Copyright -Mary Shipman

Copyright -Mary Shipman

All I remember from the day the humans left is an all-encompassing, bright flash. They were gone before the night was dawn.

My three little ones are my world now, and the humans’ house is our home.  The most recent danger is a lone wolf that roams the woods that have spilled over the front yard.  While I hunt, I hide my kittens in the holes up in the wall.   Wolves don’t jump that high.

And yet, I return to a quiet house. A claw marks the length of the wall; too high for a wolf; deep enough for a bear. My babies are gone.

For Friday Fictioneers. Football fever has caught me by the throat this season.  I write this as I watch Spain v. Chile.  Tell me, is football an inspiring muse?

26 comments on “Hollow

  1. Aw, poor kitties!! What a wonderful story!!

  2. There’s loss. I hope another breeding partner is found.

  3. annemarieza says:

    Yet another great story! But poor kitties ='(

  4. Sandra says:

    Such an unusual take on the prompt. And quite sad.

  5. No, no, no….Such a sad, sad story.

  6. a dystopic animal shelter here.. seems a dark word for humanity and kittens…

  7. Horus says:

    something different and fresh – nice one !

  8. andymallarz says:

    Poor little kittens, I hope she finds a better future.

  9. Caerlynn Nash says:

    I agree with Horus. Nice change of pace and so original. Wonderful!

  10. elappleby says:

    Poor kittens! A very enjoyable take on the prompt, I’m left wondering what made the humans leave at the beginning though.

  11. No matter how hard we try, there’s always another threat. Well told.

  12. Sandra, I would guess it’s a future story. Rarely these days does a human population leave and nature get to rebound like that. Life is hard for cats and their young when there are no owners to protest and provide for them. Well written. 🙂 —Susan

    • Sandra says:

      This actually happened in the past, and is still happening: I got the inspiration for this one from a documentary I’ve seen. After the Chernobyl incident all the humans left and the town is now an extension of the surrounding forest. Wild life live in the abandoned houses, including the pets that were left behind which have now become feral…

  13. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Sandra, Well written and scary. Poor kittens wouldn’t have stood a chance against a bear! Nan 🙂

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