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Glow Kitty


Julie and Max fell in love with the old farm house the moment the realtor swept the cobwebs aside so they could enter the front door.  It was everything they'd dreamed of,  a fixer-upper fantasy with creaking stairways, wood-burning heaters, and a dozen rooms in odd shapes and sizes that made it hard to identify what their original purpose might have been. 

They spent two months worth of weekends sweeping and scrubbing, and dreaming of what it was going to look like some day.  Then came moving day, and they lugged and hauled their furniture and belongings up the porch steps and down the maze of narrow hallways, deciding to occupy just the ground floor for the present time. 
 
By the time the  moon rose that night, their prized antique iron bedstead was sporting it's brand new  mattress, a set of fresh white sheets, and the quilt Julie's grandmother had made for them as a wedding gift. Too weary to do one thing more, they washed up and crawled beneath the sheets, cuddling together, listening to all the sounds an old house makes as they drifted off to sleep.
 
Somewhere in the middle of the night Julie awoke with a start, certain that she had felt something small walking across the foot of the bed.  Rousing Max, they grabbed their flashlights and scanned the room and hallway... nothing to be seen, heard, or found.  "Maybe you dreamed it," said Max, as they settled back in the bed and were soon once again sleeping soundly. 
 
The next night it was Max who awakened first by what seemed to be the meowing of a cat. "Did you notice any stray cats outside when we were stacking firewood?" he asked Julie, who whispered no, and sat up in bed listening closely.  Sure enough, she heard it too, faint meows coming from the hallway.  They searched the entire first floor, and then the second, finding no sign of a cat in residence, but they were both certain of what they had heard.
 
In the weeks ahead they continued to hear a cat calling out to them after they settled into bed at night.  Every now and then one of them felt something walking across the quilt, and they began to jokingly refer to their mysterious nocturnal visitor as the ghost cat.  It wasn't until Julie made a trip down the hall to the bathroom late one night, that they learned just how right they were... there at the far end of the hallway was the unmistakable image of a small cat illuminated by a pale green glow, staring straight at her with eyes that appeared to be vacant black holes.  Startled, she let out a scream and flipped on the bathroom light switch, at which point the cat vanished into thin air. 
 
Concluding that they really did have a ghostly feline in residence but sensing nothing sinister in it's intent, they decided to embrace its presence and began referring to it affectionately as "Glow Kitty."  They left small cat toys scattered throughout the house and were delighted to discover that the toys were often relocated while they slept. Though they never visibly saw their glowing ghost cat again, it became commonplace to feel it walk across the bed at night and settle at their feet, and sometimes Julie was certain that she heard it purring.  

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This post was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
where the prompt choices this week are green and believe...
Come and join us there!

20 comments:

  1. What a delightful tale of a green kitty. It would scare me a bit too, but I'd do the same and just love my kitty that I didn't have to tend to. I love this post.

    Have a terrific day honey. Big hugs. ☺

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    1. You have a great point here, Sandee... no litter box no grocery cart full of cat food! :-)

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    1. Thanks Gail, something just for fun! :-)

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  3. Woah! I am not sure whether to be creeped out or saying, 'Awwwww...'. :) I just don't know how I would react if I were to come across something of this nature! Great story!

    I have an idea for this week's Two Shoes Tuesday. Have to tackle a rather daunting 'to do' list first! Getting uninterrupted time to write will be my reward.

    Hugs!

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    1. Thanks Carrie! Spirits come in all shapes and sizes, Carrie, friendly ones are always welcome to share space with me. :-) Will be looking forward to your post whenever you find time to fit it in this week... no deadlines here!

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  4. I really enjoyed this one. I believe there are ghost animals as there ghosts humans...I would love to have a "glow kitty" visit me at night.

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    1. I absolutely agree with you GS, in fact I had a kitty who passed over that ocassionally used to come back to walk across my bed at night, the footsteps were unmistakably hers as I remembered them.

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  5. Great "tail"! I believe in these things. I have reviewed books on this subject. If it were my cat, I may not mind. If I didn't, I am not sure I would be comfortable with "it". You had my attention!

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    1. I believe in them too, Annie. Memories of my cat that used to drop by to visit on occasion inspired this story, but thankfully she never showed up glowing green... though that might be very cool!

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  6. It would take some getting used to...but I'd rather have a cat ghost then a human one.

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    1. You have a good point there, Patricia. We have had some visitors of the human ghostly kind too, one that likes to bring the smell of pipe tobacco to our bedroom from time to time. He knows he is welcome. It is said that cats can often see human spirits that we can't see. So I wonder can they also see kitty spirits? :-)

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  7. I am thinking, Josie, that it might have been a rat. In the service when I was doing guard duty in the desert at El Paso, we could sleep in the little shacks build by the radar sites. I would leave the generator running all night so the light could stay on. It would run out of gas about four in the morning and I would have to fill it and restart it.

    I was always thankful for the generators and the light. Quite often I would be awakened by a rat running around the shack. Most often I would see them climbing up the braces inside the bare wall studs. I know my parent's farm home had rats after they abandoned it for town retired life.
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    1. Thank you Josie for your very nice comment. I enjoyed writing this one a lot.

      BYW, my dad had several people asking if they could buy his farm house and farm yard He never sold and the people who bought the place dozed the house and chicken houses down

      One other, we are visiting our granddaughter and daughter and SIL in London, UK.
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    2. Oh Jim! Now at night when one of the furkids trucks across our bed I am going to think RAT!! I saw a large country-size rat chase a grown man one night, it was probably rabid. Scared me crazy! I do not have a tolerance for tiny house mice much less an affinity for large rats! I'm relieved that in this story there was meowing and purring to confirm feline qualities, unless we have a very talented rat here! :-) Thanks for the fun comment, you got my attention!!!

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    3. I really loved your post, Jim, I identify with a love of green, living here in dry, brown West Texas I miss it so very much! My grandparents old farmhouse was razed by my uncle who couldn't bear to see if falling down. I was only able to visit it once. I wish I could have returned again. Enjoy your stay in London!

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  8. Goose bumps... I sometimes think that there are ghost cats at my house. We've had many cats! I wish I could see a ghost cat. Speaking of ghost cat. Have you seen the movie Ghost Cat? It's a really good movie. I saw it a couple of months ago. : )

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    1. It makes me smile to know that you live in a cat friendly house, Joseph! To me, a house just doesn't feel like home with out a cat... or two... or three.. :-) No, I haven't seen the movie, but maybe it's one I should check out!

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  9. Hello Josie,I wrote a comment last night and the blinkin Internet crashed and I did grrrrr!
    I loved that story about the ghostly cat,I would be spooked by a ghost cat I think,I'm the sort of person that scares quite easily with things that go bump in the night! I liked the fact that they placed cat toys for it to play with though,that made me smile...it seemed a friendly sort of ghost cat x

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    1. I hate it when my comments or messages disappear in an instant, Jess. It can be soo frustrating! I'm glad you came back to give it another try! Things that go bump in the night scare me too, so do shadows that move without explanation, and scents that normally aren't there. But I am learning to welcome friendly visitors, seen and unseen. When my own little ghost cat used to walk across the foot of the bed sometimes at night it made me smile, because I knew she was still remembering me and stopping by to visit. :-)

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