Clarice the Cowardly Cat
I guess it’s not too unusual for a cat to be afraid of everything.
Clarice, for example, was afraid of loud noises, birds and mice, and other cats. She was pretty much okay with humans though…especially her own humans, Percy and Penelope. She had personally selected them from all of the visitors to the animal shelter where she’d been dumped, and Clarice found Percy and Penelope quite willing to do anything she wanted whenever she wanted it,
…until the day Clarice got sick.
Suddenly, poor Clarice was yanked out of her comfy corner of the world and hustled from veterinarian to veterinarian, subjected to poking and prodding and X-rays and such. Percy and Penelope made her drink vile liquids and swallow giant pills. It was all too much,
…so Clarice began to hide from everyone, including Percy and Penelope.
She hid under the bed, in the wastebasket, on a high shelf in the closet, and behind the sofa. Clarice even learned to open a cupboard door and hide behind the sheets and towels.
The only thing that would bring Clarice out of hiding was the dinner bell.
And that’s the way Clarice lived out her life.
Cowards don’t have much fun. So sad.
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