Friday Fictioneers – The Manor House

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Our journey into the mist was marked by adventure. We knew that the Cat people lived in the misty forest. We knew they were not known for their hospitality.

After driving an hour we encountered three figures standing in the road. We stopped; they inspected our vehicle, our belongings and us. They conversed in a high-pitched language very catlike in tone.

Eventually they waved us through and we proceeded to the Manor House to do our business.

The imposing front door was answered by an equally imposing figure but on entering the Manor, we couldn’t help but regret our decision.

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80 Responses to Friday Fictioneers – The Manor House

  1. Anja says:

    Cat people? ha good twist.

  2. Cat people.. Imagination running rampant. Prrrrrrrr 😉

  3. Dear Michael,

    Sounds like scratch as scratch can. Meow! Unique and clever.

    shalom,

    Rochelle

  4. A narrow squeak, perhaps?
    Great tail, er, tale, Sir ST2!

  5. Perhaps and thank you.

  6. claireful says:

    I really like the difference between the tone and the subject in your story – not sure whether it was intentional.. but it sounds very formal, when actually something very unusual and possibly dangerous is happening.

    • Thanks Claire, yes it is intentional, part of the language trick to lure you the reader in. Its a deliberate attempt to create a sense of mystery in a very short number of words. Thanks so much for that excellent comment.

  7. atrm61 says:

    Aha,I love such fantasies!Cat people are cool as long as one is not a mouse or a dog,eh?Am curious to know what happened in the manor though 🙂

  8. Sandra says:

    You didn’t describe them physically, but somehow I pictured them perfectly. Well done Michael.

  9. Bastet says:

    Ooooo….this is a great shivery beginning story! And Cat people…wonder if they’re related to Sekhmet?

  10. Wow. Now I’m curious, but at the same time afraid. I want to know so much more – about the cat people, why they were at the manor, what happened when they were inside – but I feel like I’d regret finding out if I were to have my questions answered. Wonderful story!

    • Thank you so much. The magic of 100 words is that often you can raise more questions than you answer and so the answers then lie with you the reader. I think to answer that question may take me a bit more than 100 words. But thanks for the great comment.

  11. Brenda says:

    Hotel Cat-ifornia, you can how up anytime you like, but you can never leave!

  12. Adam Ickes says:

    What happens inside the Manor House? Inquiring minds want to know.

  13. Honie Briggs says:

    Cat People aren’t known for their hospitality. True, true. Nicely done.

  14. You definitely created an eerie feel.

  15. That’s a pretty matter of fact description of a very weird journey!

  16. Loved your story! Creepy and very descriptive in my mind. Really great job! Nan

  17. RoSy says:

    Oh – the beginning of a mystery. Or – is this the end? 😉

  18. Totally new direction for you Michael and very creepy, in an interesting, creative way. 😉

  19. vbholmes says:

    Now, what kind of business would one have with Cat People who live in a well-guarded manor house? I know, I know–it’s up to the readers, but we need answers. Good story.

    • Ha vb, good comment, all this pressure to reveal the Cat people, it could all be very disappointing you know, your imagination may well be more vivid than mine.Thanks again for the comment.

  20. I guess being invited to dinner at carnivores is not the best.

  21. draliman says:

    Uh-oh. I thought they got through the cat-people road-block a bit too easily! I wonder what happens to them in the manor house?

  22. Ooh, mysterious – this is a new direction for you (from memory, anyway!).

  23. Mike says:

    Spooky! This has got to be the start of a longer piece. I need to know what happened next!

  24. Time to run! Too late. Make dog noises. Great writing.

  25. annisik51 says:

    Believe it or not, but as I read this, my cat came up to me, sqwarked and rubbed her head against my legs (and she’s still ‘talking’ to me)! I would not be able to resist that manor house either Michael, and go to my doom, I assume, with your characters. My cat is now walking over my keyboard and licking my armsdddoxz] aCTUALLY she’s sitting 4nrvbitrgz2w qht right across my computer. Aargh! Ann

  26. JackieP says:

    Great story Michael. They do say a witches familiar is usually a cat. Hmm. Maybe our stories do connect.

  27. I’d like to think I’d get along with the cat people, but maybe not! Nice one.

  28. Sun says:

    what a cat-astrophic moment…no purring around!! hope they make it out alive. great story, Michael.

  29. Lyn says:

    There is no way I’m emptying their kitty litter tray 😮

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