The Nine Lives of the White Spotted Cat, Book 1

In 1919, a black kitten with a white spot on his flank was born near a small town. A year after his death, a cat who looked almost exactly the same was born, and a year after his death yet another cat was found. This happened nine times. Was it one cat, living out nine lives? Or nine separate cats? Could it be proof that cats really do have nine lives? It all started in 1919...

Puma had a mostly normal life at first as a kitten. His mother taught him and his sister to hunt and climb trees, just like any other cat. But his life is shaken when a mysterious white cat from his mother's past begins stalking his family, appearing everywhere like a ghost. Puma seems to be the only one to notice. Why won't this cat leave them alone? And what happens when he finally attacks?

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16. A Cat Called Toby

Puma soon learned of a new name that the humans came up with for him. After hearing it so many times when one of them would be petting him, looking at him, picking him up, or feeding him, even unable to understand human speech he figured it out. They called him Toby.

    He had officially figured it out the day George brought home a young girl. She had long blonde hair and bright green eyes that stuck out against her pale skin. They called her Lily.

    Wary of the new stranger, Puma hid beneath a piece of furniture and watched from afar. The girl was chatty and spoke in a high, chirpy voice like a bird’s. The whole family sat together in the living room. Lily and George were close together on the couch. From where he hid, Puma could see that the other two boys couldn’t be less interested in what was going on, while Rebecca watched the girl like a hawk.

    After watching for awhile, Puma saw George finally look in his direction. “You need to meet our new cat.” He led Lily to him, and coaxed the kitten out. “This is Toby.” Now Puma had heard the name enough times that it was obvious that it was their name for him. Unsure of what a “Toby” was, he preferred his original name to this new one, especially after being told by his mother about the powerful animal it represented.

    Lily scrunched up her nose. “Eww!” she exclaimed. “What do you want with a little rat like that?” From the expression on her face, and the way she looked at him, Puma could tell that whatever she was saying was something bad about him, and that she didn’t like him.

    “Excuse me?” George replied, offended.

    “And if you need a cat, why would you want such an ugly black one?”

    “He’s a very handsome cat!” Rebecca stood up and retorted.  Lily ignored her.

    “And cats are so mean!” She bent down and tapped Puma on the nose. As a cat, his nose was very sensitive and it hurt. He lashed out angrily at her fingers with tiny claws. “See? I barely touched it and it tried to scratch me!” George stood  in front of Puma. Voice rising in anger, he  said, “You hurt him! It hurts cats to touch them there!”

    In fear, Puma backed away under the piece of furniture he had been under before. Watching in awkward silence, the rest of the family witnessed the argument without intervention other than Rebecca’s previous outburst.

“Look at it! It even acts like a rat, too, always trying to hide!”Lily snarled.

    “He’s just scared!”

    “Exactly, he’s a coward, just like all cats, and rats too!”

    “You would be just as afraid if you were that size, and surrounded by people so much bigger than you!” George was now yelling.

    “Hasn’t he been with you for a few weeks now? How can he still be afraid of you?” Lily spat.

    “Toby isn’t afraid of our family anymore. Right now he’s just scared of you.” What he had said wasn’t completely true. Puma was the most scared of Lily at the moment,  but George’s yelling frightened him too.

    “So you think I’m scary?”

    “He just hasn’t had time to warm up to you yet.  And at the moment,  I’m not sure why anybody would want to.”

    Eyes watering just slightly, Lily picked up her things, opened the door, and slammed it behind her. Puma never saw the girl again.



 

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