This started out as a writing exercise to get myself to write everyday, but now it's my official website! The blog is still here and still an effort to get me to write everyday and still usually updated at 11am.
For those of us in our thirties, the Nintendo Entertainment System burned images into our head that equaled fun and happiness. The 8-bit games sprites were shaped just well enough to figure out what they were, but never super specific. It was like impressionistic painting study on an interactive platform. Today's video is from the animators at Cinefix and it is the 8-bit "game" of one of my favorite movies "A Clockwork Orange."
Writing the Little Nene story gave me lots of ideas for other children stories, especially ones starring Frankie doggy. This is the next one in the series and focuses on characters based on our dog, Frankie:
And my parents dog, Abby, who wasn't actually crabby but was a bulldog so she had a crabby face:
Frankie Doggy Meets Crabby Abby
One day Frankie doggie was playing in the yard.
He was running he was jumping; he was playing very hard!
He barked and laughed and rolled around having lots of fun.
Eventually he took a rest from all the playing he had done.
Feeling very happy Frankie doggy closed his eyes, but then
he heard someone else’s voice and it took him by surprise.
“You were making too much noise,” a gruff and crabby voice
said, “now I have a pain that is pounding in my head!”
Frankie opened up his eyes and tried to take a look around.
He had been resting pretty peacefully until he heard this
“I’m sorry,” Frankie doggy said, “I did not mean to harm.”
Then he wagged his tail and smiled, really turning on the
“I don’t care if you are sorry,” the crabby dog said, “what
are you doing playing? And then going to bed?!”
Frankie doggy was confused; the other dog was just so
He asked, “What is your name?” She answered, “Crabby Abby.”
Frankie doggy stood and cocked his head trying to pay
The fact that “crabby” was part of her name filled him with
“What makes you so crabby?” He asked, “Maybe I can help?”
“I’m not telling you!” She said, “You nosey little whelp!”
She turned away from Frankie doggy and sat her bottom down.
Frankie really wanted to help get rid of Crabby Abby’s
“Would you like to play a game? Some fetch or tug of war?”
“No!” Crabby Abby said, “That will make my muscles sore!”
“Maybe we could have some food? Some kibble or a treat?”
“I don’t want it!” Crabby Abby said, “I do not want to eat.”
Frankie doggy scratched his head, his ideas were wearing
Crabby Abby didn’t like too much, he didn’t think that he
Without another thought of something he could do Frankie
said, “I’m very sorry that my playing bothered you.”
Frankie walked away, head hanging low, to leave Abby alone.
Now Frankie felt crabby too and wanted to go home.
“I don’t have many friends,” Abby said and she cried.
“Your playing didn’t bother me. I’m sorry that I lied.”
“When I see other dogs have fun I want to have fun too, but
no one ever plays with me! They never ever do.”
Frankie doggy felt badly for her, her story was so sad.
Frankie wanted to do something that might make her feel
Without a word he turned around and walked back to her side.
Her leaned his head on top of hers trying to be kind.
Abby sniffed his face and licked it; her crabby act was all
It turns out all that Abby needed was Frankie as a friend.
I know that my post schedule has been a bit off, I've had some pretty crazy deadlines in the world where I make money, but I have kept up on my writing - it's just been done in long hand so I needed to transcribe it all into Word before I could post it. I'm going to catch up over the next two weeks by posting on additional days as the stories become internet ready. In the mean time enjoy a story inspired by our cat, Charlie, who is a violent hunter on occasion.
You can see it in his squinty stare, he's a killer.
grass was bright green and swayed in the breeze. It was short grass, trimmed by
the men who came, the men that Charlie avoided. They carried loud things,
things that hurt Charlie's ears. He didn't like that. Charlie gazed out across
the yard. This was his domain; from house front to sidewalk, this yard was his
hunting ground. He gazed from his position under the bushes. The leaves and
branches brushed the top of his head. It did not disturb him, it helped to hide
him. It kept him camouflaged so that he could stalk his prey freely. His eyes
were golden with slashes of black that we're thin from the sunlight. A leaf
thrashed to his right and his head swiveled to spot whatever made the noise.
