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Old 03-03-2016, 11:23 PM   #171
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"What happened here?" Carrie called out. The detective looked up.

"Are you Carrie Sullivan?" he asked.

"Yes, I am. What's happened?"

"You had a break-in, ma'am. I'm Detective James Freeman. Apparently, from what we gather from the evidence and an unidentified witness, a boy of about twelve broke your window on your door and got in. One of your friends happened to be in town, and checked your apartment. It was not gotten into, but apparently your tomcats came down here and tore the kid up and sent him back out the door," he explained.

"Which friend? Who?"

"A Paul Draper."

"Oh, good. Okay. Where is he?" she asked.

"He said if you came in before he got back, he's gone to the hardware store and he'll be back to fix your door," said the detective.

"My tomcats tore this kid up? What do you mean?" asked Carrie, confused.

"Ma'am, those are two of the meanest cats I ever saw in my life. That yellow one almost ripped your friend to shreds. Both of them had blood on them, and we didn't find any useful fingerprints here in the shop, so I needed a fur sample to help ID the kid, if he shows up at the ER. It also proves the kid had to have been inside your shop when the cats attacked. That will help you later if you need it."

Carrie turned and looked at Suzanna.

"I'll be right back," said Suzanna, and went out the back and up the steps to Carrie's apartment.


"Cats! Meows! Where are you? Oh my God, Meows, Bart! Are you okay?" Suzanna was shocked at seeing their bloody fur.

"We're fine," they laughed.

"What did you do?" Suzanna asked.

They told her all about it, and soon she was laughing.

"You hissed at PAUL?" she asked Bart.

"Well, I had to. I even growled and snarled. I didn't hurt him, Suzanna, I promise."

Belle told her about trying to call her cell phone, and calling 911 and Paul for help. Suzanna picked up the little heroine and praised her for a job well done, and listened to the cats gleefully describe the performance.

Downstairs, Carrie was perplexed.

"But my cats are not mean! Really, they might have scratched a little or something, but --"
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Old 03-03-2016, 11:29 PM   #172
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"Oh no," he interrupted. "These are no sweet little housecats. I have two cats myself. You don't have cats, you have raging beasts, and I hope I never, ever see those two again."

"Did they hurt you?" she asked, totally confused.

"No, but if your friend hadn't held that yellow monster down, he'd have torn me up bigtime. Good thing you have a warning sign in the window here. I used to think that was a joke, but not after tonight. I’ve seen nicer grizzly bears.”

The man did look a little shaken, and Carrie just couldn't believe what she was hearing.

"I -- ah, I need to run upstairs for a moment. I'll be right back."

"Okay," said the detective.

Carrie ran up the steps and went in, finding Suzanna and the cats laughing.

"Carrie, listen to this," said Suzanna.

Belle and Zeus began to tell Carrie what happened, and when they got to the part where Paul grabbed Bart and Bart went into his theatrics, Carrie began to laugh. She couldn't believe these two sweet, intelligent and loving animals had turned into snarling, fangs-baring, flesh-ripping monsters.

"Oh my God, no wonder that detective is terrified of you two," she laughed. "Oh, that is funny! Good thing Paul thought of that."

"He did real well, acting like he was real leery of us and all," smiled Bart. "He even said we hissed at him a few times."

"We needed an excuse to get the blood on them to the detective, so big mean attack cats seemed to fit the bill," said Zeus.

"I enjoyed myself," added Meows.

Carrie was still chuckling. "Well, I've got to get back down there, but I just couldn't figure out why he thought you two were so awful."

"I'll put on some coffee," said Suzanna. "We'll stay and help you clean up."

"Thanks, Suzanna," Carrie said, and went back downstairs.

There was nothing better than cats and great friends, she thought.

"You don't have to keep it, Carrie, I don't know if you even like it," said Paul, as he hung the new door to the shop.

"I love it! I would have gotten it myself!" she exclaimed.

The new door was antique white with a reinforced stained-glass oval window in it. Suzanna liked it too.

"I think it looks great," she said, sipping her coffee.

"Please let me pay you back for it," Carrie insisted.
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Old 03-04-2016, 12:34 AM   #173
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"No," said Paul, gently but firmly. "It's a gift. An early Christmas present, really, if you like it that much. Otherwise, I can take it back and exchange it for one you want."

"Don't you dare," said Carrie. "I love it. Thank you. And thank you for your help tonight -- you and Zeus."

"No problem. That's what friends are for," he smiled.

"Hey, look," said Suzanna, opening and closing the new door. "This one doesn't stick or squeak like the last one."

"Of course not." Paul looked offended. "I put it up."

The women laughed at him. Ralph poked his head in the back. "Cats! Bart! Belle! Zeus! Dinner's on!"

"Hey, Ralph!" Suzanna called. "Look at Carrie's new door real quick."

Ralph walked to the front of the shop. "Carrie, that looks great. You've always had such a keen eye for decorating. It's just perfect, dear."

Carrie cleared her throat. "I didn't pick it out. Paul did, and brought it in and hung it."

