Sunday, 15 July 2018

A New Case. Chapter 18



And now, it's Story time!

This adventure is suitable for ages 12 and upwards, and for younger readers with adult guidance/permission.




Chapter 18


   Erin watched Anders leave and listened carefully until the slapping sound of the slippers had long faded away. Uncurling herself from the now-sleeping kittens, she carefully stretched, first her front legs, then the hind. Then, after stowing the knitted rope back into her harness, she left the hutch.

   The rabbit area was quite large and contained three smaller fenced areas, each with a different-style hutch. Hers, aptly enough, was a palace, whilst the adjoining was a replica of the King Herod’s store, complete with flags and a replica of the owner himself standing by the door. The third had been modelled around a Wild West stage post, complete with log cabin, fake horses, and a stagecoach the bunnies could climb into.
 
   Erin hopped over the lower picket fences and looked into the two other hutches. Within each she discovered groups of miniature rabbits, curled up asleep in the bedding like the kittens she’d just left. They looked for all the world like her own two kittens. Now, however, was not the time to be meeting the neighbours, well, not unless they had any spare mice. There was a kitten on the loose, and she needed to find it before the store opened and that man came back.

   Looking around, she saw any number of places a small kitten could have got into, under, or behind. Factor in the fact that this little guy was clearly an adventurer, and she couldn’t rule out the possibility that he had left the area completely! Another problem was that, being a kitten, he would take a lot of naps. She could easily overlook him if, for example, he was asleep.

   “Start at the bottom,” Mrs H always told her, “and work your way up. Unless you’re dusting, in which case, work from the top downwards so any disturbed dust doesn’t settle on what you’ve just cleaned.”

   Erin smiled at the thought of them both dusting back home and the fun they’d had. Once they’d got to give the curtains a good beating when a family of mice had run up them to avoid Mrs H’s vigorous, if somewhat haphazard, broom action.

   Whilst kittens are very adept at climbing, though not necessarily at getting back down, Erin doubted that she would need to check that high up. Additionally, the only curtains she could recall were in the Soft Furnishings and Fabric Department, on another floor. There were, however, decorative frills and covers to some of the display cabinets, and they seemed a great place to start her hunt.

   She headed to where Anders had found the yarn and began her search, sniffing around until she picked up the unmistakeable aroma of smelly kitten. A lick behind the ears to bond with the kittens was one thing, but a whole-body wash was not happening. These would need a good and proper bath when they get home, she thought as she lifted up and peered behind one of the covers. That was one job she was happy to leave to Esme and her mamma.

   There was no way Erin could squeeze under the stand to follow the scent, but she didn’t have to. She had passed a gap between two of the display units a few feet back and so padded over to have a look. It was going to be a squeeze, but if she could hold her tummy in, she would be OK. Coming back with a kitten in her mouth would be more interesting. She just hoped it wouldn’t wriggle too much.


                                                 ~~~~~*~~~~~


   Back on the ground floor, Anders had scribbled a note in the accident book about the stray cat, or cats, and his heroic attempts to stop them killing the pets. He also, in a graphic and much-overstated manner, described his own injuries in the course of duty. Injuries that would conceivably force him to have a few days off, and maybe counselling too.

   Checking his watch, he realised he’d need to complete one more round of the building before signing out for the day staff, who would be due in about an hour’s time. Just long enough to have a quick glance around the floors and then have a look for that cat and his kittens.

   He signed off the log in advance as having visited the floors and then strode over to Mr Herod’s personal lift and headed to the eighth floor. There, he peered around the lift doors into the darkened offices beyond and then shut the doors again before descending to do the same on the seventh and sixth floors.

   On the fifth floor, Anders got out and walked around the store’s square central core, which housed the shoppers’ lifts as well as Mr Herod’s personal lift. From this point, he could see all the departments, though not the side rooms or behind the counters or pillars.

   Part way round he heard a strong, long rumbling sound, like thunder. He went to one of the ornate windows and looked out into the early-morning sky. Strange, he thought to himself, the radio hadn’t said anything about rain or a storm. Another low rumble sounded, this one longer and escalating in severity, followed by booms that seemed to shake the building . . . and then silence. His mind recalled the old adage that you hear the thunder after you see the flash. But he hadn’t seen any flashes of lightning, which was strange for a storm that sounded so close. He shrugged. Maybe it was around the other side of the store; it was, after all, a big store. And what the heck, so long as it wasn’t raining when he went home, he didn’t care what it did. It could rain on Her Majesty so far as he was concerned. Royal cow deserved that, getting all the best dresses and fine wines and going on all those foreign holidays.