His eyes intensified on the bush. The leaves were long and thick. They were moving
in the wind. It was just the wind, nothing more. Charlie continued to scan the
yard, blinking occasionally, getting lazy as he waited. Maybe it was time for a
when he heard it: pah, pah, pah. That was the noise he was waiting for. Pah,
pah, pah - quick staccato beats of soft foot pads against the concrete. They
were soft, they were quick; they were the tapping toes of lizard feet. This was
what he was waiting for! The Lizard Legion had been making inroads into the
yard for weeks now, venturing farther away from their strong hold next door.
They came, daily now, crossing into the new landscaping that the female human
had been working on. Fewer bushes, fewer places for Charlie to hide, and more rocks
that were sun heated. The Legion liked the rocks but so did Charlie so there
was no way that the rocks would be taken without a fight. Charlie stalked out
of the bush, crouching low, tail down, ears back and crept up the lawn toward
the invader. The lizard had a unique skin tone, an iridescent blue and green
like little bejeweled scales on a dragon. It was unaware of Charlie's approach.
It looked around, ignorant of its impending doom, slowly approaching one of the
rocks that had been baking in the afternoon sun. Its approach was slow, but its
stride was quick, continuing the repetitive three steps at a time that Charlie
had noticed in the first place.
the lizard turned toward Charlie's position, it was checking its back! Charlie
wasn't close enough to strike so he crouched lower in what little grass there
was. Damn the humans for trimming it so low! This could end his hunt. Although
the lizard was moving slowly now Charlie knew that it could take off like a
shot if it saw him. Charlie stayed low and still and waited to see what the
lizard would do. The lizard stood, belly low to the grass, and twitched its
head back and forth sharply looking everywhere but, apparently, not seeing
anything. It turned back toward the rock; the promise of warmth was too good to
pass up. The rock shone with a matte grayness that was so attractive to cold
blooded creatures, especially those of the Lizard Legion. It continued on its
trip toward the rock: pah, pah, pah... pah, pah, pah. Charlie resumed his stalking.
He was within reach quickly, slowing only to make sure that his footsteps were
as soft as they could be - the lizards of the Legion felt through their feet.
Then, just as the lizard was about to reach the rock, Charlie leapt into the
air, baring tooth and claw, and struck with the deadly confidence of a hunter
commissioned by the local Council of Cats.
was cleaning his claws and basking in the sun when he was approached by Vader,
one of the members of the Council of Cats. Vader, a large black cat carrying a
few extra pounds that swung like a church bell around his belly when he walked,
approached from the front door of the house. He sat, distinguished, behind
Charlie and waited to be seen. Charlie knew he was there but made him wait. Charlie
and the Council had not seen eye to eye lately. The council had been in
negotiations with the resident canine interests who had complaints that there
were fewer and fewer lizards in the yard for them to find and chase. It was,
apparently, a past time that they held dear and Charlie's killing of the
creatures had dramatically reduced the population eliminating much of the fun
that one of the dogs wished to have. After a good wait, and a thorough claw
cleaning, Charlie acknowledged Vader. "You've killed again." Vader's
tone was matter of fact and flat. Vader, even though a member of the Council,
was the most even keeled and reasonable of all of its members. He cared more
about a functioning household and naps than a few dead lizards. Charlie didn't
respond and continued to stare at Vader, occasionally blinking so as to not
upset the Council member. "The Council has already been informed and they
are requesting that you be present at an audience with the canine
representative. Charlie rolled his eyes. The canine representative would be the
large dopey white dog, a female named Maggie. She was the one most affected by
his hunting. She was loud, abrasive and has few social graces. She and Charlie
had gotten off on the wrong foot during their first meeting which led to a
great deal of blood shed (all by the dog) and a great deal of panic (all in the
cat). Since then they kept away from each other for the most part, and when
Maggie does have a gripe she brings it up with the Council. "You are to
appear before the Council before the female human feeds us this evening."
