The throne room was nothing like Snow had imagined. First of all, it was more of a ballroom than throne room. It was a huge, empty space with a few long, white tables on one side. And there she was, the ‘beloved’ Feline Queen. But something was wrong. She wasn’t a complete cat. She looked more like a mix of a human and a cat. The queen had normal cat ears and tail, but the head and body of a human. Her hair, was also weirdly colored, with black fading into the color of a penny.
“Th-that’s a human!” Jellybean stuttered. “Yes.” Grey confirmed. “We once had a cat rule us all, until we realized that perhaps cats weren’t fit to lead. Too solitary. Unless you’re a lion, but they can get a bit… rowdy.” The calico giggled. “Rowdy? More like crazy! Do not make them mad. They once tore up a whole planet, just because of an insult.” Grey scowled once again and padded across the clearing.
“Your Majesty. These are the cats who breached into our territory.” Grey informed her, bowing. The Queen raised her eyebrows. “Are they? Now, what are two little kitties doing on our territory…?”
Snow stepped forward and mimicked Grey’s bow. “Your Majesty, please forgive us. We had just escaped from a horrid, terrible place. It’s full of humans and they treated us very badly. We had no idea what the outside world would be like, and I’m very, very sorry if we barged into your territory.” The Queen chuckled. “I’m starting to like you, little kitty. But sadly you’ll have to stay here for a while, until we find something to do with you.”
Jellybean walked up next to Snow and bowed, too. “Your Majesty…a-are you going to k-kill us…?” She chuckled once again. “Of course not, dear! We might even send you on a little mission soon…we just need to make sure we can trust you before-” Suddenly the floor rumbled. The Queen stood up, alarmed. “We’re under attack!” The calico who had seemed so carefree turned frightened eyes toward Snow and Jellybean. “We need to get you to safety! Quick, follow me!” She dipped her head toward the Queen. “I’ll join the fighting after I hide them, Your Majesty.” Then she beckoned the two sisters. “Come on!” Full of fear, Snow and Jellybean followed her into the darkness of the halls.
“The Feeling Universe?” Jellybean echoed. “What’s that?” The tom scowled. “The Feline Universe. A place where all felines go.” “Like heaven for cats?” Snow chimed in. “NO! Of course not. Just a place felines like to hang out a lot.” Snow nodded thoughtfully. “And why are you bringing us there?” Jellybean asked. “We have to bring you to our “Feline Queen.” The tom answered. OK, I’m not going to ask. Nope, not a single question. Snow thought. But Jellybean beat her to it. “The Feline Queen? What is that? And who is the Feline Queen?”
“You’ll speak of our queen respectfully!” The tom suddenly snarled. “Okay, okay. Sorry!” Jellybean apologized nervously. Not only were Jellybean and Snow outnumbered, they had no experience of fighting. So they didn’t want to provoke the fierce tom. “Come on.” One of the other cats, a calico, said. As Jellybean started to follow the tom, the calico whispered in her ear. “Sorry about Grey. He can be a bit harsh at first. But he’s not all bad!” Then she bounded off towards Grey.
Snow and Jellybean were led into a small clearing. There, something magically beautiful sat. It was a bright star with a rainbow tint to it. The star hummed with power. “Woah.” Snow whispered, awestruck. Grey smirked. “That’s the portal to The Feline Universe.” Although Snow wasn’t sure how exactly the star was going to bring them to this “Feline Universe”, but she kept on walking. Then, Grey walked straight into the star. Jellybean yelped. But instead of burning into a fiery crisp, he simply disappeared. “Go on.” The calico nudged her gently. Jellybean stepped into the star, and everything went black.
“J-Jellybean? JELLYBEAN! Come on, wake up!” Jellybean woke with a start. “Ugh. I don’t feel so good…” She groaned. Snow nudged her gently. “Come on. The others are waiting for us.” Jellybean groggily got to her feet and followed Snow. “About time.” Grey growled. “Come.”
Jellybean gasped. A whole galaxy stood before her. Different planets representing different felines floated. In the middle, just like the sun, sat a glowing purple planet. Grey led Snow and Jellybean toward it. With a start, Jellybean realized that they were walking on a glass path, with no sides. “Is this safe?” She asked Grey. “If you’re truly a cat, yes.” He replied. Jellybean shivered at the thought of what waited ahead. She wondered if escaping from The Claw had been a good idea. Only one way to find out, Jellybean thought. She trudged along the path, towards her unknown faith.
“Woah…” Snow had never been outside the small world of The Claw before. That was what she and Jellybean had been calling the animal shelter they’d escaped from last night. Sure, there were windows in The Claw, but they weren’t always open, and it was hard getting up there! The beautiful sunrise slowly faded into the clear blue sky. Snow heard Jellybean’s belly rumble. “What will we eat?” Jellybean asked. “We’ll…catch something.” Jellybean snorted. No one visiting The Claw had ever played with them. At least, not when they were adults. They all just wanted to look at the annoying younglings, only paying attention to the adults when they were willing to be picked up. “Snow…are you sure this was the right decision? Escaping from The Claw, I mean?” Jellybean asked Snow worriedly. Since Snow had been born just a few minutes before the jumpy calico, she was technically Jellybean’s “big sister”. To Jellybean, Snow was her best friend and hero. Most siblings didn’t stay close when they grew up. But Jellybean followed Snow everywhere, looking up to Snow.
Suddenly something rustled in the bush only a few feet away from them. “Get down!” Snow hissed. Jellybean did as told, her eyes darting around her surroundings. An enormous rat came scurrying out of the greenery. The rodent’s fat body suggested it wasn’t very bright. Snow waited until the rat was a few millimeters away. Wait…wait…almost there… Snow lashed out and flipped the rat onto into it’s back. She quickly bit its neck, trying not to flinch as the rat jerked suddenly. But when Snow stepped back to look at her kill, the rat’s eyes were staring blankly at the sky.
“Woah! You made your first kill!” Jellybean exclaimed. Snow stepped aside. “Eat. There’s enough for both of us.” Soon both cats were comfortably full, and Snow began to feel drowsy. “Sleep, sister. I’m not as tired as you.” That was all Snow heard before she closed her eyes, and fell into quiet darkness.
“Snow! WAKE UP!!” Jellybean’s terrified shriek confused Snow. What was there to fear in The Claw? But then Snow remembered. They weren’t in The Claw. All kinds of dangers lurked nearby. Snow groggily raised her head. “Wha-” The words stuck in her throat. Five huge cats loomed over Jellybean and Snow. “You’re under arrest.” The front cat announced. “You’ve trespassed over our territory. Now, we must bring you to The Feline Universe.”
Our imagination is one very powerful tool. Whether it’s used to create a new and creative invention, or to write a bestseller story, we all have to admit our lives would be much more boring if we didn’t have an imagination.
So what is this section about? Ever since I heard about what I like to call “The Black Cat Massacre”, I’ve been determined to help other people see felines in a positive light. But I didn’t know how to accomplish my new goal. Now I do. When I write fiction stories about felines, I try to make my stories funny and exciting. I found it helped distract people who dislike cats and help them be more willing to have a good laugh. So yeah, I hope you enjoy!