Kismet

Macavity’s a Mystery Cat: he’s called the Hidden Paw –
For he’s the master criminal who can defy the Law.
He’s the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad’s despair:
For when they reach the scene of crime – Macavity’s not there!
——-
And they say that all the Cats whose wicked deeds are widely known
(I might mention Mungojerrie, I might mention Griddlebone)
Are nothing more than agents for the Cat who all the time
Just controls their operations: the Napoleon of Crime!
(TS. Eliot, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats)

I was tempted to write about the villainous cats in my life but my muse put its foot down.

Prompt  ….

Thank you Enisa for this week’s prompt.

An astrologer friend advised Tanya to wear a catseye. It would help her tide over the cascade of bad things that had turned her life upside down, he had said.

She did not really believe and in any case she was just making ends meet.

Her streak of hard luck continued. Her credit limit expired. It was the soup kitchen or the langar at gurudwara* in the foreseeable future.

Then the ginger adopted her.  It’s chatoyancy was better than any gem. Now that she had two genuine cat-eyes  her luck boomed.

Words ~ 91
*free meals served at Sikh temples.

Thank you Priceless Joy

 

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15 thoughts on “Kismet

  1. Cute story, YS. At first, I misread it, thinking ‘the ginger’ was a metaphorical ginger meaning something like good luck/good fortune, but then, duh, I got it on the second reading. This one is cat-approved! (though it’s okay to write about bad kitties, too; lots of times they are such because of ‘bad’ people or trauma from bad people, in my experience!)

    • So glad you re-read it. This prompt is so full of choices. I was looking for a ‘different’ take on this. You are so right in your analysis of ‘bad’.

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment. 🙂

  2. Of course her luck turned. How could even Lady Luck resist those cute, round, huge eyes 🙂 And thanks for Macavatity. I’m ashamed to admit I’d never come across it before, what a gem! And what serendipity, for my story on the prompt WAS on similar lines 🙂

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