|The Sun Shining on the Yellow Cat (standard:mystery, 749 words)|
|Author: Alex Hayes||Added: Sep 25 2006||Views/Reads: 2485/0||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|The comfort of ones life should never be taken for granted.|
The Sun shining on the Yellow Cat The rays of sunlight were slicing through the bedroom window blinds and started to warm my back. I was half- awake and daydreaming in the warmth of the sun saturating my blanket and tingling the tissues of my skin. The thought that 93 million miles separated the radiating warmth of the sun from my back never ceases to amaze me. Indeed it felt great on this chilly morning. Seconds before the phone rang, my cat jumped up on the bed and started purring in my ear, which meant, “good morning, I'd like breakfast” in cat conversation. I answered the phone while dishing up some Purrrrfect cat food for Henry the cat. The voice on the other end confessed that he was my brother and not a salesperson working the graveyard shift. He wanted to know how I was doing since I got my reduction in force notice a week ago. I replied that I was in good spirits and doing OK for my first week at being unemployed and I've been busy looking for work, which is a very disheartening drag at times. My brother suggested that we meet for lunch this afternoon and we could discuss the possibility of a career change immediately. I said that sounded like a great idea and I would meet him at the café in about one hour. I showered, shaved, dressed, drink some juice, scanned the e-mail and I decided to walk in the morning sunshine to the café. I felt a strong desire for this needed exercise before lunch. The cat was just as happy to be let outside to roam and nap in his world. I latched the front gate to the white picket fence as I calmly looked back at my cozy cottage. The walk into town was very refreshing and I enjoyed greeting some of the people in my neighborhood whom I hadn't seen for some time. I had plenty of time to make it to the café for lunch, so I decided to visit my favorite thrift store for some cheap thrills looking for cheap deals. I had no sooner opened the shop door than I spotted a very nice blue and red wool plaid jacket lying on the countertop. This was a jacket for me if the price was right so I asked the clerk how much, since it wasn't tagged. The cashier lady said I could have it for seven dollars tax included. I could justify this expenditure because the fall weather was fast approaching and I needed a heavier jacket, plus it appeared brand new for a very good price. I slipped the jacket on and thanked the cashier lady very much and then stepped outside back into the warm sunlight. I checked my watch and the face I glanced at revealed numbers that indicated that I might be running a bit late for my lunch meeting with my brother. I decided to take a shortcut through an alley that allowed me to be on time if not a little early. I had just started walking down the alley when I heard a car speeding up behind me and a male voice yelling out for me to stop. I immediately rotated my head forty- five degrees to see a police cruiser with lights flashing and the loud voice once again telling me to freeze and put my hands in the air. I had no idea what this was all about and I really didn't want to hang around to find out, so I darted into the backdoor of the Laundromat. This was totally out of character for me, but my inner voice told me to keep moving. I managed to softly slip through the Laundromat crowd and exit the front door only to see the police cruiser headed towards me. I had no real intention to meet with these people for whatever reason and I decided to try and miss the lunch date with my brother speedily sneak back home and make some phone calls. It was still a beautiful warm day and as I opened the gate I saw the sun shining on the yellow cat curled up on the porch mat. I hung up my new jacket, got a glass of juice, and turned on the TV news just in time to see a citywide bulletin asking for help in the capture of a bank robbery fugitive wearing a wool blue and red plaid jacket. Tweet
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