Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Surprise Twist Ending


Yesterday, real-life micro-drama in my humble abode provided proof that the surprise twist ending, almost a cliché requirement in picture books these days, may echo reality.


One of my cats, the gloriously furry Mr. Sokolov, has been asserting his place as the alpha cat ever since our smallest youngest cat’s arrival a year and a half ago. Miss Nougat is half his size in weight and two-thirds in length. She’s skittish, hesitant, and most of all she’s the new one on this block.

Mr. Sokolov^

Miss Nougat^

In feline language, asserting dominance means chasing into a corner, taking over the food bowl, pawing and forcing another to vacate a desired sitting perch, and even using another’s dedicated litterbox and spraying its sides with  marking scent. Miss Nougat spent her first few months with us terrified at the sight of Mr. Sokolov, cowering and running to hide under a piece of furniture she rightly assessed could accommodate her girth but not his.



With our support and occasional intervention, Miss Nougat gained in confidence. The two can be in the same room, and even share a large bed in a relaxed mode. But Miss Nougat is ever watchful for the occasional re-awakening of the old pattern, which mistook her for prey. She's ready to bolt to her secure crawl space. I, their human, am also ready to intervene and let Mr. Sokolov know I expect lions to lay down with lambs in my house. I tell him it's a rehearsal for the end times.


Yesterday, Mr. Sokolov ran about the house as if he had ants in his pants, only he doesn’t wear pants. I kept checking on him and his mad dashes, but could not figure what irked him so. To be sure, I asked. But he just stared, and then bolted again. I should mention that all this was going on while I was attempting to focus on something else.


I then heard what sounded like two cats dashing about. Oh, no. Sokolov must be back to hunting poor Nougat. I sprang into action.


And then I saw them. Miss nougat standing with her tiny body over him, looking mighty pleased she had caught her prey.


It’s peaceful here again. My lecture that lambs, too, should not eat lions, must have done the trick.






14 comments:

We are: Clamco said...

What beautiful cats! Our two get along, but they don't play. Mister would love to but Muffin just won't have it. I often think of getting him a kitten, but then I come to my senses. lol

Mirka Breen said...

"...I often think of getting him a kitten..."

Maybe if you think of the kitten for YOU :)

Vijaya said...

Ah, so fun to hear feline tales of mad dashes and unexpected victories.

Evelyn said...

It's nice when the undercat gets to have her day.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Well, I certainly enjoyed that twist ending. Cats may call it "alpha", but former teachers call it "bully". I was glad the undercat turned, so to speak. Fun post.

Annina said...

I so enjoyed reading this! Miss Nougat is inspiring.

Mirka Breen said...

As the human of two cats, you should know :)

Mirka Breen said...

I love "undercat" :D

Mirka Breen said...

Thank you, Annina. Good to have you here.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Cats can be so entertaining!!

Mirka Breen said...

G-d made them so, and thus we are sure to feed them. ;)

Mirka Breen said...

Bully, or Boss, or Mr. Big. Those B words :0

Barbara Etlin said...

Yah for Miss Nougat!

Mirka Breen said...

Whoot-Whoot!