   “Pah!” he exclaimed and spat onto the floor. “Who needs a queen? I could do better than she can. Queen Anders the First, that would be me. First thing I’d do would be to have a public holiday for a whole week. No, for a month. And there’d be no pets either. Pesky things always leaving hair everywhere, and dog droppings on the street.”

   He smiled and headed back to the lift, composing in his mind a new national anthem and a list of new public holidays, just for him.

   Along the way, he saw small patches of dust on the polished floor. Looking up, he saw that they had come from the ventilation ducts that ran along the ceiling.

   “Bally things, so old that thunder must have shaken the dust off of ’em. Can’t wait to tell day shift they’ll have a big clean-up job as soon as they came in.”

   Again he chuckled, and, almost in harmony, there were more rumbles and then bangs from overhead, but this time just a little bit further away.


To be continued.........


Chapter 17 can be read HERE;

Chapter 19 can be read HERE.



Hand here is this weeks selfie.... 





This weeks selfie is titled ........ Memories.


42 comments:

  1. Oh no, he's not going to find the missing kitten is he!!! This is terrible!

    Come ON Erin, they need a rescue by our heroine!

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    1. It looks a race against time, heres hoping we have it!
      Toodle pips
      ERin

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  2. Dang, I hope all will be okay. We totally love that beautiful selfie sweet Princess!

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    1. Thanks Brian, that selfie was another hit with Mrs H, too!
      Toodle pips
      ERin

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  3. Erin, your selfie is stunning! It puts us to shame.

    I sure hope you hurry up and get that kitten!!

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    1. Thank you, but we are each as beautiful, none better, none worse.
      Yup I sure need a bit more luck and speed if that kitten is to be found, maybe in the next chapter?
      Toodle pips
      ERin

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  4. OH NO we hope that missing kitten is found. Tell us more.
    Erin that is such a lovely portrait of you!!!

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    1. I hope so too, as it is giving me the run around and I am feeling rather peckish not to mention worn out!
      Thank you, ot is another one for the collection and mantle piece...
      Toodle pips
      ERin

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  5. Mee deerest furend ERin Purrincess mee just went to visit yur bloggie an mee wanted to say yur Selfie iss specktackuler.......***SWOONSSS*** "THUD"
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    Oh my ERin it seems Siddhartha Henry just fainted! Your Memories selfie is beautiful & I can understand why he *swooned*. Once I give P SH some KPR (Kat Purr Resucitation) we will coem back & read your story.
    Much love LadyMum Sherri-Ellen & Siddhartha Henry

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    1. Yikes! I do hope the young prince comes round AOK and gets to enjoy the tale! Please do come back and share your thoughts...
      Toodle pips and recovery purrs
      ERin

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  6. Oh dearest, you are a Tuxie vision on your thrown of red. Your eyes dazzle my heart and soul. I shall place your pic in a frame and set it next to me. It will be the first thing I wake up to each morning and the last thing I see each night. Purr purr purr.

    If only Mr. Herrod knew that his employee was such a bad egg. Maybe justice will prevail in the end and he'll get what's coming to him.

    Paw Kisses my truest rose!

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    1. My dearest and true prince and only love, I am pleased that my image will be with you and oh if I could share its view and greet you in person each and every day. The selfie comes with the gift of my heart and is sealed with a kiss and purrs.
      Mr Herod really needs to wise up and see what he has not. He is a good man so I hope his eyes will open very soon and put an end to Anders antics once and for all!
      Pawkisses and nose rubs from afar..
      ERin XOX

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  7. Thank you for another intriguing chapter! And that selfie...so beautiful and regal...we're swooning over here! Purrs from Deb and the Zee/Zoey gang

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    1. Hi. It does get better, and I hope that I will find that kitten before the end of the book so I can have a stiff niptini and a nap MOL
      I am so glad everyone likes the selfie, it is a rather good one and I like it loads
      Toodle pips
      ERin

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    1. Thank you so much, it really is very captivating and I am having it printed for Mrs H at Christmas.
      Toodle pips and purrs
      ERin

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  9. I hope she finds that kitten soon. Beautiful selfie. XO

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    1. Me too, i'm getting tired and there is still lots more of the story to go!! Thank you Auntie Ellen, as selfies go that one really does make me happy.
      Toodle pips
      ERin

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  10. We love your selfie, Princess Erin!

    We sure hope you find that lost kitten before Anders!

