A Black Cat (NaBloPoMo Day 5)

Today, I decided to share a flash fiction story, which I wrote many years ago. It was published by Postcard Shorts. I hope you will enjoy it.

First, about the photo: Lois, at … on pet and prisoners…, took many beautiful cat photos and she’s kind to let me use one of her photos. I don’t have any pet, and have no idea how would a black cat in a dark room look like. This is the best I could come up with. Lois, thank you for letting me use your photo, and sorry if I ruined it. 😉

A Black Cat

Two hands grabbed my shoulders. I jumped. Turning around, I saw Ji-Ning. His face twisted with anger.

“Who is Tony?” he asked, clenching his teeth. His wavering finger pointed at the PC monitor, my email inbox naked in front of our eyes.

I sighed. “What would you like to know?”

He didn’t answer. I continued, “Tony is 24 years young, six feet 5 inches. Nice looking—”

“Young, is that it? I am too old for you now?” His voice trembled.

I wanted to say more, but started laughing. I opened Tony’s email. “Your nephew, who lives in Washington D.C., is coming to your surprise 65th birthday party.”

I closed Tony’s email and opened the next several. “Jake is the catering person we hired. Bill, your golfing buddy can not come. Dave, your Kiwanis friend said he and five others will be here. Douglas, your colleague before you retired, is coming from Wisconsin…”

I turned to face him. “Not every dark room has a black cat, you know.”

Ji-Ning scratched his head, his face softened. “I spoiled your plan, didn’t I?” He smiled sheepishly. “You know I don’t like surprises.”

He leaned over, kissing me on my cheek. Then he slowly walked away.

I opened the next email, and gently ran my finger through every word Bob wrote. There must be a way to include Bob too.

Thanks for visiting my blog.


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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14 Responses to A Black Cat (NaBloPoMo Day 5)

  1. loisajay says:

    Kitty’s eyes! Helen–I don’t know how you did this, but you did great! Oh, what a story. So, tell me about Bob… 😀

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    • Helen C says:

      Good morning, Lois.
      Bob? You have to give me the year so I know which one of them to tell you. ha ha ha.
      Seriously, would you be able to see Teemu’s eyes if you put Teemu in a dark room? I am so curious…
      Thanks for the photo again. Have a great day.

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  2. teandpaper says:

    Great story Helen, and great photo! I love Lois cats, Parker is my favourite. Glad to see you are keeping up with a post per day! Good job!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. prior.. says:

    great story and lois’ photo was perfect for the post –

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Ow .. so who is Bob? 😉 loved this, more please!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Julie.
      Some people have invisible dog; some invisible friend; and I have Bob. Ha ha. Being a writer, I can have anything I want in the world. Almost.
      Love your farm!
      Have a wonderful day.


  5. Lady Oscar says:

    Love this story! You are a great story teller!
    I feel that you are going to make it~ ^^

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Edward Tan says:

    Wonderful story, please share more with us. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

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