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.
Cat people? ha good twist.
Thank you Anja, can’t beat a good twist can you. Almost scandalous.
Cat people.. Imagination running rampant. Prrrrrrrr 😉
I wasn’t thinking of the purring factor but that’s another weapon they could use.
Yes, also nails 🙂
Nails? Claws? Where will it end?
Sounds like scratch as scratch can. Meow! Unique and clever.
Thank you Rochelle, one wonders about all that scratching.
A narrow squeak, perhaps?
Great tail, er, tale, Sir ST2!
Perhaps and thank you.
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.
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 🙂
Thanks Atreyee, well aren’t we all curious? What happened lies in your imagination.
Absolutely M:-)Where would we all be without our imagination-bored to death ,am sure,lol!HNY my friend!
Thanks Atreyee, we would certainly be bored beyond all reason. Have a good day.
So true:-)Thank you and you have a fantastic day too M
Every day is a good day..
You didn’t describe them physically, but somehow I pictured them perfectly. Well done Michael.
Thanks Sandra, yes I thought it is impossible in 100 words to describe them but I hope I gave you enough to get some picture of them.Glad you were able to do so.
Ooooo….this is a great shivery beginning story! And Cat people…wonder if they’re related to Sekhmet?
Dear Georgia I suspect they may be related to Sekhmet, maybe degrees of separation. Thank you for your comment, like that you found it shivery.
Wow…shivery it was and now Sekhmet wll be all pompous https://wordpress.com/notifications/#on us 😉
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.
Hotel Cat-ifornia, you can how up anytime you like, but you can never leave!
Thanks Brenda, that’s a good idea I like that. Maybe someone should write a song about it..
Yeah, maybe the Eagles…
Catchy name Brenda, you think it might catch on?
Welcome to the Hotel Cat-ifornia, you can check in anytime you want but you can never leave…I think it might be a winner…
What happens inside the Manor House? Inquiring minds want to know.
Thanks Adam, what happens is all up to you.
Cat People aren’t known for their hospitality. True, true. Nicely done.
Thanks Honie, No they aren’t.
You definitely created an eerie feel.
Thanks so much Kim, happy you saw it that way.
That’s a pretty matter of fact description of a very weird journey!
Thank you Lindaura, weird is a very good word to describe it.
Loved your story! Creepy and very descriptive in my mind. Really great job! Nan
Thanks Nan, hope you can visit again.Happy you could connect with it. Michael.
Oh – the beginning of a mystery. Or – is this the end? 😉
Oh, well. RoSy, which would you prefer, the Cat or the Mouse?
Totally new direction for you Michael and very creepy, in an interesting, creative way. 😉
Thank you Dawn, you never can predict where i might go…my mind works in odd ways at times…
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.
I guess being invited to dinner at carnivores is not the best.
Now that is a good take on what might be in the Manor House Bjorn. Thanks for the comment, I hadn’t thought of that.
I recall the film with the same title.. and the great song by David Bowie..
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?
Thanks so much, that could be reason to suspect some dodgy cat play would it now??
Ooh, mysterious – this is a new direction for you (from memory, anyway!).
Thanks Freya, not necessarily a new direction just me playing with words and shaping them into cats. Trouble is in 100 words you create more problems than you solve.
Spooky! This has got to be the start of a longer piece. I need to know what happened next!
Thanks Mike, well the choice is a disaster or a great party.
Time to run! Too late. Make dog noises. Great writing.
Thanks Patrick I hadn’t thought of the dog noises. Nice idea but I think that could bring about a quicker demise.
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
You have to watch those cats Ann, the are cagey characters. though it is ironic to read what was happening as you read that story, maybe the cat can read your mind?
She can absolutely read my mind! She also tries to get me to read hers by sitting and staring into my eyes until I ‘get it’. She thinks her human parents are so stupid! Ann
You know Ann I have long suspected such to be true. They can be very conniving.Though yours sounds scarily so…lol
Great story Michael. They do say a witches familiar is usually a cat. Hmm. Maybe our stories do connect.
Thanks Jackie I like the possibilities…hmmm…something to consider…
Yes it is something to consider. 🙂
I’d like to think I’d get along with the cat people, but maybe not! Nice one.
what a cat-astrophic moment…no purring around!! hope they make it out alive. great story, Michael.
Thank you Sun there is a little sequel being planned.
There is no way I’m emptying their kitty litter tray 😮
Somewhat daunting task i would think. Thanks Lyn stay tuned you might find out.
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