Evading the cat

by Ridcully Calvert
originally published at 02:10PM on Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sean stood stock still in the corridor of the plush Manhattan apartment, waiting for that infernal cat to move around the corridor into the living room. If its brain had not been addled by the personality molding process while making it a familiar, it would have spotted him already.

Concentrating on standing as still as possible and trying desperately not to breathe, he let his mind wander back a few weeks.

He had always liked his aunt Celeste, even if she was a bit aloof and all fancy. Her garlic stewed prunes were always a favourite at thanksgiving dinners, and her faint Italian accent ignored courteously by the more blue collar elements of the family.

If only he had kept a leash on his curiosity when house sitting for her. Digging through a teak chest behind her bed in the main suite, he had found The Book, and then everything changed…

The cat moved out of sight, and Sean padded almost silently to the front door and let himself out.

Crossing the river, he made a bee line for Dean’s house.




  • from THX 0477:

    Ooh, great addition. I really like this version of how some kid would have come across this kind of book. It fits and even adds a few new elements and possibilities. Thanks for doing a prequel!

  • from BARomero:

    I definitely want to read more along this line and find out what Sean and Dean do with the book…

  • from Kermitgorf:

    Why the fear of the cat.. intriguing story. Supernatural….

  • from THX 0477:

    Sequel done at the far end of the chain, just so ya’ know.

  • from PyroPunk 51 (PPP LoA):

    Wonderful! A cat familiar with a moggy brain.