Damn Cat... A short story

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Staring back at the green eyes that seemed to shine in the semi darkness of the bedroom, I held my breath, my heart picking up pace as I looked deep into the intelligent hateful eyes. Not daring to blink the sleep out of my eyes I waited for her to make her move.

Without warning she moved, her claw striking the back of my hand, barely missing my cheek. Letting out a cry I sat up with a curse as she bounded out, tail high in the air.

“What’s wrong?” Dean mumbled into his pillow, not bothering to open his eyes.

“Your damn cat” flicking the lamp on I examined the damage, the scratch was actually a little deeper than her normal random swipes,

“Look at this” Holding my hand up next to his face I scowled “aren’t you going to look at what your little demon did”

“It’s just a cat Mandy” opening his eyes, he squinted against the light as he tried to focus on my hand. “Wash it if you’re so worried, there are Band-Aids somewhere in the bathroom”

“Unbelievable” pushing back the covers I doubled checked the floor to make sure the hateful creature hadn’t snuck back in for another covert attack, before padding quickly to the en-suite.

Running the cut under cold water, I rummaged through the drawers.

“They are not in here” I couldn’t help the annoyance that filled my voice; Dean was the perfect guy except for two things waking up and his damn cat. Proven by the undisturbed snore he let out, already back to sleep, blissfully uncaring about the hell that his cat was making my life.

Switching on the lights I made my way to his kitchen, keeping my eyes moving around the small room. Totally paranoid about an animal no bigger than my shin I tried to laugh it off as I reached for a glass, pouring the orange juice, I didn’t have to time to sip it as I let out a small yip of surprise that escaped my lips as the cat rubbed its soft fur against bare my legs.

Her soft body vibrating with a growl as she stalked around me, her green eyes staring hatefully up at me, taking a deep steading breath I pushed at her gently with my foot.

“Now Jebe, enough of that” hating the way my voice carried my ever growing fear of her, moving past I tried to follow Dean’s advice that all she needed was a firm hand, but the feel of her claws sinking into the back of my calf proved what I had thought all along.

The damn cat hated me

“Damn it Jebe!” without thinking I planted my foot firmly under her ribs and kicked her away from me, watching with shock as she went flying into the cupboards across the room.

Holding my hand up in front of me, as she spun around her growl rising in pitch she stared at me back arching as she hissed.

Without thinking I moved, her body a black blur as I slammed the basement door closed behind me holding it closed I smiled to myself feeling the force of her body crashing into the old wood.

The sound of her frustration was eerie in the darkness of the staircase as she scratched and growled at the closed door, hitting on the light switch I shook my head as it flickered once before the globe blew. Jumping at the sound, my laughter echoed out around the wooden staircase even as I gasped to breathe.

I was trapped in a smelly old basement, besieged by a house cat.

Sitting with a loud thump I giggled even as my hands reached down to my new wound, the blood was flowing nicely, from the three perfect slices her claw had made in my calf, deeper than any house cat had the right too.

The cat was a menace in all ways, a demon that had chosen to make my life living hell from the moment that Dean had brought me back after one of our first dates. Now a year later the spiteful creature was intolerable, and to make matters worse the damn cat was winning.

There was no way Dean was going to get rid of Jebe, the evil thing had belonged to his late witch of a wife and for that reason he saw only an angel where a demon clearly stood. Pressing my ear against the door I listened out for her.

I had to get out of here; there was no way I was going to spend my Friday night sitting half naked on a dark musty stairwell. I couldn’t hear her moving on the other side anymore, maybe she had gone to claim her prize. Dean.

My heart pounding in my chest I opened the door slightly, peering through the crack, my eyes blinking against the light in the kitchen as I looked for her.

Trying not to feel like prey I moved the door open a little more, freezing like a mouse at her soft growl. Looking up from the empty floor I met her eyes, as she glared at me from her perch on top of the cupboards. Without warning the cat leapt its claws out as she spat her hatred in my face.

a shocked cry broke past my lips as my hands came up catching the raging animal, my frantic screams becoming cries of pain as her claws dug into my face, falling backwards I tried uselessly to throw her off me.

The door slamming shut as we tumbled down the wooden stairs,

Gasping for breath my whole body protesting with pain, I pushed myself up from the floor, my eyes searching uselessly in the dark for any sign of the feral animal. My heart almost leaping out of my chest, as the cat let out another soft moan of pain.

“Jebe?”

