Write about a cat living in an ancient temple, like the Acropolis.
Posted in Fiction on Feb 24, 2023
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“The Cats Under The Cherry Blossoms ” by Angela Monroe
We left the city of Changsha behind hours ago, having only been in China for a day so far. Changsha had been pretty for what little I got to examine it before my mother put me in a rented car and hauled me to the countryside if that’s what you wanted to call it. She swore to me that she had found us the best place to stay at. Changsha hadn’t even seemed real; I couldn’t imagine a place better than that. ...
“Me” by Joseph Sauers
Me. They have come. Again. To see… me. Some wearing rags. Some wearing crowns. Accessorised as ever will they be, all of them.Because of me.They would be sufferable if they were to remain silent. But they rarely do. Supplicating for… something.Blah blah whoever needs… whatever.Please, they plead. And so mote it be. Want want want. It’s only eve...
“Lotus Decrees” by Kevin Broccoli
I see you all here begging at the foot of our Great Lotus. Lotus, Goddess of Fresh Fish from the Sea. Lotus, Goddess of Comfort on a Cold Night. Lotus, Goddess of the Hunt When the Hunt Involves Rather Small Animals Such as Mice or Things That Look Like Mice. I see you all here, but only on the Feast Day of Lotus. Only on this, the day of her birth, the day when all come to w...
“Involuntary Recipient” by V. S. Rose
Drip. Drip. Drip.I don’t know how long it’s been. My hankering for water and parched lips suggest more than a few hours. The screams from my ravenous stomach say longer than a couple of days. Weeks maybe? Would I have survived weeks?Drip. Drip.What’s that dripping sound?My head feels like it was squeezed in a table clamp. I can’t tell if my thinking’s foggy from my throbbing head or the lack of food and water. This pitch darkness sure doesn’t help. G...
“Delphine of the Tombs” by Christopher Kelley
The last twilight tour ended, and the cemetery hushed to its nightly mystique, scored by the distant echo of tavern trumpets and jazz drummers.The gate closed and locked. And the moon-dipped monuments were, once more, ruled by the dead.Then…a crunch of footsteps.A warm body strolled the walled-in city of graves. A tour guide named Rocco. He whistled past the oven vaults and above-ground tombs, pausing only to huff and snuff the raised candles along the shell-paved pathways. He also broke his tune to chat with Delphine...
“The Sacred Curse” by Jed Cope
The cat sauntered through the temple. Sauntering in the haughty way only a cat can, but this was haughty sauntering taken to a whole other level. Temple cat level.When the cat sat, it was evident why the Egyptians of old held a special place for its kind. Revered, divine beings, placed on the Earth to remind people of what awaited them in the next life. How that reminder worked on a detailed level was left to a lot of interpretation and divination. A job left to the learned and devout temple priests.The...
“Two mice please!” by Marija Rozman
This story is based on mythology of Galinthias, some detailes are true, some are added. I was mortal once, they said I betrayed Gods but I was only trying to help my friend. They would let her suffer, ah, my dear Alkmene, continuous birth pangs put on her by Moirai and Eileithyia almost ki...
“The Priest and The Lion Cat” by Helen A Smith
THE PRIESTCats wander freely through the temple grounds and kittens huddle with their mothers in a large purpose-built shelter near the stables until they grow more adventurous. Only a few cats venture inside the temple itself. Maybe they dislike the smell of incense and other pungent oils that pervade the place. When I lost Pudge, my companion of many years, I was bereft. So much so, I didn’t think I’d ever form another feline attachment, but Little Lion, as I call her, has proved me wrong. I gave her the na...
“A Gift” by Lexi Rose
I set out three weeks ago to make the journey to the Great Synagogue. This is the first time I've ever left home on my own, but the gods have called down from above for me to venture out. They came to me in a dream, and in my mother’s the very same night–a great treasure has been given to me and the people of my village, long as I claim it. I’ve almost made it, yet I feel as though I haven’t done enough to actually go in the old temple. Every boy wants to have the chance of adventure they hear of in folk tales–and I had that chance and it...
“When The Fates Have Got Your Number” by Alia Bath
The temple of Apollo in Delphi was a glorious, golden-stone, sun-drenched ruin high in the mountains, which you could see perfectly well from the parking area. Fortunately, you could also access the coffee stand from the parking area, as the locals were pretty astute when it came to avoiding regulations. I used my fairly meagre retainer to grab a cup, which I figured was a better use than spending it on the entra...
“Don't be an idiot (a story about a boy and a cat crossing paths in Classical Athens)” by Belladona Vulpa
************************************************************Lying on the ground, in the mudGrass between my fingersHeart beating painNo courage to pull out the blade.Contemplating my destiny patientlyThe caring touch of rain on the earthWhat an ancient and sacred groundEons and eons, layer over layerDifferent colors of soil, different texturesIron, bone, and voidRoots spreading beneath, into another world.To the mystical powers of Gaia, the gian...
“::::ALL HAIL:::::” by Tommy Goround
Tony Barabas, whose name comes from the latinized Gaulish for red beard, should have been able to write a letter to explain himself. After all, he had spent most of his youth learning calligraphy and making letters with the steady precision of a surgeon holding a quill.Tony could have rewritten the United States Constitution, not so much in content but to the form – the innermost compelling seizure of the reader's love; the spirits of life.Unfortunately, his right hand was pinned down by some b...
“Interview with a Tiny God” by Shawn Wier
The humans brought high-quality offerings this morning. They laid fresh fish and rotisserie rat at the feet of their statue meant to honor me and my siblings, and the bounty was delicious. Now, lazy with fullness (and cat-ness), I must do my part to hold the temple in place. It would be catastrophic if it were to get too light and blow away in the breeze, so I'll be right here, ensuring that my body mass will contribut...
“Touched by Time and Paws” by L. R. Clocks
Passing along these ancient ruins of Ephesus, tourists felt the same nostalgia one experiences when they see an abandoned lot. A sense of human kinship for a time never lived through. A sadness at the remains of what was once a bountiful landmark. The happiness and pride in man-made architecture that has stood the test of time. The immortality of human creation. Travelers could rest easy knowing that one day their descen...
“Something of a Guardian Angel” by Bella G
There’s a bottle of Lipton iced tea rolling beneath Bones’s palm, leftover condensation dripping down the band of his glinting watch. “Are you sure this is right?” “I’d hesitate to say there’s anything right about this.” Suki responds somewhat tetchily. He’s still adjusting to the idea of his merry band of boarding school classmates jumping onto a 13-hour flight and following him ...
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