up and batt the bells. When the humans heard the bells, they knew to come and let Junior out.

The more comfortable Junior became in the house the less he wanted to go out. But Mom and Dad didn’t want to leave Junior inside when no one was at home. He wasn’t used to being in for long periods of time and they were afraid he would panic if he couldn't get out when he wanted. So when the humans were ready to leave, they would jingle the bells on the door knob and call "kitty, kitty."

At first, Junior would come to be let out when he heard them call and jingle the bells. Gradually though, he became less and less interested in going out when they wanted him to. He began to ignore them, especially when he was busy taking a nap.

Junior, concentrating hard on his nap.

So Mom had to bribe him with chicken.

Junior loved chicken. He knew where the chicken was kept too, in the big white box where it is always winter inside and full of food. Every time someone opened the door to the big white box he would come running and ask for chicken. If he didn’t get any, Junior would try to jump inside to look for chicken himself.

One day there was a terrible storm. There was no thunder or lightning, but the sky was murky, the wind was howling, and the rain was pouring down. Junior didn’t know that it was storming, so he batted the jingle bells to go out. Mom came to the door and looked outside. She told Junior that he might want to wait until later. He just rubbed against her legs, looked up at her with his sweetest kitty face, and cranked up his purr to high volume. So Mom opened the door.

Ordinarily, Junior didn’t mind the rain. He had spent most of his life outdoors and could even sleep in the rain. This day however, Junior took one look out the door at the blowing wall of rain and stopped short. His purring stopped abruptly. He stood in the doorway and stared outside. Then he casually turned around, walked back through the kitchen, jumped up onto the desk, and settled down to take a nap.

Junior loved to curl up on the human kids' homework on the desk.

Mom and Dad decided that Junior was officially a House Cat after that.

Continue to part 4 of Rascal's Story.

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At Saturday, August 05, 2006 11:34:00 AM, Blogger Derby said...

Junior, good idea to stay inside when it is storming. Can't wait for the next part.

At Saturday, August 05, 2006 1:03:00 PM, Blogger Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

mmm - birdie calendar! we're all furry 'cited effurry time there's anofur part of the story up! can't wait fur more!!

At Saturday, August 05, 2006 3:24:00 PM, Blogger Luna said...

Come to play with me Rascal! =^^=

At Saturday, August 05, 2006 6:03:00 PM, Blogger Eric and Flynn said...

we bofe really likes your story bout Junior, so we's gonna put your linky on our site so we don't miss the next bit. We fought you looked cute when you were a baby kitty and we are going to ask mumbean to do sum of our baby pichers.

At Saturday, August 05, 2006 11:42:00 PM, Blogger Emma's Kat said...

Chapter 3 was great! So glad Junior is becoming a comfortable house kitty! So...What happens next!? Do we know how old Junior is approximately? I'll have to go back and read?

At Sunday, August 06, 2006 10:14:00 AM, Blogger Hot(M)BC said...

Your story is really neat, Rascal. We gotted to catch up today and we can't wait for the next part! Junior was a furry smart kitty to stay in when it was storming. I bet you's as smart too.
~~ Sanje and the rest of the Hot(M)BC gang

At Sunday, August 06, 2006 5:53:00 PM, Blogger Cecilia said...

I love the story of Junior. It is so much like the story of Bubbles. I can't wait for the next episode!


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