A Black Cat’s Halloween
The laughter of the younglings always spooks me at the worst times. The woman with the two trees in her yard always leaves out sustenance for me — but not tonight. As I creep along the faded grass, I see strange faces peering back at me from the porch. The smell of rot and fire comes to my nostrils; these things were once alive, tied to the vine of the earth, but now they are just empty facsimiles of what they once were. Candles flicker from their insides, and I shy away from the light and the heat.
I watch from the belly of a bush as the younglings, so odd in their fashions, tramp up and away from the door. Their glee is like a scent on the wind; if I could taste it, it would probably be sweet like sap from a tree. My eyes trace their movements, ever so wary of how humans sway and jolt and spin, but not one has spotted me. For once, I can relax.
“Oh, what a cute kitty!”
My eyes flash open as I see a girl crouched down, her gloved hand out for inspection. But I don’t wander out and sniff because everything smells foreign around her. Danger, danger, my senses scream, and my mouth curls open with fangs and spit ready to fly —
But the girl withdraws, and I don’t lift from my crouch until she is out of sight. Then I scamper back along the edge of the house, away from the noise and the girl who might have been a friend in another life, one away from the din of the outside world.
Out across the street I dash, and those strange metal boxes screech and honk and I am scared nearly out of my skin for how loud the ruckus is.
But soon I find cover under another porch, this one of the man who once owned a fellow cat who would stare at me through the living room window. She’s been gone for a season, and I can’t say I miss her steely looks threatening me if I ever dared to come closer to her refuge and abode.
The air is alight with more sounds, all from the younglings who frighten me more than I would like to admit, and I am watchful, poised, ready to move at a moment’s notice.
“Don’t like Halloween, do you?” a voice comes out from the ether.