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    1. Thank you, I am blushing from all the compliments and very pleased that it is well received and loved by one and all that have visited...
      Toodle pips
      ERin

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  11. Great selfie ! We hope she finds the kitten ! Purrs

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    1. Thank you, it is one of my all time favourites... Yes we have to find the kittens soon else I will need a very long nap to recover, between chapters, MOL
      Toodle pips
      ERin

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  12. OMCowKittiness, what a gorgeous Selfie, Erin! It looks like you are heartshapedđź’— I wish I could read the story in 4 minutes, but we always need a mega lot more minutes than this :D Well, anyway, we also hope she is going to find the kitten and better that Queen Anders the first takes a furrever holiday now, before I find him :D Pawkisses for a Happy Week ahead :) <3

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    1. Thank you, and I'm glad you saw the heart shape, Mrs H finds it quite captivating.....
      Yes I'm not sure how that app calculates the time and grade as I dont read and have a stopwatch....
      Oh boy, Queen Anders is really in for a surprise if he tries to take the throne, and maybe we should both team up and find those kittens together then go and sort Anders out, too?
      Have a great week
      Toodle pips and purrs
      ERin

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    2. Looks like a purrfect plan, Erin...MOL :D Extra Pawkisses :) <3

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  13. Sweet selfie, Erin!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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    1. Thank you, it is one of my favourites, and not just because I'm in it, MOL
      Purrs
      ERin

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  14. ERin; thiz bee one total lee gorgeouz selfee....troo lee....N speekin oh epic; sew thiz weekz chapturr tho we iz knot like in that anderz dood mor N mor N mor....faaaaaaaaaa....we hope HOPE de wee stray iz cloze bye ewe N pleez bee veree veree care full N quite.. aza ewe noe what... coz anderz iz two close for comfort ~~~~~ hizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz :) ♥♥

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    1. Thanks guys, I do like that selfie very much myself, and I'm not usually too fussed so long as my fur and whiskers are well set. That Anders guy is definitely NOT on my Christmas card list for this year, and I hope he wont get into Santa's good book either, just the bad!
      Toodle pips until next week!
      Erin

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  15. What a lovely selfie, Erin. You look so thoughtful there.

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    1. Thank you, some days I just have so much magic and feeling in me it spills out into the selfies....
      Purrs
      ERin

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  16. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! That close-up .... SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! You really should put the selfie at the end of the post ... I mean, it's hard to concentrate on the rest of the story/post when you have cute selfies as you do. I find myself being distracted and scrolling up to have another look every paragraph!

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    1. Mrs H says she knows what you mean. I figured folks were more likely to see it at the front end rather than the back end (not MY back end!) as they can ignore the story and just comment on the selfie...... or not. Hmm maybe the selfie every paragraph then?
      Purrs
      ERin

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  17. Erin, I totally agree with Momma Kat and Bear. Your selfie was dazzling! I meant it truly! I'm worried about that kitten on the loose, and how are yoo going to get the kitten back safely? Edge of seat stuff here! Purrs, Dori

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    1. Hi Dori,
      Thank you for the compliment, I am blushing so deeply from everyones kind thoughts, even my whiskers are turning pink, MOL . Yes that kitten is a worry, and I hope if I get him, the others will still be in place! This could just end up going round in circles if I'm not luck!
      Toodle pips
      ERin

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  18. Oh MeOW Erin, did that kitten somehow get in the ducts? How in the world are you gonna get ’em all ’rounded up in time. By the way, your eyes are just gawjus. We so luvved your selfie and your stroll fotos. Big hugs
    Luv ya’
    Dezi and Raena

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    1. Believe me this gets worse by the chapter. That kitten is causing almost as much worry as Anders! MOL
      Thank you, it is one of my all time fav images and it just happened that way...
      Toodle pips and purrs
      ERin

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  19. That Anders feller... Let me tell you, if I were to get hold of him, I'D... MOUSES!!!

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    1. Hi Seville. I know, I think there would be a long long line for giving Anders a smackie paw!
      Toodle pips and purrs
      ERin

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  20. Your selfie is mesmerising, so beautiful. I have faith in you that you will find the kitten before Anders.

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    1. Aww, thank you, it is one of my all time fav selfies taken by Mrs H....
      Im not so sure about finding that kitten, it seems intent on doing everything but be found... but thats tom cats for you! MOL
      Toodlepips and purrs
      ERin

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  21. Oh no! I hope they find the kitten! Your selfie is purr-fect.

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