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Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)
TITLE: Kat and Skat
By Leah Garhovd
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Skat is very daring and thinks her name means “Super Cat.” She is always getting Kat and herself into trouble.
Kat has a problem, she does not know if she is good at being a cat. She believes she is not very clever at doing the things cats are supposed to be able to do. First, she is not at all daring. Then, there is the problem of climbing, cats are supposed to climb trees. Kat simply can not do it. There is a tree in her yard and nearly every day she runs as fast as she can and jumps onto the tree and digs her claws into the bark. She sometimes climbs up one or two inches before she has to let go and fall to the ground.
Skat can jump high. She is fast and she runs up the tree to the highest branch and meows loudly. She then runs down again and cheers for Kat to do the same. But, Kat just can not make it up the tree.
Kat has to face it; she is not very good at being a cat. What she does best is cuddle and purr and curl up and sleep. What Kat loves best is to cuddle up and be petted. She is afraid that no one wants to keep a cat who can’t jump and can’t climb and falls down. Kat worries that maybe she is not a real cat at all. She thinks this is a good time to take a nap and think about it.
Suddenly, Skat is meowing, “Come on Kat!” She is pouncing and bouncing and dancing and prancing. She is ready for an adventure.
Kat is sitting in the doorway crouching down. She is definitely not ready for adventure. She is ready for a nap, to be honest, she is ready for another nap, her third nap and it is only 9 o’clock in the morning!
Slowly Kat raises to her four cat feet and steps out. Skat hops around nearly jumping out of her fur with excitement meowing. “Let’s get this adventure going.”
“Okay, okay, “ says Kat, “but if I lose one more of my cat lives because of you, I’ll be getting seriously low on cat-lives.”
Now Kat is not kidding. Skat had been successful many times in being able to talk Kat into some hairy adventures. Given Skat’s cat-abilities, she was usually not the one that suffered.
Skat wanted to hunt for mice in the big field next door. This is their first trip into the field since moving into their new house.
They walk under the wooden fence and start to sneak through the high grass. Kat follows Skat very closely doing everything she does. She bends her legs and makes her body very long and close to the ground. She thinks she may like field hunting.
Suddenly a huge animal nearly runs them over! Kat has never seen anything so big or run so fast. Skat and Kat run as fast as they can. Skat gets to the tree first and climbs up and sits in the highest branches. Kat hits the tree running full speed, digs her claws firmly into the trunk and there she hangs and hangs and hangs. She is unable to go up or down. She hangs there until her legs begin to shaking and her claws lose their grip. Slowly she slides down the trunk taking quite a bit of bark off on her way down.
The animal passes them by and runs happily in circles making nay na-a-a-a-aying sounds. Skat comes running down the tree meow-laughing. There is no danger. The animal was not coming after them. It is only playing.
Kat is not meow-laughing. Kat is sweating and shaking and recovering from what she is sure was certain death.
“Why do I let her talk me into these things?” thinks Kat as she falls over and licks her paws.
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