likely story

“What happened in here?”

The twins exchanged a frantic glance and then pointed as one to the cat.  She lounged in a ray of sun make its way across the floor, licking one paw, and paying no attention to the proceedings around her.

“You really expect me to believe that sweet little Belle created all this wreckage?”

They nodded in unison and pointed to their cat again.  Belle, for her part, remained impassive to the whole affair.  She had moved on to a different paw though: lick, lick, lick.

“You know you aren’t supposed to ever lie to Mommy, right?”

Eyes wide, their nods gained enthusiasm.  They were very aware of that truth and would never dream of doing any such thing.   Earnestly they turned their faces back and forth between her and the cat, imploring her to believe them.

Incredulous, she shook her head and steered them away from the bulk of the mess, “Okay, but you are going to have to help me clean this up.  Which of you wants to go grab the broom?”

Two hands shot up, and smiling, she dismissed them both to retrieve the sweeper.  Hands on her hips she surveyed the damage.  Every dish on the table, set out ahead of dinner, had crashed to the floor when the tablecloth had been pulled from one side.  Luckily, it hadn’t been anything too expensive and some of the pieces had survived the fall anyway.  Kneeling she began to collect the larger shards in the fabric which she would use to transport them to the trash bin outside.

As the mom worked, Belle stretched lazily, rose to her haunches, gave her right paw one last lick for good measure, and then sauntered out of the room.  Hours later, after the mess had been cleaned up, dinner had been served and cleared away, and the family had gone to their beds, Belle returned to the scene of the crime.  She spryly jumped onto the table and sprawled to her full length.  She glared in the direction of the twins’ room.

They shouldn’t have tattled on her, and she would have to teach them a lesson.


Word Count: 359

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