Monday, June 20, 2005

Black cat

A spark of creativity? I daren't be too excited lest I jinx myself. I wrote this 'vanished moment' a few days ago and have been stewing on whether to publish it.

We are walking home through the Village. The sun is beginning to rise and the pumpkin hour is nearly upon us. The only sound to be heard is the clicking of our dress shoes as they hit the cobbled streets. The rarest of moments has occurred, quiet in Manhattan.

Nobody dares to curse the moment with speech. We see her simultaneously, nothing needs to be said to acknowledge her presence. A black cat, her breast heavy with the responsibility of feeding her young, is making her way home from a night‘s hunt. An all but dead mouse convulses in her mouth. Tonight, her kittens will taste warm blood.

The cat looks at us briefly and assesses us not to be a threat. She continues on her way, always low to the ground and alert to danger. With a tail-flick, she darts into the shadows, crawls under some industrial waste and is gone.

In New York everyone is a hunter and everyone is prey. The trick is to work out which you are at any given moment.

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