"Well, Paul, seems you have a talent too. Very good!" he boomed, smiling.

"Thank you," smiled Paul.

Ralph called the cats again for dinner, and they came charging down the stairs and into the restaurant's kitchen, where he set their plates down.

Carrie sat down. "I wonder if they'll find the kid who broke in."

Paul shrugged. "I don't know."

"In a way, I hope they don't, and the cats taught him a lesson, and he straightens up," Carrie said.

"That would be the ideal scenario," agreed Suzanna.

"I wonder how badly he's scratched up," Paul said.

"I hope the parents don't sue," Carrie worried.

Suzanna frowned. "I hope not too. But that's possible."

Paul shook his head. "What lawyer would take a case that crazy? Attack cats scratching up a 12-year-old burglar. That's kind of reaching, isn't it?"

"Oh, there are attorneys out there who would take something like that. On the off chance they actually won, they'd be famous. People would go, 'Oh yeah, he's the one who won the attack cat case,'" said Suzanna. "Believe me, I know some of these types."

"Wonderful," sighed Carrie.

"Don't worry, Carrie, it probably won't happen," Suzanna assured her.

"I hope not," she replied.
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Old 03-04-2016, 01:34 AM   #174
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Suzanna looked thoughtful. "You know what? This is weird. I just got the strangest feeling that this is going to turn into a positive thing for us all."

"That is weird," said Paul. "I have the same feeling, Suzanna."

They exchanged a look.

Carrie smiled at her friends. She was still in shock over the break-in and was glad they were there with her, weird feelings and all.











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Old 03-04-2016, 01:49 AM   #175
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Chapter 10 – Snow and Turtles

The next day, the town woke up to being snowed in. Several inches of snow had fallen overnight, and Paul stood at the huge livingroom bay window admiring the snowy scene and enjoying the heat from the flames in the fireplace. The steaming cup of coffee warmed his hands as he looked out.

Zeus came in, yawning. "What's for breakfast?"

"I don't know. I was going to see what you wanted."

"Well, you certainly learn fast. How about a sardine and cheese omelet?"

Paul almost choked on his coffee. "Gross! Are you serious?"

Zeus looked at him as if he were crazy. "Of course."

"With sour cream?"

"That would be a very nice touch," said Zeus, licking his chops.

Paul sighed. "Okay...but I'm fixing mine first. I don't want my breakfast to taste like sardines."

"Hmm. You might like it if you tried it."

"I think I'll pass. C'mon, I'll warm up some milk for you," said Paul, heading for the kitchen.

Zeus smiled. He knew he was the luckiest feline in the world, and he was grateful.


Suzanna awoke in the cottage to find Meows staring out the window.

"Something wrong?" she asked.

"Oh, no. I was admiring the snow. Come look, Suzanna, it's beautiful."

She got up and put on her robe, and joined Meows at the window. "Oh, wow, yeah it is."

"The world looks so clean and peaceful, doesn't it?" he smiled.

She scratched his head and ears. "It sure does."

"It seems like a gift, after that mess in the shop last night," said Meows.

"True. Speaking of, that's a bit cold for paws. I'll take you to Carrie's today and pick you up," she said.

"Don't try to drive in this, Suzanna. I'll be fine, it's not far."

"I'll wrap you up and carry you. How's that? I get exercise, you'll stay warm and dry," suggested Suzanna.

He smiled and purred. "Can we stop at the coffeeshop? I was wondering if I could get a book for Belle I saw in there the other day."

"Sure. What is it?"

"It's a nice collection of classic poems. She is learning to write poetry, and I thought she'd like that," Meows explained.

"That's sweet of you. Do you want anything for yourself? You can have some new books, too. You haven't gotten any lately," said Suzanna.

"I really don't have a lot of time to read lately, with teaching Belle and my own online course in business accounting and all, but thank you anyway," Meows said with a hand-nuzzle.
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Old 03-04-2016, 02:55 AM   #176
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I asked Smudge and Django if they could talk...they just ignored me. I'm afraid to ask Latté, she's the only one that was found on the street...
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I asked Smudge and Django if they could talk...they just ignored me. I'm afraid to ask Latté, she's the only one that was found on the street...
According to Joyce's book, perhaps it is best not to ask. Street cats seem to be very odd, yes?

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I asked Beagle if she could talk. She's a former street dog. She didn't say anything.
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I asked Beagle if she could talk. She's a former street dog. She didn't say anything.
So far we are very lucky, yes? But to be prepared, perhaps cat and dog owners must check of the homeowner's policies. There may be dog bites coverages for one time, but I have not seen the coverages for cat attacks.

Perhaps to lobby the insurance companies for covererage of cat scratches and bites will become an insurance policy movement! Ha!

I am sure our state insurance attorneys generals have not not thought of this.

I did ask Lilly if she could speak. She only led me to her treats tin and wagging her tail.

I suppose we have regular pets, yes?

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I asked Latté, and she looked at me with a face that said, "Well, what do you think?" I think she's shining me on.
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