Long Tail Small Mouse... (Purdey, Symes and Wright - part 3)

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... Purdey attempts to turn thief...

Submitted: July 19, 2012

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Submitted: July 19, 2012



Long Tail Small mouse… (Purdy, Symes and Wright - part 3)


by Peter Hunter




The looming shape coming towards me was unmistakeably Symes…

… even at a distance that masculine hulk, twice as much as I weigh - that arrogant swagger which only a successful hunter could convey, with its slightly crouched walk  could only be my adopted brother…

… and the dead form of an unfortunate long-tailed mouse limply hanging from his lion-like mouth only confirmed it.

An idea - a chance…

… if perhaps… if by persuasion or theft the big boy cat could be persuaded  to part with his trophy - if by chance I could steal or borrow it. I took the bold course. 'Symes my fiend - please lend the mouse to me for a few minutes… please.'

'No way, Purdey… it's mine, I'm going to eat it.'

My purring stopped. Symes I thought was being unreasonable. I only wanted to present the mouse to Mum.  She would think I had caught it, call me 'Good Cat' then reward me with a piece of the strong Cheddar cheese she bought every Tuesday, on Salisbury market for Dad.  After I had eaten the cheese I would return the little body to Symes for him to eat. My tastes were more refined than his and I preferred the cheese. Symes was too stupid to understand.

Another tactic was called for - so I curled back my gums showing the boy my teeth, hissed and lunged at him - expecting him to drop the animal, then run away... 

… despite him being twice my size it  usually worked...

… but this time it didn't.  Symes ran off into the long grass to eat his mouse and I had to settle for Whiskas when what I craved for was a nice lump of cheese…




© Peter Hunter 2012


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