I hadn’t intended on hurting the animal I just wanted it to leave me alone, but as it moaned again her distress obvious I knew I couldn’t leave her down here, hurt maybe even dying. Dean would never forgive me.

Biting back a cry of pain as my full weight landed on my right foot I limped slowly into the basement away from the wooden stairwell, my only point of reference in the almost complete black of the room.

“Jebe, where are you?”

I had never been in Dean’s basement, so I moved slowly my hands running over the wall as I moved past, hoping for a light switch or something that would allow me to see.

“Fu...”

Biting back the curse word as my legs ran into a sharp bench, blood immediately trickling down my thigh. Glaring at the room around me I tried to think. This was stupid I had a better chance of finding the damn thing if I went and fixed the light bulb at the top of the stairs rather than stumbling around in the dark, hurt and bleeding trying to play hero to a cat that I hated.

But even before the thought was fully finished the cat let out another low moan,

Turning my head to the side I crouched low to the floor¸ that had been close by, she couldn’t be more than a meter away.

“Here puss puss puss” not wanting to step on her I crawled over the dirt and mud ignoring my own pain as best I could as I reached out for her.

“Come on Jebe, let’s call it a truce alright girl” even as I grew closer to her distressed moans I couldn’t help the way my hand shook, expecting the claws or teeth to sink into my flesh at any moment even as my fingertipsfound her warm fur.

“there you are” the relief in my voice was genuine, now all I had to do was get her upstairs without her ripping me apart so Dean could take her to vet while I packed the few things I had gotten in the habit of leaving . I had no intention of staying another night here, Dean may be the perfect guy but he certainly wasn’t worth dying for.

Inching closer to the tense animal I gently slid my hands under her, freezing as her eyes snapped open, unable to move, I stared stunned into her green glowing eyes. A soft whispering filling my head as the cat struck her claws sinking into my wrists,

Screaming as the feminine voice grew louder, whispering becoming chanting drowning out every thought as Jebe attacked, knocking my head back into the packed dirt floor. Her soft satisfied purr the last thing I heard as sweet darkness claimed me fully.


Waking to a gentle hand in my hair, I couldn’t help the happy moan that seemed to vibrate through my whole body.

"oh my poor sweetheart"

Deans voice soft and loving as he cradled me to his chest

If it wasn't for the pain that was slowly seeping into my body I would have thought last night a dream, a horrible nasty dream

“Dean, please …” I heard myself say.

Staring up at myself I screamed, leaping away from the reach of my possessed body, my balance completely off as I tried to land on four feet instead of two. What the hell was going on?

Backing away I tumbled over Dean’s feet my new body awkward with fear as I let out a hiss of pain. This couldn’t be real…

“Look at her Mandy, She is terrified of you!”

“You don’t understand, that damn cat tried to kill me” My normal voice pleaded, desperation in every word as he used his body to shield me from her.

“You have to get rid of her!”

Careful of my injured body Dean gathered me again in the safety of his arms,

“I do” glaring over the top of my head Dean pushed past the stunned protests

“The damn cat stays”

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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Wild story, now I am worried about my cat. Haha!


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Nat Amaral 4 years ago from BC Canada

Good story. Even the best animal has a wild side.


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

Becky Katz

As much as I adore cats, they have always given me a sence of being more than what they seem :) I am glad you enjoyed the story :)


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

Nat Amaral

Thanks for stopping in I am thrilled you liked you liked my short story :)

Indeed they do, we humans should learn to pay more attention :)

Thanks for stopping in I am thrilled you liked you liked my short story :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Great story. I like cats, but they definately have a very different temperament than any other animal. They are mysterious in a way. You story was very good! Voted up! :)


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LABrashear 4 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

Awesome! I've always known cats were intelligent...who would have thought. Voting up and sharing!


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pjpitts 4 years ago from United States

good story, I am a cat lover, and they do seem to have a certain mysterious power.....


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Wow, I will never look at a cat without thinking of Jebe. Great story. Intriguing tale..Enjoyed...


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

WOW! Voted up and all across but funny. You have a talent! What great detail! This was absolutely a great and well written story Nighthag. Two big thumbs up. I love when I am glued for the entire story. I don't read much but here on the hubs, so I enjoy a great story. Well done. See you around.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A great story. I love cats but they are certainly mysterious creatures.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Wow, since I shared, I notice that almost every one of your commenters is a follower. I don't know if it did any good or not. Your story was worth sharing though.


