The Cat Lady

 

 

 

 

PHOTO PROMPT © Sarah Ann Hall

“Scary cats, Dad. Funny watching the RSPCA man catching them all.”
They picked their way through the gloom, gagging at the stench of overflowing litter trays.
“Why did Auntie have so many cats?”
“They were drawn here, son. She wouldn’t turn them away. If she had, she could have afforded electricity. Light and warmth in the place.”
Some objects on a shelf shone bright through the dilapidation.
“What are they?”
“Urns. To keep loved ones’ ashes.”
“Auntie had so many friends.”
“But she didn’t.”
Andrew read the name on one, ‘Smudge,’ sighing he glanced over the others, ‘Marmaduke, Sox, Empress…’

Written for Friday Fictioneers – a 100 words story based on a photo prompt. Hosted by Rochelle. Read the other entries here.

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29 thoughts on “The Cat Lady

    • I knew a lady like this when I was young. The cats were basically feral and ruled the house. She had no electricity and read t night by the light of the street lamp outside. She said she didn’t want the cats but they were attracted to her place and she couldn’t turn them away.

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    • Thanks Sarah Ann. It’s based on a real life lady who lived in the street next to ours when I was growing up. She said she didn’t want all the cats but they came and she couldn’t turn them away. They were nasty, hissing brutes. She had no electricity and would read at night by the light of the street lamp outside. Very eccentric

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    • Unfortunately this was based on a real life, eccentric woman who lived round our way when I was young. She claimed she didn’t want so many cats but they came to her place and she couldn’t turn them away. They were basically feral and vicious. The house and garden were full of them. She had no power so read at night by the light of the street light outside and her floorboards were rotten and the rest quite like I’ve described it, although I could have done with a few more words to do it justice.

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  1. A portrait of obsession, and the destructive effects that can have. Do I catch just the faintest hint that Auntie may have died early as a result of neglecting herself to care for the cats?
    That said, I’m a dotty old cat lady with three cats, and sometimes I surprise myself at what I put up with for their sake! Perhaps I should take your story as a cautionary tale…

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    • This lady was real. I don’t know if she died early but she quite possibly could have, because she had no power and when they went into the house after her death, it was a complete state with rotten floorboards and cats under all of them. Not friendly cats either, feral and vicious cats

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