July 21st 2011 8:34 pm
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“OK, girls, we need to think about transportation,” Shadow said rubbing his paws together.
“I’ve got a few ideas, but it may take a little effort.”
“Why don’t we just take the Mama’s magic broom?” Sleeper spoke up after listening to Shadow and Samhain argue this or that suggestion. Again, they both stared at her.
“You know,” she prompted, a little impatiently. “The one she got from that Japanese cat Jiji of Kiki’s Delivery Service. Toki introduced us. You’ve seen the anime’ films, right?”
“The Mama’s got a magic broom?! When did this happen? HOW did this happen?” Samhain demanded.
“She owed her a favor,” Sleeper answered simply. “I would have thought you’d remember. But I guess you never flew on it, did you?” Sleeper answered.
“Wait – I’ll get it.” She ran into the kitchen and came back with what appeared to be an ordinary household appliance. Except when she threw her leg across the staff, it rose obligingly into the air.
“Whoa!” Shadow exclaimed, jumping back.
“That’s amazing!” He crept closer and examined the floating device cautiously.
“Radical! Can I try that?” he asked Sleeper eagerly. She yielded the broom. From somewhere near the ceiling, Shadow looked down on her with undisguised admiration.
“Honey, I think I’m in love!” he purred.
Samhain cuffed him lightly on the side of the head as he floated back down to the floor, almost knocking him off the broom.
“Ow!” he complained, rubbing his ear.
“Come on,” she glared at him. “We’ve got work to do!” She growled in a low voice as she passed Sleeper, “And you were going to tell me this – WHEN?” Sleeper just shrugged.
“I think I know what else we can use for the initial approach – kites!” Samhain was all business now.
“We have the three we received from Zoe Kona Sunshine , Hunter and Karma Kitty and her family If Sleep flies the broom, Shadow and I can suspend ourselves from the kites, which we’ll attach behind it. The third kite will be a spare.”
“This is so exciting!!!” Sleeper cried delightedly, hopping from paw to paw.
“I’ve never been on a rescue mission before!”
“You’ve never been ANYWHERE before,” Samhain remarked dryly.
“I know,” Sleeper replied, her glee undisturbed. “And my very first time I get to go help save my own father!”
Shadow was smiling fondly at the young cat. Samhain caught his eye and couldn’t suppress a grin of her own. It WAS very exciting, and everything was coming down quickly now.
They decided it would be best to wait till dark, since no doubt the sight of three cats flying through the air might attract unwanted attention. Shadow was feeling ravenous, and downed two cans of Fancy Feast on his own, followed by a large helping of IAMs kibble.
“You really should consider getting a deworming,” Sleeper observed practically, in between her own more modest bites of food. Shadow gave her an alarmed look.
“What? Let some human stick a syringe of nasty tasting, stomach-turning goo down my throat?! I don’t THINK so!!!”
“You wouldn’t feel so hungry all the time - those worms must be getting half your food,” she added, now sitting back washing her face delicately.
“Just you mind your own business, and my worms and me will mind ours,” he answered around a mouthful of kibble.
After dinner, Samhain checked the computer to see if they were online again. There were three messages: (1) the Tabbies (2) Gump and Nadia , and (3) Jerry and Miller. The Tabbies had sent a further update on their ETA, but the others were all requesting to be included in the rescue. Could the Tabbies come pick them up on the way? Plus Jerry and Miller had told a friend of theirs, Rigel, who insisted on being in on the adventure.
"Don't forget to ask Ingen and her family," Sleeper added from over her sister's shoulder. Samhain p-mailed Ingen and then forwarded the request to Sauce of Fishbone, her Tabby counterpart manning the con at the other end of the line, and sat waiting anxiously for the reply...
To be Continued...
Ooooohhhhhhhh, so 'CITING!!! Magic b'ooms an f'yin kitties. Can' wait fur more.
I'm loving this story. And MOL at Shadow downing 2 cans of Fancy Feast - I could do that right now!
Hmmm... What were the Harry Potter film box office receipts this weekend? Peanuts. You should have kitties lined up for miles around.
morris de cat code: stop.....we got room oh plentee on de SS dude ta haul goods....stop.....foodz....stop....waterz....stop. ..toys.....stop....souplies N treets...stop......N enuff room ta carry 389,134,087,266,519,734,099 kittehs...oh...N a dawgie ore two...two......stop...........
Oooow, do I get to fly on the magic broom or on a kite? You can get more than one cat on the broom, right? But a kite could be cool, too. Can't wait to hear what happens next! But we better try to get Shadow dewormed, fur sure.
I'm tiny and don't weigh much so I could come along on somecat's kite or the magic broom! Woohoo, this sounds like the coolest rescue. Can't wait to see what is going to happen!
Nadia, you & me is jus' lil gurlies. We could ride ona kite togevver, maybe. I don' knows how mush a kite can carry. Hmmmm.
Shadow and I are working on strategy right now - this is gonna be tricky, but I think you'll like it!
Magic brooms and kites.. so cool! I want to ride!
Zach, they didn't ask you! Inviting yourself is rude!~
Oh shoot! If you'd told me a day earlier we could have had the Tabbies pick you up; you know we're always happy to have you and Zoe around, Zachie. But the Tabbies already sailed and are at the rendezvous point outside the evil cattery! However, there could be other opportunities in the future... Actually, other than the Troutsters (who are kinda essential on accounta the fact they are so resourceful), all the kitties are Michigan-based. Will let you know if we go on some adventures in the future!