Without waiting for a response Vader turned and left, twitching his tail
slightly as he walked away. Charlie sighed to himself and enjoyed the heat of
the sun while he could before the meeting of the Council.
A bug buzzing by his ear woke Charlie from his nap. His head
darted around trying to find the source of the noise. It was a fly, small black
and erratic in its flight pattern. Charlie batted at it with a lazy
dissatisfaction. He could catch the fly, he thought, but why? There was no
sport in fly hunting, no honor. Flies are disgusting creatures, eaters of poop
and refuse. Their wings carried them like a kitten on catnip around the house
and yard. Flies only wanted to be wherever they weren’t at the moment, they
constantly looked for escape. Sure, they may have presented a challenge to
Charlie when he was younger and more hot headed, but now they were simply an
undesired distraction, an insufferable waste of time. Charlie yawned and
stretched as the fly made its way out of the yard. He lay on his side taking in
his surroundings. It was late in the afternoon. Soon the human female would
feed them. Soon he would need to appear before the Council. He stood up,
stretching out with just his front paws, and started heading toward the house,
toward the Council of Cats.
Charlie entered through the dog door in the back. It led
directly to the kitchen where he was met by his brother, Frankie. Frankie is a dog,
brindle and white, but when Charlie was adopted Frankie became his brother.
Frankie sniffed at Charlie, from his head to his tail, getting an idea about
where Charlie had been all day. Charlie let him do it, he was his brother after
all, and Frankie was Charlie’s only ally when it came to the canines of the
“You’ve been hunting again, I can
smell it.” Frankie’s voice had just a bit of nervous energy to it. He hates
conflict and often tries to play peace maker whenever there is conflict in the
house whether it be with the other animals or with the humans, Frankie doesn’t
care for fighting. “Maggie is going to ask them to censure you. She really
wants to chase those lizards.” Charlie grimaced at what Frankie told him. Maggie
was a petty and jealous animal. She has toys and bones and Frankie to play
with, but she still insists on chasing lizards. She doesn’t even eat them!
Frankie led Charlie to the washer and dryer, where the Council of Cats meets.
“Good luck,” Frankie whispered under his breathe and then took his place beside
Maggie on the floor to the right of the dryer.
Above them, looking down on Charlie, was the Council of
Cats. Boo, their leader, was sitting in the center at the top of the dryer. Boo
is large, with similar white and orange coloring to Charlie, but older by at
least twice as many years. His face wore a smug grin that caused Charlie’s tail
to twitch. Boo was the newest animal to the household but had already taken the
top place in the Council. When the humans first brought Boo to the house he was
a sickly and injured animal. Through some calamity he had a large sore on his
neck that was completely exposed – no fur, no skin. At his old residence Boo
had been a fighter, he still stunk of it, but at his age he was starting to
lose those fights, especially when other cats would gang up on him. It was no
secret that Boo was a bully, it was through intimidation and bribery that he
had reached the head of the Council of Cats. To Boo’s right was Vader, only
half paying attention to proceedings. Vader had been the previous head of the
Council but, in the interest of keeping peace in the house, had backed down
when it became clear that Boo wanted the position. Vader had been in an
accident and was too old and out of shape to put up a fight if it ever came to
that. To Boo’s left was Shimshim, a neurotic brown Brindle who can’t keep her
attention on anything for more than a few seconds. Even as everyone gathered,
she made to leave several times before Boo finally had to keep her in place
with his paw on her back.
“Charlie the Hunter you have been brought before the Council
today to respond to accusations that you have defied the orders of this group
and continued to attack and kill, with impunity, the lizards that come into the
yard,” Boo’s voice was full of relish as he spoke the charges. “Have you
anything to say for yourself?” Charlie looked up at the Council, tail twitching
behind him, and said nothing. “Very well,” Boo announced, “The Council
recognizes the canine delegate.”
