Junah Tales: Episode 6: Cat and Mouse

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Junah meets Mo Mouse, and they become friends!

Episode 6:
Cat and Mouse

Junah Tales by M.R. Neer
Episode 6

Cat and Mouse

When Junah Cat first wandered into the garden, the sounds, scents, and all the opposites had attracted him.  Now, as he scanned the garden, out of the corner of his eye, he saw some grass and leaves moving across the stone walkway. Movement, he thought, I can catch that. He bounded over to the clump of moving leaves and gently put his paw on it. He heard a squeak and jumped back.

Then he saw a little brown lump rush off to the side of the garden and into a small hole hidden in the dirt. Being a cat, Junah ran after it and put his paw over the hole. He was sort of playing and sort of catching whatever was there. All of a sudden he felt a sharp pain in his paw. He pulled it back and saw a pointed twig sticking out of the hole. Something had poked him.

“What are you?” he asked.

“I am a mouse, Mister Cat,” said the squeaky, fast-talking voice in the hole.

“Why did you poke me?” Junah asked.

“You were blocking my door,” said the Mouse, trying to sound fearless.

“Oh, I’m sorry,” said Junah, “I am new here in the garden, and I didn’t know what you were.”

Thinking quickly, the mouse said, “Well, my name is Maureen, but my friends call me Mo. If you don’t hurt me, I could be your friend. I could show you around the garden.”

“Hurt you?” said Junah, “Naw, I’m just curious; I want to learn all I can about this place. That’s what the sisters asked me to do. They said to find the secret to the garden. I could use a friend.”

“Well, you got one then,” said Mo, thinking that Junah could be a big help in protecting her from other critters in the area.  “What’s your name?”

“My name is Junah,” he said.

“Let me show you around, Junah,” Mo said.

Junah’s purr:  Making friends with the unknown can be helpful.

 Stay tuned!  Episode 7 will come your way in two weeks. 

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Junah Tales: Episode 5: Entering the Garden

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Junah enters the garden for the first time!

Episode 5:
Entering the Garden

Junah Tales by M.R. Neer
Episode 5

Entering the Garden

 
The next day, the back door of the house opened at sunrise. The shadow of the house still blanketed much of the garden, but Junah the curious cat stepped bravely forward into an unknown world.  Immediately, his senses were bombarded. The smells! Damp earth and flower scents tickled his nose. His paws felt the cold hard pavement of the patio. Trills of bird songs filled the air, welcoming the new day sun. He just stood there mesmerized by the friendly assault on his senses.

He moved forward to explore, taking things one at a time. He stretched one foot off the dry patio and felt the grass. He drew his paw back surprised. The grass, and now his paw, was wet with dew.  Looking down, Junah saw a dark wet paw print on the light gray patio. Cats are not all that fond of being wet, so he shook the drops of dew off his paw.

Flowers in pots along the edge of the patio looked like the vases inside the house, but they were different. These flowers were in earth, not in water. He smelled the heavy earthy aroma of the flower pots while the fragrance of roses and gardenias filled his nose.

He tilted the hard stem of the flower towards his face and rubbed his whiskers against the soft petals. He felt like he was getting bounced back and forth between opposites—dry and wet, light and dark, heavy and light, soft and hard. What a world this was!

He looked out over the garden. The edge of sunlight—a line between light and dark actually—was just passing over a round stone bench in the center of the garden. Stone paths radiated out from the center to each side. What a contrast this outside world was, thought Junah, compared to the inside world he had just left! There was so much to know. His first experience of the garden was a flurry of opposites. Where to start? Is this part of the secret, he wondered?

Junah’s purr: Opposites are found together.

 Stay tuned!  Episode 6 will come your way in two weeks. 

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