#FF — Shelter

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Shelter

I remember my siblings and I chasing each other down wet alleys and hiding behind trash bins. We ate gritty mice and scraps of garbage – until the day we smelled something delicious in a box. We hunted it like lions. I, being boldest, pounced first. With the first bite came a metallic trap-door snap.

In the place with many boxes, sometimes I even dreamed of Mama and her warm fur.

I live in another world now. Their memories fade as new ones take their place. I chase sunbeams on the carpet and play hide and seek with my humans.

[100 words]

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the insightful host of Friday Fictioneers.

75 Comments Add yours

  1. Anita says:

    Playing hide and seek fits the image context so correctly!
    Poor cat separated from its family. Missing mother’s warm fur.
    But, now has a shelter, a home of humans…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading and your comment, Anita.

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  2. Wow, what a compelling narrative, from a cat’s voice of course! I love it. ❤

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Lamittan, glad you enjoyed the story.

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      1. Sure I did. You’re most welcome, Msjadeli.

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    A happy ending of sorts. Nice one.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Iain.

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  4. Dale says:

    Awww. I love this, Lisa. Each world has their pluses and minuses… Hopefully she is happy.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I wrote this with your kitten in mind. I have no idea if she was a stray or not, but I know she is in a happy place now ❤

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      1. Dale says:

        Sweet. No, she is not a stray. She is from my son’s friend’s litter. She is definitely taken care of 😉 xoxo

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Awwwww 🙂 I’m always amazed where cats can maneuver into places without knocking anything over. How she got in there behind the books is one example. My smaller cat, Dotty, has gotten into my china cabinet that has a missing pane of glass in it (long story) and walks among the knick knacks without ever knocking any over.

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          1. Dale says:

            She’s all over the place. Our two former cats never did what she does! She goes where she’s not supposed to, as well 😏 They amaze me how they do that (not knock anything over… when they are careful. Other times, not so much!)

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  5. neilmacdon says:

    A terrible trade-off. I guess the cat is happy. But ….

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m sure she still dreams of gritty mice crunches from time to time… Thanks for reading and your comment, Neil 🙂

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  6. neilmacdon says:

    A terrible trade-off. I guess the cat is happy. But …

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  7. Aaah, turned out nice for the cat this time, lucky her or him. Good stuff

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Shrawl, you’re right, for this kitty it turned out well. I fear for his Mama and siblings, still scrabbling…

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      1. My Dog was rescued from Cyprus at a few months old, black dogs are considered bad luck and he was hours from the chop I believe

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Oh I’m so glad you rescued him from certain death. They say the same about black cats in the US. Interestingly a lot of people make it their mission to adopt black cats from shelters because of it. The most plentiful color of cat stuck in shelters is orange.

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      2. Plus he still doesn’t understand what I’m saying!!

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  8. Nice story and cute picture. Many years ago, we took in and domesticated five feral kittens that had settled on our property. Their parents had been caught by animal control, and we felt terrible for the little ones. Today, two are left.

    Two black males disappeared one day and never returned. I hope it was because they missed chasing gritty mice, though I’m afraid that’s not the reason. A third cat (a male) died two years ago, likely after having eating something poisonous. The two that are left are girls. They are senior citizens by now! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You and your wife are kind to have taken the feral kittens in. They wouldn’t have made it without your care. All of my life cats have wandered in from here and there. The two I have now came from the shelter I volunteered at after retirement. Covid put the kibosh on that though when the other volunteers refused to wear masks and the shelter refused to put mask mandate in place.

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      1. My wife loves animals. She grew up with all kinds of pets. At some point, our house was a mini-circus. We had five cats, two bunnies and two dogs. Not to mention my wife’s fish tank!

        I’ve quickly gotten attached to all of our pets, but I will also admit they can make a lot of mess!

        In addition to the two remaining cats, we also have a silkie lady. And my wife still has some fish. While the cats and the dog are fun, the fish definitely are not my thing!

        That’s really nice of you to take in the cats from the shelter. The Covid situation at the place is very unfortunate!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Pets can bring a place to life for sure. What is a silkie? I first started having fish when I met my now-ex back in 2006. He took care of them at first and taught me how. After awhile I became their caretakers. There is a lot of work and expense with fish tanks. I only have two fish left. Because we have power outages here I hesitate to get more but I don’t like having 2 fish and the one tank. They look lonely in there.