Maggie, the large white female stood and began to address
the Council her voice a howling bark, “Due to his blatant defiance of your
ruling in regards to the hunting of yard lizards I request, no, demand that he
be censured to keep him from hunting for a time to be determined by your
wisdom!” Maggie turned to stare Charlie down at the end, making a low growl as
she finished. Charlie’s tail twitched and he held her gaze, but otherwise did
“Very well, if you have no response…” Boo didn’t even get a
chance to finish his sentence before Charlie stood and turned to leave. “Where
are you going?” Boo shouted, “If you kill another lizard we will pull your
license!” Charlie continued to walk, unfazed, Maggie barked loudly and Frankie
looked around shocked. Frankie knew that Charlie’s complete lack of respect for
the Council would be his downfall, but he never thought that the Council would
attempt to pull his license. Without a sanctioned hunter the house may be
overrun with vermin of all types. The Council didn’t realize what they were
doing. Frankie trotted away from the gathering to catch up to his brother.
Charlie’s tail was still twitching.
“Charlie, you need to be careful, they’re serious!” Frankie
was truly concerned; he knew that hunting was very important to Charlie.
Charlie looked up at Frankie and motioned him over to the window. Charlie led
the way while Frankie scanned around to make sure that they weren’t being
followed. Charlie led him to the dining room window where they could see the
yard next door, the home of the Lizard Legion. “Charlie, what does this have to
do with anyth…” Frankie stopped as he noticed the large gathering of lizards
making a circle next door. They didn’t seem to be communicating, but then a few
of them started rolling bird eggs into the circle. A large one, Frankie assumed
it was their leader, tapped his foot three times and then the eggs were taken
away into a nearby bush. Then the lizards dispersed. Frankie looked down at
Charlie, “Something’s going on. Do you know what it is?” Charlie shrugged, but
kept his eye on the bush where the eggs were placed as his tail continued to
twitch. “Is this why you keep hunting them? You think they’re up to something?”
Charlie looked up at Frankie and gave a single head nod. Frankie considered the
implications. Then they heard the female human come into the kitchen to prepare
the food. Both Charlie and Frankie dashed to eat.
The next day Charlie
made the decision to investigate the Lizard Legion and the bush that he and
Frankie had watched them hide eggs in the day before. Creeping under the
bushes, but only when the wind rustled the leaves so as to cover the sound of
his movements, he crossed from the front door to the edge of the lawn where it
met the neighbor lawn. Hunkering down beneath the leaves and under a shadow,
Charlie staked out the bush watching for Lizard Legion activity. For most of
the day there was nothing, the lizards must have been sunning themselves, and
Charlie passed the time chewing on blades of grass and napping. It was the afternoon when he saw the first
bit of suspicious activity. A group of lizards were assembling near the base of
a tree. There were several dozen, it was a remarkable how easy it would be to
kill them all. Charlie’s claws extended reflexively. He watched as they approached the tree and,
one by one, made a chain of bodies up its trunk. They reached a branch that
contained a bird nest and the lizard on the branch crawled into the nest and
nudged out one of the eggs with its snout. When it got the egg over the lip of
the nest it used one of its feet to keep it steady while rolling the egg back
toward the chain. Once at the chain it used its front feet to hand the egg to
one lizard that then passed it down to the next lizard and so on and so forth
until the egg safely reached the ground where it was rolled to the hiding place
behind the bush. Once the egg was safely moved all of the lizards scattered
away from the tree. The Legion was collecting eggs, but for what Charlie had no
With the coast clear,
Charlie crept toward the bush where the eggs were hidden. He moved slowly, as
if he were stalking prey, and kept a careful eye out for any lizards or other
animals. Lord knows what the Council of cats would think of all this, and if
the canine Maggie found out? Just her barking alone would ruin any chance he
had of finding the truth. Slinking between shadows and undergrowth, Charlie
made it to the bush. Sniffing the air to confirm that there wasn't a lizard
waiting beneath it, he poked his head into the bush to get a better look.
