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Animal Scene - - CONTENTS - by Gia Lara

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It was a nor­mal sum­mer day on the 1st of May in 2014 when my dad told me about an odd­eyed stray cat he saw out­side our house. The next thing I knew was that the cat whose right eye was blue and the left, yellow, was brought into our garden, what with my dad think­ing I could take beau­ti­ful pic­tures of her.

She was in­deed pretty and quite charis­matic, al­beit dirty. She co­op­er­ated very well and we fin­ished tak­ing pho­tos fast. I pet­ted and told her, “Hey you can go home now.” We cud­dled for a bit and she pro­ceeded to groom my hand. I took pic­tures and videos on my phone to document this ran­dom stray’s sweet­ness. I was com­pletely taken over by her charm. I even posted on In­sta­gram, say­ing, “Why is this cat not mine?”

I wished she could be adopted by a lov­ing fam­ily. I went on with my day as she fell asleep on the garden bench.

Three days had passed. When­ever I checked on her, she’d be so peace­fully asleep, as if she hadn’t slept for three years straight. My boyfriend and I joked around about it – she might be pre­tend­ing to be asleep so she didn’t have to go home, we said.

On the fourth day, my brother re­minded me that her owner might be look­ing for her. With a heavy heart, be­fore I left for Sun­day church, I car­ried her to the apart­ment where she was said to have been stay­ing. “Here’s your cat, you might be look­ing for her. She seems to have taken a lik­ing to our garden,” I told the woman at the gate. She took her and said the cat only stayed in their house to sleep, but went out to look for food.

I wasn’t sure if it was right to leave her there.

Sun­day mass was or­di­nary and my mind was lit­tered with thoughts of this white cat. I hur­ried home right af­ter and there she was on our doorstep! She was hap­pily snooz­ing, as if noth­ing hap­pened. She had made up her mind: My home was her home.

What’s bet­ter than a bas­ket? A stack of bas­kets to sleep on.

She had a har­ness but she in­de­pen­dently roamed around to greet fel­low cat par­ents dur­ing a cat event.

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