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          1. A Silky is a type of terrier. It’s basically a slightly bigger version of a Yorkie! 🙂

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            1. msjadeli says:

              Sounds like a lovable little critter 🙂

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  9. Sadje says:

    Aww, I hope the cast has a happier life. Lovely story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sadje, I think she will have a good life. Thank you.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome

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  10. So beautiful photography, so cute cat 🌷🙏🌷

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Thattamma 🙂

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  11. memadtwo says:

    Cats love enclosed spaces. Better the carpet than the street I think. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I think so too, Kerfe. My two are happy being off of the street.

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  12. GHLearner says:

    Ah, a happy ending for the cat. I’ve given up feeling guilty for trading their freedom for comfort and safety. Our cats only went in the garden on long leashes and they all were happy.

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  13. Sandra says:

    I was fearing the worst here, but it was lovely happy ending. Having just taken possession of a very affectionate rescue cat, it struck a chord with me.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sandra very awesome to know.

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  14. trentpmcd says:

    My cats are rescues and I hope have a very happy life. They were on the street… Our dog, Idina, though is the one who had a very traumatic puppyhood out on the streets

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Bless you and your wife’s hearts for rescuing your critters. I’m sorry Idina went through a traumatic puppyhood.

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  15. draliman says:

    From the streets to a home. The poor little cat will miss their mother and siblings though.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It’s one of those mixed blessings…

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  16. I was so relieved when it ended on a happy note!

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  17. plaridel says:

    glad how it turned out in the end. nice story. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Plaridel.

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      1. plaridel says:

        you’re welcome.

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  18. Danny James says:

    Sounds like she has found a good home.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Cats and readers go well together 🙂

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  19. rothpoetry says:

    A great story Lisa. Love the cute kitty cat!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Dwight!

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  20. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Nice story Lisa… if that cat is hiding from millennials…they will never find it behind books… that was mean wasn’t it?

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  21. Margaret says:

    I like the ‘place with many boxes’. Cute story – lucky cat.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Margaret.

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  22. Dear Lisa,

    Ah what a sweet story. I hope her life is a good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, thank you, I do also ❤
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  23. Bill says:

    You had me a little worried with that ‘another world’ comment. Good one, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Bill, I’m glad the new world she went to was a loving place for her. Thank you.

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  24. A plauseble story from a different prospective that kept me enthralled with every word, Lisa. Genious write … loved it!!! Have a good weekend … Isadora 😎

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for reading and your kind comment, Isadora. You have a good weekend also ❤

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  25. Nobbinmaug says:

    Breeding dogs, I wonder how they feel about being taken from their families and everything they’ve ever known. As jarring as it may be, they seem to adapt well. For Thing, after two months, she went from being overprotective to a playmate to thinking of them as a nuisance for getting the attention she felt was rightfully hers. They seem to bond with people more than with other dogs. I think the cat in your story is better off if the home is a loving one.

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  26. jillyfunnell says:

    So sensitively written, from the cat’s point of view. For some reason the sunbeams on the carpet really got to me. Loved it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Jilly 🙂

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  27. ahtdoucette says:

    Awwww…. Me taking in my (at first very reluctant) rescues, but now you can tell this is their home. They sometimes get outside but they always come back for food and snuggles. ❤ So much fond memories. Home is home!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad to bring back fond memories for you, Anne.

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  28. Laurie Bell says:

    Awwwww it sounds like she’s found a better and safer forever home

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  29. Gritty mice to sunbeams on a carpet. It sounds like a typical cat world to me. -Michael

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  30. granonine says:

    Aw. I’m so glad it wasn’t a death trap! And it seems it was a happy ending.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Me too, Linda. Thank you 🙂

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  31. At first I thought she’d gotten trapped in a mouse trap or something horrible and then realized that she found a lovely warm home. So nice!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sascha, I’m glad she was trapped by kindly rescuers, taken to the vet, cleaned up, immunized, spayed, and found her forever home. Thank you for your lovely comment.

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