Charlie was taken aback by what he saw, there were dozens of bird eggs under
this bush, stacked three eggs high. Just as he was realizing the scope of the
egg theft Charlie heard the crinkle of grass behind him. He darted his head and
saw a lizard that must have been on its way to check on the eggs. It saw
Charlie and turned to run. The Legion couldn't know that Charlie knew about the
mysterious egg repository, even though he had no idea what they were collecting
eggs for. Without thinking, instincts and muscle taking over, Charlie pounced
and killed the lizard. If it hadn't seen Charlie before the attack it never
would have known what hit it.
was a trill sound, soft and confused. Charlie looked up on the fence that
enclosed the back yard with a freshly killed lizard in his mouth and there was
Shimshim staring down at him. Charlie stared for a second, but before he could
do anything Shimshim was off. She couldn't tell the Council, Boo would pull his
license for sure! Charlie raced after Shimshim, dropping the lizard as he ran.
He needed to convince Shimshim not to turn him in! They rounded the corner and
nearly slammed into the canine Maggie.
this?" Maggie asked, looking truly confused.
"He has killed
again," Shimshim said as she hid underneath the large canines body.
"I watched him do it. The body is in the yard." Maggie growled and
forced everyone inside.
An emergency session
of the Council of Cats was called immediately. The canine Maggie pinned Charlie
in a corner with growls and bared teeth so he couldn't escape. Frankie, who was
napping, came as quickly as he could, running through the living room and
nearly knocking over a coffee table as he ran, barking at Maggie to back off. Her
barking stopped but she didn't move her body.
“What did you do?”
Frankie asked as he took his place among near the dryer. Charlie just hung his
head and waiting for the inevitable. Boo sat purring on top of the washer so
pleased with himself that it couldn't be hidden. Shimshim sat back and to the
side of Boo, keeping her head low worried about Charlie doing something even
though he was trapped on the floor. Vader was the last to arrive and yawned as
he took his place on the washer.
“This won't take long,” Boo
grinned, “I've been looking forward to this. Due to your inability to abide by
the decisions and rules of this council we hereby rescind your license to hunt
effective immediately.” Charlie bowed his head and got up preparing to leave.
“Uh uh, not so fast,” Boo stopped Charlie in his tracks, “There is no way that
you just walk out of here. You and I both know that just pulling your license
can't stop you, we'd have to declaw you to do that, so in addition to pulling
your license we are also confining you to the crate.” The air left the room as soon
as Boo said it. The crate, that was bold. Normally the humans only used the
crate to carry the animals to and from the vet, not a pleasant place. Charlie
especially hated the crate. He was an outdoor cat who only tolerated the
indoors. Being cooped up in the crate would be… It would be bad, very bad. “Maggie,
if I may ask a favor, would you please escort…” Boo didn't have a chance to
finish his sentence. Charlie cried out and jumped over Maggie. She barked in
reaction, loud and hard! Frankie barked at her in reaction, getting in Maggie's
way to keep her from chasing after Charlie. Shimshim panicked and dove to hide
behind the washer. Boo hissed and clawed at the air. Vader, not amused, yawned
and lay down on the washer to wait it all out. Charlie dashed through the
kitchen and cut a hard left toward the dining room. Boo jumped down to try and
catch him, but got caught up in Maggie's barking and Frankie's road block.
Charlie raced through the living room and down the hall, bounding into the human’s
bedroom and hiding.
The next few hours were tough. The
Council searched through the house with Maggie, sniffing and listening to the
very edges of their animal senses. But as heighten as those senses might be,
Charlie is a specialist, a hunter, and even though his license is pulled his skills
are not. Charlie hid, in the human’s closet, tucked behind some particularly
smelly shoes. It would cover his scent for a while and the human female, trying
to help with the human male’s allergies, would keep the other animals out if
they did catch whiff of it. Charlie got down to thinking. He needed to know
what the Legion was doing and being on the run from his own household was going
to make that a lot tougher. The door opened with a thud. Charlie tensed and pulled
back further into the closet. A shadow cast across the floor, bending into the darkness.
