The sky is still dark, and I give a silent prayer that it should not rain today, for I have a very important work to do.
I am determined to do it today, after many failed attempts, and even the rain, if it comes, will not stop me today.
I am waiting for her to come out.
The sun has risen now, and it seems to favour me today.
She has come out from her home with all her bags, and she looks left and right before crossing the road. And, at the moment she crosses the road, I cross her path. She looks at me with disgust, and goes back inside her home. After a few minutes, she is back again.
But, this time, I didn't cross her path.
And that was my plan.
When I told you elaborately about the sun and the climate, I didn't want to mention about my actual plan. But, I guess it will not be interesting for you to hear further, if I do not mention a few words about my plan.
After all, what would a human like you want from me, a simple black cat?
There are a few sentences, i would like to say, before I give away my plan.
I don't know who among you started the theory. Yes, it is just a theory, and I will prove it to you shortly. A theory which developed wildly and made us the symbol of bad luck.
Luck, in itself is something that some of you lazy humans believe in. And you humans were too broad-minded to include the opposite of it too, the bad luck.
And my plan, is to prove that there is nothing in this world as luck - whether you want it to favour you, or go against you.
Follow me with my adventure (yes, I call it an adventure!) if you are open to hearing about some of your foolish beliefs, from the voice of a cat, a black cat at that.
But, if you are a person suffering from the delusion of grandeur, and you believe that you are right in every sense, I hope that this blog has many other articles to flame your fire, especially the one about the mad man.
Now, let me stop with the preaching, and return to the task at hand.
She has come out again, probably sitting for a few minutes and drinking a few sips of water. That is what you humans do, don't you?
She looks wearily at the road, expecting me to come again. But, I won't. If anyone of you are seeing her, tell her that.
She starts walking and she has joined the crowd on the main road.
There are many people walking briskly even though there is still a lot of time for the morning buzz to start.
I follow her, stealthily of course! Don't think of me as a stupid cat. You people boast about the sixth sense, but i don't know what use you all put that to!
She still has a few yards to cover before she can reach her destination. She is working at a place with big computers and all. We call it 'The Big Computer' place.
She has gone in, and I try to follow her. But, a guard with a big stick in his hand chases me away. Why would he chase me away? This world belongs to all, and I belong to this world.
Try hard as I might, but, I can never understand your true intentions. I have given up about all that a long time ago. Now, the only thing I want to prove to my family and friends is that we are not a dose of bad luck, and we are just a normal living being, and we are as fantastic as any other being.
I decide to wait till she comes back. I want to know how her day went. But, as soon as I find a shelter overlooking the 'Big Computet' place, to rest, she comes out from the office. Her eyes look as if she has cried, a lot. She storms out before I can catch up. I can give credit to humans for this. You all can do anything if you truly wish for.
And before I can reach her place, she is no where in sight. Did anyone of you see her going somewhere else?
Oh! Thank you!
She has gone into her home.
I climb the pipes and reach the balcony of her second floor home. I can see her now. I request you all not to follow me. You don't have the agility of mine, and do not worry, I will give you the running commentary.
She is sitting in her room, and her mother, and grandmother are beside her. She is crying. I am not able to hear them properly. I open the window a little, and yes, I can hear them clearly now.
She has lost her job due to the cut down by her company! And her grandma is saying that is because of me.
Oh! Come on human grandma! Did I sign the papers?
You see, this is what I have been trying to say. You humans want someone to take the blame for your mistakes, and we were an easy target, weren't we?
I wanted to show a good example. She was a good example of how we are fantastic beings, and not your bad luck charm. She did have her glass of water to wave off the bad omen.
You all do not believe me?
I didn't expect my plan of months to go in dust. But, I am determined, and I will prove it.
You all are welcomed to be with me in this journey. Also you are free to leave too.
I will wait.
It has been a few weeks now. I have become a little fat with no work. My family physician, Dr.Feline said that those extra fat will become my enemy.
My dear old wife Lynx, and my twin children, Jaguar and Kitty, want me to forget all this, and go back to my routine. They are even taking care of the shop I have left. But, I am fighting for a greater cause, and nothing great is lightly won.
And I also want to fight for the poor souls who lost their life at The Grimalkin Institute of Mental Health, because of depression, mainly from their personal belief that they were destined to be souls with bad luck. I will change it all. All it takes is a little patience, and I am full of it.
