A household of cats are warming themselves close to a log hearth in a home half means up a mountain in Italy. There are 4 of them, alternately grooming and snoozing. Read this coronary heart warming story of how one among them, Stevie Mouse tries to clarify Christmas.
Stevie Mouse Tries To Explain Christmas
It All Started With Fairy Lights
“I actually don’t get it!” stated Treacle, a gray tabby cat, out of the blue. “Why does Mummy have all these little lights all over the place?”
Stevie Mouse, one other gray cat, stretched and purred. “Mummy is like me, she doesn’t like vibrant lights.” Stevie Mouse is partially sighted and vibrant lights harm her eyes. “She stated that she solely has smooth lights and why not make them fairy lights?”
“But the place are the fairies?” requested Treacle, nonetheless wanting fully puzzled.
“They aren’t actually fairies, foolish,” replied Stevie. They are simply tiny little lights that look fairly. Mummy says you don’t have to attend till Christmas to have them.”
Treacle sighed. “Okay, why do I get the sensation I’m going to remorse this? What is Christmas Stevie?”
There was a snort of laughter from the again of the couch the place Malteser, a brown and white cat, was stretched out, supposedly asleep. He gave a realizing look to his sister Lucy, a calico cat who was additionally laying on the couch. It was going to be a protracted night time.
Ms Stevie Mouse Tries To Explain Christmas
Stevie frowned and concentrated exhausting. “Ummmm.” She began, whereas Treacle sat expectantly, the fireplace crackling within the background. “It is one thing people try this return a very long time. Longer than Mummy and Daddy and as you recognize, they’re actually outdated. I don’t actually perceive why they do it. They are celebrating one thing vital. It begins with Mummy and Daddy getting all excited and beginning to do a lot of cooking within the kitchen. Well, Mummy does anyway. Daddy checks the purple liquid that is available in a glass bottle. Mummy normally begins enjoying humorous music that has a lot of bells and he or she sings alongside.”
Stevie Misses The Christmas Tree
“They used to have a giant Christmas Tree they’d put up in the lounge that had twinkling lights. Emmy received into hassle as a result of she beloved the lights and tried to climb the tree and all of it fell over. Then I received into hassle as a result of there was a reindeer toy beneath the tree and I bit off its horns. Since then, they haven’t put up the tree. I miss it. One yr I went on strike and put myself into all of Mummy’s artwork footage as a protest. Our mates on Facebook thought I used to be proper and Mummy gave in and put up the tree, however Emmy wrecked it once more. I feel I heard Mummy say they’d given it to charity however I don’t know who she is.”
There was a second’s silence whereas all of them remembered the stunning Emmy, a calico cat who had epilepsy and died a number of years in the past. Stevie needed to take a second to compose herself; she misses her good friend a lot as instructed within the story Stevie Mouse And The Feather.
“Allow me, Stevie,” stated Malteser, who on the age of 12 was the top of the cat household. Stevie nodded, graciously permitting Malt to talk.
Malteser Pays Homage To A Legend
Glancing at Lucy, who nodded with approval, Malteser stated, “There is somebody who’s a legend in the case of Christmas timber. His identify was Thomas, and earlier than she died Bluebottle instructed us the story of how he almost died one yr due to a Christmas tree! She had been instructed the story by Jimmy, the one cat who travelled from the UK to Italy. Another legend!”
There was a pointy consumption of breath from Stevie and Treacle, and the sound of a slight giggle from Lucy.
Thomas And The Christmas Tree
“Well, Mummy had a gaggle of cats when she lived within the UK. Thomas, a ginger cat, was identified for climbing the Christmas Tree. Mummy would come residence from work and discover all types of baubles and decorations strewn throughout the ground. He would generally conceal contained in the tree till somebody walked into the room carrying a tray with drinks after which stick his head out instantly which all the time startled them.” The different cats have been guffawing, Treacle thought he would do not forget that one for future use.
“But one yr,” Malteser continued, “Thomas outdid himself and almost paid the last word penalty. Tommy would spray all over the place. Mummy couldn’t have lengthy curtains or tablecloths on facet tables as a result of Tommy would urinate on them. Once, Nanny and Mummy introduced residence a beautiful cushion with a ginger cat on it. Mummy positioned it proudly on the couch and Thomas instantly received up and urinated on it, fully ruining it!”
Stevie Mouse was shocked, “Oh poor Mummy, what did she do?”
“Well,” stated Malteser, “she beloved Thomas a lot that she put up together with his behaviour. She did every thing she may to cease it taking place however Thomas was a really naughty boy. A bit such as you, younger Treacle.”
Treacle was now wanting sheepish. He was repeatedly in hassle for urinating on the furnishings or in corners. Stevie checked out him and winked.
Lucy cleared her throat. “The Christmas tree, brother, the Christmas tree”.
A Near Death Experience
“Ahem, oh sure”, stated Malteser. “One day Mummy walked into the lounge simply as Thomas was lining as much as urinate on the Christmas Tree. Only the lights have been switched on. Mummy shrieked however couldn’t get there in time and as Thomas urinated there was a loud bang and the odor of burning because the lights on the tree blew out. Thomas was very traumatised and Mummy rushed him to the veterinary clinic to be checked. The vet stated that he was fortunate to be alive, and that he should have urinated briefly spurts – if it had been a steady stream he may have been electrocuted”.
This was greeted with gasps of horror from Stevie and Treacle.
“Let that be a lesson younger Treacle. Not all issues that appear like a good suggestion are wholesome!”, stated Lucy.
Stevie Picks Up The Story
Treacle was now wanting very crestfallen. As the tales of Christmas had began, he was getting excited that he was going to listen to one thing great, however it turned out to be a ticking off he didn’t really feel he deserved. Stevie Mouse tries to clarify Christmas once more.
“But Christmas is enjoyable too, Treacs,” she stated. “Mummy and Daddy purchase us particular treats after which they’ve huge parcels lined in paper and ribbon. We get to play with the paper and ribbon and generally, simply generally, there’s a field sufficiently big to play in. I really like packing containers!”
“There is particular meals for everybody,” stated Malteser. “All of the cats get one thing. Mummy even has Christmas lights on the roof of the cat backyard so the cats can take pleasure in Christmas decorations.”
This merely appeared to verify for Treacle what he already knew. Mummy is nuts.
“It is extra than simply meals, although,” stated Stevie. “It is a time to recollect these we’ve misplaced, like Emmy and Bluebottle, and people who aren’t fortunate sufficient to have discovered ceaselessly properties like we’ve.” The others all nodded. How great it might be if all cats may have a house like this one – fairy lights and all!
Where To Read More Cat Short Stories
If you loved this story, there are more cat short stories that you can read on my blog. I’m an artist and blogger residing midway up a mountain in Central Italy with two rescue canine and 15 cats, together with the Supreme Being, Ms Stevie Mouse. Read more about me and my work on my website.