Charlie poised his legs in preparation to pounce. If they did find him there
was no way that he was going to be put in that crate without a fight! A head
peeked into the closet, Charlie's claws poked out. The head came further in and
just before Charlie could strike he saw that it was Frankie!
“Hey Charlie, I thought you might
be in the one place they aren’t allowed. I just wanted to check up on you.”
Frankie kicked the bedroom door shut and gave his brother a friendly lick on
With the human bedroom door shut
Charlie and Frankie were free to rest on the bed. They curled up next to each
other and Charlie's tail twitched as they talked. Frankie rested his head on
his front paws and gave a sideways glance at Charlie, who was staring at the
spinning blade of the ceiling fan.
“They're collecting eggs? Why would
the Lizard Legion be collecting eggs?” Frankie’s question was the same one
Charlie had been mulling over all day. Lizards don't eat eggs, at least not
bird eggs. There was so little to go on and now that he wasn't able to hunt the
lizards would have free reign in the yard… Charlie's head perked up and his
tail lay flat; of course, they had free reign of the yard! Either Maggie or
Boo, or both, wanted the lizards to have that kind of access. But what for?!
Charlie stood up and looked out the human’s bedroom window. He scanned the backyard;
the window had a great view of everything, and didn't see anything. Charlie
turned and looked toward the door, then at Frankie.
Frankie stood and jumped off the
bed heading for the door, “I'll help get you out, but getting back in the house
when you find whatever you're looking for is all on you.” Frankie pawed the
door open and reconnoitered the hall; no one was there. Frankie motioned to
Charlie who made his way out into the hall. Frankie led the way out toward the
main part of the house. In the living room the snoring of the female canine
Maggie was loud, but that was good; it meant that she was asleep. She was their
biggest obstacle. Frankie went ahead of Charlie and stood in front of the
sleeping giant while Charlie snuck past. He hid in a corner by the kitchen as
Frankie came up behind to clear the way ahead. All the cats were away. Boo was
likely in the garage, Vader was probably asleep somewhere and Shimshim was more
than likely wondering around the yard nervous and twitching. This was going to
work. Charlie gave one last look at Frankie, who looked back and nodded, before
diving out the dog door and making his way out of the backyard, over the fence
that leads to the safety of the neighbor’s yard. He curled up under a bush,
deep in a planter, and got some much needed rest.
The next morning Charlie got to
work. There was plenty to do, plenty to watch. He didn't have much time, maybe
a day, before the humans would be calling for him and the more time he spent in
the house the more likely it was that Boo and the canine female Maggie could
get him locked into the crate. He started on the roof, overlooking the front
yard, making sure that the wind was blowing his scent away. He gazed down
feeling safe, none of the other cats dared walk the roof, and settled in for a
stakeout. He didn't have to wait very long. Apparently something had the whole
Lizard Legion spooked. Charlie could see motion in the grass, dozens of lizards
all streaming through the grass in a variety of directions. All of them seemed
to be in quite a fit. They were all scurrying around the bush where they were hiding
the eggs, popping in and out from it. A group of three lizards, probably
leaders based on how the other lizards moved out of their way as they walked,
went into the bush and all the other lizards evacuated and waited, what
appeared to be anxiously, outside. After a few seconds the three leaders came
back from out and the lead lizard tapped its foot which caused two other
lizards to rush into the bush and roll one of the eggs out. Charlie was getting
ready to leap down and take them all down when he heard the approach of another
animal. Ducking back past the lip of the roof he waited to see who it was and
what they'd do.
“Is that for me?” It was Boo! And
he was approaching the Lizard Legion without any of them running away. Boo
walked with a confident stride and batted away any lizards that got in his way.
