One hundred words

for Friday Fictioneers

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I went to the library for a novel featuring cats. The only one I found wasn’t of much interest to me.

“Why aren’t there more?” I asked the grim-faced librarian.

She stared at me over her wire-framed spectacles but said nothing. I took a step back. 

“I started to ask again. “Why…”

“I heard you the first time” she hissed, her menacing gaze giving me goose-bumps.

“I’m s-s-s-sorry”, I stuttered. 

“Because” she whispered, placing her pen on the desk.

“Because?” I nervously asked, immediately wishing I hadn’t.

“Because…” she growled,

I looked for the door.

“…cats, only have one tail”.

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bookshelfThanks to Rochelle for hosting and to Dale for the picture.

 

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58 thoughts on “One hundred words

  1. Anita Feb 16, 2022 / 18:34

    I thought she’d turn into a cat after growling 🙂
    Tail vs Tale !
    Someone has to write another tale about cats 🙂

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  2. Dale Feb 16, 2022 / 21:38

    I was getting rather worried, there. And then zing!

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  3. msjadeli Feb 16, 2022 / 21:42

    You nailed the twist, Keith. Funny, she seemed rather cat-like also 🙂

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  4. Natasha Feb 17, 2022 / 08:12

    For some reason I thought she was cat lady who would bring the room flooding with cats and kittens. Lol! So much for my imagination running helter-skelter.

    You really tailed the cat. :-))

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  5. rochellewisoff Feb 17, 2022 / 12:42

    Dear Keith,

    I’m laughing. Glad I set my coffee aside so it didn’t snort out my nose. 😉 One tail…great play on words.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  6. granonine Feb 17, 2022 / 15:06

    But they do have nine lives, right? With or without tales. Tails. 🙂

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  7. James McEwan Feb 17, 2022 / 17:52

    My goodness, a grim-faced librarian! A slimey character with a slippery sense of dark humour. What about the book, The Nine Lives of a Ginger Puss. Too raunchy for her I suspect.

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  8. Bill Feb 18, 2022 / 11:39

    Ah, Keith, the ever clever use of ‘our’ language and its tricky, or even vexatious, homophones. Reading or listening makes all the difference. 🙂

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  9. Inside the Mind of Isadora Feb 18, 2022 / 17:56

    Tee Hee … this made me chuckle. A quick-witted tale … no pun intended.
    I loved where you took the photo, Keith. Have a wonderful weekend …
    Have a great week … Isadora 😎

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    • Keith's Ramblings Feb 20, 2022 / 17:13

      Thanks, Jilly. They used to be a bit like that in their silent surroundings!

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  10. Laurie Bell Feb 19, 2022 / 22:27

    Hahahaha good one, Keith. Her nervousness comes through clearly. Well done. She’s right though! 👀

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