The black cat, wearing its luxurious coat, sleek and freshly groomed, stretched in the pool of sun on the back of the couch.

The two-legged creatures had left the room.  She knew that without having to open her eyes.  She could hear them upstairs stomping around.  Why do they need to make so much noise?  The constant cacophony was one of the few drawbacks of cohabiting with the two-legged creatures.  She had decided long ago that it was a small price to pay for all the other perks.

Yawning, she cracked open her eyes, their brilliant green flashing through the slivers of her lids.  They quickly flitted across the room, cataloging, appraising, everything and then moving on in an instant.  The room had grown stale.

Like silk, she slipped off the back of the couch and moved towards the staircase.  Certainly, they must be bored upstairs without me.  I guess I’ll find them so their lives can be less pedantic.  I’m in a giving mood at the moment.

She took the stairs at a languid trot, a sinister smile in her piercing eyes.  With her giving usually meant receiving too.  She would enrich their lives, give them excitement and adventure, and they would rub her tummy.

She was already purring, in anticipation, when she found the two-legged creatures she lived with.


Word Count: 222

This is in response to this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge.

: of, relating to, or being a pedant(see pedant)
: narrowly, stodgily, and often ostentatiously learned

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52 thoughts on “purring

  1. I love the way you described her-like the way she slipped off the back of the couch like silk. Very nice! And though I don’t have a cat-but two dogs, I could relate to this:) Great writing!

    • I think it could easily be switched up for most “mobile” pets. And since my cats act like dogs most of the time anyway (playing fetch, begging for attention, etc…), it’s super easy to imagine them as such.

    • They are right. Even if that improvement comes from the extra stretching from having to bend down and pet them, and the extra exercise from having to chase them out of whatever trouble they are getting into…

    • I’ve always thought it was a fair deal – there is something magical about rubbing a kitty’s tummy anyway. That could be because it’s a mystery if rubbing the exposed tummy will lead to purring bliss or the painful grip of whirling claws and teeth…

  2. My cat sunbathes on the back of the sofa, stretched out against the living room window, too. Totally captured the world of the house cat! Well done.

  3. I have three cats and I can imagine the sinister smile…right before they scratch the door trim….or just before they sprawl out on the dining room table (which is a no-no.) I like how the cat slipped off the couch like silk – they do have such fluid and graceful motions.

    • One of our two cats, will look at us, walk away, look at us again, raise her paw, look at us again, start scratching the carpet, and when she doesn’t immediately get yelled, stop to look at us a final time, before releasing all of her feline ferociousness on the carpet to ensure that we do yell at her… which gives her the attention she wanted all along.

  4. Oh, the kitteh. What all she does for us. The sacrifices she makes. The strategies she employs. Just so our lives are less pedantic. This is brilliant 😀

  5. I love your use of the word. Particularly since I have a cat, have always had at least one cat, sometimes two at a time, and know to be true that they are exactly as you describe. We are an endless source of amusement to them. 🙂

    • Well, I don’t know about “endless” but, yes, they do seem to get some entertainment value out of watching us scurrying around to try and appease their every whim. 😛

  6. Such a gracious feline, thinking only of how she can enrich the pedantic lives of the two legged creatures she lived with. So noble!
    A great tale.

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