It has been 3 months exactly, and I see her coming out. She has a blue file with her, and I wait till she reaches the bus station. I make a quick decision, and i cross her. She looks aghast. But, she doesn't go back to her home for a glass of water, because her bus has arrived. She gets onto the overly crowded bus.
I walk fast, and climb the ladder at the back of the bus. I stop climbing at the exact level, where I could see her. She is struggling to maintain balance, and I grip the ladder tightly with my paws. My paw nails strike against the cold metal and emits a screeching sound, which I admit is not so pleasant to hear. I struggle against the ladder. The potholes in this way are more than any place I have ever been, and you humans do not even care about it! After many life taking attempts done by the human behind the wheel, she gets down from the bus.
I get down after her, and I maintain a good distance behind her. She enters a place, and the building looks bigger than the 'Big Computer' place.
And as i expected, the security guard there with the big white mustache, waves me off. I try other means of following her.
After many failed attempts, I climb the wall. I could not see her, and so I decide to wait.
Near to where I am standing is a thing, which I could not describe exactly. It is rotating smoothly by itself, and I could see something like the lens my daughter's photo machine used to have. It must be a human photo machine. It is funny how you humans want to take photos of the road and the gate!
I am so tired, and hungry. Today morning I decided to go on a diet, and skipped the breakfast of two dry fishes my wife placed on my plate. Now, my hunger is killing me, and only if I could have some tasty milk to quench my hunger!
I am still waiting, and what is she doing inside that building for the past 4 hours.
This little adventure is taking a toll on me, but I am as resilient as I look. I wait for her without my lunch and my evening milk, and she is yet to come.
The sky has turned the darkest black. There are no stars to be found, and I am little afraid of getting caught in the rain. I am suddenly afraid that the big building might have a different way out. I do not want to take a chance, and leave this place, in case she comes out.
I wait, and wait.
Finally, she comes out carrying the same blue file. Her face doesn't show any emotion, and she looks as tired as me.
I get down from the wall, and I follow her.
She looks back at me. She stands there for a moment, and she starts coming in my direction.
My heart is thumping, and I stand rooted to the ground. She bends down, and stroks my fur. She give a little pat on my head, and gently lifts me.
She carries me all the way to her place.
I don't resist, because I want to know what really happened. Also, I am so tired!
She places me near her sofa, and gives me a plate of lukewarm milk. How did she know that milk was my favourite! You humans even started reading minds now? We should be more careful than ever!
I slowly lick the milk, and it tastes heavenly. When I am about to immerse myself in the pleasantness that the milk offered, her grandma comes. She shouts at her granddaughter for taking me inside her home, and also about how i will bring all the bad luck in the world to them.
We are back to the beginning!
But, she smiles at me, and says, 'It brought me good luck today. I got a job, better than the previous one. So, grandma, let the cat have its milk'
Her grandma mutters something about 'new age' and 'mistakes'.
But, she keeps smiling at me.
I finish my milk, and I go back to my home.
A huge crowd gathers at my home, as soon as I return. Lynx stand beside me and I tell them my adventure.
'We are not the carriers of bad luck. We are indeed carriers of good luck. We are better than humans, and we are fantastic beings!"
The crowd cheer for me, and we all take a photo from Kitty's photo machine.
I tell Lynx that I have to go somewhere, and I leave our place.
Outside, the alley looks deserted, and the light from the street light emits a faint yellowish glow. I look at that human's place, and the events of the past few months come to my mind.
I have proved to my society that we are a fantastic creature. But, I also wanted them to understand that we are normal and luck is just a matter of thought.
It doesn't exist.
But, I finally understand something. Everyone wants to believe in something for their life to be complete. They want to believe in either the good or the bad. If my fellows don't want to be bad, they want to be good.
I remember the late Mr.Jaguar, after whom I have named my son. I met him before he died, and he wanted to prove the same thing to our communty. He warned me that it will not be an easy task.
Now, my family and friends believe that they are a good luck charm.
It is for their own good.
We are fantastic creatures, and I know it.
I sense someone coming behind, and it is Lynx. She smiles at me, and we decide to take a stroll.
We are two fantastic creatures taking a stroll in the fantastic climate, in this fantastic world.
Everyone and everything around you is fantastic when you see it.
Even the rain coming down now, and having us stranded under a tree is fantastic.