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

sgbrown

I have a huge love for the mysterious kitty cat, in fact this story is about a friends cat, who has taken quite the fancy to torturing me whenever I stay the night, never quite willing to share :)

Glad you enjoyed it :)


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

LABrashear

One of the very first horror movies I even seen was based on cats, so as much as I love them, I have a healthy respect for both their intelligence and never ending patience

Thanks for taking the time to read my story I am thrilled you liked it

pjpitts

Yes they do have a mysterious power... its no wonder ancient Eygpt worshipped them :)


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

always exploring

So glad to have you visit :) and even more glad that you liked my short story. it is a first in a long time, so I was eager to see what you thought :)


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

thelyricwriter

WOW is a good word :)

thank you so very much for leaving such a great enthusiastic comment.

Having spent so long away from writing the short story I was not at all sure that I had gotten this right, but with a comment such as yours I can stop being my worst critic and relax... Thank you!!!


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

Rosemay50

cats certainly do have their secerts, especially this cat :)

so very glad that you enjoyed the read

Becky Katz

I cannot thank you enough for not only reading my story but for sharing it on. It is a huge compliment and every single time someone reads my writing I get a thrill.

Thank you


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Great story nighthag and thanks for sharing.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks so very much Eiddwen, coming from such a respected writer as yourself that means a lot, I am so glad you enjoyed it :)


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SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

It is foolish for any male to try to meditate a quarrel between two women where jealousy and the affairs of the heart is involve. As "Catfights" goes, this is one I would not want to have to break up or get between.:) The ending definitely has the nighthag story plot "twist" your readers have come to expect and enjoy. (the suspense of expecting the unexpected:)


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SonQuioey10 4 years ago from Williamston NC

I love your story, it was great. I have had cats and always thought they were very sinister.


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

Silentreed

so good to have you visit again, I am thrilled you liked my story, finding my unexpected twist can be hard sometimes so I am over the moon that you enjoyed this as much as the others, thanks! :)


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

SonQuioey10

there is something quite off putting to their stare, those intelligent eyes filled with unexplainable things, very sinister...

I am so glad you enjoyed the read, thanks for taking the time to visit


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SonQuioey10 4 years ago from Williamston NC

You're welcomed, it was a great story really. I'll always love cats, no matter how bad they get.


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epigramman 4 years ago

..a hall of fame short story which will be proudly posted on my Facebook page with a direct link back here - so nice to see you back again my friend - and referring to your comment to me - I've had feelings of depression too but have refrained from going to the doctor for fearing of losing my creative edge - I have high blood pressure so that is my main concern. I also have created a new group at FB called LET'S JUST TALK MUSIC OR CINEMA and it would be a honor if you considered joining - we would love to have you there - and my name is Colin Stewart on FB with the same profile photo - just click the group title on my page for a direct link - hope to see you there and sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie ontario canada 8:28pm


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b. Malin 4 years ago

One of the BEST Hub stories I've had the Honor to read, Nighthag. A real thriller, it would make a good Movie as well. And I have to add, my Sister had a Crazy Cat, but in time I got to know her, and RESPECT her... and we shared a bathroom moment together...Her litter box being in the bathroom!


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

epigramman

you always say the nicest things :) I am so glad that you enjoyed my story it always brings a smile to my face to see you visit :)

Fighting depression has been a struggle this past year, and on the urging of others around me I went to my docs and got medicated, but its only since I stopped taking the happy pills has my creativity returned.

So its good to be back, its great to be writing and sharing again, and of course I will happily join your Fb group, I look forward to it...

Thanks for all your support and well wishes it means a great deal to me :)


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

b.Malin

Wow, thank you so very much! Ive had this story running through my mind now for over six months so I am thrilled that you enjoyed it so much :)

Cats do have certain respect me now attitude, and woe to any who dont understand this :)


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wonderful story. GBY.


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia Author

thank you very much I am so glad that you liked it :)


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phoenix2327 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Great story, especially that surprise twist.


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nighthag 3 years ago from Australia Author

phoneix2327

:) I am thrilled that you enjoyed this little tale :) it was inspired by a visit to my friends house where her cat wasnt that pleased to meet me, to say I slept badly is an understatement


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jlherrera 3 years ago from Los Angeles

Cool story! Reminds me of how my ex-wife hated my black cat! It was a cool morning read for me! Thank you!


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nighthag 3 years ago from Australia Author

Jherrera

there is just something about cats especially black cats that just creep some people out :)

I am so glad that you enjoyed the reading it!

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