The lizard leader nodded its head and directed the lizards rolling the egg to
push it toward Boo. Boo stopped it with his paw and licked his chops. “I've
been looking forward to this. Are you sure it's ready?” In response the lizard
leader nodded and then approached the egg, tapping it with his foot two times. The
egg shook from within. It started to wobble and tremble. A tapping could be
heard on the shell, the chick was about to break out. Boo and the Lizard Legion
watched and waited. The chick broke free and made a hole large enough to
release him from the shell that had been his home. Just as he was getting his
wings free and making his first peeps Boo lashed out with his claws and scooped
up the chick into his mouth! Charlie was appalled. Is this what those eggs were
for? Easy pickings for Boo!? It was one thing to hunt a bird, there was sport
in it and a natural order to it, but stealing the young and serving them up
without a way to escape or fight back? That wasn't fair and it wasn't becoming
of the leader of the Council of Cats. It was abhorrent! Charlie's claws flexed
instinctively but just when he was about to strike Boo began to speak,
“Excellent, keep up the good work and I'll make sure you have free reign in the
yard. The Council has already pulled the hunter’s license and I've tricked the
large female canine into helping us. The hunter even ran away last night! He
won’t come back if he knows what’s good for him. All is going according to
plan!” And then Boo laughed a deep evil laugh and the lizards all opened their
mouths and made a breathy hiss.
Charlie couldn't let this stand.
Not only was Boo disrupting the household by letting these vermin run rampant
all over the yard but he was collecting and murdering baby birds. Driven into a
hot rage Charlie screeched out a hissing roar and leapt from the roof with
claws and teeth bared! Boo, caught by surprise, saw him too late to avoid the
blow. Charlie's weight slammed into Boo’s thigh and claws and teeth dug deep
into the fur and flesh making Boo cry out! The Lizard Legion, seeing that the
hunter was not under control as promised, dashed back to the other yard. Boo, a
brawler in his youth, did not just roll over and give up. He unleashed his
claws and swiped back at Charlie hitting him in the shoulder. Charlie, the more
agile of the two, lunged back in toward Boo’s body and hugged him tight,
sinking his claws into Boo to hold on while biting deep into Boo’s neck. Boo
squealed and twisted his whole body, shaking Charlie loose. Charlie rolled away
on the grass of the yard and Boo used that split second to attempt to escape.
He just needed to get back into the house! If he could then he could call the
canine and let her deal with Charlie, maybe permanently? Boo ran for the fence
and leapt from the ground toward the top, but before he could reach it Charlie
was on him and had leapt up and clawed into Boo’s back before flipping him in
mid-air and throwing him back down on the lawn.
Both cats were screeching now at full
“cat fight” volume. All the other animals inside could hear what was happening
and began to react. Maggie was barking while running around the house looking
for Boo. Frankie, worried for Charlie's safety, ran from the dog door in the
kitchen to the front gate hoping to be able to see what was going on. Shimshim
hid underneath the dining room table and her head darted all around expecting
danger. Vader, who had been napping, raised his head before sneering and
rolling over to hide his ears. Boo and Charlie traded blows like boxers, with
tooth and claw pulling tufts of fur and blood in each strike. Boo kicked
Charlie off enough to be able to jump over the fence. Charlie followed close
behind. Boo landed next to Frankie who ferociously barked at him, stunning the
cat in place just long enough for Charlie to re-engage. Frankie bared his teeth
and growled ready to move in, but Charlie turned to look at him and Frankie
knew that this fight was between Charlie and Boo only.
The two cats circled each other in
the back yard as Frankie watched. Shimshim stared from a window in the living
room. Her eyes glued to the action. Boo and Charlie hissed and moaned, neither
seeing an opportunity to strike. Then, like a bull in a China shop, the female
canine Maggie came rumbling out of the dog door, still barking. She made a charge
at Charlie but was tackled by Frankie before she could catch him. “Maggie no!”
Frankie barked, “Boo is up to something! We can't get involved!” Maggie was
pinned by Frankie's chest, but she whined and barked to be let up.
“Get up, you idiot! Destroy Charlie
before he takes over your yard!” Boo’s commands were loud but weak. He could
see his power dwindling as no one came to his aid. Charlie took advantage of
Boo being distracted and lunged, biting teeth into Boo’s neck, grabbing his
back with claws and then tearing at Boo’s stomach with his hind claws. Boo
cried out in pain, a cry of surrender and defeat. He was battered and bloody.
