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A Courting Gone Wrong


When Rupert came to court Elizabeth, the girl he dreamed of making his own, he dressed in his finest attire and arrived in his shiny new carriage, hoping to impress not only her but her father, Mr. Murdoch, who ran the largest bank in their fair city.

Seated in the parlor sipping his cup of tea, Rupert struggled to retain a sense of dignity while Elizabeth's two kittens wrapped themselves around his legs. He wasn't the least bit fond of cats, but this was clearly not the time to show his disdain for the annoying creatures.

He sat stoic on the loveseat next to Elizabeth, making small talk and attempting to exhibit a bit of charm that might sway her emotions. Judging by her smile and the slight flush of her cheeks, this seemed to be working well until the kittens decided to up the ante in their efforts to draw Rupert's attention, and initiated a game of tag. As they raced across the furniture after each other, leaping from piece to piece with claws extended, one had the misfortune to accidentally lacerate Rupert's leg, tearing his fine wool trousers and causing him to yelp in pain.

Acting on reflex, Rupert snatched up the offending kitten, grasping it tightly enough to make it squeal, causing a distraught Elizabeth to burst into tears.  Rupert was summarily dismissed and escorted to the door, his dreams of betrothal dashed.  The kittens, however, continued to bask in Elizabeth's affection, and both cats lived to a ripe old age along with their spinster mistress.
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I'm linking up with Thom at Three Word Wednesday
where today's writing prompts are dignity, lacerate, and ripe.



15 comments:

  1. Mess with my cat and you've messed with my heart!!
    Nice story, Josie. I was trying to stay ahead of you with ending but missed it a whole lot. Excellent!
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    1. Thanks Jim! I had fun coming up with a "tail" to weave the prompt words together. :-)

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  2. She is not the only fish in the sea and how unobservant of her not to notice the cats bad behaviour. He could try her young sister who looks a little miffed she has found a beau yet.

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    1. Oops! I meant "hasn't found".

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    2. Your analysis cracked me up Old Egg, and so very right you are! People do tend to excuse the bad behavior of their pets.

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  3. LOL love this, sorry she ended up an old spinster but at least the cats were happy!

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    1. Thanks Len, the question is whether she ended up a spinster by lot or by choice. ;-)

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  4. Good story. However, not everyone excuses their pets "bad" behaviour. Oftentimes, animals sense things we humans do not. Just sayin'...

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    1. I totally agree, Annie. Sometimes our pets are telling us that the person we see before us isn't genuine. In this case the injury was clearly accidental, simply the result of two kittens playing,not a matter of bad behavior or poor training. My concern would have been Rupert's reaction, would he also respond this way with children? I think Elizabeth made a wise choice, though I feel for Rupert's injury, cat scratches are painful!

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  5. sophie, you are a talented writer - i love this story/prose piece.
    the language is perfect. and the ending wonderful!

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    1. Thank you Paige, it was what came to mind as a way to use the word prompts! :-)

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  6. Moral of the story - if you want some sugar don't mess with the kitties.I loved this. MIAOW!

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    1. Hell hath no fury like a woman whose cats have been scorned! :-))

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