They both were, but Boo couldn't take anymore punishment. Charlie got up, sat
next to the lump that was Boo on the back lawn and began to lick his wounds. “What
are you all looking at?” Boo asked, breathy and tired. “This is why we had to
punish him! He can't be trusted!” Vader
and Shimshim came out and Frankie slowly allowed Maggie to get up off the
“He's a liar.” Charlie's voice was
soft, but clear. “He made a deal with the Lizard Legion, said they could take
over the yard as long as they kept him in as many baby birds as he could eat.”
“No!” Maggie barked, “He said that
I could chase the lizards!”
Charlie sighed, “That was a lie
too. You were nothing but muscle to him. Someone he wanted to use to control
“You have no proof, “Boo sneered,
“why should they believe you?”
“How about we go look in the front
yard?” As Charlie spoke he jumped up on the yard gate and released the latch to
open it. Frankie picked up Boo by the scruff of the neck and the other animals
followed him out to the front lawn.
When they got there they caught a
line of lizards all leading to the bush where the eggs were kept. They were
trying to hide the evidence. When they saw all of the house animals they froze,
some of the lizards closer to their own yard made a break for it. Vader, not
willing to waste any more of his own time, grabbed one of them before it could
Vader looked the lizard deep in its
cold marble eyes as he spoke, “Lizard, are these eggs for Boo?” The lizard
nodded. “Are they in exchange for territory?” The lizard nodded again. Vader
growled and tossed the lizard aside; it ran to freedom when it landed. “Boo, we
get the truth now or I let the dog eat you.” Vader motioned for Frankie to put
Boo down. He did, but growled as they waited for Boo to speak.
“Fine, “he said, “it's true. I'm
getting too old to hunt anymore and the lizards offered me fresh meat in
exchange for the new rocks in the yard. But Charlie kept killing them! He
needed to be stopped or they would stop delivering my treats.”
“You mean you lied to me?” Maggie
sounded truly hurt and she cried softly at Boo’s betrayal. “I just wanted to
Vader approached Charlie, “I think
we owe you an apology, son. How about you get back to hunting and show these
lizards why they don't come to this yard?” Charlie smiled and looked at the
remaining legion members in the yard. When they realized what was about to
happen all of the lizards attempted to scatter, but even though Charlie was
hurt, he was still quicker.
That night, when the human female
called them all to be fed, things were back to normal in the house. Vader sat
at the head of the Council of Cats, the canines kept to their business of
treats and squeaky toys, Charlie kept the yard safe from invaders and the human
female kept finding Boo somehow locked in the travel crate.
Today's video is a great treat from the creator of one of my favorite superhero cartoons ever, Batman the Animated Series. Bruce Timm created this for Batman's 75th anniversary and it makes me wish that he was still creating more of that series.
Winter is coming - so here's an Honest Trailer about it!
Enjoy! - Also tons of spoilers, but there is a non-spoiler option at the beginning of the video.
And about 52 in 52 - I'm still doing it but have been writing long hand because I haven't been near computers when I'm writing. So I have to transcribe a bunch of stories and it's taking me a long time. I'll be posting multiple stories a week as I catch up. For those of you who have been waiting for them - and I'm both glad and surprised by that - thank you for your patience.
I'm a fan of YouTuber CinemaSins. He does comedy videos about things that are "wrong" with movies like plot holes or logic errors or when they are just plain silly. Today's Fun Video is his twenty minute breakdown of the disaster porn movie 2012. This is longer than the videos that I normally post, but when I was watching it I didn't even notice.
Last night was the 3-way battle for the finals in Improv Shmimprov's March Madness and it was a doozy! Enrique and I had a really strong show and we were able to walk away feeling good about how we did - even if we didn't take the overall win. also, our video played without incident last night! for those of you weren't able to attend here it is for your viewing pleasure: